- Florida Gulf Coast will be one of the hottest job openings, because of its NCAA Tournament performance, and Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans is interested, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. Jans makes sense for several reasons. He coached at Chipola (Fla.) College. FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh is a former Bradley AD, so he is familiar with Jans. Jans has head coaching experience. WSU coach Gregg Marshall will presumably throw his full support behind his top assistant, as he made clear in this Bob Lutz column. Jans, according to a source, does not have an interview set with FGCU.
“Somebody is going to strike lightning in a bottle,’’ Marshall said. “That person has not stepped forward yet. No one has been smart enough to figure it out, but it’s going to happen and it’s going to happen soon.’’
- I talked with WSU commit Darius Carter. Vincennes (Ind.) University practiced at WSU before its played in the NJCAA Tournament, a session that helped his decision. He watched WSU’s NCAA games and compares his game to Carl Hall’s. “I play really hard,” Carter said. “He’s a really active player.”
- Dave Telep, ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst, said WSU will benefit from its Final Four, as long as coaches don’t stray from the plan that is already working. “Their recruiting was top-notch before this happened,” Telep said. “There is no reason to abandon the plan. There is a reason to hold your prospects to a higher standard.”
- WSU’s basketball celebration is Monday at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public.
- Illinois-Chicago is officially a possibility for the MVC’s 10th spot. Ignore speculation about UMKC. It is not close to being ready for the MVC.
- The Shockers will start 2013-14 in the top 25, probably between 10-15. The Sporting News has them No. 21 in its April poll. USA Today – No. 11. ESPN – No. 11.