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With March Madness in full swing, let’s not forget that there are still a few high-profile uncommitted players on the board.
Two of them are at IMG Academies in Jamari Traylor and DeAndre Daniels.
The 6-foot-7 Traylor holds offers from Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee , Mississippi State and VCU.
“Those are the schools that have shown the most serious interest in Jamari,” IMG Basketball Director Andy Borman said. “Indiana has been down on campus twice in the last two weeks with Coach [Tom] Crean coming [Monday]. Kansas was here last week for his Senior night. Mississippi State should be here [Wednesday or Thursday].
N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe has stepped down following Tuesday’s meeting with AD Debbie Yow, according to NewsObserver.com.
Lowe has two years left on his deal and his buyout is worth $700,000, the newspaper reported.
“I’m a basketball coach,” Lowe told the Fayetteville Observer several days ago. “So you’re always hoping to coach. So we’re going to sit down and talk. Debbie said that from day one. So we’ll sit down and talk and see where it goes from there…
“This didn’t turn out the way a lot of people expected or hoped it to.”
Jeff Capel is the latest casualty of the coaching carousel.
Oklahoma fired Capel Monday.
“After careful consideration, it has been determined that our men’s basketball program would be best served by a change of direction,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “Therefore, we are making a change in the head coaching position. Jeff Capel has worked diligently on our behalf, and for that we are appreciative. He has many outstanding qualities and we wish him success as he moves forward.
“As we look to the future, we do so with a great university, a proud tradition in basketball, continued commitment to excellence in all areas and some of the country’s finest facilities. We expect that those qualities will play an important role in our search for a new coach. We’re ready to embark on that process.”