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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016

Aug 26, 2015 8:46 PM

ESPN has graded out 28 five-star prospects for the incoming freshman class of 2016.

NBA scouts are especially excited for the 2017 draft, while the 2016 class isn't expected to be particularly deep.

Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits To Kentucky

Aug 19, 2015 11:59 AM

Sacha Killeya-Jones has committed to Kentucky for the class of 2016.

Killeya-Jones is a 6-foot-11 recruit who decommitted from Virginia on June 2 and is ranked No. 56 by ESPN.

Killeya-Jones chose the Wildcats over Virginia, Cal, Florida, Connecticut, Georgetown, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Tags: Sacha Killeya-Jones, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Mustapha Heron Commits To Auburn

Aug 16, 2015 6:38 PM

Mustapha Heron has committed to Auburn, choosing the Tigers over Mississippi State, Marquette, Alabama, SMU and St. John's.

The strong 6-foot-5 perimeter player is ranked No. 26 in the ESPN 100 for the 2016 class. Heron was once committed to Pittsburgh, but decommitted in April.

"Coach [Bruce] Pearl told me that [in] 20 of his last 22 years his 2-guards have led his team in scoring," Heron told ESPN.com last week. "So he said I would get a chance to just be comfortable out there and play my game, have the ball in my hands, be able to make decisions and make my teammates around me better."

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Mustapha Heron, Auburn Tigers, NCAA

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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky

Jul 29, 2015 12:16 AM

Karl Anthony-Towns maintained a 4.0 GPA in his spring semester even while Kentucky reached the Final Four.

"I take everything very serious," Towns said during an appearance at the Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Matter panel Tuesday. "For me, making sure that I had great grades at Kentucky was a very key component of my freshman year. It's going to be every year. Just wanted to make sure I could play and be the best I could be, especially in the classroom, and I'm glad I came out with a 4.0 GPA."

 

Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest

Jul 20, 2015 7:25 PM

Harry Giles, the number one recruit in the class of 2016, has narrowed his list of schools to five.

Giles is a 6'10 power forward out of Wesleyan Christian Academy.

North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest are on Giles' list.

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Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Tyus Battle Commits To Michigan

Jul 13, 2015 1:46 PM

Tyus Battle, ranked No. 27 by ESPN, has committed to Syracuse.

Battle had previously committed to Michigan.

"I wanted to be closer to home," Battle said of his decision to pick Syracuse. "They told me I could be a versatile guard who could have the ball in my hands a lot."

Battle said he chose the Orange over Michigan, Louisville, Virginia, Kentucky and UConn.

Battle reopened his recruitment in June and immediately took an official visit to Syracuse. Battle had also taken official visits to Duke, Michigan and Louisville before his commitment to Michigan.

"Michigan is a great school, and I love the people, the staff and Coach Beilein," Battle said. "But the key was the distance."

 

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Tyus Battle, Syracuse Orange, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke

Jul 12, 2015 11:15 PM

Jayson Tatum has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis.

Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

"I love the way the program is run and I love the way the academics are set up," Tatum said of Duke. "My relationships with the Duke coaches were the best, and they made me a priority. They did the best job of recruiting me and have been at almost all my games, and that means a lot."

A 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Chaminade College Prep in Saint Louis, Tatum is a versatile and efficient perimeter player.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Jayson Tatum, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Kings Interested In Hiring John Calipari

Jun 30, 2015 11:25 AM

The Sacramento Kings are gauging the potential interest of John Calipari in taking over their head coach and front office jobs.

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks.

Kings' ownership understands that it will take a multiyear financial package of $10 million-plus annually to get Calipari to seriously consider leaving Kentucky, sources said.

The Kings' ownership has increased their interest in Calipari as the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl has deteriorated. 

Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky for a season in 2009-10.

Calipari has also been linked in the past year to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans.

Officials around the NBA have pleaded with Ranadive to stop these sharp changes in direction.

As one league official familiar with Ranadive's mindset told Yahoo Sports, "He's trying to find a magic button to push that'll fix everything."

Vlade Divac was hired just a few months ago in what was initially believed to be a ceremonial position.

"For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world," said Calipari on Twitter. "I am not looking for any other coaching position." 

Calipari also explained that he's been in touch with the Ranadive in general about Cousins over the years and about the team's interest in Willie Cauley-Stein.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bo Ryan To Retire As Wisconsin Head Coach After 15-16 Season

Jun 29, 2015 2:02 PM

Bo Ryan will retire after next season as head coach of Wisconsin.

Ryan's hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

"Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (athletic director) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.

"I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA

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Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky

Jun 24, 2015 6:25 PM

Jamal Murray has committed to Kentucky for the 15-16 season.

Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

Murray, a 6'5 combo guard from Ontario, Canada, reclassified late in the process. Murray had an especially strong showing in April's Nike Hoop Summit.

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Roy Williams Signs Extension With North Carolina Through 2020
Roy Williams has a 332-101 record in his 12 seasons with the Tar Heels.

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Thon Maker Won't Enter College Mid-Season
Thon Maker will play his entire upcoming high school year and graduate with the class of 2016.

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Iowa State Hires Steve Prohm As Head Coach
Steve Prohm was 104-29 in four seasons since taking over at Murray State.

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Jeff Hornacek Rejects Opportunity To Interview With Iowa State
Jeff Hornacek discussed the Iowa State rumors with the media on Tuesday and reaffirmed his commitment to the Suns.

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Thabo Sefolosha: Police Injured Me, Damaged My Reputation
Thabo Sefolosha discussed the physical and mental toll that his leg fracture had, stemming from the incident with the NYPD.

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Bulls Confident Fred Hoiberg Will Become Next Head Coach
Fred Hoiberg played for the Bulls for four of his 10 NBA seasons and is a close friend of Gar Forman.

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Bulls Have Understanding Fred Hoiberg Will Accept Job
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Jeff Hornacek On Iowa State: I'm Coach Of The Suns As Far As I Know
There have been reports that Jeff Hornacek could be a candidate for the Iowa State job should Fred Hoiberg leave.

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John Calipari Interested In Pelicans' Job
John Calipari has denied having interest in leaving Kentucky for the Pelicans.

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Ford Has Simmons, Labissiere, Brown, Ingram, Pope As 2016 Top-5
Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere and Jaylen Brown are expected to be in the conversation for the first overall pick in 2016.

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John Calipari Close To Extension With Kentucky Through 2022
John Calipari will also earn a $1.6 million longevity bonus on July 1.

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Florida Hires Mike White As Head Coach
Mike White agreed in principle to a six-year deal worth an average of $2 million per year.

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John Calipari Won't Use Platoon System Again
When Alex Poythress tore his ACL in December, all 10 Kentucky rotation players were averaging between 15 and 25 minutes per game.

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Fred Hoiberg Believed To Be Bulls' Preferred Replacement For Thibodeau
Fred Hoiberg played for the Bulls from 1999 until 2003.

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Willie Cauley-Stein Officially Changes Middle Name To 'Trill'
Willie Cauley-Stein officially added the hyphen in his last name and changed his middle name to Trill.

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Jaylen Brown Commits To California
Jaylen Brown is a consensus top-3 recruit in the incoming class of 2015.

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Many College Coaches Earn More Than NBA Counterparts
Gregg Marshall earns more per season the current head coaches of playoffs teams such as the Wizards, Blazers and Raptors.

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Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder
Kevin Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at UConn and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months
The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone was hired as a data analyst.

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Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach
Billy Donovan will sign a five-year deal with the Thunder.

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