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  1. Russ Smith: perfect example of why NCAA’s early entry deadline sucks

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:45 PM EST

    Duke v Louisville

    On Monday night, Russ Smith won a national title. He didn’t play his best game — in fact, he played one of his worst — but thanks to Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock, Smith got a ring. By the time that Smith had finished meeting with the media and celebrating with his team, it was…

  2. Excessive phone calls becoming a headache for Iowa State

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Fred Hoiberg

    Two former men’s basketball staff members are at the heart of an investigation into the men’s basketball program that could cause a headache for new head coach Fred Hoiberg. What happened was that Hoiberg walked into an AAU tournament to watch his son play and saw former graduate assistant Keith “Lefty” Moore in the stands.…

  3. PHOTO: FIU’s beach court is almost done, and it’s awesome

    Apr 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST


    This is what FIU’s new basketball court looks like. Awesome, right? Here are some details, courtesy of Matt Norlander: FIU and then-coach Richard Pitino, who is now at Minnesota, floated out the idea of radically redesigning the school’s home court about three weeks ago. The vote was made in late March, the re-paint project began on…

  4. Purdue’s Sandi Marcius to graduate, transfer

    Apr 11, 2013, 12:28 PM EST

    Brandon Ubel, Sandi Marcius

    Purdue’s backup center Sandi Marcius has been granted his release and will be allowed to transfer out of the program. Marcius was a redshirt junior this past season, meaning that the big man is on schedule to graduate in May and will allowed to transfer without sitting out a season. “We have invested four years…

  5. Sean Kilpatrick announces his intention to return to Cincinnati

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Sean Kilpatrick, Jamil Wilson

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Sean Kilpatrick will not be entering his name into the NBA Draft this season. He announced as much on Wednesday night, as the Bearcats were getting ready to have their team banquet at Montgomery Inn. “It’s been tough the last couple…

  6. Pitino says Russ Smith now ’50-50′ to return

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:22 AM EST


    Russ Smith may not be heading to the NBA after all. If you remember — and if you’re a Louisville fan, how could you forget — Russ Smith’s father told a reporter after the national title game that Russ wouldn’t be returning to school for his senior season. And frankly, it makes sense. He’s already…

  7. Rysheed Jordan is heading to St. John’s

    Apr 11, 2013, 9:36 AM EST

    Rysheed Jordan, Mitch Holmberg

    St. John’s picked up the first member of their 2013 recruiting class on Thursday, as 6-foot-4 point guard Rysheed Jordan picked the Johnnies over UCLA and Temple. Jordan is a Philly native and a five-star recruit that was recently named the Class A and Public League Player of the Year. He’s a top 30 recruit…

  8. Report: Furman to hire Colorado State assistant Niko Medved

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EST


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Nearly three weeks following the decision of Jeff Jackson to resign following his seventh season as head coach at Furman, the school has reportedly found his replacement. According to a report from Colorado State assistant Niko Medved will be hired by the Southern Conference school. Medved…

  9. Pac-12 launches independent review of conference tournament officiating

    Apr 10, 2013, 9:09 PM EST


    The question of whether or not a legitimate “bounty” was placed on Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament eventually led to the resignation of Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials Ed Rush. But even with Rush’s decision to step aside the Pac-12 still has to address the question as to whether or not…

  10. Providence extends contract of head coach Ed Cooley

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:20 PM EST

    Ed Cooley

    When the move was made by Providence College to hire Providence native Ed Cooley as its head basketball coach two years ago, many were hopeful that the native son would return the Friar program to respectability. Two seasons into the Cooley era, it certainly looks as if the program is headed in the right direction.…

  11. Report: Campbell to hire Richmond associate head coach Kevin McGeehan

    Apr 10, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

    Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - First Round - Charlotte v Richmond

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. According to multiple reports, Campbell will hire Richmond associate head coach Kevin McGeehan as its new head coach. The school has yet to announce who its new head coach will be, but there is a release stating that the new hire will be introduced Thursday afternoon.…

  12. Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams enters NBA Draft

    Apr 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

    Syracuse Orange Carter-Williams reacts as the official signals a three-point shot against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Tyler Ennis, the keys to the Syracuse attack are now yours. In a decision that surprised few, Syracuse announced Wednesday afternoon that sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. After playing sparingly as a freshman, the 6-6…

  13. Johnny O’Bryant III’s decision to return a step in the right direction for LSU

    Apr 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Second Round-LSU-Georgia

    Tuesday featured two college basketball players announcing their intentions to remain in school for one more season, Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson and LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant III. O’Bryant III’s decision to return to Baton Rouge puts head coach Johnny Jones’ program (19-12, 9-9 in 2012-13) in prime position to at the very least…

  14. Andy Enfield makes a huge hire, bringing Tony Bland to USC

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:48 PM EST

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Andy Enfield did what he had to do if he wanted a chance to succeed at USC. He went out and he hired the two best west coast recruiters that he could. Over the weekend, it was Jason Hart that was hired, an LA native and a former Syracuse guard that spent last season as…

  15. Shane Rector decommits from from Rutgers

    Apr 10, 2013, 1:03 PM EST


    The star of former head coach Mike Rice’s recruiting class at Rutgers, Shane Rector, has decommitted from the program. It shouldn’t be a surprise. The head coach that recruited him there is gone and the program looks like it’s destined to be a disaster for the next few years. Rector is a talented enough recruit…

  16. Phil Pressey enters the NBA Draft, signs with an agent

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Phil Pressey

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) On Wednesday afternoon, Missouri announced that Phil Pressey will be entering the NBA Draft. He’s signed with the CAA sports agency. “Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult…

  17. Report: Marist to hire … an NBA GM?

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:16 PM EST


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. A former general manager and coach for the New Orleans Hornets, Jeff Bower, has reached an agreement on a contract with Marist. Bower was an associate head coach with the Red Foxes for five years in the early ’90s, but has spent parts of the past…

  18. Dominique Hawkins commits to Kentucky

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

    Dominique Hawkins, Dontez Byrd

    Dominique Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard from Madison Central in Kentucky, has committed to the Wildcats. Hawkins isn’t a typical Kentucky basketball recruit. In fact, he’ll likely never see much playing time at the point guard spot. The schools that he picked Kentucky over? Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Morehead State. Coach Cal didn’t bring him…