Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 04/28/20
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The intention of Three Things is simple: Keeping you informed. The offseason can be a busy time and college basketball isn’t always on everyone’s radars from April to October.
Here’s how it will work: Every morning, Monday through Friday, we will provide you with three things that you need to know from the previous day. Pretty simple, right? You’ll be amazed by your new college basketball wisdom!
Here are the three things you need to know for April 28.
Georgetown roster movement
There was both good news and bad news for Georgetown Hoya fans on Monday. Patrick Ewing’s program added a nice grad transfer in Chudier Bile, a former Northwestern State forward. Bile, listed at 6-7/200, averaged 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this past season with the Demons. Prior to Northwestern State, Bile played at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo.
In less fortunate news, starting center Omer Yurtseven declared for the NBA Draft and won’t return to school after signing with an agent. Yurtseven averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this past season, which was his first with the Hoyas after transferring over from N.C. State. The seven-footer leaves a vacancy down low for a program that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2015.
Minnesota lands transfer
Richard Pitino added to his roster via the transfer market on Monday, picking up Rice transfer Drew Peterson. The sophomore averaged 11.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this past season, starting 31 of his 32 appearances.
Listed as a 6-8 guard, Peterson will be forced to redshirt the ’20-21 season unless the NCAA passes the one-time waiver eligibility exception or he receives an outright waiver from the NCAA. Peterson becomes the third transfer to commit to the Golden Gophers in this transfer cycle, joining Drake transfer Liam Robbins and Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson.
Wake Forest candidate update
You can cross at least one name off of the Wake Forest head-coaching candidate list. John Beilein, who was most recently the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is not a candidate for the Wake Forest vacancy.
According to a 24/7Sports report, Wake Forest began conducting virtual interviews on Sunday and Beilein was not among them. Though the former Michigan head coach was rumored as a possible candidate, it’s possible that the university doesn’t currently have the financial backing after paying off a massive buyout to terminate Danny Manning’s contract over the weekend. Manning was fired on Saturday after six seasons as the Demon Deacons head coach.
Eli Boettger is a college basketball writer and founder of HeatCheckCBB.com. He has previously worked for Sporting News, DAZN and USA TODAY SMG.
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