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  1. Why did Alex Len wait to get an MRI until after the season?

    Jun 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Alex Len will be hearing his name called by David Stern during Thursday’s NBA Draft, potentially as the No. 1 pick, but while the rest of the prospective lottery picks have been spending their spring working out for various NBA teams, Len has been laid up on crutches. The 7-foot-1 Ukrainian had surgery back in…

  2. 2015 shooting guard Austin Grandstaff commits to Oklahoma State

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    Oklahoma St Players Return Basketball

    With its top three scorers from last season all deciding to return for the 2013-14 season, Oklahoma State’s offseason was already off to a good start. On Sunday evening things got even better for head coach Travis Ford and his staff, as 6-5 shooting guard Austin Grandstaff (Plano, Tex.) verbally committed to attend the school.…

  3. Report: 6-10 forward Adrian Diaz transferring to Florida International

    Jun 23, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    Between Richard Pitino accepting the head coaching job at Minnesota and the school learning that low APR numbers may result in a postseason ban for the 2013-14 season, the offseason hasn’t been a smooth one for the FIU basketball program. New head coach Anthony Evans has made an addition to the roster, as it was…

  4. A transfer ‘epidemic’ in college basketball? Not exactly.

    Jun 23, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Barry Hinson

    With 450 players switching schools this offseason, the word “epidemic” has been thrown around in some circles. And it’s safe to say that college basketball coaches aren’t too thrilled with the increased number of transfers. In a story by Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson expressed his concern…

  5. Arizona State aims to play even faster in 2013-14

    Jun 23, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    Before the 2012-13 season began Herb Sendek’s Arizona State Sun Devils were picked to finish 11th, with few buying the preseason claims that the team would play faster thanks in large part to the addition of redshirt freshman point guard Jahii Carson. In Sendek’s six prior seasons at the school his “fastest-playing” team was the…

  6. Oklahoma point guard Isaiah Cousins arrested

    Jun 23, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    In the early hours of Saturday morning, Isaiah Cousins was arrested for public intoxication and interfering with a police officer, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office in Norman, OK. Cousins, a point guard on the Oklahoma men’s basketball team, just finished his freshman year with the Sooners. He started several games early in the season, and…

  7. Jim Nantz to be honored by NABC Foundation

    Jun 23, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Jim Nantz

    On this coming Thursday evening in New York City, CBS Sports lead commentator Jim Nantz will be honored by the NABC Foundation (National Association of Basketball Coaches). In 2013, Nantz called the play-by-play for his 28th consecutive NCAA Men’s Final Four. According to the NABC website: The NABC Foundation Court of Honor Gala was developed…

  8. 1965 Springfield College basketball team, John Calipari, Derek Kellogg, and Bruiser Flint inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame

    Jun 23, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    NE Hall of Fame

    Basketball has developed into a true global sport; the NBA’s wild popularity in China and other foreign countries is evidence of this. The number of players from overseas playing in the NBA and in the college game is at an all-time high. Nearly 50 years ago, the Springfield College men’s basketball put the game we…

  9. Hakim Saintil commits to South Alabama

    Jun 23, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Highly recruited 2013 guard Hakim Saintil has committed to South Alabama, he announced via his Twitter account on Sunday morning. Saintil is a 5-foot-11 point guard hailing from Roselle Catholic High School in West Orange, NJ. There was speculation that Saintil may do a post-graduate year and reclassify to the 2014 class, but he became…

  10. Invitations extended to the NBA Draft’s “Green Room”

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    nba-events.com

    As reported by ESPN’s Chad Ford, the NBA has extended invitations to the “green room” for draft night this coming Thursday, June 27th. This room is designated for players who are projected to be selected in the top half of the first round — “the lottery.” Those invited are Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown);…

  11. VIDEO: Wyoming demonstrates changes in the charge/block call

    Jun 22, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Wyoming v UNLV

    The inconsitency in enforcement of the blocking/charging call has been a thorn in the side of college basketball fans for years, and recent high-profile instances of bad calls have finally forced the NCAA to clarify what can be called a charge, and what can be called a block. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan had a nice piece…

  12. Ivy League prepares to join the webstreaming revolution

    Jun 22, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    photo courtesy ivyleaguesports.com

    TV time is hard to come by for any basketball league outside the BCS. The Mountain West and WCC have been able to grab a little more than most, simply because they play late enough to fill a time slot that East Coast markets don’t really know what to do with. As John Templon of…

  13. Final Four beat BCS bowls and NBA Finals in TV ratings

    Jun 22, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    A recent article from Sports Media Watch told us something we already knew: the Final Four is great television, and hugely popular. According to the site, the recent, thrilling NBA finals came in second in viewership in the all-important demographic of males aged 18-49, with an average 7.1 rating over the seven-game series. The Final…

  14. Papa John’s honors Cards with pizza box

    Jun 22, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    photo via cardchronicle.com

    The Papa John’s pizza chain is honoring the 2013 NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals with their own specially-designed pizza box. But wait! I can almost hear Big Blue Nation shouting: where was our pizza box when we won it all in 2012? Well, since Papa John’s is based in Louisville, this all makes a certain amount…

  15. Eau de Jordan, with a soupcon of Roy Williams?

    Jun 22, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    photo via masik.com

    What’s that smell? It’s University of North Carolina, the new scent from Masik Collegiate Fragrances. They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. It’s quite pungent. It stings the nostrils, in a good way. I’m kidding, of course, but this very real scent is on the market, and selling like hotcakes.…

  16. Report: Buffalo adds transfer guard Josh Freelove

    Jun 22, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    According to a late-night Tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Buffalo and new head coach Bobby Hurley landed a transfer on Friday night when Alabama State junior guard Josh Freelove committed to the school. A 6-foot-2 guard from North Lauderdale, Florida, Freelove averaged 13.6 points per game for Alabama State last season, including double-digit scoring efforts in his…

  17. POSTERIZED: Brandon Austin shuts down Chosen League game (VIDEO)

    Jun 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Chosen League is Philly’s best streetball league. The best players in the city — from high school stars, college athletes, NBA guys — all share the same court. As you might imagine, The Chosen League has their fair share of highlight reel plays. Like, for example, this dunk from Providence-signee Brandon Austin: Making it…

  18. Arizona incoming freshman Elliott Pitts encouraged to add weight

    Jun 22, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Sean Miller

    Many enter their college lives hearing about the dreaded “Freshman 15″ — the weight that college freshman sometimes add due to the freedom to eat and drink whatever they please once they leave home. Most dread gaining the potential weight associated with the “Freshman 15″ but for Arizona freshman shooting guard Elliot Pitts, adding that…

  19. Report: UNC AD confirms communication with NCAA about Hairston, agent

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    PJ Hairston

    Arguably the two biggest stories of the college basketball offseason collided on Friday afternoon when The Big Lead broke the news that the NCAA was investigating a potential link between PJ Hairston and Rodney Blackstock. Hairston, North Carolina’s leading scorer a season ago, was arrested earlier this month when he was pulled over in a…

  20. Robert Johnson holds his own at NBPA Top 100 Camp

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kelly Kline / Under Armour

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Robert Johnson wasn’t the biggest name among guards heading into the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but the Virginia-native played well throughout the camp and will be a player to watch this summer when coaches are out in full force. In fact, Johnson currently isn’t rated in Rivals’ Top 150 for the class…