August 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Aaron Gordon Schedules In-Home Visit With Arizona

Aug 31, 2012 11:15 PM

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.

Bruce Pascoe/Arizona Daily Star

Tags: Aaron Gordon, Arizona Wildcats, Pacific-12 Conference, High School, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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

Aug 31, 2012 11:12 PM

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.

Kyle Neddenriep/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Trey Lyles, Illinois Fighting Illini, Louisville Cardinals, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Butler Bulldogs, Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Luther Head Opts Out Of Contract With Hapoel Holon

Aug 31, 2012 11:10 PM

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.

David Pick/

Tags: Luther Head, Hapoel Unet Holon, Israeli BSL, NBA, International, International Teams, International League, International Misc Rumor

Arizona State Hires Larry Greer, Expects To Add Eric Musselman

Aug 31, 2012 11:08 PM

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.

Chris Haynes/CSNNE

Tags: South Bay Lakers, Arizona State Sun Devils, Pacific-12 Conference, NCAA, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Spurs To Bring In Brian Butch, Warren Carter For Workouts

Aug 31, 2012 9:16 PM

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.

Michael A. De Leon/Project Spurs

Tags: Brian Butch, Warren Carter, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

Julius Randle To Host Nine In-Home Visits

Aug 31, 2012 8:59 PM

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.

Steve Jones/Courier-Journal

Tags: Julius Randle, North Carolina Tar Heels, Oklahoma Sooners, Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, Baylor Bears, Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Texas Longhorns, Florida Gators, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA

Vujacic, Sharapova No Longer Engaged

Aug 31, 2012 7:07 PM

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."

Diance Pucin/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Sasha Vujacic, NBA, International

Bobcats Working Out Josh Howard

Aug 31, 2012 11:00 AM

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.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Josh Howard, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Anthony Barber Set To Visit Kansas

Aug 31, 2012 10:58 AM

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.

Gary Bedore/Lawrence Journal World

Tags: Cat Barber, Kansas Jayhawks, Big 12 Conference, High School, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Deshaun Thomas Wrestled With Decision To Return To Ohio State

Aug 31, 2012 10:57 AM

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.

Bob Hunter/Columbus Dispatch

Tags: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Buckeyes, Big Ten Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Sources: Arizona State Wants To Hire Assistant Coach With NBA Ties
Arizona State would like to add at least one assistant with NBA ties.

Doug Haller/Arizona Republic

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.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Jacque Vaughn Finalizes Magic Coaching Staff
Orlando will open training camp on Oct. 1.

John Denton/

Denzell Watts Commits To Alabama-Birmingham
Denzel Watts announced his verbal commitment to Alabama-Birmingham.

Eric Woodyard/MLive

Kemba Walker Ready To Assume Leadership Role With Bobcats
Kemba Walker is set to enter his second season with the Bobcats.

Tom Sorensen/Charlotte Observer

Syracuse Extends Scholarship Offer To HS Freshman Tyus Battle
Tyus Battle has scholarship offers from four Division I schools.

John Haley/Newark Star-Ledger

Nets Eye Brooklyn Waterfront Property For Practice Facility
The Nets are looking to build a new practice facility in Brooklyn.

Daniel Massey/Crain's New York Business

Popovich Sees Leonard As Future Face Of Spurs
Kawhi Leonard earned All-Rookie first-team honors last season. (via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News)

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.

Paul Flannery/WEEI

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.

The Dream Shake

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.

Zach Lowe/Sports Illustrated

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.

Marc Stilles/Puget Sound Business Journal

Webster Foresees Many Spot-Up Opportunities Playing With Wall, Nene
Martell Webster is also feeling healthy after experiencing multiple back surgeries.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Isiah Thomas Taking Classes At UC Berkeley
Isiah Thomas is enrolled in graduate school at the University of California at Berkely.

Jeff Faraudo/Bay Area News Group

Milton Doyle To Transfer To Loyola Chicago
Milton Doyle attended Chicago’s Marshall High.

Joe Henricksen/Chicago Sun-Times

Wes Clark Commits To Missouri
Missouri received a verbal commitment from 2013 recruit Wes Clark.

Columbia Tribune

Dwayne Morgan Visited Maryland, Plans Trip To North Carolina
Dwayne Morgan is a top-20 recruit in the class of 2014.

Jeff Ermann/Baltimore Sun

Sources: Eric Musselman In Talks To Join Arizona State Coaching Staff
Eric Musselman is currently coach of the D-League Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Hilton Armstrong Agrees To Terms With Panathianakos
Hilton Armstrong will continue his pro career in Greece.

Nets Daily

Rondae Jefferson Plans Return Visit To Arizona
Rondae Jefferson is a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.

Bruce Pascoe/Arizona Daily Star