College notebook: Robert Morris lands junior-college guard

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Robert Morris added another member to its 2014 recruiting class Monday with a commitment from Cloud County Community College guard Rodney Pryor. When contacted Monday, Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh confirmed the move.

Pryor spent the past two years at the Concordia, Kan., school, but only played in one year after his ACL was torn before the 2013-14 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Colonials and, as a junior-college transfer, he will be able to play immediately.

Pryor, a 6-foot-4 guard, becomes the fifth member of the program's 2014 class, a group that also includes forward Lionel Gomis, a Siena transfer who was Pryor's junior-college teammate. Two of those recruits -- guard Jafar Kinsey and forward Andre Frederick -- already have signed letters of intent.

Pryor becomes the third player to commit to Robert Morris in the past month, joining Gomis and Marcquise Reed, a guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., who committed April 19. The moves come in an important offseason, one in which the team can fill seven scholarships to reach the NCAA Division I limit of 13. As it stands, the Colonials are two shy of that mark.

Pitt

Former four-star running back Jameel Poteat is set to join Pitt as a walk-on this summer, a source confirmed.

Poteat verbally committed to Pitt before his senior year at Bishop McDevitt in 2010, but flipped to Cincinnati after Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt resigned. In two years with the Bearcats, he registered 57 carries for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He transferred to Stony Brook for the 2013 season, and rushed 46 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in six games before an injury cut short his season.

In looking for his next school, Poteat already had an established connection with Pitt, beyond just being a former commit. His cousin, Hank Poteat, is a defensive graduate assistant for the Panthers.

Because he isn't bound to Pitt, the school can't publicly comment on Poteat until he enrolls in summer classes, which begin May 12. NCAA transfer rules dictate that Poteat will have to sit out the 2014 season before becoming eligible in 2015.

Duquesne

Women's basketball coach Dan Burt announced the signing of Deva'Nyar Workman of Reading, Pa., to a national letter of intent. Workman, who will have two years of eligibility at Duquesne, played two seasons at Jacksonville Junior College in Texas.

In her sophomore season, the 5-10 guard averaged 17.4 points per game and was a NJCAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention as well as Region 14 Most Valuable Player, All-Region 14 and All-Conference.

Missouri

The school hired Central Missouri's Kim Anderson, a former star player and longtime aide to Norm Stewart, as its men's basketball coach. The decision came shortly after the school's board of curators met in Columbia, Mo. A news conference to introduce Anderson was set for today.

Anderson, 58, won a Division II championship at Central Missouri this season, defeating West Liberty from Wheeling, W.Va.

Former UCLA and Pitt coach Ben Howland also had been believed to be a finalist for the job. Frank Haith left for Tulsa earlier this month after three seasons.

San Jose State

The family of linebacker Jared Leaf said he is in critical condition after suffering burns to his body while escaping from a fire in his apartment near campus last week. Leaf, who had been listed as a starting linebacker for the Spartans at the conclusion of spring practice, is being treated at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Burn Center.


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