2016 guard Christian Vital verbally committed to Connecticut on Friday, he informed Scout. “I’m staying in the Northeast,” Vital said with excitement. Vital, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More, picked Kevin Ollie and the Huskies over Louisville. “Basically [Kevin Ollie], he’s texted me before 9:00 every day this week,” Vital said. “Just letting me know about he Lakers situation and that he loves me and he’s staying at UConn. That really means something to me, to have that kind of relationship with the head coach, knowing he has a million things to do.”
Long before he won an NBA title, a league MVP award and he and the Warriors began re-writing the NBA record book, Stephen Curry was a pretty successful player at Davidson College in North Carolina. On Tuesday, his Wildcats career was honored with his being named to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame. A first-round draft pick by the Warriors in 2009, Curry left Davidson as a two-time Southern Conference player of the year and is still its all-time leading scorer (2,635 points).
Darren Wolfson: Fascinating chat w/ Sam Mitchell. Podcast posts later. Praise for Dieng was off the charts. He’s very open to being an ass’t again. Should clarify on Mitchell because my wording might’ve been goofy: he’s open to an ass’t job anywhere. Also mentioned coaching in college.
Recently fired Sacramento Kings coach George Karl is making a push to land the suddenly open coaching position at Nevada-Las Vegas, USA TODAY Sports has learned. A person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the coaching search, said Karl has already had initial dialogue with school officials about the job. UNLV initiated that contact Thursday night when it became apparent Chris Beard might leave for Texas Tech. Beard informed UNLV he was leaving for Texas Tech on Friday, according to a statement by UNLV athletics director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.