NCAA WiretapDecember 2012 NCAA Wiretap

Ollie Signs Extension With UConn Through 2018

Dec 29, 2012 5:22 PM

Kevin Ollie and the University of Connecticut have agreed upon a contract extension that runs through the 17-18 season.

Ollie's deal is worth just over $7 million.

"As I said in my first press conference, I want to be here a lifetime and this is a step, hopefully a great step, in the program moving forward," Ollie said in a news release announcing the deal.

Ollie had been working under a one-year, $625,000 contract since September, when he was hired to replace the retired Jim Calhoun.

ESPN

Tags: Connecticut Huskies, NCAA

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McLemore Patterns Game After Pierce, LeBron

Dec 27, 2012 1:25 PM

Ben McLemore models his game after Paul Pierce and LeBron James.

“Junior year in high school, I went to LeBron James’ camp and to Paul Pierce’s camp,” McLemore said. “First time meeting Paul Pierce, watching his footwork and style of play, I said, ‘That’s how I play. That’s my game.’ I started moving in slow motion just like him, told myself, ‘I need to imitate his game and see how far I can go with this.’

“My senior year in high school, I tried to put those two (Pierce and James) together and play my game of basketball,” McLemore added. “I have the same mind-set of both players, and I try to put them together as me.”

McLemore also has studied LeBron’s game.

“He’s such a great player, offensively and defensively, giving 110 percent every night,” McLemore said. “He’s just aggressive every night. He’s 6-8, what, 250? And he’s so quick on his feet. Awesome player. I really like his game. He’s always in attack mode. He’s strong, and he’s fast, and he’s ready to play every time.”

Tom Keegan/Lawrence Journal World

Tags: Ben McLemore, Kansas Jayhawks, Big 12 Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Alex Poythress Admits To Mental Lapses

Dec 27, 2012 1:02 PM

John Calipari wants Alex Poythress to play with greater focus for longer stretches of games.

“Play the whole game the way you’re playing in spurts,” Calipari said. “Just do it.”

Poythress has looked nearly unstoppable at times.

“I see where he’s coming from,” Poythress said. “Sometimes I do have mental lapses. I’ve just got to decrease those mental lapses and I should be fine. (During such lapses) I’m just thinking more instead of reacting.”

Steve Jones/Louisville Courier-Journal

Tags: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats, Southeastern Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Michael Carter-Williams Struggles As Temple Takes Away Passing Lanes

Dec 22, 2012 10:00 PM

Michael Carter-Williams shot just 3-of-17 from the floor as Temple focused its entire defense on turning the 6-foot-6 point guard into a scorer.

“They were denying the wings and not letting me kick it out,’’ Carter-Williams said. “They were trying to force me to finish and that’s what I tried to do.’’

Carter-Williams finished with 13 points for the Orange, who struggled to find space outside and consequently shot just 2-for-12 from beyond the arc.

“They didn’t try to come off to help,’’ coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s got to finish those. He missed some good looks. He got some good opportunities.’’

Carter-Williams won’t be surprised if more teams dare him to score.

“I think a lot of teams are going to start doing that,’’ the sophomore guard said. “They see that I pass the ball. I’ve got to get used to it.’’

Mike Waters/Syracuse Post-Standard

Tags: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Calipari Disagrees With NCAA Training Meal Restriction

Dec 22, 2012 12:59 PM

John Calipari took issue with an NCAA regulation that limits players to one “training meal” per day while school is in session.
"Yeah, it's stupid," Calipari said.

Calipari noted that athletes burn up a higher-than-average amount of calories, and he wants their nutritional needs to be met.

"If you want to eat six times a day, that's fine," he said. "Every individual is different. I just don't understand it, but then again, there's a lot of stuff I don't understand."

Calipari believes the rule is in place because the NCAA is worried about competitive balance and whether every school could offer the same amount of meals to their athletes.

"Now, what I imagine they're afraid of is some team go over-the-top and feed their kids too much," he said sarcastically, "and have a fat team."

Aaron Smith/CatsIllustrated

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, Southeastern Conference, NCAA

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Burke, Hardaway Jr. Boosting Michigan's Shooting Percentage

Dec 22, 2012 12:21 PM

Michigan ranks fifth nationally in overall field goal percentage at 51.1 percent.

"I don't like to compare teams because all the other guys get mad at me," Wolverines coach John Beilein said Thursday. "But this is a good shooting team, as good as some other teams we've had. The ones that were really good could shoot."

Michigan’s overall shooting is boosted by Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. having career years.

Burke is shooting 8 percent higher than last year (52 percent) and Hardaway Jr. 5 percent higher than ever before (47 percent).

"I will say I never coached against a team who can shoot the ball at such a high rate as Michigan does," Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said after the Wolverines’ 93-54 win over the Eagles on Thursday. "Every position except for the five man (center) can really shoot the basketball."

Mark Snyder/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Wolverines, Big Ten Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Howland Dismisses Rumors Of His Pending Dismissal

Dec 22, 2012 12:18 PM

Ben Howland dismissed a report that indicated his job was in jeopardy.

"I can’t help you in substantiating anything that is written on the boards," Howland said.

Howland, now in his tenth season at UCLA, expects to be evaluated at the end of this season.

"Everything at UCLA since I’ve been here has been very much the same in that you are evaluated at the end of every season,” he said.

Peter Yoon/ESPN

Tags: UCLA Bruins, Pacific-12 Conference, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Illinois' Three-Point Proficiency Key To Perfect Record

Dec 22, 2012 12:12 PM

Illinois ranks fourth in three-point attempts per game (25.9) through 12 games while employing coach John Groce’s philosophy to take “the first available shot that we can make.”

 “There aren’t too many bad shots in his offense,” said forward Tyler Griffey, who’s shooting 43 percent from three-point range. “He knows we can shoot. He just really instills the confidence.”

Illinois is shooting 38.6 percent beyond the arc as a team, which ranks 39th nationally.

Groce said his team, which sits 12-0 on the season and ranks No. 10 nationally, needs to expand its scoring to keep defenses honest.

“We’re starting to drive it a little more to complement our perimeter shooting, and that’s important moving forward,” he said. “We have to have that, but we are a good shooting team and we’re not going to shy away from that.”

Stu Durando/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Kabongo's Suspension Reduced To 23 Games

Dec 21, 2012 10:19 PM

Myck Kabongo's suspension has been reduced to 23 games.

Kabongo, sophomore guard for Texas, had been suspended for the entire season.

Kabongo is eligible to return to the Longhorns on Feb. 13 against Iowa State with eight games remaining in the conference schedule. 

"Kabongo accepted airfare, personal training instruction and then provided false and misleading information during two separate interviews with university officials," the NCAA said in a statement.

Andy Katz/ESPN

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Ben McLemore Improving As Catch-And-Shoot Option From Outside

Dec 21, 2012 7:28 PM

Ben McLemore is shooting 68.8 percent over his last four games on catch-and-shoot jumpers, a 39.6 percent increase over his first six games of the season.

McLemore has connected on 11 of his last 16 catch-and-shoot attempts, with the vast majority being uncontested.

In his first six games, McLemore was guarded on two-thirds of his catch-and-shoot jumpers and often misfired, making just 7-of-24 attempts.

McLemore is a projected lottery pick on some boards.

Katie Sharp/ESPN

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Kentucky Gains Possession 59 Percent Of Time When Noel Blocks Shot
Nerlens Noel ranks fifth in the country in blocks at 3.9 per game.

Aaron Smith/CatsIllustrated

Julius Randle: Andrew Harrison Would Be Ideal Teammate
Julius Randle has yet to choose a school.

Tom Hurley/Kentucky Kernel

Jabari Parker Plans To Get Degree From Duke
Jabari Parker might play two or three seasons at Duke.

Mike Helfgot/Chicago Tribune

Nerlens Noel Early Favorite To Go No. 1 In 2013 NBA Draft
Nerlens Noel is making a strong push to grab the No. 1 spot overall in the 2013 NBA draft.

Kyle Tucker/Louisville Courier-Journal

Trey Burke's Disdain For Losing Driving Michigan
Trey Burke is helping to bring out the best in his teammates.

Nick Baumgardner/Michigan Live

Sources: UCLA Leaning Toward Firing Ben Howland
UCLA dropped three of five games during a recent stretch.

Tracy Pierson/BruinReportOnline (via Rob Dauster/NBCSports)

Jabari Parker Commits To Duke
Jabari Parker also considered Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU.

RealGM Staff Report

Tyus Jones To Sit Indefinitely With Back Spasms
Tyus Jones is the top-ranked player in the class of 2014.

Ron Haggstrom/Minneapolis Star Tribune

57 NBA Talent Evaluators Set To Attend Game Featuring Tony Mitchell, C.J. McCollum
Tony Mitchell and C.J. McCollum are projected as potential lottery picks in the 2013 draft.

Brett Vito/Denton Record-Chronicle

Kabongo To Be Suspended For Season By NCAA
The NCAA has investigated whether Myck Kabongo received impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul.

Pat Forde, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wiggins Scores 32 Points, Quiets Crowd As Huntington Prep Stays Unbeaten
Andrew Wiggins was heckled at a tournament in Ashland, Kent.

Grant Taylor/Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Kansas, Georgetown Interested In Acquiring Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith intends to transfer from UCLA.

Baxter Holmes/Los Angeles Times

Self Wants Perry Ellis To Play With Free Mind
Bill Self envisions a larger role for Perry Ellis.

Rustin Dodd/Kansas City Star

Noel On Pace To Break Rondo's Single-Season Steals Record
Nerlens Noel is on pace to etch his name in the Kentucky record book.

Tom Leach/UKAthletics

Billy Donovan Declines To Rule Out Coaching In NBA
Billy Donovan has two years remaining on his contract with Florida.

Dan LeBatard/AM 790 (via Kevin Brockway/Gainesville Sun)

Jabari Parker Scores Five Points, Commits Five Traveling Violations In Loss On National TV
Jabari Parker is still recovering from a fractured right foot.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

Roy Williams Visits Huntington Prep
Roy Williams attended Huntington Prep’s game against the University of Charleston JV team.

Grant Taylor/Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Shabazz Muhammad Dropped 13 Pounds, Feels More Explosive
Shabazz Muhammad is down to 222 pounds and seems to be rediscovering his athleticism.

Ryan Kartje/Orange County Register

GM, Scouts List Cody Zeller As Consensus Top-3 Pick
Cody Zeller is in the top-3 of every NBA general manager and scout that ESPN's Chad Ford has communicated with.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Anthony Bennett To Settle In At Power Forward
Anthony Bennett is leading UNLV in scoring and rebounding.

Steve Carp/Las Vegas Review-Journal