Jul 22, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association.
Mudiay committed to SMU, but concerns of his eligibilty became an issue this month.
Mudiay is expected to be a top lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Sportando first reported news of the agreement.
Jul 14, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
Emmanuel Mudiay is considering hiring an agent and signing overseas.
Mudiay committed to SMU, but he may not be eligible to play his freshman season due to amateurism concerns.
The Chinese Basketball Association has been discussed as a possible destination for Mudiay, a native of the Congo.
Mudiay is expected to be a high lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jul 08, 2014 11:33 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins has reached a deal with Adidas on a shoe and apparel deal.
ESPN's Darren Rovell, however, reports that the deal comes with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports previously reported the contract as being worth close to $100 million over 10 years, but that Tweet was subsequently deleted. Spears later reported that it is a five-year deal worth approximately $12 million to $13 million.
Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.
Wiggins joins Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Tim Duncan, Joakim Noah and Candace Parker as their primary endorsers in basketball.
Jun 30, 2014 4:26 PM EDT
Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut as a member of the 2015 class.
The 6-foot-2 guard chose the Huskies over a narrowed list of Louisville and Kansas. He joins fellow guard William Jackson as members of the 2015 recruiting class.
Adams is rated as a four-star prospect by every major scouting service.
Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday.
"I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship,” Napier said Wednesday. "That put the icing on the cake for me, to have my degree is something that I always worked to. It’s definitely cool to be here, but I stayed my fourth year just to get my degree."
Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.
"At the end of the day I was always told that basketball can bring you many places, which is true, but you can probably only play competitive basketball until you are 40 or so,” Napier recalled. "My mother always told me that education is always going to stay with you, no matter what happens. God forbid anything happen to you on the basketball court, your education will always stay with you."
Jun 14, 2014 5:40 PM EDT
Tyler Dorsey has decommitted from Arizona.
Dorsey wants to be a point guard, but some believe he is better suited as a shooting guard.
Dorsey committed to Arizona in January and is ranked No. 12 in the incoming class of 2015.
Dinos Trigonis said he expects schools like UConn, Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Louisville, Texas, SMU, UNLV, Marquette, St. John's, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State and Tulsa to get involved now that Dorsey is back on the market
Jun 11, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
Antooine Mason will transfer from Niagara to Auburn.
Mason, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 25.6 points last season, will be eligible this season for Pearl and the Tigers due to the NCAA's transfer rule, which allows players who have graduated and have eligibility remaining to be able to play immediately.
Mason is the son of Anthony Mason.
Mason chose Auburn over Providence.
"It was a tough decision," Mason told ESPN.com. "It came down to intangibles."
Mason is the third transfer Pearl and his staff have added since he took over for Tony Barbee.
Jun 09, 2014 11:47 AM EDT
Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy.
Sources say that nobody connected to the process believes he is comfortable enough to make the leap from Florida to the Cavaliers.
Donovan accepted a head coaching position with the Orlando Magic in 2007, but quickly decided to change his mind to remain at Florida.
Jun 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
John Calipari was linked to the NBA after the NCAA championship game, but a strong recruiting class and the decision by Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison to stay at Kentucky made leaving Kentucky a difficult proposition, according to sources.
Kentucky will have nearly 60 percent of its scoring return despite losing Julius Randle and James Young.
There's a strong belief that Calipari would have accepted a $60 million offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers had those key players declared for the draft.
Jun 09, 2014 10:24 AM EDT
John Calipari and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced deeply into negotiations on a seven-year, $60 million contract to become president and head coach, according to sources.
Dan Gilbert had been persistent in pursuing Calipari.
Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky.
David Griffin would have worked with Calipari in the front office, but the latter would have final say on all personnel decisions.
Beyond the financial incentives, Calipari had some intrigue with the infrastructure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the possibility of the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.
Update: Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers' offer to Calipari was closer to $80 million over 10 years. The Cavaliers thought that landing Calipari would give the team a much better shot at convincing James to return. Wojnarowski reported a follow-up that there was talk of a transition for Calipari to become strictly president of the club and that the offer was strictly $60 million over seven years.
John Calipari made $5.2 million annually under the old deal and will average $7.5 million under the new one.
Tom Izzo appears to have seriously considered the Wolves' head coaching vacancy.
Rashad McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers and he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC.
Larry Brown is currently head coach at SMU, while Scott Skiles was most recently with the Bucks.
Shane Battier has agreed to join ESPN next season as a college basketball analyst on a multi-year deal.
Jeff Bower will leave his job as head coach at Marist College to rejoin the NBA.
Danuel House will be transferring from Houston to Texas A&M
Moustapha Diagne has committed to Syracuse as a member of the 2015 class
Billy Donovan is likely to remain at Florida.
Shelton Mitchell has committed to Vanderbilt as a member of the 2014 incoming class
Ahmaad Rorie has committed to Oregon as a member of the 2014 incoming class
Tariq Owens has committed to Tennessee as a member of the 2014 incoming class
May 22, 2014 | Mark Long/AP
Billy Donovan has received calls from a few NBA teams about head coaching positions.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has decided to attend Kansas.
Ricky Kreklow will transfer from Cal to Creighton for his final season of eligibility
Hallice Cooke will transfer from Oregon State to Iowa State for his final three years of eligibility
Kevin Ollie had received interest from NBA teams.
Wayne Tinkle will be announced as the Oregon State head coach on Monday
TaShawn Thomas will transfer from Houston to Oklahoma for his final season of eligibility
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