Battle not finalist for UB job
Was point guard at UB from ’02-05
Turner Battle, a former player for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team, is not a finalist for the men’s basketball coaching position at UB.
The News learned through a source on Thursday that Battle was notified by UB’s search committee that he did not receive a second interview for the job, which has been vacant since March 27, when Nate Oats left after four seasons to take the same job at Alabama.
UB is expected to interview finalists this weekend at the Final Four in Minneapolis.
Battle was a point guard at UB for four seasons starting in 2001-02, and is in his fifth season as an assistant on the men’s basketball staff at UAB, including the last three seasons as an assistant with Robert Ehsan.
Battle was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and played professionally for two seasons in Europe, then with Fort Worth of the NBA Developmental League and the Buffalo Rapids of the American Basketball Association. He began coaching in 2007, and was an assistant on Reggie Witherspoon’s staff at UB until 2013. He then joined the staff at Chattanooga for a year.
UB inducted Battle into its Hall of Fame in 2010. He is UB’s eighth all-time leading scorer (1,414 points).
Noah Williams, a 6-foot5 guard from Seattle, announced Wednesday night on Twitter that he has decommitted from the University at Buffalo men’s basketball program.
Williams’ announcement comes a week after Nate Oats resigned at UB to become the men’s basketball coach at Alabama.
Williams originally committed to UB in March, and was the only high school player in UB’s recruiting class for UB. 247Sports ranked Williams as a three-star recruit.
Williams is the second member of UB’s 2019 recruiting class to re-open his recruitment. Andre Allen, a 6-foot-9 inch forward at Arizona Western College, announced on Twitter that he plans to request his release from UB.
UB recruits James Rojas and Durey Cadwell have not announced their intentions regarding their commitments to UB. Rojas, who played high school basketball at Jamestown, is a 6-foot-7 forward who recently completed his second season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Former UB star Turner Battle is currently an assistant on the staff of Alabama-Birmingham.
Rojas did not return messages left by The News regarding his commitment. Steve Eck, his coach at Hutchinson, said he has not discussed Rojas’ future with him.”
“I have no idea what James’ plans are,” Eck said. “If I knew, I’d tell you. We haven’t talked about that. I’m sure in the next couple days he’ll say something to me, but right now, he’s been going to class and trying to graduate.”
Cadwell, a guard, recently completed his first season at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Oats released a thank-you statement to UB’s fans Wednesday night on social media.
Reports: Legette-Jack to talk to Ga. Tech
University at Buffalo women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack is a candidate for the same position at Georgia Tech.
Multiple reports state that Legette-Jack will interview for the Yellow Jackets’ opening, and the Atlanta JournalConstitution reported Thursday that Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury was to interview Legette-Jack.
The Journal-Constitution also reported Legette-Jack could also interview with Georgia Tech associate athletic director Joeleen Akin this weekend in Tampa, Fla., site of the women’s Final Four.
Georgia Tech looks to replace MaChelle Joseph, who was fired in March after 16 seasons, following an investigation that found players said she was emotionally, mentally and verbally abusive. Joseph denied those allegations.
Legette-Jack was also reportedly a candidate for the opening at Penn State, which later hired Marquette coach Carolyn Kieger.
Legette-Jack recently completed her seventh season at UB, and led the Bulls to their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four years.
Jada Kenner day
April 5th is officially Jada Kenner Day in New York’s 60th Senate District, according to New York State Senator Chris Jacobs.
The Tapestry Charter school seventh grader broke four state records and set a new world record for 12 year-olds during the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last month.
Kenner will be honored at Tapestry Charter Middle School today with Jacobs and her family present.
Prep talk AOW
Williamsville East lacrosse player Clayton Osborne and Nardin softball player Jessica DiPasquale have been named the Prep Talk Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Sgroi Financial, in voting by visitors to BuffaloNews.com.
Osborne tallied seven goals and two assists for the unbeaten Flames in wins over Niagara Wheatfield and North Tonawanda. He received 59 percent of the vote.
DiPasquale struck out 14 batters in a shutout of Kenmore East while batting 4-for-5 with three runs batted in. She received 43 percent of the vote.
Voting is conducted on BuffaloNews.com, beginning each Monday. The voting concludes Thursdays at noon. To nominate an athlete for consideration, send an email to
Youth leads Depew
Depew softball graduated a lot of experience last season. With little experience but a lot of talent coach Dan Seelig was able to trust his team.
Depew defeated Cheektowaga 7-1 with two middle schoolers leading the way.
Eighth-grader Jordan Kanick went 2-4 with an RBI while pitching a two-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Seventh grader Mia Cannelli started at shortstop hitting a home run.
“I’m very happy with the way we started our season,” Seelig said.
Starpoint wins without a hit
Hamburg baseball’s Dylan Crowley and Evan Chaffee combined for 14 strikeouts and a no-hitter but still lost.
Starpoint defeated Hamburg 3-2, scoring three unearned runs in the first.
One walk, one passed ball, one batter reached on an error, a dropped third strike, a fielders choice and an overthrow was the winning recipe for Starpoint.
Starpoint coach Timothy Racey said Hamburg has “a excellent ball team” and didn’t realize they were no-hit until after the game.
Starpoint pitcher Adam Rankie went 6∑ innings with six strikeouts.