Metress draws interest

Augusta Chronicle file
Coach Metress has been very successful at ASU
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One day after Augusta State ended its season, coach Dip Metress became the talk of the town in Georgia's capital.

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Augusta State head coach Dip Metress looks to the ref for a foul against Anderson on Tuesday at Augusta State's Christenberry Fieldhouse. Anderson held off the Jaguars 75-73 in overtime. With the win, Anderson advanced to the Division II Elite Eight.   Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Augusta State head coach Dip Metress looks to the ref for a foul against Anderson on Tuesday at Augusta State's Christenberry Fieldhouse. Anderson held off the Jaguars 75-73 in overtime. With the win, Anderson advanced to the Division II Elite Eight.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the seventh-year Jaguars coach was a candidate for the open Georgia State men's basketball position. The Division I Panthers went 44-79 the past four years and fired coach Rod Barnes before their conference tournament.

Metress, who sports a 308-144 overall record in 15 seasons (174-51 mark at Augusta State) confirmed Wednesday afternoon he's spoken with Georgia State. But, he added, the school has someone else in mind.

"I'm no longer involved with the job," Metress said.

Should Metress hang around for another season he'll look to sustain the momentum built during this year's 30-4 campaign, which included a trip to the Division II Sweet Sixteen. Last year, he replaced four seniors, including All-American guard Ben Madgen, all-region forward Fred Brathwaite and all-conference center Alex Smith. Now, Metress will have to replace four more seniors.

Metress will need to find two scorers to replace all-region guard George Johnson and all-conference forward Franck Ndongo.

Johnson led the team with a 16.7 scoring average on a school record 104 3-pointers in his lone season.

Ndongo, who closed with three consecutive double-doubles, averaged 14.1 points and 7.9 boards a game.

Including Caleb Brown and Howard Brown, the four seniors combined for 58 percent of the team's offense and 53 percent of its rebounding. A year earlier, Metress had to replace 82 percent of the offense and 69 percent of its rebounding.

While Metress plans to bring in four more players, two others already are in place. Freshmen forwards Devin Wright-Nelson (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and Charles Robinson (6-8, 188), who each red-shirted this season, are expected to make major contributions next season.

The Jaguars also return their starting backcourt in junior guards O'Neal Armstrong, the team's top returning leading scorer (9.2), and Tye Beal (6.1). Sophomore guard Ben Purser (7.7), who started 11 of 34 games, will return along with sophomore guard Kyle Armour. Freshman Eric Schranz (6-10, 245) likely will get redshirted.

One person looking to making a major leap next season is sophomore center Travis Keels, who injured his ankle after scoring a team-high 12 points in an exhibition against Georgia.

Keels, who averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 boards a game, battled through the injury the entire season.

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tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 03/16/11 - 02:03 pm
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If he gets a chance to move

If he gets a chance to move up, I wish him well.

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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 04:28 pm
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I predicted this Sunday.

I predicted this Sunday.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 03/16/11 - 04:30 pm
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It will not be Georgia State,

It will not be Georgia State, IMO....

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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 04:34 pm
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DJ, well, the article says

DJ, well, the article says Dip says he's no longer a candidate. I wonder what's up?

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 03/16/11 - 04:41 pm
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Not sure Riverman1...

Not sure Riverman1...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/16/11 - 05:03 pm
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**double post**

**double post**

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bdouglas 03/16/11 - 05:02 pm
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Georgia State isn't even a

Georgia State isn't even a member of the NCAA. Wasn't it reported a while back that Dip is the highest paid coach in the Peach Belt? Doesn't seem reasonable to me to think he'd leave for a Non-NCAA school since one would assume they would pay much less. Just my two cents anyway.

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DowntownJaguar 03/16/11 - 05:06 pm
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bdouglas, Georgia State is

bdouglas, Georgia State is D-1. They are in the Colonial Athletic Conference which includes George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, etc....

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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 05:18 pm
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Bdouglas, huh? As DJ said....

Bdouglas, huh? As DJ said....

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 03/16/11 - 05:56 pm
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It's all about the money. If

It's all about the money. If the money ain't there, Dip ain't going. That is the gist of what he told the AC.

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agrit 03/16/11 - 09:32 pm
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It will be a big loss to ASU

It will be a big loss to ASU when he leaves.

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Jackrabbit Slim 03/24/11 - 10:12 am
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Ron Hunter got the job, but

Ron Hunter got the job, but don't feel bad about not getting it coach. GSU is developing into a coach's (I hope I spelled that correctly) graveyard. Why would you want to leave ASU anyway?

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