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  1. Report: UCF to host Florida State on November 13

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 PM EST


    Despite the graduation of Keith Clanton there’s optimism surrounding the UCF basketball program, with head coach Donnie Jones welcoming back just about every other key contributor from a team that managed to win 20 games despite being banned from postseason play. Guard Isaiah Sykes (16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.5 apg) was arguably the most versatile…

  2. Kentucky, Louisville among 21 Division I schools honored by NABC

    Jul 19, 2013, 1:33 PM EST

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky Louisville Basketball

    On Thursday the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its inaugural Team Academic Excellence Awards, which are given out to programs at the Division I, II and III levels of both the NCAA and NAIA that have posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Twenty-one Division I programs were honored, including Belmont,…

  3. Broken left hand sidelines Iowa guard Mike Gesell 4-6 weeks

    Jul 19, 2013, 12:21 PM EST

    2013 NIT Championship

    In his freshman season at Iowa, 6-1 guard Mike Gesell averaged 8.7 points and 2.6 assists per game for a team that reached the title game of the Postseason NIT. With Eric May being the lone key departure, Gesell and the Hawekeys are expected to be an NCAA tournament team in 2013-14. Gesell’s offseason development…

  4. Former Air Force great Nick Welch joins Dave Pilipovich’s coaching staff

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:25 AM EST


    Capt. Nick Welch played an important role in Air Force’s most successful run of basketball in the Mountain West, helping to lead the Falcons to a share of a regular season conference title in 2004 and winning Mountain West Co-Player of the Year honors. During Welch’s four seasons on the court for Air Force, the…

  5. How fast is Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson?

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:10 AM EST

    Jahii Carson

    The debate of which point guard is the nation’s best tends to end rather quickly thanks to the presence of Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart. Yes, an Aaron Craft (Ohio State) can enter the discussion, but it’s tough to argue with a player who would have been a high lottery pick had he not made the…

  6. Abdul Malik-Abu balances July’s live-period with his fasting for Ramadan

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:57 AM EST


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — For a high school basketball prospect, the July evaluation period the summer prior to their senior year is one of the most important three-week stretches of their high school career. The coaches are allowed to be on the road, evaluating and recruiting, which means that the media will be there as well,…

  7. Tennessee basketball players take to the gridiron (VIDEO)

    Jul 18, 2013, 9:59 PM EST


    While players can play basketball year round if they so choose, on occasion it’s beneficial to participate in other sports. That’s what members of the Tennessee men’s basketball team did last week, playing a game of flag football (7-on-7) at the football team’s indoor practice facility. Seniors Jeronne Maymon and D’Montre Edwards were the captains,…

  8. SIU-Edwardsville announced addition of Mitch Gilfillan to coaching staff

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:15 PM EST

    SIU-Edwardsville Athletics

    SIU-Edwardsville head coach Lennox Forrester has completed his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season, as it was announced that former Ball State assistant Mitch Gilfillan has made the move to the Ohio Valley Conference school. Gilfillan spent the last four seasons at Ball State as an assistant to Billy Taylor, who was replaced by former…

  9. Cincinnati, Nebraska agree to home-and-home series

    Jul 18, 2013, 6:58 PM EST

    Bearcats head coach Cronin shouts instructions to his team while playing against the Bluejays during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    Both Cincinnati and Nebraska moved one step closer to finalizing their respective non-conference schedules, as it was announced Thursday that the two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series. The first of the two meetings will take place at Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena on December 23, with the Huskers hosting the return meeting during the…

  10. Report: Delaware lands high-scoring transfer Davon Usher

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:20 PM EST

    Davon Usher, Reggie Hearn

    After spending two seasons at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla., Baltimore native Davon Usher played at Mississippi Valley State during the 2012-13 season. Averaging 18.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season, Usher was one of the best newcomers in the SWAC and earned second team All-SWAC honors. Usher won’t be a…

  11. Loyola (Ill.) announces addition of Emanuel Dildy to coaching staff

    Jul 18, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Loyola Athletics

    With the move to the Missouri Valley Conference Loyola (Chicago) is taking a step up in competition, and its ability to take advantage of the great amount of talent in the Chicagoland area will determine how competitive Porter Moser’s program is in the new conference. On Thursday the school announced the addition of assistant Emanuel…

  12. Shaq Johnson dismissed by Auburn

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:33 PM EST


    Shaq Johnson is one of the best athletes to enter college basketball in recent memory. He’s also once again looking for a school to play for. After a largely non-descript freshman campaign for a bad Auburn team, Johnson has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. Johnson started 21 games and…

  13. When deciding between football and basketball, height may force Reid Travis’ hand

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:57 PM EST


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a lot to like about Reid Travis, the basketball player. At 6-foot-7, Travis is built like a rock. He’s physical when battling for position in the post, he uses that strength to finish through contact around the rim, and he’s a monster heading towards the glass. In short, Travis plays…

  14. Doug McDermott adds to his title of Greatest Walk-on Ever with USA hoops minicamp invite

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:17 PM EST


    Marcus Smart isn’t the only collegian attending the U.S. Men’s National team minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Two-time all-american Doug McDermott of Creighton will be joining him there as well, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of Now would be a good time to mention that McDermott is walking on to the…

  15. Report: Pac-12 fighting Grand Canyon U., for-profit schools

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:00 PM EST


    The Pac-12 conference CEOs have begun questioning whether or not adding a for-profit school to Division I athletics is a good idea, according to a report from Dennis Dodd of They sent a letter to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the target of that letter…

  16. Sacramento State’s Brian Katz gets a five-year deal

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    After spending 19 years as a head coach in the Junior College ranks, Brian Katz finally broke through when he was signed by Sacramento State in 2008. And after leading that program to one of their most successful seasons in 2012-2013, Katz was reward with a brand-new, five-year deal that will keep him gainfully employed…

  17. DeAndre Kane now officially eligible at Transfer U, Iowa State

    Jul 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    DeAndre Kane

    On Wednesday afternoon, Ryan Harrow and Malik Smith both received waivers to play immediately at Georgia State and Minnesota, respectively. Harrow was cleared because the Atlanta native’s father is sick. Smith was declared immediately eligible because Florida International is banned from the NCAA tournament this season due to APR issues and he only has one…

  18. Manhattan lands verbal commitments from three 2014 prospects

    Jul 17, 2013, 11:23 PM EST


    A program landing three verbal commitments on the same day is something that tends to happen far more often in college football than in college basketball. But don’t tell that to the Manhattan Jaspers, who were on the receiving end of such good fortune as reported by Zach Braziller of the New York Post. Nazareth…

  19. Oklahoma basketball players enjoy a game of ‘Horse’ (VIDEO)

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:04 PM EST

    Buddy Hield, Naadir Tharpe, Jeff Withey

    The summer months can be a bit boring at times for college athletes, especially if they’re taking summer classes. School, offseason workouts and the occasional summer league game is the routine for most, and with the majority of their classmates home until August (or September) there isn’t much available to break up the monotony. Oklahoma…

  20. Former North Carolina guard Shammond Williams joins Tulane coaching staff

    Jul 17, 2013, 7:49 PM EST


    After serving as an assistant on Jeff Jackson’s coaching staff at Furman this past season former North Carolina guard Shammond Williams has joined Ed Conroy’s staff at Tulane, the school announced Wednesday. Williams, who played 13 seasons in the NBA and in Europe after completing his four-year career in Chapel Hill, replaces the departed Doug…