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St. John's Parts Ways With Steve Lavin, Interested In Chris Mullin

Mar 27, 2015 3:52 PM

St. John's and Steve Lavin have mutually agreed to part ways after five seasons.

Lavin and the school were previously deep into extension talks. Lavin led St. John's to the second round of the tournament.

"Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch said in a statement Friday. "We appreciate his commitment to the program and to our student-athletes over the past five years."

 

St. John's is interested in former NBA player and St. John's star Chris Mullin as Lavin's replacement. Mullin, who led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, works as an adviser for the Sacramento Kings.

ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, St. John's Red Storm, NCAA, NBA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Dean Smith Left $200 To Every Player He Coached For 'Dinner Out'

Mar 26, 2015 1:34 PM

Dean Smith left $200 in his trust to every one of his varsity basketball letterman he coached in his career.

Smith had his trust send the $200 check with a message of "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

Smith passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 85.

Smith won two National Championships, while also appearing in 11 Final Fours and winning the ACC regular season in 17 seasons.

Jim Dempsey

Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA

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LSU's Jarell Martin To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:32 PM

Jarell Martin will leave LSU after his sophomore season for the 2015 NBA Draft.

One source said Martin has already informed LSU coach Johnny Jones of his decision, which comes as no surprise considering Martin had a strong second half of the season en route to earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

“I talked to him (Martin) tonight … he’s already met with Johnny (Jones),” a source close to Martin told The Advocate. “I believe the plan is for there to be an announcement, a press conference, at either 1 o’clock or 2 o’clock (Wednesday).”

Martin led LSU in scoring with 16.9 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and ranked second to Jordan Mickey with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Sheldon Mickles/The Advocate

Tags: Jarell Martin, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Michael Frazier Leaving Florida For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:12 PM

Michael Frazier is leaving Florida for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Frazier will hire Andy Miller and Matt Ramker to represent him.

Frazier averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 14-15.

Darren Heitner/Forbes

Tags: Michael Frazier, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Midwest
Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

West
Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

South
Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

East
Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team

Mar 25, 2015 1:35 PM

LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

James said his close friend and former St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Brandon Weems was on Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky for two years, and "I gained even more of a relationship" with Calipari.

"What I admire is how he's able to take, year after year, these high egos coming out of high school and turn it into a team," James said of Calipari. "He makes them believe, not even believe, it's what it should be, that the team is more important than the individual. No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, in order for the team to have success everyone has to buy in.

"I love that about him, he doesn't cap, he doesn't put a cap on his talent, on those guys," James continued. "He gives them the reins if they play the right way, and he wants them to succeed at the highest level. So, you can respect that."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Exec: John Calipari Driven Nuts By NBA Failure, Wants Another Chance

Mar 25, 2015 1:00 PM

John Calipari has become college basketball's most impactful coach during his tenure at Kentucky with a formula that has produced one national championship, two runner-up finishes and an undefeated season to date.

Calipari, however, did not succeed in his stint in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

"He desperately wants it," the front office official said about returning to the NBA. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now."

Calipari has remained close with Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets.

The Nets could have $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, which coincides with the free agency of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James."

Steve Popper/Bergen Record

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Arizona State Fires Herb Sendek, Offers Job To Jeff Capel

Mar 24, 2015 9:02 PM

Arizona State has fired Herb Sendek and made an offer to Jeff Capel.

Capel is a former head coach at VCU and Oklahoma currently serving as an assistant coach at Duke.

"They have interest," a source told ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf. "They've told [Capel] it's his if he wants it."

 

Sendek went 159-137 in his nine seasons at Arizona State. He had a short meeting with athletic director Ray Anderson on Tuesday morning before the decision was made.

"This has not been an easy decision for me," Anderson said in a statement released by the school. "Herb has been a tremendous asset to this university and a pillar of our community, and his tenure over the past nine years has helped shift the direction of this program."

Myron Medcalf/ESPN

Tags: Arizona State Sun Devils, NCAA

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Ben Howland Hired As Head Coach Of Mississippi State

Mar 23, 2015 9:22 PM

Ben Howland has been hired as head coach of Mississippi State.

Howland was fired as head coach at UCLA after the 12-13 season, which included three Final Four appearances over 10 seasons.

Mississippi State hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

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Tags: Mississippi State Bulldogs, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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R.J. Hunter Reminds Scouts Of Klay Thompson

Mar 18, 2015 1:47 PM

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter entered the season with many scouts expecting him to be an eventual lottery pick.

Hunter, however, has been in a shooting slump all season that could be blamed on how teams defend him.

According to Chad Ford, some scouts are reminded of a young Klay Thompson when they watch Hunter.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State Panthers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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