The 2015-16 season figures to be tournament or bust for Rice, who will have redshirts Jerome Seagers and Ben Carter available, along with several returning players and incoming signee Jalen Poyser and commit Derrick Jones. The Rebels are also a finalist for Bishop Gorman High center Stephen Zimmerman, a top-10 player in the class of 2015 whose high school coach, Grant Rice, is Dave’s younger brother. It was widely believed, though not a certainty, that a coaching change would ensure Zimmerman went elsewhere. On the current roster, sophomore Christian Wood and freshman Rashad Vaughn figure to have decisions about whether to put their names in the NBA Draft. It’s unclear whether this affects their decisions. Wood has been expected for months to make the jump, while Vaughn’s situation is more up in the air — based largely on his lower projected draft status and the knee injury that ended his season Feb. 10. Vaughn tore the meniscus in his left knee after missing much of the offseason recovering from surgery to his right knee.BRANNEN NAMED INTERIM AT ALABAMA After firing Anthony Grant on Sunday, Alabama named associated head coach John Brannen the interim head coach heading into the NIT. Brannen will lead the Tide in its NIT opener on Tuesday night vs. Illinois. The game will air on ESPN. As of Tuesday morning, the Alabama roster still listed Grant as the head coach. GEORGE MASON FIRES HEWITT George Mason fired Paul Hewitt after he went 9-22 this past season, 4-14 in the A-10. His overall record as head coach at Mason was 66-67. “Paul has always been a tremendous advocate for the sport of college basketball and we are extremely appreciative for the manner in which he has represented the university and for his service to the student-athletes and to the program,” AD Brad Edwards said in a release.