Just a Minute: May 9

9 May

Sean Miller said 'no' to Maryland. So, who is next? Your guess is as good as any.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Oh, just another quiet week in the world of college basketball. Find out the latest happenings in my weekly column Just A Minute.


One of the game’s best coaches decided it was time to hang ‘em up. Gary Williams retired from the University of Maryland. The news surprised the entire college basketball community. Correct that. The news itself wasn’t a big surprise. The timing was. We all knew his time was coming to an end. Williams isn’t a fan of dog days of recruiting. He doesn’t want to play the game of recruiting. I can’t say I blame him. Recruiting isn’t for everyone. Williams isn’t going to kiss the back side of anyone.

He earned his reputation by doing what you want coaches to do – win. Williams did plenty of that. Sunday nights won’t be the same anymore without Gary looking at his bench and cursing them for who knows what.

Thanks for everything, Gary.


With Williams now gone, Maryland went looking for an immediate replacement. Athletic director Kevin Anderson jumped on a plane and flew to Las Vegas to meet with Arizona’s Sean Miller and Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, who were both in town for a coaching clinic.

Miller made the most sense. In fact, several sources told me that Miller wrestled with the decision to take over the Maryland program. There were points in his young coaching career where he told those close to him that the ACC school was a “dream job.”

Prior to meeting with Anderson, there were many that are very close to Miller that said the move to the ACC was inevitable.

Then the two met.

Things didn’t go well. The meeting was the reason why Miller decided to turn down the job.

Arizona has a terrific recruiting class coming to Tucson next season and have control on the West Coast again with recruiting after a terrible run of substitute coaches. Miller has the program on the up and up. Staying at Arizona is the smart move despite the gone-bad meeting with Anderson.

Let’s be honest here. The Maryland job won’t be filled for a knock ‘em dead coach right now. Dixon said thanks but no thanks. So did Mike Brey.

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins is on the list of potential coaches that could take over the Terrapin program.

Who else is on the list?

Heck, someone call Fran Fraschilla. The ESPN analyst is well-liked on the recruiting circuit, has rich ties to international players and has a recognizable face and name with young players, parents and prep coaches.

Steve Lavin is doing alright these days.


A couple of coaching friends told me that Korey McCray to UCLA could finally become a reality this week. McCray is a coach with the Atlanta Celtics grassroots program, one of the best travel programs in the country.

McCray, a former player and coach at Mercer, has little experience at the Division I level. I have mentioned it before that I think McCray is a terrific human being and isn’t that crazy of a hire. Unexpected? Yes.

Here’s the question: if McCray were to be hired to help land players from the Atlanta area, would players seriously look at moving across the country to play college basketball?

The answer, historically, has been an emphatic no.

Only five players that have gone to high-major schools outside of the ACC or SEC have stayed true to their commitment: JT Tiller (Missouri), Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis), Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota), JerShon Cobb (Northwestern) and Jeremy Lamb (UConn).

The list of players that have left Georgia for high-major conferences outside of the ACC or SEC only to transfer later is long. Chris Allen (Michigan State), Tony Neysmith (Oklahoma), Martavius Adams (Oklahoma State), Ray Willis (Oklahoma), Teondre Williams (Oregon), Toby Veal (Colorado), Jeremy Olsen (Utah), Adrian Coleman (Nebraska), Torin Walker (Oklahoma State) and Jelan Kendrick (Memphis).

If you are a UCLA fan and hope McCray can help lure a top notch Atlanta player to L.A., understand the history.


  • Frank Haith landed a pair of commitments over the weekend – one from North Carolina, an area that Haith has rich ties to and another from Missouri. People may want to bang on Haith’s hiring. They shouldn’t. He’s going to get players. He’s going to get good players.
  • Maybe Andrew Bynum can fight Floyd Mayweather instead of Manny Pacquiao.
  • Glad to see Jeff Capel land back on the sidelines. He’s headed to Duke to be an assistant at his alma mater. He was pushed out of Norman too fast. The guy can recruit. He’s personable with kids and should find new life as a head coach sooner than later. His Twitter profile picture is Hall of Fame worthy. (Necessary detail you need to know, kids, before clicking: He wore No. 5 at Duke). Enjoy.
  • If there is a late commitment you should keep your eyes on next season it is that of Anthony Hickey, who is headed to LSU. He’s this year’s Shelvin Mack. From Kentucky, he’s a winner, he’s unique in his overall skill package and he was signed late.


The NBA Playoffs are amazing. The NBA Playoffs with a mock Bill Walton is where brilliant happens. Follow the best mockery feed – The Bill Walton Trip. Thank me later.


Knowledge from Wake Forest assistant coach Rusty LaRue.


When I had the old National Hoops Report blog up and running, I had a mailbag feature. I’d like to bring it back again. If you have a question for the mailbag, send it in to nationalhoopsreport@gmail.com.

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