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Tyler Harris Plans Draft Entry Despite Unexpected Role Cut In Providence Junior Season

Jan 22, 2015 12:41 PM

Providence junior forward Tyler Harris has plans to enter the NBA Draft in June in spite of a puzzling role reduction that has fueled a belief that he’s being regressed to stay in school for his senior season of eligibility, sources told RealGM.

One season after starting in all 35 games of Providence’s run to the NCAA Big East tournament championship, Harris has started 11 of 19 games. Harris – the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris – has seen his minutes reduced by an average of 3.7 compared to a season ago when he played 32.2 per game.

Harris, 21, is scheduled to graduate this year with enough credit hours for his college degree, but he’s long planned to forgo his senior eligibility. Nevertheless, the glaring decrease in his starting position and minutes has signaled that Providence coach Ed Cooley is testing Harris’ resolve and gauging whether he could return for another season.

For personnel at the NBA level, Harris (6-foot-9) is perceived in between the small and power forward positions as a mid-tier prospect. He spent last summer training in camps held by LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

In a season that includes a 17-point performance in a win over Notre Dame and strong play early, Harris is averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Those numbers are down from his 11.6 points and 5.1 boards a game as a sophomore.

Harris began his college career at North Carolina State, playing 19 games in 2011-12.

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Tags: Tyler Harris, Providence Friars, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA B-Ball IQ, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Michigan Loses Caris LeVert For Remainder Of Season

Jan 18, 2015 4:15 PM

Caris LeVert will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a left foot injury on Saturday.

LeVert, who had surgery on the same foot in May, will have surgery again this week.

LeVert has started the past 55 games for Michigan and was the Wolverines' leading scorer at 14.9 points per game. The versatile wing was also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
 
LeVert was previously considered a likely first round pick.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Caris LeVert, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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SMU Notified Of Allegations

Jan 16, 2015 5:23 PM

SMU has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that includes accusations of academic improprieties within Larry Brown's men's basketball program, multiple sources told ESPN.

Sources told ESPN that SMU is expected to meet with the NCAA's Committee of Infractions later this year.

"The investigation is complete," one source said.

 

One of the allegations involves sophomore Keith Frazier's academics, as issues began when he was attempting to become eligible prior to his arrival at SMU, according to a source familiar with the allegations.

Frazier, a McDonald's All-American out of Kimball High School in Dallas, had difficulty meeting the NCAA's eligibility standards to get into SMU. Earlier Friday, sources told ESPN the 6-foot-5 sophomore will be ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season, pending a ruling on his final appeal filed this week, due to his current academic standing.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Southern Methodist Mustangs, NCAA

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Chris McCullough Out For Syracuse's Season With Torn ACL

Jan 12, 2015 4:01 PM

Chris McCullough will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

McCollough, a freshman, injured his knee in a play midway through the first half in Sunday's Syracuse win over Florida State.

McCullough averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season.

Donna Ditota/Syracuse.com

Tags: Chris McCullough, Syracuse Orange, NCAA, NCAA Injury

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Carlton Bragg Commits To Kansas

Jan 8, 2015 3:02 PM

Carlton Bragg has committed to Kansas.

Bragg is the first verbal commitment for the Jayhawks of the class of 2015 and is a five-star recruit. Bragg is ranked as the No. 16 recruit in the class.

Bragg also considered Kentucky and Illinois.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5

Jan 6, 2015 4:34 PM

DraftExpress has updated their Top-100 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft with Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprising the top-5.

Justise Winslow, Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and D'angelo Russell round out the top-10.

Frank Kaminsky (14) and Jerian Grant (27) are the only seniors in the top-30.

Other notables include Myles Turner at 12 and Cliff Alexander at 17.

Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General

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Carlton Bragg To Announce College Decision On Jan. 8

Jan 5, 2015 12:47 PM

Carlton Bragg will make his college decision on Jan. 8.

Bragg, who is ranked No. 14 for the class of 2015 by Rivals, will decide between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, while UCLA is also in the mix.

Bragg has taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and Illinois has also hosted the forward throughout his recruiting process. 

Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

Tags: Carlton Bragg, Illinois Fighting Illini, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Cincinnati's Mick Cronin Won't Coach For Remainder Of Season

Jan 2, 2015 11:16 AM

Mick Cronin will not coach for the remainder of the season for Cincinnati while dealing with a non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection.

Cronin was diagnosed with the condition in mid-December during a routine check-up after complaining of lingering headaches.

Cronin told ESPN.com last week that he was feeling "great," but wasn't sure when doctors would clear him to coach again this season.

Cronin has missed the last three games against VCU, Wagner and N.C. State while awaiting further test results and treatment options. Associate head coach Larry Davis, who was the head coach at Furman from 1998 to 2006, will take Cronin's place as the acting head coach.

 

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bearcats, NCAA

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Jalek Felton Commits To North Carolina

Dec 31, 2014 11:01 AM

Jalek Felton has committed to North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels their first recruit for the 2017 class.

Felton is a top-10 player in the class and the nephew of Raymond Felton.

"It's been a dream of his for a long time," said Fred Cannon, Felton's AAU coach with Team Felton. "It's all he's ever talked about. He sees it as more of a legacy-type thing.

"He's a fan of Roy Williams and the coaching staff, the up-tempo style, guard-oriented. It made him feel comfortable."

Felton had scheduled visits to Kansas, Wichita State, Kentucky and Arizona for January.

Felton is among the elite players in the Class of 2017, ranking as the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 shooting guard in the country.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Jalek Felton, North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Semi Ojeleye Transfers From Duke To SMU

Dec 27, 2014 5:43 PM

Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU after transferring from Duke.

The 6-foot-8 forward was averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils in six games this season. Ojeleye was rated as the top prospect in the state of Kansas by ESPN out of high school and 40th in the country.

He will have 2.5 seasons of eligibility starting December of 2015.

Jon Rothstein/CBSSports.com

Tags: Semi Ojeleye, Duke Blue Devils, Southern Methodist Mustangs, NCAA, NCAA Commitment, NCAA Transfer

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Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead Out With Stress Fracture In Foot
Isaiah Whitehead was a popular preseason pick for Big East Freshman of the Year and had been averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

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