Happy Easter weekend everyone! A busy day of college basketball was headlined by major coaching changes and national player of the year award announcements continuing.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Athletic Department announced Roy Williams’ retirement on Thursday. The hall of fame coach with 900+ wins retires after taking two programs (Kansas and North Carolina) to Final Fours as well as three national championships in Chapel Hill (2005, 2009, 2017). Williams spent time at Kansas (1989-2003) and North Carolina (2003-2021) going an overall 903-264 which is a .774 winning percentage.
The Texas Longhorns announced alum and Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard as their new head coach on Thursday. Because he was headed for another Big 12 school, Beard’s buyout dropped to just $4 million dollars. Despite the fact that Texas Tech was prepared to give him a life-long contract, “he was ready for a new challenge” according to an ESPN article.
Iowa big man Luka Garza was named the AP men’s college basketball player of the year, a year after finishing second to Dayton’s Obi Toppin. Garza averaged over 24 points per game and almost 9 rebounds per game. Illinois point guard Ayo Dosunmo, likely number one pick and Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham, and Jared Butler finished behind Garza in voting. Juward Howard was named AP men’s college basketball coach of the year on Thursday, receiving 35 of 63 votes from the voters. Gonzaga’s Mark Few was second with 16 votes, and Baylor’s Scott Drew and Alabama’s Nate Oats each received five.
Yet another big announcement was made for the future of college basketball. The 2022 Maui Invitational field was announced on Thursday. Arkansas is the lone team to make it to the second weekend of the 2021 NCAA Tournament field that will be playing in Maui in 2022. The rest of the field includes Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, and Louisville, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State Freshman Guard Cade Cunningham announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft on Thursday, as many others have today and in the past. Here is every other player that has announced his intentions to enter the 2021 NBA Draft.