College basketball notes: Rutgers reportedly hiring alum Jordan

April 19, 2013 

Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach.

The reported five-year deal comes just more than two weeks after Rutgers fired Mike Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice, and using anti-gay slurs.

Jordan, 58, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77, and was the point guard on the team that went to the Final Four in 1976.

Around the nation

Michigan: Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan for their sophomore seasons.

Robinson started all 39 games for Michigan this season and averaged 11 points. McGary's stock rose during the NCAA Tournament, when he emerged as a force inside to help the Wolverines to their first Final Four since 1993.

Michigan State: The Spartans' hopes to contend for a Big Ten title next season got a boost when Gary Harris announced he's coming back for his sophomore season.

Harris became the first player in program history to be named Big Ten freshman of the year. He averaged nearly 13 points, second on the team, despite playing through shoulder and back injuries.

North Carolina State: Junior college transfer Desmond Lee was signed to bolster a backcourt that had Lorenzo Brown enter the NBA Draft early and Rodney Purvis transfer to Connecticut.

Lee averaged 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists at New Mexico Junior College.

Morehead State: Kareem Storey and Billy Reader, who played together in 2012-13 at the College of Southern Idaho, have signed with the Eagles.

Storey, a 5-foot-10 point guard, started his college career at Utah, where he averaged 4.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 31 games. As a sophomore at CSI, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 boards.

The 6-9 Reader began his career at Montana, averaging 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. As a sophomore at CSI, Reader averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.

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