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  1. Marcus Smart announces he’ll be declaring for the 2014 Draft?

    Jul 24, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart, Steven Pledger, Romero Osby

    Marcus Smart has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Not officially, mind you. It’s July. We still have more than 11 months until next year’s draft. NBA front office types are more concerned with their summer league rosters, who they’re inviting to training camp and whether or not they need to drop A-Rod off of…

  2. Duke commit Grayson Allen entertains at the Global Challenge (VIDEO)

    Jul 23, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT


    The best player at the Nike Global Challenge in DC last weekend was probably Tyus Jones, who most believe is the No. 1 recruit in the country. The co-MVPs of the event were Stanley Johnson and D’Angelo Russell. Johnson is the second-coming of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a 6-foot-5 junkyard dog that can play the point and…

  3. Report: MVSU head coach Chico Potts reinstated

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Chico Potts

    Chico Potts has been reinstated as the head coach of Mississippi Valley State, according to reports. Potts was arrested and charged with domestic violence, a misdemeanor, in early July, getting suspended with pay by the university on July 12th. But he was found not guilty on July 18th, and the school has since lifted his…

  4. Report: Isaiah Manderson commits to Oregon State

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Craig Robinson

    While the President hosts national champion Louisville at the White House, his brother-in-law is busy adding to his 2014 recruiting class. According to our very own Scott Phillips, the Beavers picked up a commitment from 6-foot-10 Georgia native Isaiah Manderson last night. Manderson is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals, and while he isn’t ranked…

  5. George Washington unveils their monument-laden new court (VIDEO)

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT


    Two months ago, George Washington announced plans for a pretty cool new court design paying homage to the DC landmarks that are within walking distance of their Foggy Bottom campus. On Tuesday, the school released a video unveiling the new court design, and as expected, the court looks awesome. My only problem with it? None…

  6. Report: Four potential top 25 teams to square off in Vegas in Dec.

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Oregon v Oklahoma St

    We can add another early-season event to our calendars this season thanks to a report from Jeff Borzello of On December 21st, four preseason top 25 teams will be headed to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to partake in a double-header that could end up featuring the champions of four of the biggest…

  7. The Crossroads Classic extended through 2016

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Boston Scientific Close The Gap Crossroads Classic

    The Crossroads Classic, which allows Indiana’s four best basketball programs to square off in a double-header at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse (where the Pacers play), has been extended through the 2016 season. Originally scheduled for just two years, this season will mark the third installment of The Crossroads Classic. The ADs at Butler, Purdue, Indiana and…

  8. Allonzo Trier, former NYT coverboy, now a top 50 recruit

    Jul 22, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a story that you hear far too often in basketball circles. A basketball player becomes a star before leaving middle school, getting scholarship offers to the biggest programs in the country while he’s trying to decide who he wants to ask to the eighth grade dance. That player gets flown around…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. #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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…