Diekvoss in, Piotrowski out
Something recently happened to the University of Richmond basketball program that hasn’t happened in a while. The Spiders lost a player with eligibility remaining.
Luke Piotrowski, who’s 6-foot-11 and spent one of his two years at Richmond as a redshirt, is transferring. The Spiders haven’t been bitten by the attrition bug much since early in Chris Mooney’s coaching tenure, which started in 2005.
“I understand his desire to have a better chance to play more minutes. He’s a talented player, and I think he wants to maximize that by being on the court,” Mooney said of Piotrowski. “At the same time, we don’t like to have anybody leave the program.”
The Spiders picked up an oral commitment from 6-6 Chandler Diekvoss, from De Pere, Wisc. He averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds last season as a junior, and shot 44 percent from 3-point distance, at West De Pere High School.
Diekvoss (DEEK-voss), also a quarterback/defensive back, said he had an offer from Northern Kentucky and was talking to Ohio University. “Richmond seemed like a perfect fit for me,” he said, “and I wanted to decide early so I could concentrate on football and basketball.” He visited Richmond last weekend.
Piotrowski, from Atlantic City, N.J., played 25 minutes last season after redshirting as a true freshman. His father, Tom Piotrowski, said Monday that Luke may be headed to Eastern Illinois. Luke’s brother Mat, who is 7-2, plays at Eastern Illinois after transferring from Boston University and a junior college.
“We absolutely love Richmond as a family. Luke loved it. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t going to work out for him basketball-wise,” Tom said. “It’s just the nature of the college game these days. Unfortunately, sometimes you’ve got to make a move.”
Northeastern added to hoops schedule
The Spiders added CAA member Northeastern to their 2013-14 schedule. Richmond will play in Boston this season, and the Huskies visit the Robins Center next season.
That should complete Richmond’s list of opponents outside of Atlantic 10 Conference competition. The Spiders will face North Carolina on Nov. 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic.
In addition to Northeastern, Richmond will play Delaware in the Robins Center opener, Belmont, Minnesota, Hofstra, at Air Force, James Madison, at William and Mary, at Wake Forest, Coppin State, Ohio, Old Dominion and at Florida.
Jody Davis’ son is candidate for job
Presbyterian College pitching coach Josh Davis, the son of former big-league catcher Jody Davis, is a strong candidate to become Richmond’s pitching coach under new head coach Tracy Woodson.
Davis is expected to join Matt Tyner, a former Bellarmine University coach, and holdover Tanner Biagini on Woodson’s staff. All four have professional playing experience.
Woodson is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ game on Aug. 15.
“I think there are a lot of people who think good things are going to start happening,” Woodson, a Benedictine grad, said of the response he has sensed since being named on July 23.