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DETROIT – The coaching turnstile is spinning rapidly and bodies are starting to fly.
Tim Floyd is reportedly considering heading to Arizona from USC and that move could have fallout on coaches and recruits across the nation.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, who was born in Burbank, Calif., could opt to take the USC job, although one source close to the Pitt program called that possibility “doubtful.”
But if Dixon were to leave, Sean Miller, a Pittsburgh graduate whose team lost to the Panthers in the Sweet 16, could move to Pitt from Xavier.
Floyd could also bring some of his recruits to Arizona from USC with him.
Solomon Hill, who first chose Arizona and then committed to the Trojans after Lute Olson retired, told the Tucson Citizen he would “weigh his options” if Floyd goes to Arizona.
Renaldo Sydney, a 6-11, 250-pound USC commit, has not signed his Letter of Intent but is a huge fan of Floyd.
“I chose USC because Tim Floyd has been a successful coach at every level and I am confident he can help me become a better player,” Sidney said when he committed.
Sidney would be a huge addition to Arizona, which likely will lose Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger to the NBA.
Hill told the Tucson Citizen it’s too early to decide what he’ll do because the Floyd move hadn’t been confirmed.
“It would be a good situation if [Floyd] went there and a good situation if he stayed,” Hill added. “The only thing I worry about is the recruiting class” at Arizona, which has no one signed for next season except for a junior college player.
“We have a good recruiting class [at USC],” Hill added. “I guess I’d have to talk to the people I got to know going to USC and see what they think about it.”
Another player who could be impacted is Oak Hill Academy point guard Lamont “Momo” Jones of Harlem, who had been leaning toward USC but could now reconsider.
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.