Aug 26, 2014 12:16 PM EDT
Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk have donated $3.3 million toward the construction of the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.
"Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend," Ewing said. "He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the University in his honor is special."
"This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect," Falk said. "To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John's basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding."
The Thompson Athletics Center is a $62 million project, a ceremony for the building is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Aug 24, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Abdul Razak Shanun, a recruit for 2015 who received interest from San Diego State and UMass, has passed away in a kayaking accident in San Diego.
Shanun was supposed to attend Balboa City School in San Diego this school year.
Shanun moved from Ghana to the United States in 2012.
Shanun drowned after his kayak capsized.
Aug 20, 2014 12:20 PM EDT
Indiana has received a commitment from Emmitt Holt, a 6'7 forward from Vermont Academy.
Holt will play for the Hoosiers immediately after being slated for the prep ranks.
Indiana was entering the 14-15 season with a thin frontline.
Aug 17, 2014 11:33 AM EDT
John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.
"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."
Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.
Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.
"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.
"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."
Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
Prince Ali has committed to UCLA for the class of 2015.
Ali is considered one of the best playmakers in the class and can play both point guard and shooting guard.
"Perfect fit both offensively and defensively. They will give me the chance to cover the opposing team's best player," said Ali, the No. 44 overall player in the ESPN 100. "I am competitive and look forward to that challenge.
"I like Coach [Steve] Alford because he is an up-front guy, he tells me what I do well and what I need to do better. He didn't sugarcoat anything in the process."
Aug 11, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
Alex Owens has committed to Providence.
Owens is the No. 108 recruit in the Class of 2015 and is the second commitment in that class for Providence.
At 245 pounds, Owens is a load to handle on the block. He’s terrific when he’s able to establish position and that strength allows him to be an elite rebounder.
Aug 07, 2014 10:25 PM EDT
Calvin Godfrey has transfered to Memphis as UConn and LSU have passed on the forward.
Godfrey began his career at Iowa State and was dismissed for marijuana possessoin.
Godfrey averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season at Southern before being ruled ineligible due to poor APR scores.
"He is a high-major talent," one coach told ESPN.
Aug 04, 2014 9:02 PM EDT
Chase Jeter has committed to Duke for the class of 2015, he announced on ESPNU.
The 6-foot-10 big man is rated as a five-star recruit by every major scouting service. Jeter is ranked No. 13 in the ESPN 100 and will bring his length and shot-blocking ability to Durham. He announced his decision after scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Adidas Nations 3rd Place Game.
Jeter chose the Blue Devils over a narrowed list of Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, and UNLV. He joins five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard in Duke's 2015 recruiting class.
Aug 04, 2014 9:58 AM EDT
Chase Harler has become the first commitment to West Virginia in the Class of 2016.
Harler averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game last season at Wheeling Central High School.
Aug 03, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
Allonzo Trier has committed to Arizona for the class of 2015.
Trier is ranked No. 19 in the ESPN 100 and is one of the best scorers in the class.
"My relationship with Coach [Sean] Miller and the way they recruited me was the difference," Trier told ESPN.com while on a weekend visit to Tucson. "It's a family program, a players program. I just fell in love with everything."
Trier grew up in Seattle but moved to Oklahoma City in the eighth grade. He attended Montrose Christian (Maryland) last season and is set to transfer to Findlay Prep (Las Vegas) this year.
Trier chose Arizona over Washington, UCLA, Kansas and Louisville.
Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Todd Mayo told RealGM that he plans to sign in the D-League and place his name in next June’s NBA Draft.
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.
Emmanuel Mudiay committed to SMU, but he may not be academically eligible to play his freshman season.
Andrew Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.
Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut
Shabazz Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.
Tyler Dorsey wants to be a point guard, but some believe he is better suited as a shooting guard.
Antoine Mason averaged 25.6 points last season.
Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy.
The strength of John Calipari's team at Kentucky entering the 14-15 season played in a role in not leaving for the NBA.
John Calipari would have had final say on all personnel decisions as president and head coach of the Cavaliers.
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
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