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  1. Patric Young, Will Yeguete befriend three-year old cancer patient

    Jun 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    University of Florida center Patric Young and University of Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe battle for the ball during their third round NCAA basketball game in Austin, Texas

    Florida forwards Patric Young and Will Yeguete have both spent time in the hospital this offseason. Young underwent ankle surgery while Yeguete had another procedure done on his knee. I’m sure that their time there was anything but pleasant, but it almost certainly was better than Kaedyn Ballew’s hospital visits. Ballew is a three-year old, Ocala,…

  2. USA Basketball announces training camp roster for World University Games

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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    USA Basketball has released the training camp roster for the World University Games. A total of 29 college hoopers — all of whom, except for Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Purdue’s AJ Hammons, are heading into their junior or senior season — will be trying out for the 12 spots on the USA roster. The tryouts…

  3. Assigned Reading: Brad Wolverton on Elwyn McRoy’s coaching journey

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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    The life of a basketball coach seems like it’s glamourous. And at times it is, particularly if you’re coaching at a level where you travel on private jets, network with millionaire boosters and play every game on ESPN. But for the majority of coaches in college basketball, that’s not the case. Most spend their days…

  4. Karl Towns Jr., the next … Randy Johnson?

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Karl Towns

    If you’re a college basketball coach, I can’t imagine there is much out there that is more disconcerting that finding out that one of your star recruits is considering picking up another sport for his senior season. When you’re John Calipari and that recruit just so happens to be Karl Towns Jr., one of the…

  5. Oklahoma City tornadoes too close to home for Tennessee’s Josh Richardson

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Like everyone else, I’ve spent the past two weeks glued to the coverage of the deadly tornado outbreaks in the Oklahoma City area. It’s heartbreaking and terrifying to watch from a distance, so I can only imagine what Edmond, OK, native and Tennessee forward Josh Richardson is going through. Edmond is located just a couple…

  6. Hofstra formally adds two graduate transfers

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Niagra v Notre Dame

    Hofstra formally announced the addition of two fifth-year transfers on Monday morning: Zeke Upshaw from Illinois State and Dion Nesmith from Monmouth. Both will be eligible to play immediately. “Zeke and Dion will be very important pieces on our team in 2013-14 and will have a chance to make significant contributions to the squad,” head…

  7. Nine-year old Joshua Brown, St. Louis’ biggest fan, passed away

    Jun 3, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    Mike McCall Jr.

    Joshua Brown, a nine-year old cancer patient that had befriended the St. Louis basketball team during the 2012-2013 season, passed away over the weekend. Brown had been connected with the Billikens through a program called Friends of Jaclyn that links children with brain tumors to college sports teams. He had suffered from glioblastoma multiforme. Brown was…

  8. Report: Georgia to promote Jonas Hayes to assistant coach

    Jun 2, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    University of Georgia

    After spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey College, former Georgia Bulldog Jonas Hayes returned to his alma mater last spring to join Mark Fox’s staff as program coordinator. According to a report by Dean Legge of DawgPost.com Hayes will receive a promotion, making the move to assistant coach. Hayes would move…

  9. Pac-12 independent review rules no further action needed in Ed Rush/Arizona case

    Jun 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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    In early April allegations that former Pac-12 head of officiating Ed Rush placed a bounty on Arizona head coach Sean Miller in advance of the Pac-12 tournament sparked a great amount of conversation. In the Wildcats’ Pac-12 semifinal loss to UCLA, Miller was hit with a technical foul that many would describe as “dubious.” Miller…

  10. Report: Stetson to hire Florida State assistant Corey Williams

    Jun 2, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Just one head coaching vacancy remains at the Division I level, and that position may be filled in short order. According to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com Stetson is expected to hire Florida State assistant Corey Williams as the school’s new head coach. Williams, who has spent the last six years on Leonard Hamilton’s staff in…

  11. Sixteen survive first round of USA Under-16 team tryouts

    Jun 2, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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    On Sunday morning USA Basketball released the list of 16 players who remain in contention for a spot on the USA Under-16 team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships later this month in Venezuela. The 16 players who will go through practices from June 2-6, with the team being pared down to…

  12. Former Drake forward Joey King returning home to Minnesota

    Jun 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Rick Pitino Jr. received some good news recently learning that Joey King will return home to play for Minnesota. King, a native of Eagan, MN, averaged 6.9 points as a freshman at Drake earning All-Freshmen honors in the Missouri Valley. In early May, King announced his decision to leave the Drake program. Ryan James–a writer…

  13. Former St. Francis (PA) guard Umar Shannon picks Quinnipiac

    Jun 2, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    St. Francis’ (PA) leading scorer last season, Umar Shannon, will use his fifth year of eligibility at Quinnipiac University playing for Tom Moore. Shannon averaged 11.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists under first year head coach Rob Krimmel in a grueling 5-24 season. Hailing from Atlantic City, NJ, Shannon also considered Fairfield, Canisius, Hofstra…

  14. Attrition at West Virginia leads to late 2013 commitment

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    When Keaton Miles announced he would be transferring from West Virginia, that opened up an available scholarship for the 2013-14 season. Miles’ transfer came as a surprise to some of the West Virginia faithful, especially since Bob Huggins’ 2011 recruiting class will nearly be non-existent on next year’s team: Miles’ departure leaves even more questions…

  15. La Salle’s Ramon Galloway to receive another honor

    Jun 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Galloway

    La Salle can largely credit their most successful season in more than 50 years to senior guard Ramon Galloway. As a #13 seed relegated to playing in the First Round in Dayton, the Explorers defeated Boise State, and then upset Kansas State and Mississippi to advance to the Sweet 16. You’d have to go back…

  16. Former Villanova guard Achraf Yacoubou to transfer to St. Louis

    Jun 2, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Late last evening, Ben Weixlmann broke the news that Villanova sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou will be transferring to St. Louis University. This is a solid pickup for Jim Crews, who was recently hired full-time as the St. Louis coach (Crews was the interim coach for the 2012-13 season after college basketball legend Rick Majerus passed…

  17. Bader will stay put, chase Redick’s record at Oakland next season

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Keaton Miles, Travis Bader

    Welcome to the Pollyanna News Report. We’ve heard so much about college basketball stars as “free agents” recently, I thought I’d take a look at a kid who plans to dance with the partner what brung him, even though is skills could theoretically land him a title shot at a major program if he chose…

  18. Davidson adds Duke to brutal non-con schedule

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Davidson v Marquette

    Davidson is moving to the A-10 after next season, which is a dramatic scheduling upgrade from the Southern Conference, where the Wildcats have played (with brief breaks) since 1936. According to KenPom.com, the SoCon was the nation’s No. 27 conference last season. The A-10, on the other hand, was a solid No. 8. You’d think…

  19. Should there be 13 positions in basketball?

    Jun 1, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    First of all, don’t ask me how to read that chart, because I don’t get it, either. That’s because it was generated by Stanford math major Muthu Alagappan, who uses software to collate vast data points into visual data so as to more easily pick out trends in the data. He’s become quite a force…

  20. Transfer Perry brings “thickness” to San Diego

    Jun 1, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Cal State Northridge v UCLA

    The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that Cal State Northridge Matadors forward Brandon Perry will head south on I-5 and recommence his college hoops career with the San Diego Toreros next season. (Side note: apparently a matador and a torero are sort of the same thing. You learn something new every day.) Perry played fairly…