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College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from August, 2019

AUGUST 24: Mississippi State's football and men's basketball teams have been placed on three years probation after an investigation concluded that a tutor committed academic misconduct in aiding 10 members of the football team and one basketball player in an online general chemistry course during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. --

AUGUST 21: The recruitment of five-star Class of 2020 point guard Daishen Nix has long been shrouded in secrecy, but a mystery it is no more. The Las Vegas native made his long-awaited college commitment on Tuesday by committing to UCLA, a decision that will keep him close to his home. --

Nix is a 6-foot-5 point guard from Alaska that’s currently playing his high school ball in Las Vegas. He’s known for his court vision and elite basketball IQ with a developing jumper and a feel for the game that cannot be taught. He ranks as a top 15 prospect, according to 247 Sports. --

Nix is just the fifth five-star player committed among the 2020 class, giving UCLA a strong start heading into official visit season. The Bruins made the final lists for five-stars Ziaire Williams and Joshua Christopher, as well as ESPN 100 prospects Mark Williams and Andre Jackson. ESPN 100 big man Mady Sissoko also took an official visit to UCLA in early June. --

AUGUST 19: Four-star guard Addison Patterson verbally committed to Oregon and reclassified to the 2019 class on Sunday. --

AUGUST 14: The [Oregon] Ducks got a huge summer pickup on Thursday when 2020 five-star big man N’Faly Dante announced that he’s not only reclassifying to 2019, but also has chosen Oregon over Kentucky. Dante was the No. 12 overall ranked player in the 2020 class and the No. 3 center. The 6’11” big man attended Sunrise Christian (Kansas) Academy and has had a big summer, most recently being named MVP of the 2019 Peach Jam Classic after posting 22 points and 18 rebounds in the final. --

AUGUST 12: The NCAA has amended its certification process for agents representing basketball players who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore the NBA draft and will no longer require them to have a bachelor's degree. Instead, agents who don't have a bachelor's degree will have to be in good standing with the National Basketball Players Association. --

As [Rich] Paul wrote in an op-ed for The Athletic on Monday morning, the rule would've had no impact on him or the business of his agency -- Klutch Sports Group -- because he and his agency don't really work with test-the-water type athletes. They are, at this point, well beyond that. Regardless, thanks to The King's tweet, Paul became the face of the rule that immediately created a public-relations nightmare for the NCAA because it was the latest example of the governing body trying to control something it shouldn't be controlling, and, in some people's eyes, the rule also had racial overtones. So it was broadly criticized, by me and many others, when it was first reported -- then again when the NCAA issued an explanation, and then again when the NCAA had to update its initial explanation because it was factually inaccurate. --

AUGUST 9: In the one-and-done era, college basketball fans have grown accustomed to having to get to know a slew of new, highly-touted names and faces each season, many of whom will spend just one year on campus before moving on to the NBA. In 2019, six of the top 10 NBA draft picks were one-and-done, and eight of the 14 lottery picks overall. --

AUGUST 7: Arizona Wildcats point guard Brandon Williams will miss the 2019-20 season with a knee injury, the team announced Wednesday night. Williams has had ongoing knee issues since missing his junior season of high school due to a joint condition in his knee. --

AUGUST 6: A new NCAA amendment to the criteria for agents angling to represent college basketball players testing the NBA Draft process is being dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule" by many. The criteria, which was reported by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, requires that agents must have completed these three hurdles before representing student-athletes in their venture to explore the NBA Draft process: must have a a Bachelor's degree, must have been certified by the NBPA for at least three years, and must pass an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis. --

AUGUST 6: Utah's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and is facing recruiting restrictions after the NCAA determined it committed multiple recruiting violations during the spring of 2018. --

The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions found that the program committed two Level II violations and a Level III violation. In addition to the probation and Connor’s show-cause, Utah self-imposed a handful of recruiting restrictions that have already taken effect. --

AUGUST 5: USC has landed a verbal commitment from 2020 No. 1 prospect Evan Mobley, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. Mobley's father, Eric, has served as an assistant coach under Andy Enfield since March 2018, making the Trojans the favorites to land the five-star. --

Evan Mobley averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks for Rancho Christian High School in California last season. --

AUGUST 5: For the second straight weekend, Kentucky has landed a top-50 commitment. This time around, the Wildcats picked up a pledge from four-star small forward Cam'Ron Fletcher. Fletcher arrived in Lexington on Thursday for his official visit, and announced his commitment shortly after the trip ended. --

AUGUST 3: Top-30 recruit MarJon Beauchamp plans to skip college and instead work out with a training program to prepare for the 2021 NBA draft. Beauchamp will begin the yearlong program at Chameleon BX following his senior year of high school. He will attend Dream City Christian (Arizona) for his final high school season. --

An athletic and fairly skilled wing, Beauchamp has the kind of tools (length, versatility, positional size, etc. ) and skillset that makes him an intriguing longterm prospect. He’s a slasher that has shown glimpses of having playmaking ability and is an improving shooter. The problem is that he weighs all of 175 pounds, and that is where this decision becomes interesting. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from July, 2019

JULY 29: ESPN 100 forward Marcus Bagley, the younger brother of Sacramento Kings forward and former No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III, announced his commitment to Arizona State on Monday. Bagley chose the Sun Devils over a final three that also included California and Arizona, but Arizona State was considered the heavy favorite down the stretch. --

JULY 28: Five-star guard Brandon "BJ" Boston Jr. verbally committed to Kentucky's 2020 recruiting class, Boston confirmed to 247Sports... In 18 games on the Nike EYBL circuit, Boston averaged 22.8 points, while shooting 52.1% from the field. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game. --

JULY 26: UConn announced on Friday that they have officially reached an agreement with the American Athletic Conference on an exit fee as the school looks to re-join the Big East Conference. The Huskies will leave on July 1, 2020, and will pay an exit fee of $17 million. --

JULY 25: Louisville’s David Johnson injured a left shoulder in practice on Monday and will be sidelined for up to six months, the program announced on Thursday... The point guard spot is the biggest question mark for the Cardinals heading into next season, and Johnson had impressed during the summer. --

JULY 17: Kansas landed another piece for the upcoming season on Tuesday night as guard Dajuan Harris pledged to the Jayhawks on Twitter. Previously a member of the Class of 2020, Harris will reclassify and join Kansas for next season. The 6-foot-1 point guard is coming off of a strong Nike Peach Jam in which he helped MoKan Elite to the event’s title with a big week. --

JULY 16: Penn State has its first 2020 commitment. Dallion Johnson, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Maryland, has pledged to coach Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions, he announced Monday. --

JULY 15: Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway was hired as the University of Memphis basketball coach in March 2018, and since that time, the former Tiger great has taken the nation by storm, particularly in the area of recruiting. Under Hardaway, Memphis has the No. 1 recruiting class in the Class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, and includes the nation's No. 1 recruit, local product James Wiseman. It remains to be seen how the recent success in recruiting, will translate to success on the court for Memphis, but the hiring of Hardaway has already reaped benefits as the Tigers fan base has rallied around one of their former players. --

JULY 12: In one of the weirder coaching changes that we have seen in recent years, Cleveland State has fired head coach Dennis Felton and his staff in the middle of the only July live period worth anything. Felton, who was previously the head coach at Western Kentucky and Georgia, spent two seasons in Cleveland, where he went 22-44 overall and just 11-25 in the Horizon. --

JULY 8: The United States U19 men's basketball team defeated Mali 93-79 in the World Cup final on Sunday to capture the gold medal for a record-setting seventh time since the event's inception. The blowout capped a dominant run in World Cup play for coach Bruce Weber's squad, which secured double-digit victories in all seven contests. --

JULY 6: German guard Franz Wagner has signed a Tender of Financial Aid to join Michigan for the 2019-20 season, the school announced on Saturday. Wagner is the brother of former Michigan standout forward Moritz, who currently plays for the Washington Wizards. --

In 2018-19, Wagner played on a dual contract with Alba Berlin in the Basketball Bundesliga and SSV lok Bernau Alba in the German ProB league. He averaged 4.6 points on 52.9% shooting from the field and 39.6% from 3-point range in 35 games with Alba Berlin, playing 12.4 minutes per game. --

JULY 5: Duke's coaching staff is celebrating Independence Day with a unique firework of their own. The Blue Devils on Thursday landed a commitment from five-star small forward Jalen Johnson, the No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from June, 2019


Former Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, a top-10 recruit who signed with the Jayhawks in the 2018 recruiting class, announced on Thursday he is transferring to the University of Houston. --


LaMelo Ball will never make it to a college campus after all. Lonzo’s youngest brother and the baby of the Ball family announced on Monday afternoon that he will be continuing his professional career playing for the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League. He previously suited up for a professional team in Lithuania. --


Kentucky has all but guaranteed that John Calipari will hereby be synonymous with Big Blue -- and Big Blue alone. UK announced Thursday it signed Calipari to a lucrative 10-year, $86 million deal that will essentially keep him with the Wildcats until he retires. The contract expires after the 2028-2029 season. --


Kansas added a key late piece to its 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday as four-star wing Jalen Wilson committed to the Jayhawks... He joins four-stars wing Tristan Enaruna and four-star guards Christian Braun and Isaac McBride. --


Oregon picked up one of the best transfers on the market on Monday night as Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi pledged to the Ducks. One of the Big Ten’s breakout players last season, the 6-foot-7 Omoruyi put up 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season for the Scarlet Knights as the junior shot 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. --


Kansas has landed the shooter that they needed. On Monday morning, Isaiah Moss announced that he will be committing to Kansas to play his final season of college ball. Moss is a grad transfer from Iowa that initially committed to Arkansas but reopened his recruitment over the weekend. --

One of the best available graduate transfers, Moss will bring much-needed perimeter shooting to Kansas. A 6-foot-5 wing from Chicago, Moss averaged 9.2 points per game and shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range last season. He started all 35 games for Iowa in 2018-19. --


German center Lars Thiemann committed to Cal on Sunday... The athletic 7-foot, 250-pound 19-year-old averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes for Leverkusen of the German NBBL U19 league last season. --


Former North Carolina guard Seventh Woods announced on Instagram that he is enrolling at South Carolina... Despite playing in 40 games as a freshman at North Carolina, Woods failed to carve out a consistent role with the Tar Heels. --

Nevada transfer Jordan Brown has committed to playing at Arizona, he announced on Friday. --


The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved a proposal moving the three-point line to the international distance in men's basketball, the panel announced on Wednesday. The new distance will be 22' 1 3/4" and will go into effect in the 2019-20 season for Division I programs. The current three-point line distance is 20'9". The change will not go into effect until the 2020-21 season in Divisions II and III due to the financial impact of moving the lines on courts. --


Jahvon Quinerly will continue his college basketball career a long way from where he started. On Sunday, Quinerly announced that he has committed to play his final threes seasons at Alabama after transferring out of Villanova following his freshman campaign. --


The SEC voted during its spring meetings Friday to lift a ban on selling alcoholic beverages in public areas at its athletic events. The conference's new policy, which opens another revenue stream for its member schools, goes into effect Aug. 1. But the policy does not require schools to sell alcoholic beverages, which will be limited to beer and wine, leaving the decision up to each institution. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from May, 2019

MAY 28

The final uncommitted five-star in the 2019 recruiting class won't be headed to college. On Tuesday morning, guard R.J. Hampton announced on ESPN's Get Up that he will begin his professional career overseas with the NBL's New Zealand Breakers rather than spend a season in the NCAA. Hampton previously reclassified from the 2020 class to 2019 and had been considering Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech. --

MAY 23 The days of discord between the Fab Five are over thanks to the hiring of Juwan Howard as Michigan's new head coach, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said on Thursday. Speaking on ESPN's morning show Get Up!, Rose publicly proclaimed that Howard's hiring will reunite the Fab Five of Rose, Chris Webber, Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson despite years of friction between Michigan's famed 1991 recruiting class. --

Rose said the hiring specifically fixes issues between him and Chris Webber. The two had been at odds for nearly a decade, with one example of the divide being Webber's absence from ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the team that debuted in 2011. But all that is in the past now, according to Rose, who said there is no more "beef" between them. --

MAY 19

South Dakota State transfer David Jenkins announced his commitment to UNLV on Saturday, giving the Runnin' Rebels one of the top sit-out transfers in the country... Jenkins, the No. 2-ranked sit-out transfer in ESPN's transfer rankings, played second fiddle to star forward Mike Daum at South Dakota State but averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds this past season. --

MAY 18

Five-star senior Precious Achiuwa announced his commitment to Memphis on Friday, giving coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Achiuwa, who is Memphis' fourth commitment in the past week, chose the Tigers over Kansas, although he also took an official visit to North Carolina. --


Virginia has shored up their perimeter depth for the 2019-20 season by tapping into the JuCo ranks. Tomas Woldetensae, a native of Italy that had spent the last year playing for Indian Hills C.C. in Iowa, committed to Virginia, according to multiple reports. A 6-foot-5 sharpshooter, Woldetensae averaged more than 17 points while shooting 48 percent from three this past season. --

Coach Steve Wojciechowski signed a new five-year contract with Marquette on Tuesday that puts him under contract through the 2023-24 season. --

Minnesota has added former Drexel forward Alihan Demir as a graduate transfer for the 2019-20 season. --


Mark Turgeon landed a commitment on Monday from Chol Marial, a three-star prospect from the South Sudan and one of the highest risk-reward prospects in this class. At one point in time, Marial was thought to be arguably the best big man in the Class of 2019, but he has missed most of the last three seasons due to injury. --

After two seasons at Tulsa, Curran Scott is going to Clemson. The 6-foot-4 guard is joining the Tigers as a graduate transfer, he announced Monday. --


Gonzaga has landed Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder, he told ESPN on Sunday... Gilder missed the entire 2018-19 season with what the school called a "health issue." --


The NCAA has launched an investigation into the Arizona men's basketball program, a university spokesman confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson on Friday night. In response to an open records request, Arizona officials would not release the school's communication with the NCAA to the newspaper because "investigations into the University of Arizona men's basketball program are ongoing at this time." --


Purdue has added graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor to its men's basketball roster... The 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged 19.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists for High Point last season, topping the 20-point mark 17 times. --


Duke Blue Devils signee Rejean "Boogie" Ellis has requested and is expected to receive a release from his letter of intent, sources told ESPN. Ellis, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, is ranked No. 36 in the ESPN 100. --

Ellis is a 6'2", 165-pound combo guard from San Diego, Calif. He is the No. 34 prospect in the class of 2019 and the No. 6 prospect at his position, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. --


NCAA Championship Game
(1) Virginia 85, (3) Texas Tech 77, OT

Final Four Results
(1) Virginia 63, (5) Auburn 62
(3) Texas Tech 61, (2) Michigan State 51

Elite Eight Results
(5) Auburn 77, (2) Kentucky 71, OT
(2) Michigan State 68, (1) Duke 67
(3) Texas Tech 75, (1) Gonzaga 69
(1) Virginia 80, (3) Purdue 75, OT

Sweet 16 Results
(2) Michigan State 80, (3) LSU 63
(5) Auburn 97, (1) North Carolina 80
(1) Duke 75, (4) Virginia Tech 73
(2) Kentucky 62, (3) Houston 58
(1) Gonzaga 72, (4) Florida State 58
(3) Purdue 99, (2) Tennessee 94, OT
(3) Texas Tech 63, (2) Michigan 44
(1) Virginia 53, (12) Oregon 49

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from April, 2019


UCLA offered coach Jay Wright double his salary at Villanova to come coach the Bruins, reports the Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch. The Bruins finally hired Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin on April 9. --


Texas Tech and head coach Chris Beard have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth more than $27 million, the school announced on Monday. At more than $4.5 million annually, Beard is now one of the highest-paid coaches in college hoops, which makes sense as he is one of the very best coaches in the business. --

Beard is entering his fourth season at Texas Tech after coaching one season at Little Rock. The Red Raiders have posted winning records in each of Beard's seasons and reached the NCAA tournament two straight seasons. --


Five-star prospect Johnny Juzang announced Wednesday that he will be reclassifying from 2020 into the 2019 class and attending college in the fall. --

Seventh Woods announced on Thursday afternoon that he will be transferring out of the North Carolina program... This past season, the South Carolina native averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 assists. --


On Tuesday morning, Cole Anthony, the No. 3 player and the No. 1 combo guard in the country in the 247Sports composite, committed to the Tar Heels. Then in the early evening, Anthony Harris, the No. 65 player and No. 8 combo guard, also committed to UNC shortly after a visit to Chapel Hill. Indiana was rumored to be in the mix for Harris late in the process. --

Regarded as the No. 65 overall player in the Class of 2019 per the 247Sports composite, Harris is a quality late pickup for the Tar Heels as North Carolina’s perimeter depth looks far better at the end of Tuesday than it did entering the day. While Anthony is likely a one-and-done player, Harris will likely stay and contribute for at least a few seasons as he comes from a winning background. --


Cole Anthony, a top five player and the best point guard in the Class of 2019, announced on Tuesday morning that he will be playing his college basketball for North Carolina. --

Arizona has landed a commitment from UC Irvine grad transfer Max Hazzard, one of the most sought after transfers on the market this season. Hazzard’s brother, Jacob, was a walk-on for the Wildcats from 2012-2016. --

The rich got richer on Monday, as one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the 2019 class, four-star guard Cassius Stanley, announced his commitment to Duke. Stanley's decision comes on the heels of top-10 recruit Matthew Hurt also choosing the Blue Devils on Friday, further cementing what's poised to be Duke's fourth consecutive year with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class on the 247Sports composite. --

APRIl 20

Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston will return to the program for his senior season, Winston announced on Friday... The 6'1" Winston averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.5 minutes while playing in all 39 games. --


Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Culver announced his decision during a press conference at United Supermarkets Arena on Thursday and thanked his coaches and teammates before declaring. --


Virginia took care of business, and Texas Tech, on Monday night, coming away with their first championship and an 85–77 win in overtime... The De’Andre Hunter/Jarrett Culver battle proved gripping. Both players were total duds in the first half (due in part to their respective defensive efforts on one another), then stepped up down the stretch. In the end, it was Hunter’s impressive late-game display of outside shooting that saved Virginia, and he finished with 27 points and six rebounds on 4-of-5 three-point shooting. --

De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left in overtime put the Cavaliers up a pair, and Texas Tech went on nearly a 2-minute scoring drought as Virginia exorcised the ghost of UMBC with the first championship in school history. The Cavaliers led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Red Raiders knotted things up with just over 3 minutes to play in regulation. --

A career-high 27 point performance and lockdown defense from De'Andre Hunter led Tony Bennett's Cavaliers to an 85–77 victory on Monday night in an overtime thriller in Minneapolis. --

Texas Tech's first field goal of the game came more than seven and a half minutes into the first half on a three-point jumper from sophomore guard Davide Moretti. The Red Raiders followed back-to-back threes from Brandone Francis and Kyler Edwards with a third three–Francis's second–got their offense rolling as Texas Tech knocked in nine points in a two-minute span to start a 12–2 run. --

Two weeks ago, everyone was lamenting the lack of upsets, buzzer-beaters and, frankly, drama in the first two rounds of the Big Dance. The 12 top seeds all advanced to the Sweet 16, plus two No. 4 seeds, one No. 5 seed, and a No. 12 seed from a Power 5 conference. The plus—and much more important—side of chalk dominating the first two rounds is that the final 16 teams alive this college basketball season were the very best in the sport. And that created two wonderfully compelling weeks of basketball, culminating in a national championship game worthy of punctuating one of the best NCAA tournaments ever. --

The celebration is on in Charlottesville as Virginia has won the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Cavaliers have played nothing but nail-biters down the stretch, beating Purdue in overtime in the Elite Eight, Auburn by one in the Final Four and then needing overtime again in order to outlast Texas Tech in Monday night's championship game. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Final Four All-Tournament was announced. Filled entirely with Virginia and Texas Tech players, the coveted Most Outstanding Player honor was awarded to Kyle Guy. --


Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones will return for a sophomore season, putting his NBA dreams on hold. --


The Red Raiders have been the nation’s No. 1 defensive team on KenPom for most of this season behind head coach Chris Beard’s hard-nosed culture and assistant coach Mark Adams’ strategy. Even though the Red Raiders had to replace most of last season’s Elite Eight core, they find themselves 40 minutes away from the national title thanks to their relentless pressure on defense. --

Virginia, the nation’s No. 5 defense on KenPom, has suffocated opponents during the Tony Bennett era. The Cavaliers slowly choke opponents like a boa constrictor thanks to their trademark pack-line defense. In a league with offensive juggernauts like Duke and North Carolina, Virginia continues to win ACC regular-season titles thanks in large part to their defense. --

Virginia's De'Andre Hunter vs. Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver: Look no further than the two top NBA prospects on the court. Both Hunter and Culver were clearly the top options during key second half possessions of Saturday's semifinals, and the two wing forwards could end up matched on each other in similar situations on Monday night. Kyle Guy made the last six six points and Ty Jerome got things started for the Wahoos, but Hunter had the ball in his hands for several of those last key possessions. Similarly, it was Mooney who got things moving for the Red Raiders but Culver who was needed to seal the win down the stretch. --

What Chris Beard has done in his three years at Texas Tech -- three years! -- is nothing short of remarkable. Lubbock, Texas, is not exactly a hotbed for basketball. Bobby Knight went there, and he didn't take Texas Tech anywhere near this far. Tubby Smith went there, and he didn't take Texas Tech anywhere near this far. --

Fortunately for coach Chris Beard and the Red Raiders, graduate transfer Matt Mooney was ready for the big stage. Mooney, who transferred from South Dakota last spring, finished with 22 points and four 3-pointers. Midway through the second half, Mooney hit three 3-pointers in a 2-minute, 35-second span that extended Texas Tech's lead from six points to 12. --

Virginia is an elite shooting team, and has been all season, ranking eighth in the country in three-point percentage. Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter shoot a combined 41.7% from distance, and all of them have attempted at least 100 threes. Texas Tech, meanwhile, has Jarrett Culver, who’s likely to be a top-10 pick in this year’s NBA draft. Add to the mix good shooter Matt Mooney, and great shooter Davide Moretti (46.3% three-point percentage), and you get a Red Raider squad that has plenty of offense to go along with its top-rated defense. --


The Tigers will be an underdog when they take on the Cavaliers, who entering the day are the favorite to win not only Saturday, but also the tournament. With the extra pep in the step Barkley infused from his pre-game speech, though, expect the Tigers to be plenty fired up come tip time. --

Duke is "looking into" attorney Michael Avenatti's allegation that Nike paid Zion Williamson's mother for consulting services while her son was a top high school recruit, according to athletic director Kevin White. Avenatti, who has been charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike, alleged on Twitter on Friday night that Nike paid for "bogus" services in 2016 or 2017 "as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke." --

The Buffalo Bulls have promoted Nate Oats' top assistant, Jim Whitesell, to take over the men's basketball program, the school announced Saturday. --

Kevin Willard will stay the head coach at Seton Hall after listening to an offer from Virginia Tech. --

Chris Mullin will be back at St. John’s next year, according to the school’s athletic director. --


Auburn's top two scorers on the season, guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper, are battling illness on Friday just a day before the start of the 2019 Final Four. A third player, backup point guard J'Von McCormick, is also battling a bug. --

The shot that altered Virginia basketball history -- Mamadi Diakite's buzzer-beater to send Virginia to overtime against Purdue, later netting the Cavaliers an 80-75 triumph -- can be traced back to a moment. It was the end of the ACC Tournament. Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite called a meeting with his coach, Tony Bennett. He wanted to make one thing clear. "I wanted to tell him that I'm ready," Diakite told CBS Sports. --

Vanderbilt has hired former NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse to be its next coach, the university announced on Friday. "I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program and men's basketball program," Stackhouse said in a statement. --

Georgia State has hired Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier as its next head coach, the school announced Friday morning. Lanier replaces Ron Hunter, who left last month for the vacancy at Tulane. --


The UCLA Bruins and representatives for TCU coach Jamie Dixon have engaged on contract parameters and his buyout with the Horned Frogs, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, but no deal has yet been reached. Dixon is among the finalists to replace Steve Alford, who was fired by the Bruins on New Year's Eve. --

Freshman Jahvon Quinerly will transfer from Villanova, the school announced Wednesday. The 6'1" guard appeared in 25 games for the Wildcats this season. Quinerly will enter his name into the transfer portal later this week. --

Buzz Williams will be the next head coach at Texas A&M. Virginia Tech confirmed as much on Wednesday morning, but this had been the worst kept secret in college basketball for months. --


Duke's Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett might have come up short in their bid to win a national championship, but they still managed to make a bit of history. The Duke duo was named to the The Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday, becoming the second freshman teammates to make the first team in the same season. They were joined on the first team by Tennessee's Grant Williams, Murray State's Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. --

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from March, 2019


Nebraska is finalizing a deal to hire former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as the school's next head coach, multiple outlets reported Saturday. A source confirmed the hire to Sports Illustrated. --

Duke escaped with another NCAA tournament win on Friday night as they outlasted ACC rival Virginia Tech to advance to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils were carried to victory by three freshmen as Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and R.J. Barrett were the team’s three top scorers. But it was the absence of the team’s fourth five-star freshman, Cam Reddish, that has people asking questions ahead of Sunday’s showdown in the East Region with No. 2 seed Michigan State. --

Auburn is the lowest remaining seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Tigers are the rest of the field's worst nightmare. Auburn took down its second straight college basketball giant Friday night in the Sweet 16, running away from North Carolina in the second half for a 97-80 victory. The Tigers, the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, will play Kentucky on Sunday. The Tigers beat the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels the same way they took down Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16. They made 17 of 37 3-point shots (46 percent), including 12 of 18 in the second half. They buried 43 percent of their 3s in beating the Jayhawks. --

One by one, Auburn rained down 3s against North Carolina, 12 of them in the second half and 17 overall. At some point, it became too much even for a high-scoring team like the Tar Heels. As a result, the Tar Heels fell hard to the Tigers in the Sweet 16. North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, is going home early after a 97-80 loss that left them stunned. --


Nebraska has parted ways with coach Tim Miles after seven seasons, the team announced on Tuesday. The favorite to replace Miles is former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, multiple sources told ESPN. --

Miles has been the head coach of the Cornhuskers since 2012, racking up a 116-114 record and a 52-76 mark in Big Ten play. He reached the NCAA tournament in his second season in Lincoln, but failed to get back to the dance over the course of the last five years. --

Iowa State announced on Tuesday morning that they had agreed to a contract extension with head coach Steve Prohm that will keep the coach in Ames through 2025. Prohm is an Alabamian that grew up in the south, and after Avery Johnson and the Crimson Tide agreed to part ways last week, his name was one of the first that was linked to the opening. --


The Blue Devils advanced in dramatic fashion with a nail-biting win over UCF. This is the most talented team, with three lottery picks, two of whom can score almost at will in the paint. Duke's paint scoring comes in large part from its defense, drives and offensive rebounds. Duke defends the ball and gets out into the open floor as well as any team in America, and the only things that can stop Duke are poor perimeter shooting and foul trouble. Any team that has Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett is the best team. Can this team be beaten? Absolutely. But so can every other team on this list. --

Two months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that North Carolina would be this good. For those who didn't know or refused to admit it, Roy Williams is truly one of the great coaches of all time. He will not give in, and he develops his teams and players as well as anybody ever. The improvement of the Tar Heels' defense, the relentless pursuit of the ball on the glass and the dogged determination to run are all amazing to watch -- and ridiculously consistent. Cameron Johnson is one of the great (and underappreciated) college players this season. He never misses. Kenny Williams is the glue, Coby White is the speed and Garrison Brooks is the fiber. Luke Maye is the heart, and he's all heart. If there is a better group of guys playing in the tournament, I'd have a hard time pointing them out. --


George Washington is expected to hire Jamion Christian as their next head coach, sources told NBC Sports. Christian spent last season at Siena, where he finished fifth in the MAAC regular season. He had previously spent five seasons as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s, where he reached the NCAA tournament twice in five years. --

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says Marques Bolden, who missed the ACC tournament with a sprained knee, will play Friday in top-seeded Duke's NCAA tournament opener against North Dakota State, but key reserve Jack White is likely out with a hamstring injury. --

Kentucky star forward P.J. Washington has officially been ruled out of Thursday’s NCAA tournament first-round matchup against Abilene Christian with a sprained foot. --

Washington has given basketball coach Mike Hopkins an extension though the 2024-25 season, the school announced Thursday. --

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