Shrewsberry adding to his coaching staff
From Mirror, wire reports
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry hired Mike Farrelly as an assistant coach on Monday.
Farrelly joins Penn State after eight years coaching at Hofstra, most recently serving as the acting head coach for the 2020-21 season. Promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2019, Farrelly helped lead Hofstra to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular-season championships in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Hofstra won the 2019-20 CAA Tournament title and earned its first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 2001.
Prior to his time at Hofstra, Farrelly spent two seasons at Niagara where he helped guide the Purple Eagles to a 2013 postseason appearance in the NIT and regular-season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title before going to Hofstra.
Originally from New City City, Farrelly played for three years under Phil Martelli at St. Joseph’s and graduated with a degree in finance in 2003. Farrelly worked in the financial services sector following his graduation from St. Joseph’s, but remained involved in coaching.
Shrewsberry also announced that Talor Battle and Nick Colella will remain on staff. Both were assistant coaches under Patrick Chambers and Jim Ferry.
Ex-Pitt player goes west
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — New Indiana coach Mike Woodson spent most of last week trying to persuade his players to stick around.
On Monday, he added a new name — 6-foot-3 guard Xavier Johnson, a transfer from Pitt who could provide the consistent perimeter scoring threat the Hoosiers have lacked for years. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 18 games last season.
In his three seasons at Pittsburgh, Johnson wound up with .13.7 points and had 4.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 40.2% from the field and 33.6% on 3-pointers.
He also broke the school’s 34-year-old freshman scoring record by surpassing Charles Smith with 512 points.
He originally signed with Nebraska.
Purdue adds to staff
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Matt Painter is bringing back a familiar face to his staff, rehiring Paul Lusk on Monday to fill one of two openings.
Lusk served as an assistant/associate coach with Painter from 2005-11. He spent the next seven seasons as head coach at Missouri State, where he went 106-121. After he was fired in March 2018, Lusk landed at Creighton, where he worked for the past three seasons under coach Greg McDermott.
Painter also is trying to plug the hole left by Steve Lutz, who was in charge of Purdue’s offense. Lutz is now the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Lusk’s return could help provide some consistency on a staff in transition.
Lusk spent one season on Painter’s staff at Southern Illinois before moving to Purdue. He started his college playing career at Iowa and finished it with the Salukis.
Sparty loses a player
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Henry has decided to skip his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NBA draft.
Henry said Monday he plans to sign with an agent.
He helped the Spartans push their NCAA Tournament streak to 23, extending the longest run in Big Ten history, which trails only Kansas’ 31-year stretch among active streaks.
The 6-foot-6 Henry was the team’s only double-digit scorer, averaging 15.4 points. He led Michigan State with 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game, along with being tied for the team lead with 5.6 rebounds a game and being its top defender.
Henry, who is from Indianapolis, averaged 10 points over a three-year career that included 77 starts and 97 games.