Comings & Goings: Hayward, Purdue Stars Test Waters; Oregon Whiffs AgainPosted by rtmsf on April 14th, 2010
Lots of comings on the first day of the spring signing period, but this post will focus on the goings…
Starting with the daily NBA Draft exodus, Butler fans are today experiencing life as a top-tier program, as star forward Gordon Hayward announced that he will be testing the waters to determine just how much his game translates to the next level. 6’9 forwards with three-point range and guard-like skills aren’t growing on trees these days, so there’s a strong likelihood that Hayward — a probable lottery pick — has seen his last minute as a Bulldog. But he will not sign with an agent, and there’s a good possibility that he could return for another run at the Final Four next year in Houston.
We already knew about Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson’s pending announcement for the NBA Draft, but teammate E’Twaun Moore’s caught us a little by surprise. Moore is not projected as a draftee on either of the two major NBA Draft projection sites, but apparently he recognizes that fact because he will not sign with an agent this year. Losing both of these players would devastate the Final Four chances for the Boilermakers next year, but there’s a better than reasonable chance that both could return to Matt Painter’s team in 2010-11.
DePaul’s Mac Koshwal is joining the crowd and leaving school for the NBA Draft as well. He is gone for good, as he tested the waters last year and you only get a single shot in that regard. At 6’10 and 240 pounds, Koshwal is an intriguing prospect inside and he will get a strong look among teams needing frontcourt depth in the second round. He averaged 16/10 on a terrible Blue Demon team in 2009-10, but apparently didn’t want to deal with a brand-new coach coming into the program for what would have been his senior campaign.
Things continue to improve at Rutgers as their star player Mike Rosario has received permission to transfer out of the program. He must not believe that he is draft-ready or we’d probably see his name coming out along with all the rest. Rosario is a volume shooter, averaging 17/4 while putting up a third of the shots in Fred Hill’s offense last season (#38 nationally). The school has agreed to release him conditionally, which means that Rutgers must approve the school to which he wants to transfer. Presumably that would mean no Big East teams or other local rivals.
After several whiffs with elite name coaches, Oregon reportedly focused on a much more realistic target — Missouri’s Mike Anderson — offering him a salary of $3M per year to move to Eugene (double his current salary). Our first impression was that this was a solid strategy, as Anderson is one of the most underrated coaches in America, and his system is very tough to prepare for. But he’s already turned down offers in recent years from SEC schools and Memphis, so the only true attraction would have been the dollar-value of the contract and the new facilities available to him in Eugene. Needless to say, he denied interest later this evening.