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  1. LeBron James Skills Academy begins, high school and college rosters inside

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT


    The LeBron James Skills Academy officially got underway Friday night in Las Vegas, Nev., showcasing the best talent in high school and college basketball in front of scouts and media. Below is a roster of high school participants, with a link to the college roster as well. HIGH SCHOOL ROSTER Stephen Clark | Oklahoma City,…

  2. John Calipari’s Dominican National Team one win away from Olympics

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT


    John Calipari has a chance to add another notch to his belt in 2012. He already won a national championship and saw six of his players get selected in the NBA draft, but he has been focused on Olympic qualifying, where he has the Dominican National Basketball Team one win away from its first ever…

  3. Federal appeals court upholds conviction of Pitino extortionist Karen Sypher

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Karen Sypher

    A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of Karen Sypher, the woman serving more than seven years in prison for attempting to extort Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. In a decision Thursday, the court rebuked the argument made by Sypher’s lawyer, David Nolan, saying it was “premature and unsupported by the record,”…

  4. Former Syracuse forward Etan Thomas fights back against NCAA’s ‘corrupt system’

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT


    In a piece recently published on, former Syracuse and NBA forward Etan Thomas publicly criticized the NCAA, calling the college experience a “corrupt system focused on exploitation and greed.” Thomas, who averaged 12.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game in his three-year Syracuse career from 1997-2000, wrote about his personal experiences with…

  5. Former Villanova forward Andrew Sullivan named to Great Britain’s Olympic team

    Jul 5, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    American college basketball will have a strong presence at the 2012 Olympics, and the latest player with ties to the States was named to an international Thursday: former Villanova Wildcat Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan will be suiting up for Great Britain in London as part of a team that includes NBA players Luol Deng of the…

  6. USA Basketball U17 team cruises to 69-point victory over China on Independence Day

    Jul 5, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Now might be the perfect time to use one of those clichéd “fireworks” puns that I’ve had stored away since last Independence Day, but I’ll resist the temptation. The United States’ U17 basketball team put on a dominating performance Wednesday night, taking care of China, 116-47, to end the preliminary round of the 2012 FIBA U17…

  7. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber calls reserve Omari Lawrence the “surprise of the summer”

    Jul 4, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Omari Lawrence

    As Bruce Weber begins his tenure at Kansas State, the player standing out to him most in workouts may not be who you think. “You know who has played really well?” Weber told the Wichita Star. “Omari Lawrence. I think he has been the surprise of the summer.” Lawrence, the St. John’s transfer who spent…

  8. Despite ankle injury, Anthony Davis will report to Team USA’s Olympic training camp

    Jul 4, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    When Anthony Davis went down with an ankle injury during a workout with his new team, the New Orleans Hornets, last week, it seemed like another blow to the possible depth of Team USA for the London Olympics. But, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Davis will report to Team USA training camp in Las…

  9. Texas Southern head coach Tony Harvey resigns

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Tony Harvey

    Texas Southern head coach Tony Harvey has resigned from his position, effective immediately, the school announced Tuesday. According to the release, it was in Harvey’s best “personal and professional interest to resign to pursue other goals.” “We appreciate the hard work put in by Coach Harvey over the past several seasons and we wish him…

  10. Why does the Internet dislike Texas A&M’s SEC intro video so much?

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    The Internet seems to be the ultimate judge of quality video content these days. Bring it out into the public square and cyberspace, and you’ll see how well it’s received. Granted, you could shrug off any criticism if you wanted, but sometimes the crowds speak the truth. The latest sports-related video to receive a resounding…

  11. Washington picks up FIU transfer Gilles Dierickx

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Gilles Dierickx

    Washington coach Lorenzo Romar added size on the interior Monday, brining in Florida International transfer Gilles Dierickx, the school has announced. Dierickx, a 6-11 center from Ghent, Belgium, will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Huskies once he is eligible for the start of the 2013-14 season. “Gilles is a very skilled post…

  12. Boston University barred from 2013 America East tournament after announcement of move to Patriot League

    Jul 3, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Boston University will be barred from the 2013 America East tournament, following its announcement that it will be moving to the Patriot League next summer, the Albany Times-Union is reporting. “We are extremely disappointed in this decision, especially since it impacts our student-athletes,” Boston University athletic director Mike Lynch told the paper. “However, as we…

  13. Drexel promotes Bobby Jordan to assistant coach

    Jul 3, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

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    The Drexel Dragons added to their men’s basketball staff Monday, promoting operations assistant Bobby Jordan to assistant coach, the school announced. “I am looking forward to having Bobby take over the duties as an assistant coach,” Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint said in a statement. “He is extremely familiar with how we run the program. Bobby is a…

  14. DJ Byrd, Ryne Smith, Dru Anthrop release Purdue trick shot video

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Purdue trick shot

    Everyone loves a good trick shot video. We’ve seen quality ones in the past from high-major Division I programs, and another was added to the list Monday courtesy of the Purdue Boilermakers. Current players DJ Byrd and Dru Anthrop, along with current grad assistant and former player Ryne Smith put together this three-minute montage to show…

  15. DeMatha guard Jairus Lyles reportedly commits to VCU

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Jairus Lyles

    Coach Shaka Smart got his first commitment to begin his official reign as a coach of an Atlantic-10 school. Virginia Commonwealth, expedited to the A-10 at the conclusion of the season, grabbed a commitment from 2013 DeMatha guard Jairus Lyles. The news was first reported by and was later confirmed by other outlets. “He’s…

  16. IMG Academy forward Christian Jones commits to Steve Lavin, St. John’s

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

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    Steve Lavin’s recruiting class grew in June with the addition of Top 100 forward Chris Obekpa, and he added more frontcourt depth Saturday. Christian Jones, a 2012 forward from IMG Academy (Fla.), has committed to the Red Storm, bringing the total number of prospects to eight, Lenn Robbins of the New York Post is reporting.…

  17. Guard Devon Hall reportedly reclassifies to 2013, commits to Virginia

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Devon Hall

    We’ve seen a number of high-profile players reclassify and slip into a favorable recruiting situation, namely Nerlens Noel to Kentucky and 2013 guard Wayne Selden, and another came along Sunday morning. Devon Hall, a 6-4, 180-pound guard from Virginia Beach, Va., has reclassified from the Class of 2014 into the Class of 2013 and has…

  18. Boise State files paperwork to leave Mountain West, basketball future undetermined

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Leon Rice

    Under the pressure of a $5 million deadline, Boise State sent its letter of resignation to the Mountain West, officially withdrawing before the June 30 deadline, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting. The move, though not surprising, means that Boise State will be leaving the MWC after the 2012-13 academic year, most importantly to move…

  19. Coveted Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood headed to Duke

    Jul 1, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT


    The most sought-after transfer left on the market has found a home. Former Mississippi State swingman Rodney Hood is headed to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, Dave Telep of is reporting and multiple other outlets have confirmed. “I feel like coach (Mike Krzyzewski) and the staff can get the most out of…

  20. Anthony Davis takes playful jab at Austin Rivers at New Orleans Hornets introductory press conference

    Jun 30, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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    If I had the chance, I’d do it to. At the introductory press conference for Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, the two newest members of the New Orleans Hornets, Davis took a playful jab at his new teammate, pointing out their level of success in the collegiate ranks. “Unfortunately for Austin, I won a national…

  21. NBA Draft success fueling blue-chip Calipari recruiting classes at Kentucky

    Jun 30, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT


    This Obvious News of the Day is brought to you by the four first-round picks that Kentucky had in the 2012 NBA Draft. With Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist walking across the stage as the first- and second-overall picks Thursday night, Calipari has now laid groundwork for recruiting success even farther into the future. The…

  22. Dakari Johnson scores 16, USA Basketball U-17 takes down Czech Republic, 95-57

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Dakari Johnson

    Top 2014 prospect Dakari Johnson posted a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, as the United States U-17 team cruised to a 95-57 victory over the Czech Republic Saturday at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania. “I just tried to come in the game and crash the offensive boards and really…

  23. South Carolina AD Eric Hyman hired to same position at Texas A&M

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Eric Hyman

    South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman is leaving his position with the Gamecocks to take the same job at Texas A&M, the school announced Friday. “I am very excited for the opportunity to help transition Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference,” said Hyman in a release from the school. “While this is a tremendous opportunity,…

  24. Alleged marijuana dealer reportedly supplied Kansas basketball players

    Jun 30, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

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    A Kansas City-area man charged in a large-scale drug ring allegedly supplied marijuana to some members of the 2010-11 Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team, according to a federal prosecutor. The report from the Kansas City Star, published Friday, says that Samuel Villeareal III, 32, is one of 25 defendants charged in U.S. District Court with…

  25. Saint Louis promotes assistant Jim Whitesell to associate head coach

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Jim Whitesell

    Jim Whitesell, an Iowa native who has served under Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus for one season, has been promoted to associate head coach, the school confirmed Thursday. “He’s extraordinarily committed,” Majerus told “He’d make me go to bed after a game and when I woke up, he’d have a tape made and 20 bullet…