College notebook: Duke guard Alexis Jones to transfer

From News ReleasesJuly 1, 2014 

Rising junior guard Alexis Jones has announced she will transfer in order to be closer to home.

“Due to injuries, I feel the need to be closer to my family,” said Jones, a native of Irving, Texas.

Jones played in 64 games, all starts, over two seasons with the Blue Devils. She averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals. Jones suffered a torn ACL at Notre Dame last February and missed the final seven games of the season.

“We are very sad to see Alexis go because we love her and her family,” Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. “Given her significant surgeries and her chance to redshirt this year, we support her with this decision. We wish her the best as she heads home.”

East Carolina: Coach Heather Macy announced the addition of Oregon State transfer Khadidja Toure to the program’s signing class.

Toure, a 5-foot-9 guard, must spend one year in academic residency at ECU but will play for the Pirates beginning with the 2015-16 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

“Khadidja is an explosive playmaker who makes everyone around her better,” Macy said.

Toure played in 49 games during her two seasons with the Beavers. She shot over 40 percent from the floor during her sophomore season in 2013-14, while averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 assists per game in a reserve role.

Baseball

N.C. State named Scott Foxhall its pitching coach.

Foxhall joins the Wolfpack from Auburn, where he spent the 2014 season as pitching coach and served as the architect of Auburn’s most-recent recruiting classes. His last four classes have been ranked in the top 25 nationally, peaking with a ninth-place ranking ahead of the 2013 season. Last year, Foxhall pieced together the 13th-best class in the NCAA.

One of those players, Keegan Thompson, finished the year as a Freshman All-American pitcher and All-SEC performer.

“We’re excited for Scott to join our staff,” N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said. “He brings a wealth of high-level experience, an unparalleled passion and a tireless work ethic to Wolfpack baseball. Those qualities will help elevate the already impressive accomplishments of Chris Hart and the rest of our staff.”

In 17 years as a collegiate coach, Foxhall has seen 29 of his pitchers selected in the MLB draft, including seven in the first 10 rounds.

Foxhall has helped develop six major leaguers in his coaching careers at Auburn and College of Charleston. Currently, Brian Schlitter is one of the top right-handed options out of the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen, and Michael Kohn is a fixture in the Los Angeles Angels’ bullpen. Brett Gardner has been a regular in the New York Yankees’ lineup since 2009. Jeff Beliveau has been dominant in Class AAA and has made two appearances this season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lacrosse

Duke: Former Blue Devils Ned Crotty and David Lawson recently were selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team final 23-man roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship.

The United States is the defending champion of the tournament, which runs July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo. Duke is one of four programs to have multiple players selected; Crotty is one of four players returning from the 2010 gold-medal winning squad.

Wrestling

N.C. State: Obe Blanc has been adeed to the coaching staff. Blanc, a 2013 U.S. World Team Trials champion and U.S. Open champion, will serve as the Wolfpack’s volunteer assistant for the 2014-15 season.

Swimming & Diving

N.C. State: Coach Braden Holloway announced a nine-member signing class of eight freshmen and one transfer. The class is set to begin competing in the fall.

Colin Ellington and Noah Franz will stay close to home to join the Wolfpack. Ellington, who is the top-rated freshman in the state of North Carolina, captured titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle in the state championships. Meanwhile, Franz competed along with Ellington and had a successful career at the high school and YMCA levels.

Rowing

Duke: Coach Robyn Horner announced the signing of nine student-athletes to the class of 2018. The incoming freshman class includes Megan Bowen (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Tara Christensen (Nanaimo, British Columbia), Emma Durham (Montreal), Jessica Findlay (United Kingdom), Sarah Fletcher (London), Meagan Lew (Boston), Katherine Maitland (London), Anna Petterson (Westport, Conn.) and Grace Williams (Vienna, Va.).

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