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.
Bryant Reinstated; Marquette’s Cadougan Out; Rutgers, Seton Hall Make Staff Changes
Darryl “Truck” Bryant has been reinstated to the West Virginia basketball program.
“Darryl has done everything that has been asked of him on all fronts,” Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins said. “I believe he has earned the opportunity to be reinstated to our team.”
A sophomore from Brooklyn, Bryant started 28 games as a freshman at point guard after Joe Mazzulla was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. He averaged 9.8 points per game.
Bryant was suspended in July because of his involvement in a traffic accident outside of Morgantown, after which he left the scene. He was charged with four misdemeanors, including leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured in the accident and Bryant was released on bond.
MARQUETTE’S CADOUGAN OUT FOR YEARMarquette freshman point guard Junior Cadougan suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon Thursday afternoon during conditioning and will more than likely miss the entire 2009-10 campaign.
Cadougan will undergo surgery on his right foot in the coming days and will immediately begin the 4-to-6 month rehabilitation process.
“We all know injuries are a part of sports,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. As a program, we are all hurt and disappointed for Junior. He will receive the absolute best care possible prior to, during, and after his surgery. Even though he will not be in uniform this year, he will still be a valuable member of our team this season.”
The Toronto, Ontario, native is one of six newcomers on this year’s squad, a group that comprised a consensus nationally ranked recruiting class. Cadougan averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as a senior at Christian Life Center Academy in 2008-09 and was expected to compete for time at the point guard position.
RUTGERS MAKES STAFF CHANGESJerry Carino of the Courier News reports that Rutgers has made additional staff changes because assistant coach Jimmy Carr is dealing with his son’s medical situation.
Carr will become the recruiting coordinator, with Craig Carter moving back to assistant from recruiting coordinator.
“There is nothing more important than family,” Rutgers coach Fred Hill told Carino. “Jimmy needs to dedicate as much time as possible to his wife and son.”
Hill added that he will employ a four-year rotational system in which during any given year, one coach will serve as the recruiting coordinator and the other three will serve as assistants. The staff currently includes Carr, Carter, Darren Savino and new assistant Sal Mentesana.
“As a coach, you always want the deepest bench possible,” Hill told Carino. “This applies not only to your players, but to your staff as well. We are fortunate to have four very talented assistants. I intend to maximize the abilities of our staff.”
SETON HALL ADDS HAMPTON TO STAFFSeton Hall announced Friday the hiring of Colin Hampton as Coordinator of Basketball Operations.Hampton is fresh off two years of managerial experience with the team. During this time, he served as assistant video coordinator in addition to his typical manager responsibilities.
“We are thrilled to add Colin to our already young and aggressive staff,” head coach Bobby Gonzalez said. “He’s already been a manager and an integral part of our family, who understands me, our program and knows our players. We feel that the promotion is well deserved. He’s a terrific young man who has a bright future in coaching and works very hard.”(Photos courtesy West Virginia, Marquette and Rutgers)
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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.