Cleanin’ out the old sports notebook

Kyle’s Korner ….

Chase Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Ripley High School in Ripley, West Virginia, has received a scholarship offer from Bob Huggins and the WVU Mountaineers. Johnson also holds offers from Marshall, Richmond, High Point and Duquense.

South Charleston product Brandon Knapper has already pledged to the Mountaineers for 2017. He graduated this year, but will attend a prep school next season.

… True freshman Kennedy McKoy of West Virginia University has reportedly impressed his running backs coach JaJuan Seider.

The early January enrollee from Lexington, N.C., arrived in Morgantown with a good pedigree and great high school rushing totals. He is also a 4.0 student.

He was a coveted recruit who had offers from Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State. McKoy became an even more important recruit once Big 12 rushing leader Wendell Smallwood declared for the NFL draft. He will likely get playing time behind senior Rushel Shell. The others competing for the backup role are sophomore Donte Thomas-Williams and incoming junior-college All-American Justin Crawford.

… How many Williamson Wolfpack fans remember Huntington St. Joe Irish head coach Ross Scaggs, who was a Logan High standout as a high school basketball player for Willie Akers the Wildcats in 1973 and 1974?

He first played at WVU, where he played with Bob Huggins. He later transferred to Marshall, making him one of the few players to play for both D-1schools in the state. Scaggs also played golf at Marshall.

Scaggs recently led St. Joe to the Class A state championship in basketball. His squad upset Wheeling Central in the title game.

… Kentucky will likely have three players taken in the first round of the NBA draft in June. Jamal Murray is expected to be a lottery pick and predicted to go in the top five. Skal Laissiere is projected to go in the mid-first round, while Tyler Ulis is expected to go in the late first or early second round.

WVU’s Devin Williams announced Tuesday that he would enter the draft. A check of the early mock drafts did not mention Williams, however now that he has declared and will enter after his junior season, that may change. Williams will likely be a second round pick.

… Here is some interesting info on coaches who have coached two or more schools in the NCAA Final Four.

Three: John Calipari — Massachusetts, 1996; Memphis, 2008; Kentucky, 2011-12, 2014-15

Rick Pitino — Providence, 1987; Kentucky, 1993, 1996-97; Louisville, 2005, 2012-13

Two: Forddy Anderson — Bradley, 1950, 1954; Michigan State, 1957

Gene Bartow — Memphis State, 1973; UCLA, 1976

Larry Brown — UCLA, 1980; Kansas, 1986, 1988

Hugh Durham — Florida State, 1972; Georgia, 1983

Jack Gardner — Kansas State, 1948, 1951; Utah, 1961, 1966

Lou Henson — New Mexico State, 1970; Illinois, 1989

Bob Huggins — Cincinnati, 1992; West Virginia, 2010

Frank McGuire — St. John’s, 1952; North Carolina, 1957

Lute Olson — Iowa, 1980; Arizona, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001

Lee Rose — UNC Charlotte, 1977; Purdue, 1980

Eddie Sutton — Arkansas, 1978; Oklahoma State, 1995, 2004

Roy Williams — Kansas, 1991, 1993, 2002-03; North Carolina, 2005, 2008-09, 2016

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)
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