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  1. “Free agency” in college basketball?

    May 26, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

    Big 12 Media Day Basketball

    On the heels of Antonio Barton’s transferring from Memphis to Tennessee earlier today, there are many coaches around the country that are shaking their heads. It isn’t that they find Barton, or any other player’s decision to use their final year of eligibility elsewhere, at fault, but it is the rule allowing players to transfer…

  2. Former Memphis guard Antonio Barton to attend Tennessee for senior season

    May 26, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Antonio Barton

    Will Barton, the brother of former Memphis guard Antonio Barton and shooting guard for the Portland Trailblazers, announced via his twitter account on Sunday afternoon that his young brother will transfer to the University of Tennessee for his senior season. Per NCAA transfer rules, Barton will be eligible to play right away for Cuonzo Martin.…

  3. Former Duke forward Ryan Kelly proposes to Lindsay Cowher

    May 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament: Maryland v Duke

    Last Thursday, former Duke forward Ryan Kelly–a potential pick in the NBA Draft–tweeted out that he proposed to Lindsay Cowher. Yes, Lindsay is the daughter of that Cowher, as in former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher. Kelly and Cowher both attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. Like Kelly, Cowher excelled…

  4. Phil Martelli coping with more than just basketball challenges

    May 26, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    Phil Martelli

    Losing at home in the first round of the NIT and failing to meet the high expectations set out for a team at the beginning of a season would be tough for any coach to cope with during the offseason. Make no mistake about it, St. Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli isn’t happy about his…

  5. Kenneth Faried sponsors Team Manimal (AAU)

    May 26, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried dunks against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    As a senior at Morehead State, Kenneth Faried led the country in rebounds averaging 14.5 per game despite standing at just 6-foot-8. Consistently giving up inches to bigger opponents who he was battling for rebounds, Faried certainly had to be a “manimal” to be the top rebounder in the country. Two years removed from the…

  6. Report: Rutgers AD inflicted “mental cruelty” in her own coaching days

    May 26, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Julie Hermann

    A couple of words the board at Rutgers might want to re-acquaint themselves with: “due” and “diligence”. Just weeks ago, Scarlet Knights men’s head basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for verbally and physically abusing his players during practice, in a scandal that also took down the school’s AD. Rutgers alum Eddie Jordan was hired…

  7. Next college hoops season will begin and end in Texas

    May 25, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Grizzlies Mavericks Basketball

    We know the road to the 2014 national championship will end in Dallas (Arlington, whatevs) next season. Now we also know that the title chase will begin there as well. ESPN’s Jason King is reporting that eight teams will meet at American Airlines Center on November 8, headlined by a potential Top 25 matchup between…

  8. UVA’s Jesperson will transfer to Northern Iowa

    May 25, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    North Carolina State Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie fights for a loose ball against Virginia Cavaliers guard Paul Jesperson during the first half of their ACC Championship college basketball game in Greensboro

    Former Virginia guard Paul Jesperson has made his transfer decision today, and he’ll be joining the Northern Iowa Panthers. Jesperson, a former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball, got off to a slow start in Charlottesville, seeing little playing time as a freshman. As a sophomore, his defensive prowess earned him more minutes, but his offensive skills still…

  9. Report: Former UMass guard Jesse Morgan enrolls at Temple

    May 25, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    Jesse Morgan

    Jesse Morgan had a rough season at UMass last season, to say the least. Morgan, along with teammates Cady Lalanne and Trey Davis, was suspended from a preseason exhibition game for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Then he went down with a season-ending ACL injury on January 10, in the midst of his strongest season to date.…

  10. Coach K and USA Basketball may be on the move

    May 25, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    US Krzyzewski Basketball

    We just found out that Mike Krzyzewski will continue to shepherd America’s elite international basketball squad. Amid a tacit assertion of predictability in the coaching ranks, Coach K paid lip service to the notion that it’s time for USA Basketball to physically move out of its current offices in Colorado Springs. “I think in the near future…

  11. Former Texas Tech, Santa Clara guard arrested on murder charges

    May 25, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    NBC Bay Area

    Former Texas Tech and Santa Clara guard Decensae White was arrested on murder charges stemming from the death of a rapper from Georgia named Lil’ Phat. White played at Texas Tech from 2006-2008 and was a member of the Santa Clara program during the 2008-2009 season. After a hiatus from the sport, White returned this…

  12. The key to recruiting Myles Turner: a good psychology department?

    May 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Kelly Kline/Under Armour

    Myles Turner is one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit this spring. The 6-foot-11 center Euless, TX, has the kind of length and athleticism that makes scouts drool, and he just so happens to have a face-up game and the ability to knock down a jump shot in pick-and-pop actions. That’s why he’s…

  13. Elite 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker draws significant attention

    May 25, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Scott Phillips/NBC Sports

    EAGAN, Mn. — As the EYBL nears the end of its regular season over Memorial Day weekend near Minneapolis, many of the top uncommitted players in the 2014 class are seeing their recruitments pick up before the summer months begin. One player drawing tons of attention is Alabama Challenge shooting guard Devin Booker. The 6-5…

  14. Lamar adds three junior college players

    May 25, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    pat knight

    Lamar and head coach Pat Knight announced on Friday the signing of three junior college players to add to Lamar’s latest recruiting class. The Cardinals will add a pair of forwards in Octavius Green and Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, and also add potential All-Name Team member and point guard Nimrod Hilliard. Lamar had previously signed junior…

  15. Oregon State’s Joe Burton eyes potential motivational speaking career

    May 25, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    joe burton

    Oregon State senior forward Joe Burton will graduate from the school in June after a four-year career and over 1,000 points scored. But although many college players with such a pedigree look to play professional basketball after their careers end — as Burton will also do — Burton’s mother said that he could also go…

  16. Former Marshall forward Jamir Hanner transferring to Buffalo

    May 24, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Jamir Hanner  Archie Goodwin  Kyle Wiltjer

    With Javon McCrea and Cameron Downing entering their senior campaign at Buffalo, first-year head coach Bobby Hurley can use some additional front court depth that will benefit the Bulls in 2014. Hurley’s numbers received a boost on Friday afternoon, as it was reported by Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com that former Marshall forward Jamir Hanner has…

  17. Boise State forward Vukasin Vujovic leaves program

    May 24, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Tristan Greenidge, Vukasin Vujovic

    According to the Idaho Statesman, Boise State freshman forward Vukasin Vujovic has decided to leave the program. In his one season at Boise State, the native of Serbia saw action in just nine of the Broncos’ 32 games. In those nine games the 6-9 Vujovic averaged just 4.0 minutes and 1.4 points per game. Vujovic’s…

  18. Kyle Vinales won’t leave Central Connecticut State after all

    May 24, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Kyle Vinales

    When it was announced just over a month ago that Central Connecticut State leading scorer Kyle Vinales would look to transfer, the biggest factor in his decision was a desire to reach postseason play. Vinales, who averaged nearly 22 points per game as a sophomore, at one point tweeted his decision to transfer to Toledo only…

  19. DePaul grants forward Donnavan Kirk permission to pursue transfer opportunities

    May 24, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Donnavan Kirk, Leon Tolksdorf

    With the recent news that former Purdue forward Sandi Marcius would transfer to DePaul, it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped in this scenario. That would be Donnavan Kirk looking to finish his collegiate career at another institution. On Friday the school announced that it has granted Kirk permission to…

  20. Northeastern becomes final piece of 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off puzzle

    May 24, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    coen

    Last November the organizers of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off announced its completed eight-team field, with programs such as Florida State, Georgetown and Michigan being confirmed participants. Also among the eight teams: Auburn. But apparently something changed with the Tigers’ schedule, leading to a report from Andy Katz of ESPN.com that Northeastern would be the eighth…