Basketball Wiretap

Patrick Ewing Tests Positive For COVID-19

May 23, 2020 1:43 AM

Patrick Ewing announced on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Ewing is currently isolated at a local hospital.

"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the health care workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine, and we will all get through this," said Ewing in a statement.

Georgetown announced that Ewing is the only member of the men's basketball team to have tested positive throughout the pandemic. 

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Tags: Georgetown Hoyas, NCAA, NCAA Injury

Penny Hardaway: It's A Recruiting War When It Comes To G League Pathway Program

May 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Penny Hardaway has spoken candidly about how the NBA's program allowing elite high school players to sign with a G League pathway program will impact college basketball recruiting.

"It's going to have a huge impact, because it's just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that," Hardaway said. "But I think it's going to affect us because we're recruiting a bunch of five-stars."

The NBA's initial designs last year called for players to receive offers of $125,000. But contracts for players in the G League's yearlong developmental program will now reportedly reach as much as $500,000.

"When they took the money from a smaller level to a larger level, then that's fair," Hardaway said. "That's definitely more appealing to a certain group of guys as we saw this year."


Tags: Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

Khristian Lander To Reclassify Into Class Of 2020, Enroll At Indiana

May 19, 2020 1:39 AM

Khristian Lander will enroll at Indiana next fall after reclassifying into the class of 2020.

The 6-foot-1 point guard is ranked No. 12 in ESPN's top 60 for the 2021 class, and is the top-ranked point guard from that class.

Indiana is set to bring back all five starters from last season's team. 

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Tags: Khristian Lander, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

UCLA Set To Hire Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond

May 17, 2020 11:54 AM

Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond is close to signing a six-year deal to become the next athletic director at UCLA, sources told Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

Jarmond will replace Dan Guerrero at UCLA, who is retiring after 18 years. 

UCLA reportedly has a $19 million deficit in the athletic department from 2019.

Jarmond has earned a reputation as an energetic fund-raiser. He is credited with modernizing BC's athletic department's fundraising, including overseeing the launch of a $150 million digital campaign.

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Tags: UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Grad Transfer Romello White Signs With Ole Miss

May 16, 2020 10:34 AM

Arizona State graduate transfer Romello White committed to Ole Miss.

White, who averaged 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds last season, is the No. 2 available graduate transfer according to ESPN.

White is the second graduate transfer to sign with Ole Miss, following Rider transfer Dimencio Vaughn.


Tags: Romello White, Ole Miss Rebels, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

NBA, NCAA Indefinitely Postpone Deadline For Early Entry Withdrawal

May 13, 2020 8:39 PM

The NBA and NCAA are indefinitely postponing the June 3rd early entry withdrawal date for draft prospects.

The NBA is expected to move the 2020 NBA Draft to August or September.

“The NCAA’s deadline for men’s basketball student-athletes to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain their eligibility will be pushed back from the current June 3 date," said NCAA SVP of Basketball Dan Gavitt. "This modification is being made with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind, along with their ability to make the most informed decisions during this uncertain time, and is based on the recent announcement by the NBA to postpone the 2020 NBA Draft Combine. Out of respect to the NBA’s process, the decision on a new withdrawal date will be made once the league has determined a timeline for the 2020 pre-draft process. Working in collaboration with National Association of Basketball Coaches Executive Director Jim Haney and the rest of the coaches’ leadership, the NCAA membership will ensure that any change supports a player’s decision-making process related to professional opportunities while also protecting their academic pursuits and the opportunity to play college basketball.”

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Withdrawals

Mac McClung Withdraws From Draft, Will Transfer From Georgetown

May 13, 2020 4:13 PM

Mac McClung has requested to enter the transfer portal to leave Georgetown. McClung also withdrew his name from the NBA Draft. McClung will file a waiver to play immediately. 

"It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown," McClung told ESPN. "I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn't.

"I'm looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed."

McClung was in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, averaging 15.7 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 27 minutes per game, before a foot injury derailed his season after just 21 games.

Patrick Ewing, appearing on a podcast with Andy Katz on May 5, said McClung would be returning to Georgetown for his junior year. Hazan said McClung never informed Ewing of such and was blindsided to see reports of him withdrawing from the NBA draft made public while he was in the midst of navigating the pre-draft process.

"The podcast with Andy Katz was not the deciding factor to my decision to transfer," McClung said. "I think it affected my pre-draft process, and seemed to confuse a lot of teams."

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Tags: Mac McClung, Georgetown Hoyas, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals, NCAA Transfer

Mo Williams Hired As Head Coach Of Alabama State

May 13, 2020 1:17 AM

Mo Williams was hired as the head coach of Alabama State on Tuesday.

"It's a great day to be a Hornet. I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!" said Williams.

Williams was previously an assistant under Mark Gottfried at California State University at Northridge.

"We are excited about the direction of our men's basketball program as we moved forward into this new era. Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men's basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama," added Alabama State athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams.


Tags: Mo Williams, Alabama State Hornets, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Lawsuit Filed Against Zion Williamson Seeks Admission Of Several Illegal Benefits

May 11, 2020 1:52 AM

Gina Ford and Prime Marketing Sports, the former marketing company representing Zion Williamson, filed a lawsuit against Williamson, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and two of its employees.

The lawsuit, seeking $100 million in damages, alleges that Williamson violated their five-year contract to sign with CAA.

Ford and her lawyer also want Williamson to admit that he received several improper benefits to attend Duke, including that Williamson's mother and stepfather "demanded and received gifts and economic benefits from persons acting on behalf of Duke University (directly and/or indirectly) to influence [Williamson] to attend Duke University to play basketball."

In a separate filing, Ford's attorneys also asked Williamson to disclose both his and his parents' addresses while he attended Duke. 

Williamson sued Ford and Prime Marketing Sports last June in an attempt to get out of his deal with the marketing company.

Williamson's attorneys claim that the deal violated North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act because Prime Marketing Sports is not certified by the NBA Players Association nor registered as an agent in North Carolina or Florida.

A U.S. District Court judge in North Carolina denied Ford's motion to dismiss Williamson's charges back in April. 

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

Gardner-Webb Transfer Jose Perez Commits To Marquette

May 10, 2020 12:54 PM

Marquette received a commitment from Gardner-Webb transfer Jose Perez.

The guard, who will have two more seasons of eligibility, averaged 15 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season.

Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said that Perez's "experience, toughness and desire to get better will make our program better."

Perez is the second transfer Marquette added this offseason, following DJ Carlton from Ohio State.


Tags: Jose Perez, Marquette Golden Eagles, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

NCAA Accuses Kansas Of Committing 'Severe', 'Egregious' Violations

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Rati Andronikashvili Commits To Creighton

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Olivier Sarr Transfers From Wake Forest To Kentucky

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Kansas Basketball To Lower Season Ticket Prices At Allen Fieldhouse


NCAA Board Does Not Recommend Implementing One-Time Transfer Waiver

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Wake Forest Center Olivier Sarr Enters Transfer Portal

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Penny Hardaway Compares G League Recruitment Of Prospects To 'Tampering'

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Daishen Nix Decommits From UCLA, Will Sign With G League Select Team

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Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev Declares For 2020 NBA Draft


NBA Draft Prospect Teshaun Hightower Charged With Murder

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