Kansas University assistant basketball coach Neil Dougherty has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the head coaching position at Eastern Michigan University.
A source at the university and a Detroit newspaper said Dougherty withdrew on Wednesday after meeting with school officials. The vacancy was created last week when Ben Braun left the Ypsilanti, Mich., school for the same position at the University of California-Berkeley.
It is believed Dougherty was Eastern Michigan athletic director Tim Weiser's No. 1 or 2 choice.
Weiser is a good friend of KU coach Roy Williams and South Carolina head coach Eddie Fogler. Dougherty has worked for both Williams and Fogler.
The leading candidate at Eastern Michigan now appears to be Milton Barnes, an assistant at Minnesota. Also in the running is Eastern Michigan assistant Brian Miller, plus one of the assistants on Lon Kruger's staff at Illinois.
One Detroit writer said sources indicated the job was Dougherty's if he had wanted it. The school was expected to name a coach sometime next week.
Dougherty was not available for comment Wednesday night.
Davis picks UCLA: Baron Davis, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Santa Monica Crossroads High (Calif.), has verbally committed to UCLA over Kansas and Duke.
Davis averaged 18 points, nine assists, 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game last season for 27-9 Crossroads.
He was believed to be KU's No. 1 recruit at the point guard slot.
Davis was expected to visit for KU's annual Late Night With Roy Williams basketball extravaganza on Oct. 18. However, that trip now is canceled.
Davis lives with his grandmother and simply decided he did not want to leave Los Angeles. It had nothing to do with Earl Watson of KC Washington, a friend of Davis, also committing to UCLA this week.
Where does this leave KU in its search for a point guard? The Jayhawks' top two choices are believed to be Khalid El Amin, 5-11 from Minneapolis, and Tony Harris, 6-0 of Memphis.
El Amin committed to Minnesota last year, but changed his mind so he could make some trips. KU is on his list of finalists along with Cincinnati, Georgetown, UNLV and Fresno State. However, it is believed he will eventually tab the Golden Gophers.
Harris likes KU, Tennessee, Memphis, Colorado and Arkansas. It's believed both he and El Amin will announce in the late signing period. Perhaps needing to expand its point guard pool, KU reportedly is starting to recruit 6-3 point guard Bernard Smith of Conroe, Texas.
Bye-bye Burgess?: Chris Burgess is still officially considering KU. However, a quote in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times isn't encouraging for KU.
"Duke, UCLA, Kentucky, BYU, North Carolina, that's where I plan to go," Burgess, a 6-10 center, is quoted as saying. "One or two might be above the others, but they have the advantage that I know them real well."
Battier's finalists: Shane Battier, a 6-8 forward from Birmingham, Mich., reportedly lists Duke, Michigan State and KU as his top three schools with UCLA and Michigan still on his list. He's scheduled to visit KU on the Texas Tech football weekend Oct. 12.
Gregory looks at KU: It looks as if KU has a shot at landing Kenny Gregory, 6-5, of Columbus, Ohio. However, Gregory attended a basketball camp at Clemson last summer and likes the Tiger program. He also is considering Kentucky, Cincy and Ohio State. He's known as a sharpshooter and likes the idea of filling that need at KU.
Hughes to make five visits: Larry Hughes, a 6-5 guard from St. Louis, will visit Michigan on Sept. 27. He's also slated to visit KU, St. Louis, Illinois and Syracuse. SLU is the early favorite.