Today in the Morning Rumble, Indiana snags a new big man, a Kuran Iverson update, Fred Hoiberg to the Bulls and Phil Greene IV continues to make his rounds for NBA workouts.
With Hanner Mosquera-Perea out the door, Indiana needed another big man to create depth behind 5-star recruit Thomas Bryant and athletic forward Troy Williams.
How about another Big Ten talent?
Tom Crean and the Hoosiers landed 6'7" forward Max Bielfeldt, who is coming over from Michigan for his final season. He will be eligible immediately and is expected to provide the team with critical toughness of the bench after averaging 5.1 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game last year. Bielfeldt also considered Iowa State and Nebraska as he won a waiver so that he could transfer inside the Big Ten.
Switching over to the Atlantic 10 conference, Dan Hurley and Rhode Island received huge news on Monday night as Kuran Iverson will be eligible for the entire 2015-16 season. The transfer from Memphis decided to move forward (after being dismissed from the Tigers) before the new hardship waiver rules and the NCAA ruled he doesn't have to sit out for the first semester.
URI is projected to be one of the strongest teams in the Atlantic 10 this season with returnees E.C. Matthews, Hassan Martin, Jared Terrell and Jarvis Garrett leading the unit. Iverson, Four McGlynn, and Nicola Akele are some of the new faces and all three of these talents will have some type of crucial role, especially come March.
Auerbach talks about how both of these coaches are moving into unique situations. It's not everyday that a job with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka opens up and it's not everyday that a franchise like the Chicago Bulls is coveting a college coach for their opening. Donovan was a perfect fit for what Oklahoma City wants to do (with his strong X's and O's and leadership skills) and Hoiberg is the complete opposite of Tom Thibodeau, which will make Bulls management beyond happy.
Not every coach can make the jump from college to the pros (look at John Calipari, Tim Floyd), and both of these new coaches are expected to succeed because of one main reason: Their rosters are loaded.
Speaking of Calipari, he spoke to Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel about NBA coaching opportunities and mentioned that he has considered one NBA job since he returned to college basketball from the New Jersey Nets. That job is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had an opening last offseason after they fired Mike Brown.
Calipari says he has no regrets, but would things would have been different if the Kentucky head man knew that his friend, LeBron James, was going to return home?
I'm sure Cal isn't going to sweat though. Remember he's receiving $8M a year soon.
Michigan is jumping for joy after hearing Caris LeVert is ready to take the next step and compete in drills while point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is a full-go.
The Wolverines were a top 25 team last season until injuries started to pour down over their program. They will once again be in the rankings this year with multiple returnees forgoing the NBA.
Finally, former St. John's guard Phil Greene IV worked out for the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, and will continue his travels as he is scheduled for two more workouts with the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns.
You can truly never get enough shooters.