Another Duke Gone

By Josh Herwitt - August 29, 2007


The Atlantic 10's top rookie last season won't be wearing a Duquesne jersey the next time he returns to the hardwood.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon that Robert Mitchell has left the team and plans to transfer to another school after leading the Dukes last season with 16.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.

As just the second player in school history to garner honors as the conference's top rookie, the 6-foot-6 forward ranked ninth in scoring among Division I freshmen last season and was named the conference's rookie of the week five times.

But with transfers Shawn James, Kojo Mensah and Stuard Baldonado all eligible to play for Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, Mitchell knew he would be fighting for minutes even as the team's leading scorer.

Mitchell, who is said to be interested in transferring to either Memphis or Seton Hall, is the second player that Laver has lost this summer after junior college transfer Ricky Jackson's scholarship was revoked due to academic concerns.

Gaudio Taking Charge

Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio is starting to get his bearings down in Winston-Salem, and on Wednesday, he named Mike Muse as his newest assistant coach.

Muse, who originally joined the team's coaching staff last June as Director of Basketball Operations, has been known throughout the state of North Carolina for success at the high school level, garnering Metro 4A Conference Coach of the Year on six occasions while serving as North Forsyth High's head coach.

"Joining the Wake Forest staff as director of basketball operations last year was a dream come true," Muse said on Wake Forest's athletic site. "To be able to join such a distinguished coaching staff is truly an honor."

Wooden Classic Returns To SoCal

Saint Mary's (CA) coach Randy Bennett announced Wednesday that his team will be one of four teams to participate in the 14th annual John R. Wooden Classic.

The Gaels, who return First Team All-West Coast Conference forward Diamon Simpson and Freshman All-American center Omar Samhan, will take San Diego State Dec. 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. with UCLA vs. Davidson to follow in the day's second game.

"Our basketball program and college is proud to be involved with one of the most prominent events in college basketball," Bennett said. "To be associated with John Wooden, in any way, is as good as it gets in sports."

Like SMU and Davidson, the Aztecs will be making their first appearance in the Wooden Classic after finishing last season in the second round of the NIT with an overall record of 22-11.

UCLA, in the meantime, will be making its fifth consecutive appearance in the annual event coming off a season that saw Ben Howland lead the Bruins to two straight Pac-10 championships and back-to-back Final Four finishes.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 05:21 PM on August 29, 2007
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