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Deonte Burton Transfers From Marquette To Iowa State

Dec 20, 2014 7:13 PM

Deonte Burton has committed to Iowa State after transferring from Marquette.

Burton becomes the 13th transfer Fred Hoiberg has taken since 2010.

Burton will have two and a half years of eligibility remaining.

Jeff Borzello/CBS Sports

Tags: Deonte Burton, Iowa State Cyclones, Marquette Golden Eagles, NCAA, NCAA Commitment, NCAA Transfer

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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Dec 12, 2014 10:58 AM

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."


Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 


Tags: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft

Dec 2, 2014 3:57 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the Big Board of every NBA executive Chad Ford has spoken to after the start of the college basketball season.

Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

Okafor is a supremely polished low-post scorer.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Texas Loses Isaiah Taylor For Several Weeks With Wrist Injury

Nov 21, 2014 12:14 PM

Isaiah Taylor will be out for several games with an injured wrirst.

Taylor received X-rays following the game, but Texas' medical staff will seek additional tests in Austin to see if there is a fracture.

"It looks like he's going to be out for several weeks," one source said, "but it's not season-ending."

Taylor is one of the top point guards in the country and averaged 12.7 points and four assists last season as a freshman. 

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Taylor, Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Injury

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Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

Nov 19, 2014 1:43 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season.

Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

"I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game," wrote Ford. "They love him. He's big and physical, however he was quick feet and a soft touch around the basket. He's a legit, old school big man who is just so poised right now. Emmanuel Mudiay and possibly Karl Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will make a run, but it's Okafor's to lose. Of the 30 guys I spoke with last night and polled, all of them had Okafor atop their board."

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length

Nov 19, 2014 11:35 AM

Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Alexander had just eight points and eight rebounds as he struggled against the length of Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles.

According to Bill Self, Alexander must learn to put himself in better position to score before he receives the ball.

“He’s not tall enough, and it was very evident tonight, to score over that length,” Self said.

Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Cliff Alexander, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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RealGM Radio: Dan Hanner On The Start Of The College Basketball Season

Nov 17, 2014 6:35 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) enlists the help of Sports Illustrated and RealGM's Dan Hanner (@DanHanner) to preview the upcoming college basketball season.

The two discuss Kentucky's unusual platoon system, Duke's status as a title contender, potential breakout players and much more.

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Kentucky Adds Five-Star Duo

Nov 13, 2014 7:05 PM

Five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to Kentucky on Thursday as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Labissiere is rated as the No. 11 player in the ESPN 100. He's a 6-foot-10 center regarded as a shot-blocker with lots of upside. He chose Kentucky over Baylor, Georgetown, Memphis, North Carolina, and Tennesseee.

Briscoe is rated as the No. 13 player in the ESPN 100 and the No. 1 point guard. The 6-foot-3 prospect is a powerful presence that can play either guard spot. He chose Kentucky over Connecticut and St. John's.

The five-stars join shooting guard Charles Matthews as members of Kentucky's 2015 class.

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Tags: Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Scout: Freshman Class Weak, Ball Dominant

Nov 12, 2014 10:03 AM

The incoming freshman class has several talented players, but at least one NBA scout believes it is not terribly strong.

"It's a weak freshman class in terms of skill and basketball talent," the NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "They don't have the ability to make other players better. It's all about them. They're ball dominant."

Jahlil Okafor, Karl Towns, Myles Turner, Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson are considered the strongest NBA prospects.

"(Okafor) has a body ready for the NBA, nimble feet and good hands. He needs to improve on his conditioning and not playing down to the competition."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Calipari: Kentucky Would 'Get Buried' By Any NBA Team

Nov 10, 2014 11:57 AM

Kentucky defeated Georgetown College 121-52 in an exhibition game on Sunday.

Georgetown College coach Scott Briggs suggested John Calipari's team is good enough to beat some NBA teams.

"I told the guys in the locker room, they could have beaten some NBA teams tonight, there’s no question in my mind," Briggs told reporters after the game.

"I knew they were good coming into this game, but sitting out there watching it in front of their eyes, on the sideline, honestly I don't see how they're going to get beat this year. I don't like to say that, because I know people have off nights, and things can happen and this-and-that, and injuries and things like that, but if they play like they did tonight, they're an NBA playoff team."

Calipari quickly shot down that narrative by responding on Twitter.

"I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY."

Jeff Eisenberg/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season
Jahlil Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

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Okafor, Paige, Kaminsky, Harrell, VanVleet Named Preseason All-Americans
Joining Okafor on the team are North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and Wichita State junior point Fred VanVleet.


Devin Davis In Serious Condition After Being Hit By Car Driven By Hoosier Teammate
Devin Davis was injured after being struck by a vehicle driven by freshman teammate Emmitt Holt just moments after exiting the vehicle.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA
Ivan Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Josh Sharma Commits To Stanford
Josh Sharma is Stanford's third four-star recruit and is a seven-footer, who is ranked No. 83 in the country.

Rob Dauster/College Basketball Talk

No. 4 Ranked Prospect Henry Ellenson Commits To Marquette
Henry Ellenson will join brother Wally on the Golden Eagles' roster and will give coach Steve Wojciechowski his first five-star recruit since taking over the program last April.

Reggie Rankin/ESPN

Brandon Miller Takes Medical Leave Of Absence From Butler
Brandon Miller replaced Brad Stevens as head coach of Butler in 2013.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Bryant Crawford Commits To Wake Forest
Bryant Crawford is a four-star point guard out of Gonzaga High School in Washington D.C.

Raphielle Johnson/College Basketball Talk

Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events
USA Basketball advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chance Comanche Commits To Arizona
Chance Comanche is a top-100 player and is considered to have tremendous upside.

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College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dedric Lawson Reclassifying To 2015, Will Join Brother At Memphis
Dedric Lawson would immediately give Memphis even more depth in the frontline.

L. Jason Smith/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jalen Brunson Commits To Villanova
Jalen Brunson is ranked No. 22 by ESPN for the class of 2015.

Reggie Rankin/ESPN

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel
After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Manue Bol's Son Bol Bol Gaining Attention As High School Freshman
Bol Bol is 6'10 with a high skill level attending Overlank Park North High School in Kansas.

Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

Antonio Blakeney Commits To Louisville
Antonio Blakeney has committed to Louisville as a member of the 2015 class

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Oregon State Adds Three 2015 Commitments
Oregon State added three basketball commitments on Tuesday in Tres Tinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr. and Derrick Bruce

Andrew Nemec/The Oregonian

Patrick Ewing, David Falk Donate $3.3M To Georgetown For Athletic Center
The Thompson Athletics Center is a $62 million project, a ceremony for the building is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Jeff Borzello/CBS Sports

2015 Recruit Abdul Razak Shanun Passes Away In Kayaking Accident
Abdul Razak Shanun moved from Ghana to the United States in 2012.

Raphielle Johnson/College Basketball Talk

Hoosiers Receive Commitment From Emmitt Holt
Indiana has received a commitment from Emmitt Holt, a 6'7 forward from Vermont Academy.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN