HENDERSON, NEV. — Duane Cooper is out as boys' basketball coach at Compton Dominguez High, and star center Norvel Pelle may have played his last game as a Don.
Hours after learning the Compton Unified School District let go of Cooper, a former USC and NBA player, Pelle said he intended to transfer.
"For now, I'm still checked in, but I'll leave," Pelle said here Wednesday at a club tournament. He said he "hopefully" would join former Dominguez teammate Keala King, last season's San Gabriel Valley League MVP, at Santa Ana Mater Dei but also is considering a move to Compton High.
A school source not authorized to speak publicly said that Jordan Littlejohn, a teacher at Compton's Vanguard middle school, was introduced to the staff Tuesday as Dominguez's new coach. Littlejohn has been a parks and recreation coach, the source said, but beyond that his credentials are not known.