Next up in the Morning Rumble, Paschal Chukwu is moving to upstate New York, a Big Ten transfer is going down South to Florida, and Chinanu Onuaku a new tactic for free throws.
In Big East transfer news, former Providence Friars center Paschal Chukwu committed to Jim Boeheim and Syracuse on Sunday. Chukwu, who averaged 2.6 points per game in 10 minutes per game last year, visited Iona, Virginia, Michigan State, Nebraska and Kansas during the transfer process.
Chukwu shocked coach Ed Cooley when he decided to dash from the Friars program as the team was expected to be a factor atop the Big East standings with the return of Kris Dunn and the development of the 7'2" center. Now, the Friars will have to rely on 6'8" Ben Bentil and 6'7" Quadree Smith to control the painted area.
The transfer period seems to be a never ending trail as former Penn State guard Geno Thorpe committed to South Florida Sunday. Thorpe averaged 8.7 points per game, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists during his final season in Pennsylvania.
Thorpe was a 3-star recruit out of West Oaks Academy and received initial interest (out of high school) from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Wisconsin.
While DeAndre Jordan, Jahlil Okafor and Dwight Howard struggle with their free throws, Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku has figured out a method that may actually fix his issues moving forward. Onuaku has decided to change his free throw routine and he will now shoot the ball under hand.
Onuaku first tested his new form and showed his improved results when Team USA U19 faced off against Iran in pool play.
Malik Albert, a junior college high-scoring guard, will be a member of the Creighton Blue Jays and will play under coach Greg McDermott starting at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
The Jays have been very active on the transfer market the last couple of years (landing Maurice Watson and Cole Huff) and Albert will be able to develop his skills while playing around talented veterans, James Milliken and Isaiah Zierden.
Cliff Alexander had no choice but to turn pro after a disappointing freshman season turned to a disaster when the tough, physical big man was ruled ineligible for late season match-ups. Alexander, who was unable to play in the NCAA Tournament, went undrafted during last weeks NBA Draft at the Barclays Center, but the hometown Brooklyn Nets offered the former Jayhawk an opportunity to play on their Summer League roster.
Alexander has the capability to one day be a consistent player in the Association, but he is going to have to keep his motor high, continue to develop his post moves (and a possible jumper) and work on his conditioning. The D-League is where Alexander is expected to begin his career this coming winter.
Another year, and another opportunity for family members to see their loved ones on the brightest stage in college hoops.
The NCAA will extend funding to two members of each student-athletes' family in the event that they make the NCAA Final Four and/or championship game. This offer is extended on both the women's and men's side and the families will be given $3,000 for travel, hotel and food expenses. The funding will be increase by $1,000 ($4,000 total) for whatever teams advance to the title game.