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  1. Andrew Wiggins to Kansas was the best option for college hoops fans

    May 14, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Big 12 Media Day Basketball

    Last month, after Russ Smith, Doug McDermott and CJ Fair announced their intentions to return to school for their senior seasons, I penned a column about just how great the 2013-2014 college basketball season is shaping up to be. You can read it here. Everything that I wrote in that post remains true today with…

  2. Leonard Hamilton had a rough Tuesday

    May 14, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Leonard Hamilton

    The most disappointed guy in all of college basketball right now? Leonard Hamilton, the head coach of Florida State’s basketball team. Why? Well, let’s start with the obvious. He had seemingly hit the lottery. The best basketball prospect since Kevin Durant was the son of two former Florida State athletes, his father a former first…

  3. Updated Preseason Top 25, post Andrew Wiggins

    May 14, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    1. KENTUCKY Record: 21-12, lost in 1st round of NIT Who do they lose?: Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Ryan Harrow Who comes back?: Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer, Willie Cauley-Stein Newcomers?: Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee Outlook: Even with Andrew Wiggins is heading to Kansas, Kentucky’s recruiting…

  4. What about the teams that whiffed on Andrew Wiggins?

    May 14, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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    We all know that Kansas has instantaneously become a national title contender now that Andrew Wiggins has made it official and committed to become a Jayhawk. But what about the three schools that finished as runners-up in Wiggins Sweepstakes? What’s the outlook for them in 2013-2014? Kentucky: The Wildcats are going to be just fine.…

  5. Andrew Wiggins picks Kansas, makes Jayhawks a title contender

    May 14, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    Remember all that talk about how this could end up being the year that Kansas ends their streak of winning at least a share of nine straight Big 12 regular season title? Remember how we all thought that Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash — and maybe Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson — returning to school…

  6. Brown’s Joseph Sharkey critically injured in Sunday morning attack (UPDATED)

    May 14, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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    A Brown University basketball player is in critical condition after being attacked early Sunday morning in Providence. According to reports, Joseph Sharkey, a sophomore guard, was talking to a group of girls when he was punched in the head, unprovoked, by a man, knocking him down. Police responded, but the attacker got away. It’s unclear…

  7. Wondering why Andrew Wiggins is so hyped up? Watch these videos

    May 14, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

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    I’ve had the privilege of seeing Andrew Wiggins play a number of times, but for those of you that don’t spend your weekend summers sitting in high school gyms watching AAU tournaments, that may not be the case. Are you wondering why this kid is so hyped up? Watch these mixtapes. You’ll get it. Wiggins,…

  8. Wisconsin and St. John’s to square-off … in Sioux Falls?

    May 14, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Bo Ryan

    Every year, the college hoops season kicks off with games played in random and exotic locales. There are tournaments in the tropics and games played on aircraft carriers. Last season, UConn and Michigan State traveled all the way to Germany to play an exhibition. On Monday night, Wisconsin and St. John’s announced that they would…

  9. Report: Deng Deng to transfer to Cal St. Bakersfield

    May 13, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Long Beach State v Ohio State

    Last week, reports leaked out that Keala King, Tony Freeland and Deng Deng would be dismissed from the Long Beach State program at the end of the semester. And while LBSU has yet to make the news official, at least one of those players has apparently made the decision to take his future into his…

  10. Kyle Vinales backs off his commitment to Toledo

    May 13, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Kyle Vinales

    Former Central Connecticut State guard Kyle Vinales looks like he has changed his mind about heading to Toledo. After tweeting his commitment to the school last night, Vinales backed off on Monday morning, deleting any mention of Toledo from his twitter account and sending out the following update: After praying and talkin to the people…

  11. Tennessee-Chattanooga to hire VCU assistant Will Wade

    May 13, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Chattanooga has finally found the answer in their coaching search, as the Mocassins announced on Monday afternoon that they would be hiring VCU assistant coach Will Wade. “After an extensive search, Will Wade distanced himself from a strong group of candidates as the clear choice to lead our men’s basketball program,” UTC AD David Blackburn…

  12. Who benefits the most by landing Andrew Wiggins?

    May 13, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    In less than 24 hours, we will all finally know the answer to the elephant in the room in every college hoops conversation since Louisville won the 2013 national title: Where will Andrew Wiggins go to college? On Sunday evening, Wiggins officially announced that he would be making his decision public at 12:15 p.m. ET…

  13. Xavier lands a commitment from a kid named ‘Skinny’

    May 13, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Xavier landed a commitment from Edmond Sumner on Sunday night, a three-star point guard out of Detroit that currently ranks 111th in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. At 6-foot-2, Sumner has earned the nickname ‘Skinny’ because, well, he’s skinny, checking in at 160 pounds. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t play. Sumner…

  14. It’s not Andrew Wiggins fault you want to know everything about Andrew Wiggins

    May 13, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    At 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, one head coach will receive an early christmas present, as Andrew Wiggins will be announcing where he will spend his one year on campus. The choice is down to Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina, and it’s a decision that absolutely no one — not any of the…

  15. Report: Evan Gordon to visit Indiana, Butler

    May 11, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    On Wednesday evening, news broke that Evan Gordon, who started and averaged 10.1 points for Arizona State last season, would be transferring out of the program. Gordon, who had to redshirt a year after transferring from Liberty, should be able to gain immediate eligibility due to the NCAA’s rule on graduate transfers. An Indianapolis native,…

  16. The Jud Heathcote tribute event won’t be happening after all

    May 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few calls out a play during their NCAA West Coast Conference Basketball Championship final against the Saint Mary's Gaels in Las Vegas

    The Jud Heathcote tribute was an awesome idea for an event, but it is going to remain just that: an idea. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, scheduling and logistical issues have gotten in the way: ESPN.com reported today that Washington State had taken care of a scheduling conflict to be able…

  17. South Dakota State’s trip to Haiti has been a powerful one

    May 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have spent the first part of their summer vacation doing something much more important than anything that they’ve accomplished on the court over the years. Head coach Scott Nagy has taken his guys down to Haiti on a trip in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, volunteering and helping distribute shoes to…

  18. Rick Pitino to get his very own bottle of Maker’s Mark

    May 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino’s lucky streak just won’t end. He won a national title. He made the hall of fame. He had a horse in the Kentucky Derby. His son got the head coaching job at Minnesota. He caught a freakin’ marlin. And now, he’ll have his very own bottle of Maker’s Mark. The…

  19. Could immediately-eligible transfers be disappearing soon?

    May 9, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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    College basketball’s free agency period could be coming to an end. According to a report from Andy Katz of ESPN.com, the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors met last week, and among the rule changes that were discussed were transfers that are allowed to become eligible immediately without having to sit out a…

  20. William Gates Jr., out of his dad’s shadow but still living his ‘Hoop Dreams’

    May 9, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Growing up in Chicago as the son of “Hoop Dreams” star and a prep basketball legend in the city, one would think that William Gates Jr. would have been bouncing a basketball at birth, doing everything he could to follow in the oversized footsteps of his father. Chicago is a basketball city, through and through.…

  21. Report: Corroborating witness in the Miami booster investigation?

    May 9, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    MIAMI NCAA VIOLATIONS

    The NCAA finally has another witness in their case against Miami, but that doesn’t mean that he’s any more credible. Roberto Torres was the Chief Financial Officer for Nevin Shapiro’s company, a company that ultimately failed and turned into a billion dollar Ponzi Scheme. Shapiro was the booster at the center of the NCAA’s case…

  22. VIDEO: Former K-State guard Laurie Koehn hits 132 3′s in five minutes

    May 9, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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    And you thought it was impressive when Nik Stauskas hit 46 straight threes in the rain a couple weeks ago. Laurie Koehn, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard that played for Kansas State’s women’s team back in the early-2000s, made Stauskas look like Mitch McGary, as she hits 132 out of 135 threes in five minutes, including…

  23. Georgetown lands commitment from local PG Tre Campbell

    May 9, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Georgetown added another quality piece to their 2014 recruiting class, as Tre Campbell, a DC native and product of St. John’s College High School in Maryland, committed to the program. “I have always wanted to go to Georgetown,” Campbell told Scout.com’s Brian Snow. “When they offered me I was really excited. I didn’t want to…

  24. Viewer’s Guide: Ranking the Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

    May 8, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    The Big Ten and the ACC announced the matchups for this year’s Big Ten/ACC challenge, and since we know you like to set your schedule seven months in advance, here is a guide to which of the 12 games you need to watch: Only miss these games to see the birth of your FIRST child:…

  25. Fred Hoiberg, contract buyouts, and a shot at the NBA?

    May 8, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    When dealing with head coaching contracts these days, the key number to look for isn’t the number of years that he signs for. It’s the buyout. Rare is the case when a coach actually lives out the entirety of his contract. Usually, he leaves for a better job or ends up getting fired, which is…