TALLAHASSEE — Leonard Hamilton said Wednesday that he has achieved the rebuilding he sought when he became Florida State's basketball coach nine seasons ago. With a veteran team returning from a Sweet 16 appearance, he sees even better times ahead.
"We're not surprised that we were in a position to go to the Elite Eight," he said. "We're not going to be satisfied just going to the Sweet 16."
FSU loses one senior, Derwin Kitchen, and junior forward Chris Singleton is expected to leave early. Everyone else returns, and the recruiting class is headed by Terry Whisnant, the North Carolina high school player of the year who averaged 31.7 points.
UF's shyatt to wyoming? Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt was reportedly in Wyoming on Wednesday interviewing for the head coaching job. He was Wyoming's coach from 1997-98, and Clemson coach from 1998-2003. Shyatt, 59, has been on the Gators' staff since 2004.
Painter stays at purdue: After talking with Missouri about its coaching vacancy, Matt Painter decided to stay at his alma mater, agreeing to an eight-year contract through 2018-19. Painter, 40, is a three-time Big Ten coach of the year.
BOSTON College: Reggie Jackson, the team's leading scorer, made himself eligible for the NBA draft, but the junior guard won't hire an agent, leaving his options open to return to school. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Louisiana tech: Mississippi assistant Michael White, 34, was named coach, his skill at recruiting in the South a key factor.
Marquette: Coach Buzz Williams, 38, finalized a new deal after a run to the Sweet 16.
UC davis: Coach Gary Stewart, 88-148 in eight seasons, is stepping down to become a special projects administrator in the athletic department.
South Carolina: Coach Dawn Staley, considered a leading candidate to take over at her alma meter, Virginia, after Debbie Ryan resigned, said she will stay with the Gamecocks.