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  1. Report: Former five-star recruit Chris Thomas headed to Marshall

    Jul 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tom Herrion

    Well-traveled JuCo standout Chris Thomas is no longer going to attend Manhattan and is instead headed to Marshall to play his college ball, according to a report from Jon Rothstein, who spent the day at Manhattan’s practice. Thomas’ status had been up in the air at Manhattan. He’s got a long history of academic issues and…

  2. Russ Smith to play with an all-star in Estonia, won’t be meeting Obama

    Jul 22, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    Russdiculous is going international. A preseason all-american and the leading scorer for the reigning national champs, Russ Smith has been named a member of the East Coast All-Stars, a 12-man team that left for Estonia to play in a tournament called the Four Nations Cup. The team practiced over the weekend at Fordham before leaving.…

  3. Brian Kenny talks with Jimmy King about the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit (AUDIO)

    Jul 22, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Jimmy King was a member of the Fab Five, playing for two seasons with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard while leading the Wolverines to two national title games that have since been wiped off the books. He hopped on the Brian Kenny Show on NBC Sports Radio on Monday morning to discuss the…

  4. Isaac Hamilton, Tim Floyd, and the all-important NLI release

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

    2013 McDonald's All American Games

    Isaac Hamilton, the No. 14 player in the country in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals, has asked out of his Letter of Intent. Why? Because instead of enrolling at UTEP this fall, Hamilton reportedly wants to play at USC. As Raphielle Johnson wrote yesterday, this is yet another reminder of why it’s silly…

  5. Report: Charges from traffic stop against PJ Hairston dismissed

    Jul 22, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    PJ Hairston

    All charges against PJ Hairston stemming from  a June 5th incident in which he was pulled over while driving a car have been dismissed, according to a report from Inside Carolina. Hairston and both of his passengers were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, and Hairston was also charged with driving without a license. A gun,…

  6. #PJBeBackForKentucky (VIDEO)

    Jul 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Roy Williams

    We all know what’s going on with PJ Hairston at this point. (If you don’t, click here.) One skeptical fan doesn’t think that UNC will punish Hairston at all, which prompted this terrific parody of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. The funny part? By the time that North Carolina plays Kentucky, they’ll have already played Michigan…

  7. Report: Trae Golden headed to Georgia Tech

    Jul 20, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT


    Georgia Tech may have found an answer to their point guard problem. Trae Golden, who left the Tennessee program last month, is headed to Atlanta to be a Yellow Jacket, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of “I appreciate everything that Coach (Cuonzo) Martin and Tennessee did for me,” Golden said. “I feel…

  8. Prioritizing seeding a good move, now let’s get the names of the rounds right

    Jul 20, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    On Friday afternoon, Andy Katz of put together a story on some of the potential changes that are coming to the NCAA tournament process. There are some noteworthy bits in there, like the fact that the regionals will be played in basketball arenas, meaning that Sweet 16 games in Cowboy Stadium are a thing…

  9. Abdul Malik-Abu balances July’s live-period with his fasting for Ramadan

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — For a high school basketball prospect, the July evaluation period the summer prior to their senior year is one of the most important three-week stretches of their high school career. The coaches are allowed to be on the road, evaluating and recruiting, which means that the media will be there as well,…

  10. Shaq Johnson dismissed by Auburn

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT


    Shaq Johnson is one of the best athletes to enter college basketball in recent memory. He’s also once again looking for a school to play for. After a largely non-descript freshman campaign for a bad Auburn team, Johnson has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. Johnson started 21 games and…

  11. When deciding between football and basketball, height may force Reid Travis’ hand

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a lot to like about Reid Travis, the basketball player. At 6-foot-7, Travis is built like a rock. He’s physical when battling for position in the post, he uses that strength to finish through contact around the rim, and he’s a monster heading towards the glass. In short, Travis plays…

  12. Doug McDermott adds to his title of Greatest Walk-on Ever with USA hoops minicamp invite

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT


    Marcus Smart isn’t the only collegian attending the U.S. Men’s National team minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Two-time all-american Doug McDermott of Creighton will be joining him there as well, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of Now would be a good time to mention that McDermott is walking on to the…

  13. Report: Pac-12 fighting Grand Canyon U., for-profit schools

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT


    The Pac-12 conference CEOs have begun questioning whether or not adding a for-profit school to Division I athletics is a good idea, according to a report from Dennis Dodd of They sent a letter to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the target of that letter…

  14. Sacramento State’s Brian Katz gets a five-year deal

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    After spending 19 years as a head coach in the Junior College ranks, Brian Katz finally broke through when he was signed by Sacramento State in 2008. And after leading that program to one of their most successful seasons in 2012-2013, Katz was reward with a brand-new, five-year deal that will keep him gainfully employed…

  15. DeAndre Kane now officially eligible at Transfer U, Iowa State

    Jul 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeAndre Kane

    On Wednesday afternoon, Ryan Harrow and Malik Smith both received waivers to play immediately at Georgia State and Minnesota, respectively. Harrow was cleared because the Atlanta native’s father is sick. Smith was declared immediately eligible because Florida International is banned from the NCAA tournament this season due to APR issues and he only has one…

  16. Vic Law, Northwestern, and tapping into Chicago’s talent

    Jul 17, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    Jim Phillips, Chris Collins

    Chicago has always been a hotbed for high school hoops, and while there is always a surplus of talent in the city, the next couple of high school classes are particularly strong in the Windy City. That fact alone makes Vic Law one of the most important recruits in the city. He’s certainly not the…

  17. Tracking head coaches means tracking top recruiting targets

    Jul 17, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT


    We’ve discussed the July evaluation period a couple of times this week, as it’s become a topic of conversation among the folks that happen to populate my twitter feed. It all got started on Monday when Sean Miller, Arizona’s head coach, took to twitter to rant about how much he disliked the new July schedule.…

  18. John Beilein signs a contract extension through ’18-’19

    Jul 17, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein celebrates after defeating the Florida Gators in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

    Things are going well for John Beilein these days. He’s coming off of a run to the national title game where he coached the National Player of the Year in Trey Burke. He lost two players to early entry off of that team, Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., but they both went in the first…

  19. Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas was in court on Tuesday on drug, gun charges

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Roy Williams

    Without question, the biggest concern that readers of this site have regarding Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas is whether or not he has any connection to an NBA agent. Why? Because he spent more that $15,000 no rental cars since February, according to a report from USA Today. One of the cars he rented was being driven…

  20. Arizona State to retire Eddie House’s jersey

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    ASU Athletics

    I’m sure that most people reading this post will remember Eddie House as the fiery jumpshooter that spent 11 years as a bench player in the NBA, most notably for the Celtics during their championship run in 2008. Me? I’ll always remember Eddie House as the volume scorer that starred at Arizona State in the…

  21. Report: Marcus Smart invited to Team USA minicamp

    Jul 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart, Angel Rodriguez, Nino Williams, Le'Bryan Nash

    Marcus Smart had a chance to be a top five pick — potentially the No. 1 pick — in the 2013 NBA Draft had he gone pro. As you know by now, he didn’t, which is one of the major reasons that Kansas isn’t considered a shoe-in for their 10th straight Big 12 title. At…

  22. Georges Niang, Fred Hoiberg, and an offer from the Celtics?

    Jul 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    A couple times this summer, we’ve talked about Fred Hoiberg and the chance that his next move as a coach is to the NBA. We weren’t alone, either. Not after Brad Stevens took Boston’s head coaching job. Not when one of the topics of conversation that popped up on every radio spot that I did…

  23. Seton Hall lands commitment from Ismael Sanogo

    Jul 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Willard

    Kevin Willard got on the board with his first commitment in the Class of 2014, as 6-foot-7 combo-forward Ismael Sanogo announced his intention to go to Seton Hall on Tuesday, which just so happened to be his 17th birthday. Sanogo is a product of the NJ Roadrunners AAU program and attends Newark East Side high…

  24. July may be tiresome, but there’s little the NCAA can do to fix that

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT


    Yesterday, I wrote about the current July evaluation period structure — three five-day recruiting periods in a 19 day span, broken up by a pair of Mondays and Tuesdays — and the fact that a number of coaches and people involved with high-level recruits believed that it wasn’t the best option. I ended on this…

  25. UCLA’s Wanaah Bail out four months after knee surgery

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Texas Tech transfer and UCLA signee Wanaah Bail will be out for the next four months after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The surgery happened on June 28th, meaning that barring any setbacks, Bail should be ready to return to the court by the time the season starts in November, although…