It has been a little over a month since UMass finished the season with an underwhelming loss to La Salle in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and so far there is not much hope for next season. Coach Kellogg has plenty of time to work things out before November, but for now we have to hope that he is moving in the right direction.
New Athletic Director
Last month, UMass replaced Athletic Director John McCutcheon with Ryan Bamford of Georgia Tech. Slim Phil will be doing a full report on Bamford and his impact on the basketball program, but for now here are a few fun facts about him:
- He played college basketball at Ithaca College and was a career 1,000 point scorer
- He knows the area. Bamford has a Master’s Degree from Springfield College and has also worked for Yale.
- He might use more hair gel than Coach Kellogg
A few pieces of news emerged this week about the search for transfers. The most exciting of which is that Antawn Space of Texas A&M is looking to transfer as a grad student and has UMass on his radar (source).
According to Verbal Commits, space was a four star recruit coming out of high school. He played at Florida State before transferring to A&M, but wasn’t very impressive at either school.
UMass would be a good fit for him because he is looking to play a lot of minutes and he will certainly get that from Coach Kellogg. At only 6-8 though he will have a tough time matching up with some the bigger Atlantic 10 forwards at URI and VCU, among others. The Minutemen will still want him because of what he brings, which is immediate eligibility and some “tournament” experience (thanks to a CBI appearance in the 2013-2014 season).
I don’t think he can be a guy that will turn around UMass’ fortunes, but maybe he can do just enough to plug the gap for one season until Holloway, Hines and whoever else DK has up his sleeve show their abilities. At the very least, he needs to be a good defender and provide enough offense to clear space for the Minutemen guards.
Chaz Williams in the D League
I know this is old news, but Chaz Williams has returned from Turkey and is now playing in the NBA D League, making him one step away from a true NBA contract. After playing a few games with the Maine Red Claws he was signed by the Delaware 87ers, a team with probably the most embarrassing name in all of professional sports. I get the joke that it’s one higher than the 76ers but I just makes me think that something important happened in 1987.
Hopefully Chaz continues to work hard and when we talk about his next contract it will be with an NBA team.