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Radford men’s basketball coach Mike Jones has added Jordan Hemphill, the son of RU President Brian Hemphill, to the team.

Radford men’s basketball coach Mike Jones won’t just have the opportunity to coach his son, Miles, next year.

He’ll be coaching the son of his boss as well.

The Highlanders’ 2019-20 class includes 6-foot-5 guard Jordan Hemphill, a transfer from Division II Central Oklahoma and the son of Radford president Brian Hemphill.

“I met Jordan at his father’s inauguration and liked his spirit and personality,” Jones said. “After two years at his previous school, he established himself as a leader, versatile contributor and one of the better — albeit younger — players on a team of primarily upperclassmen.”

Jordan Hemphill, who averaged 7.5 points but scored 20 points or more on three occasions last season, will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

“His ability to play and defend and multiple positions will fit well with our team and the off year will greatly help his overall development,” Jones said.

Another transfer, 6-5 Chyree Walker from Fairfax, played in 30 games and started 14 games at Delaware as a freshman in 2017-18.

He arrived at Radford in time for the second semester last year and practiced for the remainder of the year. He can start playing in December.

“Just from seeing him in practice every day, he’s been a good addition,” Jones said. “He’s an athletic [forward] who can affect the game in a lot of ways. He rebounds, he defends, he can score.”

Virginia Tech lands commit

Virginia Tech landed a verbal commitment from defensive back Lakeem Rudolph, the No. 24 ranked 2020 prospect in Virginia (247 Sports composite).

The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder tweeted out his decision on Wednesday night after revealing it to a group of family and friends.

The Green Run rising senior (Virginia Beach, Virginia) had more than a dozen scholarship offers. The FBS schools that offered Rudolph included Cincinnati, East Carolina, Liberty, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, Marshall, Kent State and Buffalo.

Rudolph, who visited Virginia Tech’s campus earlier this month, is a two-way starter at Green Run at wide receiver and safety. The Hokies are looking to bring him in on the defensive side of the ball after loading up on receivers in the 2019 signing class.

More recruiting

  • Northwestern has taken a commitment from Joe Basimile, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Monacan High School outside Richmond, who is listed by rivals.com as having offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Miami among others.
  • Marcus Dockery, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Bishop O’Connell in Arlington, has been committed to Maryland since the winter.

Canadian legacy

Joe Spaziani, who joined Virginia’s football team as a walk-on quarterback, was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the sixth round of Canadian Football League draft.

Spaziani, who was the Cavaliers’ long snapper for three years, is the son of former UVa assistant and Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani, who in the past coached in the Canadian Football League.

A younger Spaziani son, Andrew, has walked on to the UVa football team after transferring from New Mexico State, where he did not play football. He is a 6-foot-5 receiver.

According to the 2019 UVa football roster, one of the candidates to replace Joe Spaziani is freshman Enzo Anthony from Port Charlotte, Florida, who was the No. 1 long snapper in the country according to one service and is a direct descendant of UVa founder Thomas Jefferson.

Movement

  • Wide receiver Dillon Spalding, rated the No. 10 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times when he signed with West Virginia in 2018, is now at James Madison. The Dukes have added another former top 25 receiver, Brandon Polk, a graduate transfer from Penn State.
  • After joining the Virginia football program as a walk-on defensive back, former Salem High School defensive back Nick Wade has transferred to Liberty.

Passages

Virginia lost one of its most prominent ambassadors this past weekend when Andy Selfridge, captain of the Cavaliers’ 1971 football team and later a development officer at UVa, died of cancer this past weekend at 70. Selfridge spent five years in the NFL, mostly with the New York Giants.

“UVa has lost a great man,” former UVa and Cave Spring star Tiki Barber tweeted. “Imposing, yet so gentle.”

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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