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  1. Report: Duquesne releases Donovon Jack released from letter of intent

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT


    The Reading Eagle is reporting that Donovon Jack, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Berks Catholic (Pa.), will be released from his letter of intent to play for Duquesne. The Dukes hired former Long Island coach Jim Ferry on April 10 to replace Everhart, after Ferry led the Blackbirds to a 25-9 record and an NCAA…

  2. Report: CJ Leslie turns down NBA draft, will return to NC State

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    North Carolina State University forward C.J. Leslie celebrates after their victory over Georgetown University in their men's NCAA college basketball game in Columbus

    Matt Norlander of is reporting that CJ Leslie will return to NC State for his junior season. Leslie averaged 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 2011-12, helping to lead the Wolfpack to an unlikely run to the Sweet 16, where they fell to national championship participant Kansas. Leslie scored in double figures…

  3. You (yes, you) may have committed an NCAA violation without even knowing it

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT


    The joke, framed in the context of a phony quote, goes as follows: “I’ve decided to commit to School X because some man on Twitter told me I should.” – No Recruit Ever. Check out your Twitter feed. Is anyone desperately “@ mentioning” a high-major recruit, nearly begging him to attend School X for A,…

  4. How likely is it that Anthony Bennett chooses Kentucky? Ask Nerlens Noel

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT


    Kentucky made it’s biggest splash on the recruiting trail last week when center Nerlens Noel signed on the dotted line but, according to Jason Jordan of ESPN, it may be Noel, himself, who helps to solidify the rest of the 2012 Wildcat class. According to Jordan, Noel is confident that there is a little “over…

  5. It looks like Nerlens Noel understands John Calipari’s vision at Kentucky

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT


    If there’s one thing we ought to credit Nerlens Noel with at this, the earliest point of his Kentucky career, it’s that he knows what he is walking into with the Wildcats. He’ll be the centerpiece of Volume IV of John Calipari’s experiment in youth, and, along with that, he recognizes the types of questions…

  6. Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook commits to Xavier

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT


    Xavier (literally) got some big help in the frontcourt on Monday afternoon, as 6-9, 290-pound Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook tweeted that he would be headed to play for Chris Mack. He chose Xavier over Wright State and Bradley. “After visiting, it was basically the academics, the athletics and the success they’ve had in the…

  7. Report: Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones to declare for NBA draft

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Final Four Kentucky Kansas Basketball

    According to Adam Zagoria of, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague will all leave Kentucky for the NBA draft. It was reported earlier Monday that Terrence Jones would be headed to the draft, but this report confirms what many had been thinking almost all season. Jones is projected to be the 11th overall…

  8. NCAA investigation behind them, Ricardo Gathers signs with Baylor

    Apr 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Baylor has averted a major problem in the past few weeks, satisfying the NCAA’s investigation of alleged impermissible phones by self-imposing penalties and avoiding any further punishment. With questions about possible sanctions out of the way Monday, Ricardo Gathers, the prized Top 30 forward from LaPlace, Louisiana, stuck with the program and signed his letter…

  9. Report: Terrence Jones to declare for NBA, but no official word

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT


    It was almost inevitable, but a report is now surfacing that seems to confirm it. Dan Rieffer of WTVQ in Lexington is reporting that Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones will be headed to the NBA draft. Jones averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds for the national champion Wildcats in 2011-12, turning up the intensity down the…

  10. Report: Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz headed to Maryland

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT


    According to Jeff Goodman of, Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has committed to coach Mark Turgeon and Maryland after visiting the campus this past weekend. Smotrycz averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this year as a sophomore for the Wolverines, a team that went 24-10 overall, before losing to Ohio in the Round…

  11. Fresno State lands signature from former Kansas State commit Robert Upshaw

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT


    Former Kansas State commit Robert Upshaw has chosen to stay local and play for coach Rodney Terry at Fresno State. Upshaw was originally committed to Frank Martin and the Wildcats, but departed from the school when Martin took the head coaching position at South Carolina. For Fresno State, a program that went 13-20 last season…

  12. Bashir Mason, Richard Pitino, Wes Miller out to prove young coaches can win, too

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT


    Taking over a Division I program isn’t easy. Being one of the three youngest coaches in the game isn’t easy either. Now try building a Division I program as one of the three youngest coaches in the country. With the hiring of Richard Pitino at Florida International to replace Isiah Thomas, it now means that…

  13. Report: Richard Pitino hired to replace Isiah Thomas as head coach at FIU

    Apr 15, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT


    Anthony Wireman of first reported and other outlets have confirmed that Louisville associate head coach Richard Pitino will replace Isiah Thomas as head coach at Florida International. Pitino, son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, worked under his father for a total of three seasons in two different stints with the Cardinals, having previously…

  14. DePaul making push on recruiting trail for Our Savior shot-blocker Chris Obekpa

    Apr 15, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT


    With all of the big signings and impending decisions at the top of the 2012 class, let us not forget the quality players still uncommitted in the latter half of the Top 100. That group includes Our Savior New American’s (N.Y.) Chris Obekpa, a 6-8, 225-pound forward and perhaps the best shot-blocker in the class,…

  15. Norfolk State hero Kyle O’Quinn wins MVP at Portsmouth Invitational

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT


    After his team’s enormous upset of second-seeded Missouri in the NCAA tournament, Kyle O’Quinn gave one of the most heartfelt post-game interviews you’ll see. The kid who got just one scholarship offer, from Norfolk State, earned his moment in the spotlight with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Missouri and, if this past week was…

  16. Shabazz Muhammad: Tony Parker to UCLA would be ‘icing on the cake’

    Apr 15, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT


    During Saturday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, the broadcast team shared an anecdote that illustrates the situation in which Georgia native Tony Parker finds himself. This late in the recruiting process, he still had a list comprised of seven schools. He wants to have a traditional announcement of his decision at his school, complete with laying…

  17. Shabazz Muhammad, Rodney Purvis share MVP at 2012 Jordan Brand Classic

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT


    With the Jordan Brand Classic taking place at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, it seemed only fitting that an in-state prospect, committed to an in-state school, would bring home co-MVP honors. Rodney Purvis, a 6-4 guard from Raleigh, N.C., scored 22 points and had three steals for the East All-Americans in a 99-95 loss…

  18. South Florida’s Victor Rudd arrested, released on $250 bond

    Apr 14, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT


    The Associated Press is reporting that South Florida sophomore forward Victor Rudd was arrested Friday night in Temple Terrace, Fla., on charges of driving without a valid license. Details are still emerging, but reports say that jail records show Rudd was pulled over around 10 p.m. and released Saturday morning on $250 bond. The university…

  19. How to deal with spiteful Twitter critics, including those who went after Alex Oriakhi

    Apr 14, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT


    It has become an ugly reality for college and professional athletes in the new, wired world of sports. With every move, whether it be a commitment, a transfer, or an in-game blunder, there is inevitably a contingent of critics on the Twitterverse who will chime in with language that is certainly not fit for print.…

  20. Temple sophomore guard Aaron Brown reportedly set to transfer

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT


    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Temple sophomore guard Aaron Brown has informed coach Fran Dunphy that he will be transferring to another institution. Brown averaged 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in just over 14 minutes per game last season. He had his best game of the year in a win over…

  21. Larry Brown reportedly interviewing for coaching job at SMU

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT


    It hasn’t been the most pleasant of months for SMU athletic director Steve Orsini. After head coach Matt Doherty was fired in mid-March after six seasons, Orsini and the Mustangs are still looking for a head coach and reports are that they have turned to a candidate that has some scratching their heads: Larry Brown.…

  22. Former Kansas State commit Robert Upshaw looking to make decision

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bruce Weber

    When Frank Martin left Kansas State for South Carolina last month, it ended up leaving a massive hole in the Wildcats’ 2012 recruiting class. How large? 6-11, 250 pounds. Robert Upshaw of Fresno, Calif., decommitted from Kansas State and is now looking at programs across the country for a new landing spot. According to Dave…

  23. 2012 Jordan Brand Classic rosters set, game time 7 p.m. Saturday

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    Photo credit: Kentucky.straightpinkie

    You may remember many of these players from the McDonald’s All-American Game, the All-American Championship, or the Nike Hoop Summit. Similar roster, similar results. The difference is, it is now past National Signing Day. This week a few players came off the board and made their college decisions. Nerlens Noel, the shotblocking phenom from Massachusetts,…

  24. Michigan State’s Derrick Nix pleads guilty to lesser charge after arrest, to rejoin MSU

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT


    The future of Michigan State forward Derrick Nix with the Spartans was in “serious jeopardy,” according to Tom Izzo following a traffic stop that saw Nix arrested on two misdemeanor charges nine days ago. Turns out, following a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nix will ultimately rejoin the team, reports Diamond Leung of Nix pleaded…

  25. NCAA looking for new marketing agency, price tag $1.25 million

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT


    According to, the NCAA is looking to hire a new company to get its message across. “We’re significantly changing the scope of our required services — shifting from TV-only to seeking a more multiplatform approach,” said an NCAA spokesperson in a statement. The NCAA signed a 14-year, $10.1 billion deal with CBS/Turner in 2010,…