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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Louisville, NCAA Investigating Claims Of Escort Use In Recruiting

Oct 2, 2015 7:41 PM

Louisville and the NCAA are looking into allegations in a soon-to-be-published book that a former director of basketball operations paid an escort service to provide sex for Cardinals recruits.

The NCAA talked to LSU freshman and ex-Louisville commit Antonio Blakeney earlier this week about his experiences on a recruiting visit, a source told ESPN.

"We're still trying to uncover the facts," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said during a news conference Friday. "We want to get to the bottom of it as much as anybody does ... and we will."

The book, titled "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," contends that a woman named Katina Powell was hired repeatedly by former Louisville player, graduate assistant and director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during recruits' campus visits.

Powell says she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014 at Billy Minardi Hall, which houses Cardinals basketball players on campus. Powell said she and three of her daughters, along with other women, participated in the sex acts. Powell reveals in the book that she received more than $10,000 for supplying women for the parties.


"To say I'm disheartened, disappointed would be the biggest understatement I've made as a coach," coach Rick Pitino said of the allegations during a Friday news conference.


Pitino said he has spoken with McGee once since learning about the book's contents. Pitino said McGee did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Louisville Cardinals, NCAA

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Wenyen Gabriel Commits To Kentucky

Oct 1, 2015 1:05 PM

Wenyen Gabriel, ranked No. 23 overall in the incoming class of 2016, has committed to Kentucky.

Gabriel had previously cut his list to Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, Connecticut and Providence.

"I felt a connection to all the coaches in my final five, but ultimately it came down to Duke and Kentucky," Gabriel said, "and I just felt like I couldn't go wrong either way."

Gabriel is more of a prototypical stretch-4 but even could see time at small forward at Kentucky.

Adam Finkelstein/ESPN

Tags: Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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NCAA Bans SMU From 2016 Postseason, Larry Brown Suspended Nine Games

Sep 29, 2015 11:04 AM

The NCAA has banned SMU from 2016 postseason play and has suspended Larry Brown for 30 percent of the team's games this season because of a lack of head coach control, according to a report.

Brown will miss nine games total.

SMU will have nine scholarship losses over the next three seasons.

Part of the investigation at SMU stemmed from whether a former basketball administrator and ex-assistant coach Ulric Maligi helped Keith Frazier to become eligible to play there.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Southern Methodist Mustangs, NCAA, NCAA Suspension

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Draymond Green Donates $3.1M To Michigan State

Sep 11, 2015 2:29 AM

Draymond Green has donated $3.1 million to Michigan State athletics in support of the men's basketball program.

Green recently signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.

“I was pretty heavy when I got here and not expected to be a pro or doing what I'm doing today,” Green said at a Breslin Center news conference with Izzo, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, with the current MSU basketball team and many others on hand. “So can I come in here and take credit for that, or do I give the credit where it's rightfully due, which is this university? And if so, how do I show my thanks? That was just a small way of me saying thank you.

“I can say thank you all I want and I can talk to coach Izzo every day. But how do I do something to say thank you but to also help these guys over here have the opportunity that I have? One thing coach Izzo used to always tell me is ‘I'm living my dream. All I want to do is see you live yours.’ As a freshman, it's hard to believe that. The way he's on you, you don't understand it, it's hard to believe it. Once you realize, ‘This guy wants me to be successful more than I want to be successful,’ it develops that love and makes you want to come back and give back to these guys like others have done for me.”

Joe Rexrode/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Michigan State Spartans, NCAA, NBA

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Early Season NCAA Tournaments For 15-16

Sep 9, 2015 12:27 PM

RealGM has updated the brackets and schedules for every early season tournament of the 2015-16 college basketball season.

Here are links to each tournament's dedicated page on RealGM:

Gulf Coast Showcase (Nov. 13-Nov. 25)

Maui Invitational Tournament (Nov. 13-Nov. 25)

CBE Classic (Nov. 13-Nov. 24)

2k Sports Classic (Nov. 13-Nov. 28)

NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 13-Nov. 27)

MGM Grand Main Event (Nov. 13-Nov. 25)

Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Nov. 13-Nov. 25)

Legends Classic (Nov. 13-Nov. 24)

Paradise Jam Tournament (Nov. 14-Nov. 23)

Emerald Coast Classic (Nov. 14-Nov. 28)

Corpus Christi Coastal Classic (Nov. 15-Nov. 28)

Advocare Invitational (Nov. 16-Nov. 29)

Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 16-Nov. 27)

Cancun Challenge (Nov. 19-Nov. 29)

Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Nov. 19-Nov. 22)

Charleston Classic (Nov. 19-Dec. 2)

The Wooden Legacy (Nov. 19-Dec. 9)

Las Vegas Invitational (Nov. 20-Nov. 27)

Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 21-Nov. 28)

Barclays Center Classic (Nov. 22-Nov. 28)

Sacramento State Tournament (Nov. 28-Nov. 29)

Global Sports Classic (Dec. 8-Dec. 22)

Las Vegas Classic (Dec. 10-Dec. 23)

Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 12-Dec. 25)

Far West Classic (Dec. 18-Dec. 19)

Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational (Dec. 21-Dec. 22)

Billy Minardi Classic (Dec. 22-Dec. 23)

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Tags: Advocare Invitational, Anaheim Classic, Maui Invitational Tournament, Diamond Head Classic, Cancun Challenge, Great Alaska Shootout, NIT Season Tip-Off, Las Vegas Invitational, South Padre Island Invitational, CBE Classic, Cancun Governor's Cup, Battle 4 Atlantis, Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, Las Vegas Classic, 2k Sports Classic, Hoops for Hope Classic, The Wooden Legacy, Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, Barclays Center Classic, All-Military Classic, BVI Tropical Shootout, USD Tournament, UCF Holiday Classic, Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Men Who Speak Up, Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic, Sacramento State Tournament, Far West Classic, Billy Minardi Classic, NCAA

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Frank Jackson Commits To Duke

Sep 2, 2015 12:33 PM

Frank Jackson has committed to Duke, choosing to join Mike Krzyzewski over Stanford, Utah and BYU.

Jackson had previously planned on going on a two-year Mormon mission after graduating high school, but his rise up scouting boards made him reconsider his plans.

Jackson gives Duke a commit for the 2016 class who can be a scoring guard at both positions. Jackson is currently ranked 14th by ESPN on their Top 100 recruits of the class.

Ricky O'Donnell/SB Nation

Tags: Frank Jackson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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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.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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

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Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest
Harry Giles is the number one recruit in the class of 2016.

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Tyus Battle Commits To Michigan
Tyus Battle had previously committed to Michigan.

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke
Jayson Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bo Ryan To Retire As Wisconsin Head Coach After 15-16 Season
Bo Ryan's hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky
Jamal Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

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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.


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.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

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.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bulls Have Understanding Fred Hoiberg Will Accept Job
The Bulls moved forward with firing Tom Thibodeau this week as it became clear they had an understanding with Fred Hoiberg that he would accept the job.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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.

Travis Hines/Ames Tribune

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

John Reid/Times Picayune

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.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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

Matt Jones/KSR

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.


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.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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