Kermit Davis and the Ole Miss Rebels landed former Arizona State big man Romello White over the weekend in a somewhat surprising result. White, who averaged nearly a double-double last season in Tempe, was thought to be favoring Vanderbilt when he announced his entrance into the transfer market.
White becomes the second graduate transfer that Coach Davis has secured during the off-season after landing Dimencio Vaughn, a 1,200 point scorer from Rider, earlier in the offseason.
The Rebels lose their leading scorer, Breein Tyrell, from last season’s group but not much else. The 15-17 team from last season was made up mostly of underclassmen and should return seven of their top eight scorers from last season.
Steve Forbes Looks to Continue Building the Wake Forest Roster
The Steve Forbes era is firmly underway in Winston-Salem as the former ETSU head man is continuing to build his roster. He has logged quite a few victories so far this off-season, convincing key components Ismael Massoud and Jahcobi Neath to remain with the program, along with Ody Oguama.
Forbes was also able to land former UNLV wing scorer Jonah Antonio after not making Jonah’s final list. Antonio is known as a sharpshooter and has made 150+ triples in his two seasons of Division 1. He is a graduate transfer that averaged double figures for Mount St. Mary’s in 2017-18.
Expect Wake Forest to be heavily involved with guard Daivien Williamson, as well. The former ETSU guard is in the transfer portal and is from Winston-Salem.
If he were to follow his former head coach to Wake Forest, he would almost certainly receive a waiver to play immediately. He averaged 10 points and nearly 3 assists per game last season and is also a very good three-point shooter.
Virginia Tech Guard Kabongo Forced to Leave Basketball
Sophomore guard Jon Kabongo has medically retired from basketball according to a report from 247sports. Kabongo missed the 2019-20 season with a hip injury. He also only appeared in 21 games as a freshman and was lost late in the season to injury and missed his junior season in high school with a back injury.
Kabongo was a very good prospect coming in as a prep player, choosing Virginia Tech over Indiana. The 6’3 point guard out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia was a three-star prospect that also drew interest from Louisville and Ohio State. His older brother Myck starred at Texas earlier in the decade.
Pittsburgh and Duquesne Will Not Play Again in 2020-21
Duquesne announced last Thursday that Pittsburgh has backed out of a verbal agreement to continue “The City Game,” according to a report by ESPN. The game was not played last season either, due to a scheduling issue.
This is not a great look for Pitt coach Jeff Capel as the Panthers turned down an opportunity to play a local rival for what was not going to be a buy game. The Dukes were a quality team in 2019-20 season and should be good again next season while Pitt struggled mightily last season in a down ACC, finishing 13th in the league. The report states that there is an offer for a return in 2021-22, but Duquesne is mulling it.
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