Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
HOUSTON — Former Miami coach Frank Haith is the new coach at Missouri, according to multiple reports.
Haith, 45, replaces Mike Anderson, who departed last month to take the Arkansas job.
As of late Sunday night, Haith had not informed his staff of his decision to move to the Big 12 from the ACC.
Haith went 129-101 in seven seasons at Miami, 43-69 in the ACC.
A Queens, N.Y. native, Haith is a former Big 12 assistant under Rick Barnes at Texas.
One name likely to surface as a potential replacement at Miami is Kansas State coach Frank Martin.
The 44-year old Martin is a Miami native who earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida International in 1993.
PETERS DECOMMITS FROM OUBy ALEX KLINEWhen Oklahoma decided to part ways with head coach Jeff Capel, a number of people were surprised, including the recruits.
Last week, Lon Kruger left the UNLV Rebels to take the vacant spot in Norman.
On Sunday night, 2012 Oklahoma commit Richard Peters decided it was time to part ways. At first, Peters was optimistic about the addition of Kruger, but soon realized it wasn’t the right fit.
“I’m just letting you know I’m decommitting from OU and re-opening my recruitment,” Peters said in an email. “It was a hard decision but this is what’s best for me. I’ll still be keeping tabs on OU.”
A 6-foot-10 center out of Westwind Prep in Arizona, Peters is highly touted for being a big inside presence. A native of Canada, he is currently back home preparing for the AAU season with Team Takeover Canada.
Team Takeover has their first tournament this weekend at Boo Williams in Virginia and Peters’ recruitment is sure to be a hot topic. “I want to go into AAU season a free man and start to rack in new offers and interest.”
The big man had offers from UConn, Louisville, Miami, Florida State and Georgia before choosing the Sooners. He also has one school who stands out the most to him.
“I have no true favorites at the moment but Washington is high on the list,” he stated. “As for now, my favorite is still going to be Oklahoma. I just wanted to open up my recruitment because of the coaching change and not close the door on other options. I just got off the phone with the new assistant, Ben Betts, minutes ago and the love is strong.”
Peters says his tie to Washington is due to a relationship build with assistant coach Raphael Chillious. The two have known each other since the Westwind product was 16-years old and playing in the Jordan Brand Classic International game. Chillious was on the coaching staff for his team.
While the situation may not seem like the best at the moment, Peters seems optimistic about his future.
“It is what it is,” he said. “Things take a bad turn sometimes.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.