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Shaka Smart Leaves VCU For Texas

Apr 3, 2015 1:10 AM

Shaka Smart has agreed to become the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns.

Smart, who won at least 26 games in each of his six seasons at VCU, had become one of college basketball's most coveted coaches since leading the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.

Smart will replace Rick Barnes.

Terms of Smart's contract were not immediately released. Barnes made $2.62 million last season. Smart made $1.8 million with the Rams.

At VCU, Smart took over a program that had great success under Jeff Capel and then Anthony Grant.


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Rick Barnes Finalizing Deal To Become Head Coach At Tennessee

Mar 30, 2015 4:32 PM

Rick Barnes is expected to become head coach at Tennessee. 

Barnes was let go by Texas after 17 seasons over the weekend.

The Longhorns made a trip to the Final Four in 2003, but his last Sweet 16 appearance came in 2008.

Barnes previously coached at George Mason, Providence and Clemson. 

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Myles Turner Declares For 2015 NBA Draft

Mar 30, 2015 11:57 AM

Myles Turner has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Turner spent one season at Texas where he averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

Turner is a likely late lottery pick.

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Texas Fires Rick Barnes After 17 Seasons

Mar 29, 2015 5:21 PM

Texas has fired Rick Barnes after 17 seasons with the school.

Barnes revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

"The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter," Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. "We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives."

Two coaches interested in the Texas opening and who will be in the mix to replace Barnes are Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and VCU's Shaka Smart, according to sources.

One source told ESPN that Patterson could go for an outside-the-box hire with NBA ties. Patterson has NBA connections as a former executive with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.


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Buddy Hield, Myles Turner Headline 2015 Big 12 Awards

Mar 8, 2015 8:26 PM

Buddy Hield of Oklahoma has been named the 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year.

Joining Hield on the All-Big 12 First Team are Perry Ellis, Ricardo Gathers, Georges Niang and Juwan Staten.

Jameel McKay was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Myles Turner received Freshman of the Year honors.

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

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