Beyond the Scoreboard: UNC Asheville basketball under reconstruction

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The reconstruction of the UNC Asheville basketball program is fully underway.

After the top six players, head coach Nick McDevitt and his two top assistants left the team following a 21-13 season and the Big South Conference regular-season title, new coach Mike Morrell has been busy since being hired last month.

Morrell has added four new players, confirmed the commitment of a signee from last November and this week added two assistant coaches to his staff.

The newest player is 6-8 forward Luke Lawson, a 6-8 forward from Coeburn, Va., who averaged 19 points and nine rebounds last season at Eastside High.

The new assistant coaches are R.J. Evans and Kyle Perry.

Evans worked with Morrell under Shaka Smart at Texas and spent last season as an assistant at Louisville.

Perry spent the past nine seasons at USC Upstate, eight as an assistant under Eddie Payne. Last year he was 7-25 as head coach.

Lawson joins a list of recruits that includes guards DeVon Baker and Cress Worthy and forward Jax Levitch.

And 6-7 wing player Coty Jude, who signed in November, confirmed he will be coming to Asheville, Morrell said last week.

Morrell also said he released 6-7 guard Anthony Crump from his commitment. Crump will join McDevitt at Middle Tennessee State.

McDevitt left Asheville for a five-year, $3.75 million contract with MTSU after the 2017-18 season and brought along two assistants on his Asheville staff, Sean Dixon and Wes Long.

The Bulldogs graduated four seniors – including three starters - from last year’s team and returning starters MaCio Teague (Baylor) and Jonathan Baehre (Clemson) have transferred.

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