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Aaron Gordon Schedules In-Home Visit With Arizona

Aaron Gordon, an athletic 6-foot-7 wing who was California’s player of the year as a junior, has set an in-home visit with Arizona for Sept. 10.

Gordon likely won’t decide until spring, after the college basketball season.

“He kind of wants to get a better feel for most of the coaches and see how they do this season,” Gordon’s high school coach Ted Kennedy said. “As he gets to know them, he wants to see how they play on the court.”

Gordon is also considering Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, Oregon and Cal.

Via Bruce Pascoe/Arizona Daily Star

Trey Lyles Visits Butler, Targets Trips To Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State

Trey Lyles took an official visit to Butler on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 small forward, ranked as a top-10 player in the class of 2013, is likely to visit Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville and Ohio State in the near future.

“It’s a new thing for him to be highly recruited like this, so I want him to learn as much as he can and listen to what is said and what is not said,” Lyles’ father, Tom Lyles said. “So that’s what these visits will be about.”

Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State , Florida, Texas and UCLA could receive visits as well.

Via Kyle Neddenriep/Indianapolis Star

Luther Head Opts Out Of Contract With Hapoel Holon

Luther Head has opted out of his deal with Hapoel Holon, a team in Israel.

Head signed a one-year contract with Hapoel on Monday.

Via David Pick/Eurobasket.com

Arizona State Hires Larry Greer, Expects To Add Eric Musselman

Larry Greer, a former assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, has accepted an offer to join Herb Sendek’s staff at Arizona State.

Greer spent four seasons as the Blazers' advanced scout before Nate McMillan promoted him to assistant last offseason.

Eric Musselman is expected to join Sendek’s staff early next week, according to a report.

Musselman last season coached the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA's developmental league.

Via Chris Haynes/CSNNE

Spurs To Bring In Brian Butch, Warren Carter For Workouts

The San Antonio Spurs will bring in Brian Butch and Warren Carter next week for a workout.

Carter played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut last season.

Butch has spent the past few seasons in the D-League.

Via Michael A. De Leon/Project Spurs

Julius Randle To Host Nine In-Home Visits

Julius Randle will have nine in-home visits over a two-week period beginning on September 9th.

Both N.C. State and Kentucky will visit Randle on the first day. North Carolina, Duke and Kansas will visit on September 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Florida will visit one week later.

“We want to give everyone a fair chance because these are the final schools that made his top 10,” Randle's mother Carolyn Kyles said. “We want to give all of them a fair chance to present their school, what they have to offer, what they have to offer Julius as far as helping him improve his skills and get him to the next level on the court and off the court, who is the best coach for him to get him there and continue to instill the values that I have all these years off the court.

Via Steve Jones/Courier-Journal

Vujacic, Sharapova No Longer Engaged

Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova are no longer engaged.

"It's been since the end of spring," Sharapova said. "I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question.

"I have never really been the person to announce things. I never announced when we were together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships as well."

Vujacic signed a one-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey in 2011.

"It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling and especially his career move to Turkey. But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. I still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together."

Via Diance Pucin/Los Angeles Times

Bobcats Working Out Josh Howard

The Bobcats are taking a look at free agent forward Josh Howard, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed.

Howard has also received interest from the Knicks and Bulls.

Via Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Anthony Barber Set To Visit Kansas

Anthony Barber will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas this weekend

Barber, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard, has a final list of Kansas, Alabama, Louisville and North Carolina State.

Via Gary Bedore/Lawrence Journal World

Deshaun Thomas Wrestled With Decision To Return To Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas changed his mind five times over entering the NBA draft last spring before deciding to return for his junior season at Ohio State.

Thomas was a projected as a borderline first round pick.

“I just sat back one day and realized, ‘I’m going to stay and get better, and I think I can (go) higher (next) year,” he said. “I think I made a great decision.”

Thomas participated in two camps this summer that were scouted by NBA talent evaluators.

“They said my body was great, and they liked that I could score in different ways,” said Thomas, who said he is down to 214 pounds with 7.1 percent body fat. That’s at least 10 pounds lighter than his first two seasons. “I can move better,” he said.

Via Bob Hunter/Columbus Dispatch

Sources: Arizona State Wants To Hire Assistant Coach With NBA Ties

Arizona State would like to add at least one assistant with NBA ties.

Jabari Parker Takes Unofficial Visit To BYU

Jabari Parker is a member of Brigham Young's sponsoring institution, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jacque Vaughn Finalizes Magic Coaching Staff

Orlando will open training camp on Oct. 1.

Denzell Watts Commits To Alabama-Birmingham

Denzel Watts announced his verbal commitment to Alabama-Birmingham.

Kemba Walker Ready To Assume Leadership Role With Bobcats

Kemba Walker is set to enter his second season with the Bobcats.

Syracuse Extends Scholarship Offer To HS Freshman Tyus Battle

Tyus Battle has scholarship offers from four Division I schools.

Nets Eye Brooklyn Waterfront Property For Practice Facility

The Nets are looking to build a new practice facility in Brooklyn.

Popovich Sees Leonard As Future Face Of Spurs

Kawhi Leonard earned All-Rookie first-team honors last season.

Mike Zarren Removes Himself From Consideration For 76ers' GM Job

Mike Zarren has removed his name from consideration for the Philadelphia 76ers general manager job.

Real Madrid Offering Sergio Llull Six-Year Extension

The Rockets own the draft rights to Llull, buying them for $2.25 million from the Nuggets.

Carmelo Rated Amongst NBA's Most Efficient On Drives, Touches At Elbow

The New York Knicks became one of 10 team to purchase a multi-camera system from STATS, LLC that tracks every movement in an NBA game.

Hansen Buys More Property For Proposed Seattle Arena

Chris Hansen, the man behind the push to build a new NBA-ready arena in Seattle, has led a group of investors to buy the Showbox Sodo property for $8 million.

Webster Foresees Many Spot-Up Opportunities Playing With Wall, Nene

Martell Webster is also feeling healthy after experiencing multiple back surgeries.

Isiah Thomas Taking Classes At UC Berkeley

Isiah Thomas is enrolled in graduate school at the University of California at Berkely.

Milton Doyle To Transfer To Loyola Chicago

Milton Doyle attended Chicago’s Marshall High.

Wes Clark Commits To Missouri

Missouri received a verbal commitment from 2013 recruit Wes Clark.

Dwayne Morgan Visited Maryland, Plans Trip To North Carolina

Dwayne Morgan is a top-20 recruit in the class of 2014.

Sources: Eric Musselman In Talks To Join Arizona State Coaching Staff

Eric Musselman is currently coach of the D-League Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Hilton Armstrong Agrees To Terms With Panathianakos

Hilton Armstrong will continue his pro career in Greece.

Rondae Jefferson Plans Return Visit To Arizona

Rondae Jefferson is a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.
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