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Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Texas Lands No. 1 Transfer Marcus Carr

Jul 17, 2021 3:28 PM

The University of Texas has received a commitment from Marcus Carr, the No. 1 transfer this offseason. 

Carr opted for Texas instead of pursuing a professional basketball option in Australia. Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas were also on his final list of transfer options.

Carr earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season with Minnesota after averaging 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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Tags: Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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Johnny Juzang Withdraws From Draft, Returns To UCLA

Jul 8, 2021 10:31 AM

Johnny Juzang is withdrawing from the 2021 NBA Draft to return to UCLA.

"Going through the draft process has been an amazing experience. I was blessed to connect with great people, learn and grow, and get a feel for life at the next level. I want to thank everybody who has helped me in this process including my family, trainers, school, and especially my dad who helped for countless hours!" Juzang posted to Twitter. "Westwood, I can't wait to go to war! We've got a team full of warriors and there's nobody I'd rather fight beside. With Coach Cronin and our staff, I'm very excited for this season. Let's do something special!"

In the Bruins' six NCAA tournament games, Juzang averaged 22.8 points and shot 50.9% from the field. Juzang averaged 16.0 points and 4.1 rebounds during the season.

ESPN rated Juzang as the No. 53 prospect in the draft, making him a fringe second round prospect. 

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Ohio's Jason Preston To Remain In Draft

Jul 7, 2021 6:50 PM

Jason Preston of Ohio University will remain in the 2021 NBA draft and sign with drew Gross of Roc Nation Sports.

Preston is No. 43 on ESPN's Top 100 and could end up being draft in the first round.

Preston's declaration for the draft culminates an improbable journey from bench-warming high school player, to aspiring sportswriter, to the architect of Ohio's NCAA tournament upset of No. 4 seed Virginia in March.

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Reggie Theus Named Athletic Director, Head Coach At Bethune-Cookman University

Jul 3, 2021 8:35 PM

Reggie Theus is expected to be named the athletic director and men's head basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman University, sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Theus previously coached at New Mexico State, as well as the Kings and the G League Los Angeles D-Fenders. Theus made one NCAA Tournament with New Mexico State.

Bethune-Cookman University are currently a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Theus will oversee several other sports as athletic director, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, women's bowling, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's golf, among others. 

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Penny Hardaway To Stay At Memphis, Adds Larry Brown As Assistant Coach

Jun 30, 2021 12:02 AM

Penny Hardaway has announced he will remain at the University of Memphis as head coach.

Hardaway interviewed for the head coaching job with the Orlando Magic.

Memphis will also hire Larry Brown as an assistant coach.

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Dior Johnson Announces Commitment To Oregon

Jun 23, 2021 1:21 AM

Dior Johnson, the No. 15 prospect in ESPN's class of 2022, committed to Oregon on Tuesday.

"I wanted to commit now because I felt like Oregon was the place for me. I am a person who is big on relationships and trust. The relationship I have been able to establish with Coach Altman is special and being that he is a legendary coach, I feel that learning from him on a daily basis on and off the court will be huge for my development," said the five-star prospect.

Johnson initially committed to Syracuse in February 2020 before reopening his recruitment.

Johnson has played for several high profile schools, including Findlay Prep, IMG and Oak Hill Academy. He is currently undecided as to where he will play his senior season before enrolling at Oregon. 

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Augustas Marciulionis Commits To Saint Mary's

Jun 17, 2021 1:44 AM

International prospect Augustas Marciulionis announced his commitment to Saint Mary's on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old point guard, the son of Sarunas Marciulionis, is arguably the top international prospect committing to the college route. 

"The idea of coming to the United States with the possibility to study and play basketball at a very high level was always in my mind. However, the past 5-6 months has been tough for me in finally deciding whether I want to go to the NCAA and to which college, but I knew inside that I might regret not giving myself a chance to play college basketball, about which I've only heard great things," said Marciulionis.

Marciulionis played in Lithuania's first division last season, starting 22 games. 

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Tags: Augustas Marciulionis, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

Penny Hardaway Emerges As Head Coaching Candidate For NBA Job

Jun 10, 2021 5:22 PM

Penny Hardaway has been identified as a candidate for several head coaching jobs in the NBA.

Hardaway has bene head coach at Memphis since 2018.

Teams are gathering intel on Hardaway's work as a head coach and will get multiple offers to interview. 

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Juwan Howard Not Interested In Leaving Michigan For NBA

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

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Mike Krzyzewski To Retire After 21-22 Season, Jon Scheyer To Become Coach-In-Waiting

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Makur Maker Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Jackson Decides To Stay In Draft

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

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Mac McClung To Stay In 2021 NBA Draft

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TyTy Washington Commits To Kentucky

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Patrick Baldwin Jr. Commits To Milwaukee

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International Prospect Adama Bal Commits To Arizona

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Lindsay Gottlieb Leaves Cavs To Become Head Coach Of USC

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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International Prospect Igor Milicic Commits To Virginia

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Emoni Bates Decommits From Michigan State, Reopens Recruitment

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Kim Mulkey Leaves Baylor For LSU

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Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

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Terrence Clarke Killed In Car Accident


Kai Sotto Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Adelaide

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Johnny Juzang Declares For Draft, Could Still Return To UCLA

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