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

    May 4, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

    Kansas Jayhawks McLemore reacts after a dunk against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

    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…

  2. 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.…

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

    May 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    139th Kentucky Derby

    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,…

  4. Report: ‘Bama transfer Trevor Lacey will visit N.C. State

    May 4, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Trevor Lacey

    We reported recently that Alabama’s second-leading scorer, Trevor Lacey, would transfer out of the SEC program. Today, we have some idea which schools may be in the running to acquire his services. According to PackInsider.com, Lacey has scheduled a visit to Raleigh, which the program’s supporters are taking as a strong sign that the guard…

  5. Realignment, Spinal Tap and the Mountain West tournament

    May 4, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jordan Stone, Matt Staff

    I found this on IMDB.com, on the quotes page for the legendary 1984 film This is Spinal Tap: Nigel Tufnel: You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can…

  6. Malek Harris sees recruiting stock soar

    May 4, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Scott Phillips/NBC Sports

    FORT WAYNE, In. — Malek Harris was merely a blip on the high-major radar before the month of April, but thanks to the April live evaluation period, he’s now one of the hottest names in the midwest for high-major programs. The new attention from the college coaches and the media has even become a bit…

  7. Elite 2014 recruit cites religion as a major deciding factor

    May 4, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Nike

    FORT WAYNE, In. — High school basketball recruits usually have a few specific traits in mind as they sift through scholarship offers trying to decide on a school. Most players will cite similar things like a relationship with the coach, the style of play, or the chance to play for a league or national title.…

  8. Maine transfer Justin Edwards commits to Kansas State

    May 4, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Maine transfer Justin Edwards has made a decision on a transfer destination, committing to Kansas State on a visit to the school, according to a report from CBSSports.com. “He said he loved the staff and the opportunity to contribute and the development aspect that they present for him,” CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre told Adam…

  9. Florida releases non-conference schedule for 2013-14

    May 4, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

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    Florida announced its non-conference schedule for 2013-14 on Friday and it includes more than a few challenges for a potentially deep Gators team before SEC play begins. Coming off of an Elite 8 loss to Michigan, the Gators will give themselves plenty of early season opportunities to gauge where they stand in the national college…

  10. South Carolina adds seventh member to 2013 recruiting class

    May 4, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Frank Martin

    South Carolina and men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced the seventh member of its 2013 recruiting class on Friday as in-state guard Jaylen Shaw officially signed with the Gamecocks. The 6-1 Shaw will have four years of eligibility and helped lead Hartsville High School to back-to-back high school state championships in South Carolina, including the…

  11. Nebraska’s first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena nearly sold out

    May 3, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Tim Miles

    “When you walk into an arena that’s half full or two-thirds full, it gives you a sense of the confidence of the traveling team. When you walk into sold-out arenas, you worry about getting your team to communicate. When the arena’s sold out, there’s so much more pressure on an opposing team to play in…

  12. Michigan State AD Mark Hollis hoping to honor Jud Heathcoate with four-team event

    May 3, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis and head coach Tom Izzo have come up with some interesting ideas when it comes to the Spartans’ non-conference schedule over the years. Michigan State has taken on many high-profile challenges and played in some interesting environments, such as their game on an aircraft carrier against North Carolina two…

  13. Denver forward Royce O’Neale released from scholarship

    May 3, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Royce O'Neale, D.J. Cooper

    In their final season as a member of the WAC the Denver Pioneers managed to win a share of the regular season conference title, with forwards Chris Udofia and Royce O’Neale and guards Chase Hallam and Brett Olson leading the way. The Pioneers are moving to the Summit League, and they may have to do…

  14. Ankle surgery sidelines projected lottery pick Alex Len

    May 3, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Alex Len

    When he announced his decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft, former Maryland center Alex Len was projected by many draft analysts to be a lottery selection. In the aftermath of news that Len has undergone surgery to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle, the question now is whether or not his…

  15. Marquette forward Steve Taylor undergoes surgery on right knee

    May 3, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Marquette

    Marquette announced on Friday afternoon that freshman forward Steve Taylor Jr. underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a benign growth from his right knee. According to the program Taylor is expected to miss 3-4 months as a result of the procedure, which addresses an issue that has bothered Taylor for quite some time. Taylor played…

  16. Ball State completes coaching staff with addition of Billy Wright

    May 3, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

    Western Illinois University

    New Ball State head coach James Whitford has completed the process of assembling a coaching staff, as it was announced on Friday that Billy Wright has joined the program as an assistant coach. Wright was formerly the associate head coach on Jim Molinari’s staff at Western Illinois, helping to lead the Leathernecks to their first…

  17. Sophomore guard D.J. Peterson to remain at La Salle

    May 3, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Explorers guard Peterson battles for a rebound with Wildcats forward Henriquez during the second round of their NCAA men's basketball tournament in Kansas City

    On Monday, La Salle sophomore guard D.J. Peterson was granted a release from his scholarship, as the Burnsville, Minn. native cited a desire to attend a school closer to his hometown. But after considering his options and discussing the situation with both his parents and teammates, Peterson has decided to return to La Salle for…

  18. NCAA moves start of college basketball practices up two weeks

    May 3, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

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    College basketball teams will be allowed to begin practice two weeks earlier thanks to new NCAA legislation. During the Division I Board of Directors meeting Thursday it was decided that teams can begin practice 42 days before the first game of the regular season. Teams aren’t allowed to play official games (exhibition games don’t count,…

  19. San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik announces coaching staff

    May 3, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    San Jose State Athletics

    With just five players on the 2013-14 roster at the time of his hiring, first-year San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik had a lot of work to do on the recruiting trail with the Spartans approaching their debut season in the Mountain West. Wojcik’s landed four commitments thus far, and the recruiting work may…

  20. John Cahill to supervise officials in ‘new’ Big East

    May 3, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    John Calipari, John Cahill

    The supervisor of officials for the “new” Big East Conference, which will be officially recognized by the NCAA on August 1, will be a face familiar to many fans who have followed the holdovers for years. That person would be John Cahill, who makes the move from the floor after forty years as a game…