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  1. Report: ’13 point guard Travon Landry released by Tennessee

    May 6, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Travon Landry and Tennessee parted ways over the weekend, and the three-star point guard has already signed with New Mexico State. “We are pleased to welcome Travon Landry to the Aggie nation,” head coach Marvin Menzies said in a release. “Travon is a tenacious defender and competitor. Playing on one of the top high school…

  2. Report: Dakota Mathias the first member of Purdue’s 2014 class

    May 6, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Matt Painter has landed his first recruit in the Class of 2014, as Dakota Mathias pledged to the Boilermakers over the weekend. Mathias is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Ohio. He’s rated as a three-star recruit, according to Rivals. “According to the coaches, I’m a very big need,” Mathias told the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. “They…

  3. DeVon Walker transferring out of Florida

    May 6, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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    For the second time this month, Florida has lost a freshman to transfer. This time it’s DeVon Walker who will be joining Braxton Ogbueze out the door. Walker was ranked 142nd in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals, but thanks to a loaded front court that will get even better next season, Walker barely…

  4. Did the NCAA illegally access information in Frank Haith’s bank account?

    May 6, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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    If an accusation from Missouri head coach Frank Haith proves to be true, the NCAA’s enforcement arm may have just been dealt another blow. According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Haith is alleging that the NCAA was able to gain access to canceled checks from his account with Bank of America improperly,…

  5. Nerlens Noel brought seven-year old leukemia patient to the Kentucky Derby

    May 6, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Nerlens Noel had a special guest with him at the Kentucky Derby this weekend: Kelly Melton, a seven-year old Kentucky boy currently battling leukemia. Noel has gotten to know Melton during visits to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital during his time in Lexington, enough so that Noel invited Kelly down to come to the Derby with…

  6. West Virginia’s Big 12 scheduling complaints are being heard

    May 6, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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    West Virginia was not happy about the travel issues that they had this past season as a new member of the Big 12. They’ve been complaining about it for a couple of months already, and according to Andy Katz, some of those complaints are finally being heard: The conference will look at having West Virginia…

  7. Untangling the allegations levied by Ben McLemore’s AAU coach

    May 6, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Here’s what we know about the allegations surrounding Ben McLemore’s AAU coach Darius Cobb: he accepted $10,000 and a couple of trips to LA from a runner named Rodney Blackstock to try and persuade McLemore in a specific direction when deciding on his agent and his financial advisor. We also know that a cousin of…

  8. Report: Memphis assistant Damon Stoudamire to join staff at Arizona

    May 5, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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    After two seasons as an assistant coach under fellow Arizona alum Josh Pastner at the University of Memphis, Damon Stoudamire will reportedly return to Tucson to join Sean Miller’s staff. Pastner confirms. RT @MemphisRoar: Memphis assistant Stoudamire headed to Arizona to fill assistant spot under Sean Miller, per source. — L. Jason Smith (@TheCAJasonSmith) May…

  9. Paying tribute to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo with polka (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    The group Tommy & The Spartones paid tribute to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo with a special polka song, transitioning into the Michigan State fight song. Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  10. Report: Former Bradley forward Shayok Shayok transferring to UMKC

    May 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    With six players leaving the UMKC program, first-year head coach Kareem Richardson has some work to do on the recruiting trail as he prepares for his head coaching debut. Richardson has landed two commitments in the 2013 class, as Kansas City natives Martez Harrison (Brewster Academy) and Franklin Williams Jr. (Indian Hills CC) have agreed…

  11. Report: Gulf Coast State guard Chad Frazier commits to UAB

    May 5, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Just two days after it was reported that rising senior point guard Quincy Taylor has decided to transfer from UAB, head coach Jerod Haase landed an important recruit in the form of Gulf Coast State guard Chad Frazier (6-4, 190 pounds). Chad Frazier (6-4/G/2013) of Gulf Coast St. has committed to UAB. — Brad Winton…

  12. Seth Curry: ‘Proud to call myself a Blue Devil for the rest of my life’

    May 5, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Seth’s older brother, Stephen, has been receiving all the attention lately, and deservedly so considering how he’s dazzled the nation’s eyes in Golden State’s 4-2 first round series win against the Denver Nuggets in the NBA playoffs. But, Seth enjoyed his time in the limelight for much of the college basketball season as he averaged…

  13. Ex-Rhode Island forward Jonathan Holton commits to West Virginia

    May 5, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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    After spending a year away from Division 1 basketball at Palm Beach State College, Jonathan Holton has committed to Bob Huggins at West Virginia, according to Adam Zagoria. As a freshman playing for Jim Baron at Rhode Island during the 2011-12 season, Holton averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds, but his career as a Ram came…

  14. Unfolding of Darius Cobb’s involvement with Kansas’ Ben McLemore

    May 5, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Last night, Eric Prisbell of USA Today released a story documenting how Darius Cobb, Ben McLemore’s former AAU coach, accepted two $5,000 payments and three paid trips to Los Angeles from Rodney Blackstock in an effort to steer the talented Kansas freshman to sports agents and financial advisers hoping to represent him if and when he…

  15. Matt Graves inks first recruit at South Alabama

    May 5, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Just a little over a month on the job, first year South Alabama coach Matt Graves announced the signing of 6-8 forward Austin Karazsia as his first recruit. Graves, who was Brad Stevens’ right-hand-man at Butler during their back-to-back Final Four runs, and South Alabama made headlines in late March when the Jaguars announced the…

  16. Darius Paul will transfer to Illinois

    May 5, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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    In late April, MAC Freshman of the Year and arguably Western Michigan’s top returning player, Darius Paul, informed the coaching staff he was transferring out of the program. This came as a shock to head coach Steve Hawkins as Paul, the younger brother of former Illinois star Brandon Paul, averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds and…

  17. VIDEO: UNM head coach throws first pitch at minor league ballpark

    May 4, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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    So much to enjoy about this video. First, if you didn’t know it before, Albuquerque’s minor league team – the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers – is called the Isotopes. Yes, it’s a Simpsons reference, and yes, that is a glorious thing. Second, Craig Neal is kind of new on the job, being…

  18. Ben McLemore’s AAU coach: I took money from agents

    May 4, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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    Ben McLemore surprised nobody when he declared for the NBA draft after just one season at Kansas. His sweet, sweet jumpshot, viewed through the lens of his family’s poverty, made the decision a no-brainer. There’s nothing wrong with following your talents and earning money when you can. What allegedly went on behind the scenes, on…

  19. Tennessee releases signee from Letter of Intent

    May 4, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Every early-entry decision made by a college player has repercussions. Ripples that flow outward from that simple “yes” or “no” to testing the NBA waters. At Tennessee, Jarnell Stokes decided to pull back his candidacy and remain a Volunteer for his senior season. That had direct personal implications for his own development and financial prospects.…

  20. Pitino’s horse Goldendcents finishes 17th at Kentucky Derby

    May 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

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    When you get down in the metaphorical mud and grit of a basketball Final Four, it’s safe to bet on Rick Pitino’s thoroughbreds to at least win, place or show. In the 139th Kentucky Derby, however, which was run in a literal mud pit, Rick Pitino’s horse Goldencents didn’t quite make the grade. The horse,…