Thursday, May 14, 2009

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR BASKETBALL NEWS

Looking to challenge the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Champions, the University of Norht Carolina Tar Heels, N.C. State gets another big man while the Virginia Tech Hokies loses a guard, but gaines a forward.

Forward DeShawn Painter (left), a top-75 prospect, committed to play for the Wolfpack in the 2009-10 season, increasing its incoming freshmen class to six.

The addition of Painter, a 6-9 and 210-pound power forward, puts State at the scholarship limit of 13 for the upcoming season.

Painter originally signed with the University of Florida but was let out of his Letter of Intent, he said. Painter, who spent the past season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., grew up an ACC fan in Norfolk, Va.

"I wanted to play closer to home," Painter said. "I love the coaching staff and I fit in with the [N.C. State] players."

Did anybody mention to him that Charlottesville isn’t all that far from Norfolk? Guess not…

Virginia Tech's basketball program lost a guard and added forward this week.

Seeking a bigger role, guard Hank Thorns will transfer, according to The Roanoke Times. Allan Chaney, a forward, will transfer into the program from the University of Florida.

Thorns, a backup point guard, averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 assists in two seasons. He started the first 11 games of his career but was relegated to backup duty when Dorenzo Hudson became eligible in the 2007-08 season.

Chaney, a 6-8 forward, appeared in 23 games with Florida and averaged 3.0 points per game. He missed nine SEC games with a sprained foot and was suspended for the final two games of the season by Florida coach Billy Donovan.

Donovan wanted Chaney to play a traditional forward role, with his back to the basket, according to Chaney, but he prefers to face the basket and play on the wing.

Chaney has sit out the upcoming season, under NCAA rules, and will be eligible in 2010-11.

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