University of Colorado center Shaun Vandiver said his mother and junior college coach have received inquiries from other colleges, including Minnesota and DePaul, asking how content he is at Colorado.
Vandiver, a junior in his first season with the Buffs, drew attention to himself last month with a 27-point, 14-rebound performance on national television against Iowa State. He leads Colorado University in 10 statistical categories and is the only player on the team who has started every game this season.
Vandiver said Monday that “several” coaches have talked to his mother in Romeoville, Ill., but he would identify only two of them, calling both “friends of the family.” They are Minnesota coach Clem Haskins, who recruited Vandiver two years ago for Western Kentucky, and Doug Bruno, the women’s basketball coach at DePaul.
“Some (other) schools have said something to my mother, and others have called my junior college coach,” said Vandiver. “But I can’t say who. I don’t want to bring down some kind of big investigation on anybody.”
The NCAA prohibits coaches from making “direct or indirect contact” with players who are on scholarship at another school without first receiving permission from the player’s athletic director.
‘No One Would Ask Me’
Vandiver’s former junior college coach, Dave Farrar of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, said he had not been asked whether Vandiver was content at Colorado.
“No one would ask me that,” Farrar said. “And that (transferring) wouldn’t be anything that he would consider. He’s a smart, loyal kid.”
Vandiver said he is not considering a transfer. If he did, he would have to sit out one of his two remaining years of eligibility.
“I’m not crazy,” he said. “I’m not going to leave here. This is the best place for me. It would be selfish of me to leave here. I knew the record when I came in, I knew the struggles we were in for.”
Colorado, 7-18 overall and 2-10 and in last place in the Big Eight Conference, plays its final home game Wednesday night against Iowa State.