Nov 30, 2012 8:14 PM EST
Karl Towns Jr. will announce his college choice on Tuesday at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J.
Towns is expected to pick Kentucky in part because of his close relationship with John Calipari.
The 6-foot-10 Towns spent this past summer playing for Calipari on the Dominican national team.
Nov 30, 2012 8:11 PM EST
Michigan ranks fourth nationally in team field goal percentage (52.4), eleventh in three-point percentage (42.7) and second in points per possession (1.25) this season.
"The number of points we score per possession is leading the Big Ten, and it's a good number," Wolverines coach John Beilein said. "If you score over a point per possession, we're really pleased with that.
"We've got two things happening, we've got low turnovers, and extra possessions from offensive rebounding. ... When you get a few stickbacks, that's a quick percentage booster."
Beilein has enjoyed tinkering with different lineups to create maximum efficiency.
"It's a good problem to have, but figuring it all out (has been tough at times)," Beilein said. "(Depth) gives us the latitude to play three centers if we want, to go big or go small.
"When you only have five or six players, there's not a lot of thinking. ... Now, you can (work with) different rotations and different players."
Nov 30, 2012 8:09 PM EST
Jabari Parker will attend college rather than go on a Mormon mission after he graduates from high school next year.
"I know for a fact that I'm going to college my first year," Parker announced on Friday.
Parker would like to make his college decision by January or February at the latest.
"If I want to make my announcement in the winter, I'm probably behind schedule," Parker said. "I probably will need to be doing a little more work. I'm getting lazy. … My decision, it's going to come kind of easy because I have a lot of people in my circle just telling me different things."
Nov 30, 2012 5:17 PM EST
Michael Dixon left the Missouri program amid two sexual assault claims.
Dixon has not been charged in either case.
"It's been a challenging few months and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community, including my coaches and teammates, it's in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri for me to finish my career elsewhere," Dixon said.
Dixon was briefly suspended for violating unspecified team rules in December 2010 by former coach Mike Anderson.
The absence of criminal charges in both cases prompted a groundswell of support for Dixon's reinstatement among Missouri fans, with some Twitter posts calling for the school to "Free Mike Dixon."
Nov 30, 2012 2:28 PM EST
The Hofstra University men’s basketball team announced Friday that freshmen Jimmy Hall, Dallas Anglin and Kentrell Washington and sophomore Shaquille Stokes have all been arrested and charged with “various counts of burglary.”
The four players have been suspended from the team indefinitely, pending the outcome of the case.
The losses of Hall and Stokes will be especially tough for Hofstra, as they were the team’s second- and fourth-leading scorers, respectively.
Hofstra has a record of 3-4.
Nov 30, 2012 12:35 PM EST
John Calipari envisions coaching at Kentucky for at least six more years.
Calipari was hired to resuscitate the Wildcats program prior to the 2009-10 season.
“Probably another six years, maybe seven,” Calipari said when asked how long he can continue coaching at his current pace. “This is a 10-year run, then I'll pass it on to somebody else to keep this program going, because it's so important to this state. I'm not the kind of guy who could retire on the job, who'd just stay to get paid. I'm not doing it for numbers or to pass everyone's win record.”
In three full seasons, Calipari has compiled a 102-14 record.
Nov 30, 2012 11:49 AM EST
Southern Methodist University is showcasing Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown in an effort to break out of relative obscurity.
"We're using it every way from fund raising, to creating exclusive or intimate interactions with Larry and our staff, to developing excitement on campus, getting him in front of fraternities, sororities, campus organizations," says Rick Hart, SMU's athletic director. "We're trying to showcase coach Brown and utilize not just his talents and abilities, but his reputation and accomplishments to create for our program."
All of the off-court attention has startled Brown.
"I'm like a trophy here now at SMU," Brown says. "I'm doing a lot of things outside of basketball, but in the NBA, it's all basketball."
Brown, 72, will continue making public appearances, even though he doesn't particularly enjoy talking about himself.
"I realized I don't like being the face of the program,” Brown says. “That's the thing that makes me uncomfortable. I want SMU basketball to be relevant, not me being head coach."
Nov 29, 2012 8:08 PM EST
Jabari Parker received recruiting advice from Derrick Rose.
Rose advised Parker, Illinois’ reigning Mr. Basketball, to consider comfort level when choosing a college.
“Usually when I talk to him it's brief,” Parker said of his conversations with Rose. “He gives me a little advice as far as college, choosing who's going to be there for you…someone who’s going to help you not only for basketball, but help you in school and give you dreams to strive for.”
When asked to identify factors that will influence his decision, Parker said: "Relationship with the coach, relationship with the team and the style of play. Also, how will [the team] be the following year as far as [whether] the coach is going to stay or not."
Parker is considering Michigan State, Stanford, BYU, Duke and Florida.
Nov 29, 2012 7:05 PM EST
Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti traveled to Stillwater on Thursday to watch the Oklahoma State Cowboys practice.
Presumably, Presti was there to scout Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash.
Smart, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is averaging 13.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks through his first five games, bringing immediate leadership and a defensive mentality that’s rubbed off on those around him.
The 6-foot-7 Nash is a talented wing scorer who excels at getting to the rim and finishing in a variety of ways.
Nov 29, 2012 12:15 PM EST
Davis Thompson is selling pieces of his personal basketball memorabilia, including his 1974 N.C. State national championship ring and his old high school jersey.
Thompson said he was selling some of his basketball possessions because, while he “isn’t broke by any means,” most of his memorabilia was gathering dust. And the money wouldn’t hurt, either, he acknowledged.
“Everybody needs money,” said Thompson, who makes a living these days with occasional motivational speeches and personal appearances. “Everybody has bills. A lot of the guys from my generation have done this, and I just felt like the time was right.”
Thompson plans to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to The “V” Foundation for cancer research and the American Diabetes Association
Joshua Smith has struggled with his weight throughout his time with the Bruins.
Joshua Smith battled weight and conditioning issues throughout his time at UCLA.
Nov 28, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Tony Mitchell of North Texas entered the 12-13 season with big expectations.
Anthony Bennett missed Monday's UNLV practice and could miss Wednesday's game against UC Irvine with lower-back stiffness.
Michigan is averaging 124.5 points per 100 possessions this season.
Brandon Ashley has continued to impress in Arizona practices following his 20 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 19 against Long Beach State.
Julius Randle will decide between Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma and could “potentially” return toward the end of the season.
Andrew Wiggins' decision to reclassify from 2014 to 2013 will mean he has less time to make his college choice.
Colorado State had 24 offensive rebounds, whereas Washington had just 21 total rebounds.
While three-pointers accounted for 19 percent of North Carolina's scoring last season, it is now accounting for 30 percent.
UCLA freshmen Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have all played well this season, which has created a logjam ahead of Tyler Lamb.
Tulsa receives its second commitment from the class of 2013.
Stephen Clark is expected to make his college decision known next week.
Nov 21, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
NBA general managers are dubious about the amount of development players at North Carolina receive under the tutelage of Roy Williams.
Nov 21, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The popular candidates to go first have been Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller and Nerlens Noel, but Alex Poythress has been very impressive to begin his college career.
Nov 21, 2012 | Chad Ford/ESPN
USC's Dewayne Dedmon was once considered an intriguing NBA prospect due to his size and athletic ability.
Gary Harris injured his left shoulder in Michigan State's 74-70 win over Boise State.
Shabazz Muhammad had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting in 25 minutes in his UCLA debut.
Ryan Harrow has not played in a game since Nov. 9.
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