Jelani Carter, a 6-1 188 pound safety from Northside HS in Roanoke has become the third player to commit to the 2015 ODU class in less than a week. All three commits, Jamez Brickhouse, DJ Davis and now Carter are intended to bolster the Monarch secondary.
There may be a need to implement a no fly zone.
Carter had an offer from Liberty and interest from Virginia Tech and Charlotte. He attended the Spring Game this past weekend and committed three days later.
JUST COMMITED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ODU! God is so good! #Monarchs #757
Coach Kermit Buggs shared this on twitter and it is too good to remain there. It is hard not to be excited about the future of ODU’s secondary.
Today we found out that DJ Davis of Salem HS committed to ODU despite the likelihood of ACC offers coming. Jamez Brickhouse of Bayside HS committed after the Spring Game despite holding a Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke offer.
Last season Christian Byrum became a complete game changer in the 757 by choosing ODU over Wisconsin and several other ACC schools. He helped to change the way Old Dominion is viewed locally and became a recruiter in his own right, helping to nail down other commits similar to himself.
Right now we are in the midst of college basketball free agency. Players are testing the open market via transfers and more specifically graduate transfers which allows for the possibility of not having to sit a year after changing schools.
One transfer that went through recently was Kevin Ware to Georgia State. Ware was the story of last year’s NCAA Tournament when he sustained a horrific bone through skin injury. He played sparingly for Louisville this season and will join Ryan Harrow and RJ Hunter at Georgia State, giving the Panthers three high level talents. GSU will come to the Ted Constant Center next season.
After Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State gets his choice of free agents, the rest of the coaches in the nation begin to size up the field. Jeff Jones is hoping to get at least one, along with a JUCO player (Shevon Thompson) that is supposed to be visiting this upcoming weekend. Unfortunately it appears that one member of the team will not be returning. Expect to hear more about that in the coming days.
We warned you earlier that we have entered “list” season. No actual news to report, just create a list. Someone is bound to link to it, just like I have here. It may not be award winning but it helps get everyone closer to August 30th.
This site may even resort to this over the summer.
What Jeff Jones and the eight man rotation of Monarchs did this season at ODU is hard to quantify. They went from 5-25 the previous season to 18-18 and a CBI appearance. The 13 win improvement was good enough to be tied for top in the nation.
Fans will want and expect more next season but it may not be as simple as add a player, add wins.
There has been some exciting recent news and there will be more in the coming weeks. This offseason for Jeff Jones is proving to be more fruitful than his initial where he was scrambling to fill a roster on short notice. Now he has several leads and is poised to deliver.
Most prognosticators will see that the Monarchs aren’t really losing much and adding exciting transfer Trey Freeman and possibly multiple contributors in the post. They will pencil in additional wins, probably too many.
I’m not suggesting that ODU won’t win more games next season, I think they probably will but it won’t just automatically happen. The previous season (2012-2013) frankly left a ton of room for improvement and that is exactly what this team did. They achieved results based on hard work and a relentless effort defensively and on the glass. I’m not sure that next year’s team could possibly outwork this one.
Despite never once being honored by media members within Conference USA, the ODU Men’s Basketball Team handed out individual awards on Saturday afternoon. The Monarchs went from 5-25 to 18-18 representing the largest win differential nationally from the previous season.
All of those wins didn’t happen by mistake, there were some pretty solid performances throughout the season.
Practice Player Award: Trey Freeman
Freeman sat out this year after transferring from Campbell University. He is a local product from Kellam HS and is a combo guard who put up solid numbers in his first two collegiate seasons. Fans are excited about what he brings to the team next season and for good reason.