North Carolina coach Hubert Davis has a new six-year contract and a promotion after his first year in the NCAA championship game.
The deal, signed in late August, covers the 2027-2028 season and is worth about $16.7 million. This includes base and supplementary fees, as well as compensation associated with the school’s media and sportswear agreements with Learfield and Nike, respectively, and an annual expense allowance.
He will pay an average of almost $2.8 million per year, starting at $2.3 million for the upcoming season and increasing to $3.1 million for the final year. Performance bonuses could add nearly $1.1 million more per season.
Davis received a five-year contract after taking over from retiring Hall of Famer coach Roy Williams in April 2021. Base salary, supplementary pay, Learfield/Nike compensation, and expenses allowance totaled approximately $10 million. It also had a similar performance bonus structure.
Davis made $1.8 million last year and then received another $575,000 in Final Four bonuses. It was originally supposed to earn at least $2.9 million in 2025-2026.
Davis, 52, played for UNC under the late Hall of Famer Dean Smith and coached under Williams for nine seasons.
“I love this job,” Davis said during a pre-season press conference on the Atlantic Coast earlier this month. “I have always wanted to be a part of this program. And to say that I was able to take part in this as a player, as an assistant coach, and now as a head coach is really cool.
The Tar Heels returned four starting lineups this year and took first place in the AP Top 25 preseason.
No. 8 UCLA was selected to win the Pac-12.
The Bruins received 26 first-place votes from a media group of 33 in the poll. No. 17 in Arizona, No. 21 in Oregon, Southern California and Stanford rounded out the top five. The Wildcats and Ducks each received three votes for first place and one for Cardinal.
At UCLA, four of the top seven scorers returned from a Pac-12 runner-up team that made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Bruins also added an all-star freshman class led by Amari Bailey and Adem Bona, who are in the top 20 rookies.
Arizona won the Pac-12 last season, their first victory under coach Tommy Lloyd, and also reached the Sweet 16. The Wildcats lost three players in the NBA for the second consecutive season, but regained a strong core and added several veterans who must contribute. immediately.
Oregon is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament after losing defensively last season. The Ducks added several transfers and 7-foot freshman Kel’el Ware, one of the top recruits in the 2022 set.
NEW YORK. Manhattan fired head basketball coach Steve Masiello two weeks before the start of the season, the school said.
He was replaced on an interim basis by a RaShawn Stores assistant, a former Manhattan player under Masiello.
“We thank Coach Masiello for his service and wish him all the best,” Manhattan FC Athletic Director Marianne Reilly said in a statement. “As we look forward to building successful teams in the future – and with the recruiting season about to begin and Coach Masiello’s contract expiring in April 2023 – we have decided now is the right time to start rebuilding from the top down.”
Manhattan finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. José Pérez, a fifth-year senior, was selected as Preseason Player of the Year.
Masiello coached 11 seasons at the New York High School, playing in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015. The Jaspers have failed to finish over .500 in past seasons.
“It was a very hard day for me and honestly the coach was the most caring person I have ever met,” Perez wrote. “He cared so much about his players and to be honest, it would be very difficult for me to put on Jasper’s uniform again if the coach wasn’t on the sidelines. I love you coach!
The Jaspers open the season on November 7 at VCU.
LEXINGTON, Kentucky. Kentucky forward and All-National Player of the Year Oscar Chibwe said he “absolutely” expects to be ready for the Wildcats’ No. 4 season opener following surgery on his right knee earlier this month.
The 6-foot 9-year-old made his first public appearance since Wildcats coach John Calipari announced on social media that the player would have a “minor” knee procedure to “clean up some stuff.” Chibwe entered the training ground on press day without crutches, but wore a flexible knee brace over colorful compression stockings.
As usual, Chibwe was upbeat and optimistic.
“Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to miss any games other than exhibition games because it’s not really necessary,” he said.
AP Preseason All-American Selection averaged 17.4 points and a nationally-leading 15.1 rebounds per game last season en route to being named AP Player of the Year and five other national college basketball player of the year awards . The Democratic Republic of the Congo native said he’s back for another season to help Kentucky win a national championship and expand their game to increase their stock for next year’s NBA draft.
He appeared dominant during team practice before the NBA scouts on October 9, but did not participate in the previous and subsequent practices before he was examined. Chibwe underwent surgery that week and missed Big Blue Madness’s public practice in Kentucky, as well as last Saturday’s intra-squad bout in Pikeville, Kentucky, in favor of flood victims.
Calipari didn’t have a timetable for Chibwe’s return, but said he was moving and just had to stay off his feet. Kentucky hosts Howard on November 7.
“When he trains, she can swell, but she passes, and at the moment this is what she is,” the Hall of Fame coach added. “But he tells me, ‘I feel good, my leg feels good, I don’t have the pain that was there.’
“We’re not going to hold it back, but we’re not going to push it forward either.”
Aliya Boston of South Carolina and Caitlin Clark of Iowa were unanimously selected by the Associated Press to the Preseason Women’s Basketball All-America Team.
Boston led South Carolina to its second national championship and won almost every major award last season. Expectations are high again for the top-ranked Gamecocks and Boston, who have been on all 30 ballots of a national media panel that selects the top 25 APs each week.
“I don’t think all the awards define who she is, but also put her in a more relaxed state because she achieved those goals. She’s still hungry,” South Carolina coach Don Staley said. “She still wants to be the best. When you prove it so early in your career, you want more and more. She has entered a phase of wanting more, but is confident in who she is because she was able to achieve it.”
High school seniors Haley Jones of Stanford, Ashley Jones of Iowa State, and Elizabeth Keatley of Virginia Tech were also selected to the team, as was DePaul’s sophomore Anisa Morrow.
Boston, who averaged 16.8 points and 12.4 rebounds, and Clark were on the preseason team last year. A fantastic first season, Clarke followed up even better in his sophomore year, averaging 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Hawkeyes, who are fourth in the preseason poll for their best record since 1994.
“She has been working on a little more emotional control in her leadership. I think that’s really important,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “You want these officials to be your best friends, let’s treat them like that.”
Bluder also said that Clarke added some post-moves to her game: “It can sound silly when Monica[Chinano]is on the block. She is almost 5ft 10in and there is no reason she can’t post. She’s looking for that much more.”
Jones decided to stay in Iowa State for another year, missing out on his chance to enter the WNBA draft. She averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds last season to become the first preseason All-American in school history.
“This is a great honor for Ashley and the entire Iowa program,” said coach Bill Fennelly. “To be recognized among such a wonderful group of players is an outstanding achievement. I know she will continue to work hard to play at the All-American level this season.”
Jones helped Stanford win 32-4 before losing to UConn in the Final Four. She averaged 13.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Cardinal. Last season, coach Tara VanDerveer named her star the “Magic Johnson of Women’s Basketball.”
Keatley had a stellar year, averaging 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Hawks. Her return is an important reason the team is 13th in the pre-season, the best result since the final poll in 1999 when the school was also 13th.
She is the first player in the school to be named a Preseason All-American.
“She’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever met,” said Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks. “If she doesn’t do something, she has FOMO (fear of missing out). She has added so much to her game to make us the best we can be. My responsibility is to prepare her for the next level.”
Morrow had an incredible first season, averaging 21.9 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Blue Demons. She is the first DePaul player to earn preseason honors since Latasha Bears did so in 1995.
“She earns it with her daily work ethic and competitiveness,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said of Morrow.
Last spring, all six players were honored on AP All-America teams. Boston, Clark and Jones were on the first team, while Joens and Morrow were on the second. Keatley made the third team.
AP began selecting a preseason All-American team prior to the 1994-95 season.
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