Today in the Morning Rumble, Big East transfers continue to flood the news, there's a new coach at Louisiana Tech, senior student-athletes are graduating and women's college basketball may be transitioning into a big rule change come 2015-16.
First up, former Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs, who was a candidate for Big East Player of the Year at one point last season, committed to UConn on Saturday night. The sharp shooter also considered Ohio State and Pittsburgh while leaving North Carolina State and Baylor on the outside looking in.
The best graduate transfer on the market should launch UConn into the preseason top 25 as Gibbs adds to a strong, talented backcourt of Jalen Adams, Daniel Hamilton, and Rodney Purvis.
In other Seton Hall transfer news, the first openly gay Division I basketball player and former UMass guard, Derrick Gordon, has finally found a home after a long process on the market. Gordon (immediately eligible) committed to Seton Hall Sunday afternoon and will provide experience to a sophomore oriented backcourt that consists of Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington.
Kevin Willard must be happy to land his third transfer of the offseason (Braeden Anderson and Jevon Thomas), especially after losing core pieces in Gibbs and Jaren Sina (George Washington).
And that's not all for Big East transfer updates. Former UNC Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey selected Marquette as his next school over North Carolina State and Cincinnati. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season and will have two seasons remaining starting in 2016-17.
The Golden Eagles have a talented group of newcomers starting with 5-star recruit Henry Ellenson and Traci Carter, but Rowsey will still have an important role in 2016-17.
Moving onto the Conference USA, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs saw head coach Michael White walk from the program to take a high quality job in Gainesville.
Early Sunday morning, the team opted to hire Miami assistant Eric Konkol after Dusty May (an assistant under White) joined his partner at Florida.
Former and current players were calling for May to take over the job via social media but now the Bulldogs will move forward with a Jim Larranaga assistant (both at Miami and George Mason) and they will be looking for their fourth straight conference title.
Want some early college basketball power rankings? Sports Illustrated is the perfect place to go as they put together an interesting top 25 twist. Many Big East teams are involved including Villanova, Xavier, and Georgetown. No St. John's, Seton Hall and Marquette as expected but I'm surprised Butler isn't in the mix.
Next, your favorite St. John's senior student-athletes graduated on Sunday! Check out Red Storm Sports' latest story on the day that sends D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and others to the real world!
Meanwhile, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton had their final send off and it consisted of an awesome selfie. I'm sure Irish fans will miss them on and off the court.
Finally, one of the more interesting news nuggets of the weekend is the women's basketball rules committee unleashing a proposal that will feature four quarters instead of two halves. The NCAA is the only prominent basketball league (both men's and women's) in the world that doesn't play quarters, even high school basketball has four quarters.
The women's committee also proposed that fouls will reset every quarter and that teams will be in the bonus after the 5th foul (and will shoot two shots) instead of seven (one-and-one).
Both the men's and women's proposals will be voted on June 8th and hopefully we will be watching some new and improved college basketball come November.