Monday, May 6, 2013

Panthers land Uchebo

As has been expected for awhile now, the Panthers have signed 6'11" center Joseph Uchebo, of Chipola JC in Marianna, FL.  Uchebo, a native of Nigeria, originally committed to North Carolina State out of high school, but when he realized that he was not going to be eligible he de-committed.  He was having an excellent freshman season at Chipola but a bad knee injury cost him the end of his first season, as well as his second season.  He now has three years to play three years.

National juco writer Brad Winton: "If healthy, Uchebo could end up being one of the best players at the next level from this JC class."

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jamie Dixon makes a change to the staff

One time Panthers assistant Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, one of the more popular and well liked people in the coaching fraternity, is back as an assistant for Jamie Dixon.  The 52-year old Brooklyn native left the Panthers after the 2006 season after being named the head coach of Manhattan where he was 52-70 in four seasons.  Rohrssen has a reputation of being an excellent recruit in the New York City area.

Rohrssen will replace Patrick Sandle who has been an assistant with the Panthers since 2003.  Sandle did not recruit on the road, which was his decision.  That left the Panthers with two assistants recruiting on the road instead of the usual three.  According to sources, Dixon wants to have three coaches on the road due to the fact that recent player departures has left him with a depleted roster which needs to be filled quickly.