Three Things — May 29: Arizona adds noteworthy assistant, C-USA discussing schedule changes, list begins for LJ Figueroa

Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 05/29/20


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Arizona adds noteworthy assistant

It’s a homecoming of sorts in Tucson. Former Arizona Wildcat guard Jason Terry is headed back to where his playing career began as he accepted an assistant-coaching role under Sean Miller on Thursday.

Jason Terry is a former 19-year NBA vet who won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Terry was previously the assistant GM of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League.

C-USA discussing schedule changes

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the Conference USA is discussing an 18-game conference schedule where teams closest in proximity will play each other twice. The planned move is another possible effect of coronavirus and its impact on scheduling.

The Conference USA has led the charge in scheduling overhauls in recent seasons. The league rolled out a new scheduling method two years ago in which teams are slotted into groups for the final weeks of the season in an attempt to increase quality win opportunities for the conference’s best teams.

List begins for LJ Figueroa

Several schools have already made their presence known in the pursuit of St. John’s transfer guard LJ Figueroa. The 6-5 guard who averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this past season has already heard from Memphis, Oregon, Dayton, Texas Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Samford, Georgia Tech and UCLA.

Unless he is able to obtain a waiver, Figueroa will be forced to sit out the 2020-21 season due to transfer rules. Figueroa was listed as a four-star recruit out of high school and spend a year at Odessa Community College before heading to St. John’s.


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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