Jun 13, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT
A variety of news and notes to catch up on around CAA basketball.
Congratulations to former Towson standout guard Gary Neal, who poured in a playoff career-high 24 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 113-77 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Neal drained 6-of-10 from 3-point range in the win to put the Spurs up 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is Thursday night.
College of Charleston redshirt freshman guard Canyon Berry is one of 26 collegiate and high school players who will participate in the USA Men’s Basketball U19 World Championship team training camp on June 14-19 in Colorado Springs. Barry is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry and former William & Mary women’s basketball standout Lynn Norenberg Barry.
Several schools have added new assistant coaches. Northeastern has hired David McLaughlin as associate head coach. McLaughlin was previously the head coach at Stonehill College, where he is the all-time wins leader in school history.
Former Northeastern assistant coach Jim McCarthy has moved to Towson, where he will serve as an assistant to Pat Skerry. McCarthy had been with the Huskies since 2006 and helped lead NU to the CAA regular-season title and an NIT berth in 2012-13.
New Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich announced his Pride coaching staff. Joining him from his staff at Niagara are Mike Farrelly, Kyle Neptune, Shane Nichols and Colin Curtin. Former Hofstra great Speedy Claxton also returns to the school as a special assistant to the head coach after a decade-long career in the NBA.
At UNCW, Buzz Peterson has added a pair of veteran coaches to his staff. Longtime UNC Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach moves to Wilmington after compiling 256 victories over 17 seasons with the Bulldogs. He has the most victories in UNCA and Big South history. The Seahawks have also added Houston Fancher to the coaching staff. Fancher was the head coach at Appalachian State for nine seasons before spending the past four years at the University of Tennessee.
Congratulations to William & Mary for earning a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA. The award is given to schools with an Academic Progress Rate that ranks in the top 10 percent of the national average for the sport.
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