Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff
As Coppin State trimmed down their candidates over the weekend in an attempt to find their successor to Fang Mitchell as the next Eagles coach, it didn’t take long for them to make their choice.
The school named Michael Grant as its new head men’s basketball coach in an announcement.
A fifteen-year veteran, who has won 56 percent of his games, Grant comes to Coppin State from Division II Stillman College, where he was the head coach for the last six years. Grant was also the head coach from 2003-05 at Southern University (La.) where he replaced the legendary Ben Jobe. At the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign at Stillman, Grant amassed a six-year school record of 100-73.
Grant also served as the interim athletic director for the school during the 2013 season.
Other candidates for the job included Maryland assistant Bino Ranson, George Mason assistant Eric Skeeters, and former Eagles star and current Bowie State HC Larry Stewart.
Grant is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Tuesday at 1PM at the Talon Center.
Posted on 07 September 2012 by WNST Staff
Former Xavier forward was the 2012 Sporting News A-10 Freshman of the Year
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Xavier forward Dezmine Wells has signed a financial-aid agreement and been admitted to the University of Maryland, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Wells was named the Sporting News Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. He will enroll in classes this fall and have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I have followed Dez for the past three years and I know he will be a good student-athlete and teammate,” said Turgeon. “[Assistant coach] Bino Ranson was very active in his recruitment at Xavier and has also built a strong relationship with Dez over the past several years. This is a new beginning and a fresh start for Dez at Maryland and were looking forward to him joining us on campus.
“As a player, he is an athletic and powerful wing who can score in a variety of ways. He is also an excellent individual and team defender. Dez has experience playing in the postseason, which will help show our young players what it takes to reach that level of success.”
Wells started 32 games for the Musketeers last season and shot 50.4 percent from the field, including a 37.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line. In the NCAA Tournament Wells helped Xavier advance to the Sweet Sixteen, with his best game coming in the second round against Notre Dame when he had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
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