This morning in the Morning Rumble, Bo Ryan is set to retire, a Coach Cal to Sacramento rumor, and Big East recruiting is picking up for the 2016 season.
To begin, Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan has decided that he will retire following the 2015-16 season and wants assistant coach Greg Gard to take over his role in the program. Ryan, 67, is 357-125 in 14 seasons at Wisconsin and has taken the program to the NCAA Tournament every single season.
Last year, Ryan led Wisconsin to the National Championship game where they failed to defeat Jahlil Okafor and Duke. In their Final Four match-up, the Badgers defeated 38-0 Kentucky behind the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker.
If the Badgers do promote Gard to head coach, they will have plenty of continuity, which is huge for a program that relies on player development.
Calipari to the Kings? Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Sacramento Kings are "probing" Coach Cal about a coaching/front office role in the organization. Calipari quickly denied the report on Twitter, saying that he is staying at Kentucky because "he has the best job in basketball."
DeMarcus Cousins, who played for Calipari in college, is a member of the Kings and wants out because of the major dysfunction that is the team's front office. The Kings believe that if they bring in Coach Cal everything will be smooth sailing, but the real question is, why in the world could a coach who is competing for National Titles year in and year out leave for the NBA to join a team that is a complete mess?
Cincinnati picked up their first recruit, 3-star Philadelphia center Nysier Brooks, for the class of 2016. Brooks had offers from Fordham, Georgetown, La Salle, Seton Hall, St. John's and South Carolina, but eventually decided to team up with Mick Cronin to make noise in the American Athletic Conference.
Brooks' physical style of play is perfect for the Bearcats' system and his relentless rebounding will be huge starting in 2016.
In more recruiting news, the rival of Cincinnati, Xavier, landed 2016 power forward Tyrique Jones, who is a native of Bloomfield, CT. Jones is a 3-star recruit who had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Kansas State, UMass, Minnesota, Providence, Rhode Island, Texas Tech and VCU.
Jones has effective power and is labeled as a "beast" in the paint for his ability to rebound and finish amongst the trees. Jones also has great explosion, but isn't necessarily a scorer.
Finally there's Butler, who landed 2016 point guard, from Buffalo, NY, Howard Washington. Washington plays for Kevin Boyle at Montverde Academy in Florida and is currently a 4-star recruit. Washington is an effective shooter, but is more of a distributing point guard that finds the open teammate.
Washington had offers from Boston University, Buffalo, Boston College, Charlotte, Dayton, George Washington and Memphis, amongst others.