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  1. Top prospect copped big-time buzz from coaches

    Jun 29, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    Class 5A Boys Championship Basketball

    When you’re going to be out of the country, it’s a perfect time to unplug – just let friends and family leave messages – you’ll get back to them later. If you’re the No. 1 guard prospect in the class of 2015, and you’re hitting Uruguay with the U.S. U16 team, it’s an even better…

  2. UT releases design for Pat Summitt Plaza

    Jun 29, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Photo: patsummittplaza.com

    A couple months back, we learned that the University of Tennessee planned to dedicate a statue to legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. This week, the school revealed an artist’s rendering of a proposed Pat Summitt Plaza, which will welcome visitors to Thompson-Boling Arena, potentially as soon as this fall. “I’m hoping this fall at some…

  3. D-ficiencies hurt Wolfpack players in the NBA draft

    Jun 29, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

    Temple Owls guard Wyatt takes the ball past North Carolina State Wolfpack defenders Leslie and Brown during first half of their second round NCAA tournament basketball game in Dayton

    Eye-popping athletic talent and an ability to show up on the highlight reel will get you a long look in the NBA draft. Many times, offensive skills will get you into the lottery. In the case of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, a surprise No. 1 pick was the result. But ability to “score the ball” isn’t…

  4. Jarrod Uthoff finally set to begin college basketball career at Iowa

    Jun 29, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

    The transfer saga of Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff was long and drawn-out. If you may recall, the former Wisconsin forward was prevented from transferring to a long list of schools by Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, which led to media backlash and finally Ryan easing things up on Uthoff. Although Uthoff was a class of 2011…

  5. Former Oregon star Luke Jackson prepares for NAIA head coaching job

    Jun 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    (Northwest Christian University)

    Former Oregon Ducks swingman Luke Jackson was one of the more productive players in college basketball for the early part of last decade, accumulating over 1,900 career points and 700 rebounds on his way to multiple All-Pac 10 teams and even some All-American honors his senior season. But after an up-and-down pro career that saw…

  6. McDonald’s All-American Demetrius Jackson starts career at Notre Dame

    Jun 29, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    (South Bend Tribune)

    Local product and McDonald’s All-American guard Demetrius Jackson is enrolled in summer school classes at Notre Dame and expectations are high for the 6’1 guard from Mishawaka, Indiana. Being Notre Dame’s first Burger Boy since 2005 and also being from the area, Jackson will likely shoulder heavy expectations from Irish fans as Jackson could see…

  7. Illinois State freshman Paris Lee ready for expanded role

    Jun 29, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Paris Lee

    Second-year Illinois State head coach Dan Muller has an uphill battle this season as his Redbirds squad welcomes eight new players and returns no starters from last season’s team. This week, with the dismissal of senior guard Bryant Allen, the Redbirds are really lacking in experience as Allen was dismissed after being charged with possession…

  8. Louisville’s Rick Pitino to release a new book

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Michigan v Louisville

    Between winning a National Championship, being deep in the horse-racing world, and getting his first tattoo, it’s already been a memorable 2013 for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. Thankfully, Pitino will document Louisville’s championship run in his newest book due out in October, which is tentatively titled, “The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every…

  9. Duke’s Rodney Hood receives official diagnosis from Duke medical staff

    Jun 29, 2013, 10:05 AM EST

    Duke Photography

    It was initially feared that Rodney Hood’s Achilles’ tendon might be torn after injuring it at the USA Basketball tryouts for the World University Games, but the Duke University medical staff on Friday released their diagnosis and Hood will only miss 4-to-6 weeks of action because of a strain in the soft tissue of his…

  10. Report: Murray State lands Utah transfer Justin Seymour

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    Chasson Randle, Justin Seymour

    After a freshman season in which he played 11.6 minutes per game and posted averages of 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest, 6-3 freshman guard Justin Seymour and Utah head coach Larry Krystowiak mutually decided that transferring may be in his best interest. On Friday it was reported by OnTheRadarHoops.com that Seymour has decided…

  11. N.C. State, Tennessee agree to home and home series

    Jun 28, 2013, 8:56 PM EST

    cuonzo-martin

    Tennessee has moved one step closer to finalizing its non-conference schedule for the upcoming season, as it was reported by Brendan F. Quinn of the Knoxville News Sentinel that the Volunteers have agreed to play a home-and-home series with N.C. State. Cuonzo Martin’s Volunteers will host the first meeting during the 2013-14 season, with the…

  12. 2014 guard Chris Sandifer verbally commits to Missouri

    Jun 28, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    247Sports.com

    Missouri head coach Frank Haith landed his first commitment in the Class of 2014 Friday, as 6-4 shooting guard Chris Sandifer (Gardena, Ca.) verbally committed to attend the SEC school while on a visit. Sandifer confirmed the news via his Twitter account. Really excited to be at Missouri tiger! — Chris Sandifer (@_3sandy) June 28,…

  13. Judge dismisses part of Maryland’s suit against the ACC

    Jun 28, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

    John Swofford

    One aspect of conference realignment that tends to get overlooked is what happens in the courtroom. More often than not such moves result in dueling lawsuits with the two parties eventually coming to some kind of resolution. When Maryland announced its decision to leave the ACC for the Big Ten, the ACC responded by filing…

  14. USA U-19 team moves to 2-0 at FIBA World Championships

    Jun 28, 2013, 4:28 PM EST

    USA Basketball

    One day after opening pool play at the Under-19 FIBA World Championships with a commanding 88-29 victory over Ivory Coast, the United States U-19 team didn’t miss a beat in its 113-57 victory over China Friday afternoon. Arizona signee Aaron Gordon led six Americans in double figures with 17 points while also grabbing a game-high…

  15. Former Houston guard Joseph Young transferring to Oregon

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

    University of Houston Athletics

    Shooting guard Joseph Young put together two productive seasons at the University of Houston, averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game under head coach James Dickey. But, a decision by the program to not retain his father and former Houston great Michael Young after he refused to accept being assigned to a new position…

  16. Iona announces addition of Brock Erickson to coaching staff

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Iona announced a coaching hire Friday, with head coach Tim Cluess adding Brock Erickson to his coaching staff to fill the vacancy left when Zak Boisvert joined Greg Herenda’s staff at Fairleigh Dickinson. Last season Erickson was the head coach at the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota where one of his players was guard Isaiah…

  17. Injury forces Rodney Hood to withdraw from World University Games training camp

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:24 PM EST

    Duke Photography

    Of the 16 players who were named finalists for the United States’ World University Games team, only 12 will be on the official roster when it is announced on Sunday. Friday, USA Basketball announced that one of the finalists has been forced to withdraw from the training camp due to injury. After reports surfaced on…

  18. Iowa to help open new arena in London during overseas trip

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Fran McCaffery

    Last month the Iowa basketball program announced preliminary plans for its summer trip to Europe, with Fran McCaffery’s team making stops in both Paris and London. The Hawkeyes fell short of their goal of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament last season, instead landing in the Postseason NIT where they reached the title game…

  19. ACC, Pac-12 lead the way with seven draft picks apiece

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

    2013 NBA Draft

    Once any draft is completed, more than a few people like to check out which conferences had the highest number of picks. In Thursday’s NBA Draft the ACC and Pac-12 shared the top spot, with each conference having seven players selected. *Note – This does not count Glen Rice Jr., who played in the D-League…

  20. Aaron Craft ready to play more of an attacking role

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Getty Images

    UNION, N.J. — The knock on Ohio State for much of the 2012-2013 season was that they relied far too much on Deshaun Thomas on the offensive end of the floor. They didn’t have a second option, and on the nights when Thomas wasn’t hitting his shots, the Buckeyes weren’t winning games. That changed down…