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  1. 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…

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

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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    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);…

  3. 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…

  4. Ivy League prepares to join the webstreaming revolution

    Jun 22, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. Papa John’s honors Cards with pizza box

    Jun 22, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 22, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. Kelly Oubre stands out on his own at NBPA Top 100 Camp

    Jun 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Kelly Oubre is one of the hottest names in recruiting circles as the small forward from Texas continues to play well going into summer. Although overshadowed a bit on the AAU circuit thanks to top-20 teammates Justin Jackson and Justise Winslow, Oubre had a chance to shine on his own at the NBPA Top 100…

  14. Stress reaction in left foot sidelines Virginia guard Joe Harris

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Duke v Virginia

    Virginia rising senior guard Joe Harris was planning on taking part in training camp for the United States World University Games team beginning on June 24. The 12 players selected for the team will play in the World University Games July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Unfortunately, Harris will not be one of the players taking…

  15. Montana loses assistant Freddie Owens to Oregon State

    Jun 21, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

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    After spending four seasons as a member of Wayne Tinkle’s coaching staff at Montana, assistant coach Freddie Owens is leaving the program to join Craig Robinson’s staff at Oregon State according to Bill Speltz of The Missoulian. Montana reached the NCAA tournament in three of Owens’ four seasons on the staff. “I loved his energy…

  16. SMU announces addition of K.T. Turner to coaching staff

    Jun 21, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

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    With Jerrance Howard making the move to join Bill Self’s staff at Kansas, SMU head coach Larry Brown had a vacancy to fill. He’s officially done so, as SMU officially announced the hiring of former Wichita State assistant K.T. Turner. The news that Turner would join Brown’s staff was reported by multiple outlets earlier in…

  17. Texas Southern rewards Mike Davis with contract extension

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike Davis

    Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis took over the program last season under circumstances that were anything but ideal. Thanks to poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) marks, the Tigers were banned from postseason play for the 2012-13 season. That didn’t stop Davis’ team from having a successful season in the SWAC, as Texas Southern went…

  18. Report: NCAA investigating link between P.J. Hairston and agent

    Jun 21, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    In the aftermath of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston’s arrest on charges of possession of marijuana and driving without a license, many have asked two important questions that have yet to be answered. Who rented the car Hairston was driving from Hertz? Also, who was the owner of the gun found outside of the vehicle?…

  19. Two sources of ‘pain’ influenced Marcus Smart’s decision to return to school

    Jun 21, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    The process of deciding whether or not to return to school for another year can be a tough one, especially when the player making the decision is projected to be a high lottery pick. That was the case for Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, who many expected to be the first guard taken in…

  20. Report: Former Baylor guard L.J. Rose transferring to Houston

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    Lamar v Baylor

    Just over a month after making the decision to leave Baylor, 6-4 guard L.J. Rose has picked a new school. As first reported by Jason King of ESPN.com, the Houston native will transfer to the University of Houston. Rose, a highly-touted perimeter prospect at the time of his arrival on campus, played an average of…