College Basketball Notebook: Davidson to play in New York
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DAVIDSONó Davidson coach Bob McKillop will make his homecoming next season when the Wildcats play in the Holiday Festival in New York.
McKillop said Tuesday that Davidson will open against Cornell on Dec. 20 at Madison Square Garden, while St. John’s faces Hofstra. The winners and losers meet a night later.
McKillop was born in Queens, went to high school on Long Island and played basketball at Hofstra. He later coached high school basketball on Long Island.
This is the second straight year the Wildcats will play at Madison Square Garden ó but the first without Stephen Curry. Davidson beat West Virginia 68-65 last season behind Curry’s 27 points.
Curry has turned pro. He is expected to be selected early in Thursday’s NBA draft.
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Former Southern Cal signee Noel Johnson has agreed to play at Clemson.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Fayette County (Ga.) High School had signed with the Trojans last fall. However, he was granted a release from his letter of intent in May. Southern Cal coach Tim Floyd resigned earlier this month and was replaced by Kevin O’Neill.
Johnson averaged 23.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game last season.
He joins a group of incoming freshman considered the best since coach Oliver Purnell arrived after the 2003 season.
The Tigers had previously signed 6-foot-9 McDonald’s All-American forward Milton Jennings; 6-foot-8 Devin Booker, the younger brother of Clemson senior star Trevor Booker; and 6-foot-5 guard Donte Hill.
BOONE ó New Appalachian State coach Buzz Peterson has completed his staff by hiring two assistants, including former North Carolina star Jason Capel.
Jamie Kachmarik, who had worked under Peterson at Coastal Carolina, was also hired on Tuesday.
It marks Capel’s first coaching job. He was a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and helped the Tar Heels reach the 2000 Final Four.
Kachmarik spent the past six seasons at Coastal Carolina as the school’s primary recruiter.
Peterson was hired in April to replace the fired Houston Fancher. It’s his second coaching stint at the school.
LOS ANGELES ó Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a former Southern California basketball player who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of carjacking. The district attorney’s office filed a document Tuesday that said investigators had insufficient evidence to charge 35-year-old Stais Boseman.
Deputy District Attorney James Prudhomme said police were unable to contact the alleged victim and her boyfriend, who gave police bogus phone numbers.
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