A couple of notes today in college basketball unrelated to the Final Four. We’ll have more on that later this week.
- As I have discussed both here and here, the Matt Painter-Missouri move seemed somewhat odd to me (along with many others). Leaving Purdue for Missouri is pretty much a lateral move in coaching and the only reason to leave was the expected extra $700,000 dollars in his bank account. Well Painter ended that speculation today by signing an 8-year extension. You can see the joyous reactionary posts on SB Nation’s Purdue blog Hammer and Nails. (I love the Hoosiers clip.)
- Many underclassmen are declaring for the NBA Draft. Well, add BC’s Reggie Jackson to that list. Most players will wait and not sign an agent until they get a clear assessment on where they would go. If they get the first-round lock tag guarantee, they go. If not, they come back. Jackson will probably wait for feedback and make a decision based on this logic. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Chad Ford has him in the mid-to-late first round.