You can tell that the college basketball season is getting closer because news is starting to pick up. So here’s a small ACC Roundup.
First, Louisville would like the NCAA to reclassify its alleged Level I violation to a Level II-Mitigated violation and would like two Level II violations lowered to Level III.
All of these relate to the Adidas scandal and the Brian Bowman recruitment.
Basically Louisville says Adidas is responsible for it and that Rick Pitino’s program had no part in it.
That Louisville agrees that former assistant coach Jordan Fair talked to the conspirators and was apparently aware of the payments and didn’t report them. Would that make him a co-conspirator?
Anyway, we’ll see how the NCAA responds.
In recruiting news, both Wake Forest and Clemson landed interesting players.
Ian Schieffelin is Clemson’s get. A 6-8, 225 lb. forward, he probably isn’t a huge recruit - his other choices were Appalachian State and Richmond - but you never know how guys develop. Clearly Brownell sees something he likes and he wouldn’t be the first guy to surprise.
Wake Forest got a commitment from point guard Carter Whitt who will graduate from Brewster Academy in December and join the Deacs. They might opt to redshirt him but if not, he’s instant depth at a minimum.
Speaking of Wake Forest, former center Olivier Sarr, who transferred to Kentucky after Danny Manning was fired, had hoped to be immediately eligible. That may have hit a snag.
Also, keep an eye on Jonas Aidoo from Bahama, NC. NC State is just the latest ACC school to offer the rising young big man.