NCAA WiretapNovember 2018 NCAA Wiretap

UCLA Fires Steve Alford As Head Coach

Dec 31, 2018 11:28 AM

UCLA has fired Steve Alford as head coach.

After an 80-66 loss to Ohio State earlier this month, Alford said he had "no issue" with the constant discussions surrounding his job and that "I'm a man of God, so I've got an audience of one."

"You know, obviously with its fans, whether it be at UCLA or anywhere else, you always have those opinions," he told reporters.

Fred Hoiberg, Jamie Dixon and Earl Watson are likely candidates for the job.

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Murray State's Ja Morant Scores 25 In Front Of NBA Scouts

Dec 23, 2018 1:27 PM

Ja Morant finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Murray State Racer's 93-88 loss to the seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers.

Several NBA teams sent scouts to watch the guard, including the Nets, Hawks, Clippers, 76ers, Raptors, Wizards, Trailblazers, Mavericks, Knicks, Nuggets, and the Heat.

Projected as a lottery pick, the 6'3" Morant's play has caught the eye of several NBA teams and players, including Kevin Durant.

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Tags: Murray State Racers, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Zion Williamson: Playing 41 Games At Madison Square Garden Would Be 'Incredible'

Dec 21, 2018 2:07 AM

Zion Williamson was impressed by the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden in Duke's 69-58 win over Texas Tech.

Williamson added, "this is the Garden. A lot of greats have come through here. My favorite great to come through here was probably Bernard King because my stepdad talked about him a lot how he just put the ball in the basket...playing 41 games here wouldn't be so bad".

Williamson finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the game with several NBA executives, including Knicks president Steve Mills, in attendance.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New York Knicks, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

Vernon Carey Jr. has announced his commitment to Duke.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins.

Carey chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina. 

"Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director. "What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. His nimble footwork and soft touch is not talked about enough at his physically imposing size. His future upside lies in conditioning."

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