April 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Tony Mitchell Returning To North Texas

Apr 30, 2012 10:27 AM

Tony Mitchell will return to North Texas, ending speculation that he might enter the draft in response to the departure of former coach Johnny Jones.

Jones, who coached North Texas for the past 11 seasons, recently agreed to take over the top job at LSU.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, has decided to return with the goal of working on his perimeter skills.

Jeff Goodman/CBSSports.com

Tags: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green, Sun Belt Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Terrell Stoglin Declares For Draft

Apr 30, 2012 10:22 AM

Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA draft, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Stoglin led the ACC in scoring this past season, averaging 21.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting for the Terps.

Baltimore Sun

Tags: Terrell Stoglin, Maryland Terrapins, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations

Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Apr 29, 2012 11:03 PM

Troy Williams, a top-20 recruit, has cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky and North Carolina.

“They’re both good schools,” Williams said. “They’re like the top two programs out there right now, so it’s going to be a hard decision. But it will come down to which coach I like the best.”

Williams is the nephew of amateur-circuit basketball legend Boo Williams, who has ties to both finalists.

“Kentucky plays a fast pace and coach (Calipari) is a good friend of my uncle’s,” Williams said.

Williams said he gets along with North Carolina coach Roy Williams “and some of the players came from my uncle’s team. They get up and down, too, and have a lot of dunks.”

Louisville Courier Journal

Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, NCAA

Tyus Jones Plans To Visit Baylor

Apr 29, 2012 3:30 PM

Tyus Jones, rated the nation’s top point guard in the class of 2014, is planning to visit Baylor in a couple of weeks.

Jones is also believed to be considering Michigan State, Duke and Minnesota.

Jeff Borzello/CBSSports.com (via Twitter)

Tags: Tyus Jones, Baylor Bears, Big 12 Conference, High School, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Michael Gbinije Commits To Syracuse

Apr 28, 2012 12:27 PM

Michael Gbinije has committed to transfer to Syracuse.

Gbinije played one season at Duke while receiving limited playing time.

Gbinije played with Syracuse freshmen Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic. He also knew Trevor Cooney from the 2010 Nike Global Challenge.

Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski have known each other for years, with the former assisting the latter on the Olympic teams.

“They talked to each other about me,’’ Gbinije said. “Coach K’s a really good person. He gave a good word for me.’’

Mike Waters/The Post-Standard

Tags: Michael Gbinije, Duke Blue Devils, Syracuse Orange, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

Michael Gbinije Drawing Interest From Six Schools

Apr 27, 2012 8:31 PM

Michael Gbinije has received interest from VCU, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Villanova and Rutgers.

Gbinije opted to transfer after averaging 1.7 points and 0.8 rebounds during his freshman season at Duke.

The 6-foot-6 swinman was a top-30 prospect in the class of 2011.


Tags: Michael Gbinije, Duke Blue Devils, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, VCU Rams, Tennessee Volunteers, Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southeastern Conference, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

Larry Brown Cuts Starting Point Guard Jeremiah Samarrippas

Apr 27, 2012 8:29 PM

Larry Brown trimmed his roster on Friday, cutting starting point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas and centers Ricmonds Vilde and Eric Norman.

Samarrippas averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 assists in 32 minutes per game last season.

Vilde started five games, while Norman played sparingly.

New York Daily News

Tags: Southern Methodist Mustangs, Conference USA, NCAA

Derrick Coleman In Talks To Become Assistant At SMU

Apr 27, 2012 10:27 AM

Derrick Coleman has discussed joining Larry Brown’s coaching staff at Southern Methodist University.

“I’ve talked to him,’’ Coleman said. “I’m honored. It’s something I will entertain.’’

Coleman played three seasons under Brown as a member of the Sixers.

“Me and coach Brown have been friends since I played in Philadelphia,’’ Coleman said. “I have the utmost respect for him. It’s not just the game of basketball with coach Brown. It’s the game of life. Of all the coaches in my 16 years in the NBA, coach Brown and Chuck Daly were the best. It wasn’t about basketball. It was about you as a person and your family.’’

Syracuse Post Standard

Tags: Southern Methodist Mustangs, Conference USA, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

Trey Burke Will Likely Turn Pro If Michigan Has Great Season

Apr 26, 2012 11:42 PM

Trey Burke will likely declare for the draft if Michigan advances far into the 2013 NCAA tournament.

"If I have a great season, and we go far, I probably will lean towards coming out," Burke said. "I can’t really speak on that right now, it’s too early.

"But I definitely will look into it and my coaches will help me look into it because they understand the type of situation I’m in."

Burke declined to comment on the results of the NBA's undergraduate advisory board's report.

"I just felt like it was the right decision for me to make," Burke said. "After talking it over with my family, the coaching staff, we kind of pretty much just broke down the pros and cons of leaving and staying, and I felt like the right decision was to stay.

"With the recruits we have coming in, with the players that we have coming back, we have a great chance of being a Final Four, if not a National Championship team."

DimeMag.com (via AnnArbor.com)

Tags: Trey Burke, Michigan Wolverines, Big Ten Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Jabari Parker Takes Attention In Stride

Apr 26, 2012 11:40 PM

Jabari Parker, the nation's top high school basketball player, has offers from college basketball power programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

Parker isn’t shying away from all of the attention, but he’s determined to focus on one game at a time.

“I glance at the coaches a little bit and notice they’re there, but once it’s time to play I focus on me and my teammates and trying to get the win,” Parker said.

Parker has grown accustomed to the media focus after each game.

“I don’t mind the attention. I can’t mind it because right now I have it easy,” Parker said. “Once I start getting a lot of attention at the next level that is when it starts to get harder. Right now I don’t really complain and I take these interviews and attention as a positive.”

Parker talked about his ideal college destination.

“I’m looking for a program that fits me and I have to get along with the coach,” Parker said. “I want a place that’s going to build my character and I want to mature and be exposed to the things that are coming my way in the future.”

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Jabari Parker, High School, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

Cody Zeller Wants To Mature Before Declaring For Draft
Cody Zeller put a hold on his NBA career mostly because he thought he wasn't quite mature enough for the pros.


Amile Jefferson Hopes To Choose School Next Week
Amile Jefferson is one of the top unsigned seniors in the country.


Randolph Childress Joins Wake Forest As Director Of Player Development
Randolph Childress retired from professional basketball in 2011.

Burlington Times News

Kyle Anderson MRI Indicates Torn Thumb Ligaments
Kyle Anderson recently committed to play for UCLA.


Team USA Won't Expand Roster Candidates
USA Basketball will not add any players to their preliminary squad.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Maccabi Haifa To Hire Bernie Fine As Consultant
Bernie Fine will consult from the United States.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Larry Brown Believes NBA Experience Will Give Him 'Instant Credibility' With Recruits
Larry Brown plans to make inroads with in-state recruits as SMUís new coach.

Dallas Morning News

Harrison Twins Set To Visit Villanova
Andrew and Aaron Harrison are top players in the class of 2013.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Moe Harkless Training At IMG Academy In Preparation Of Draft
Moe Harkless is projected as a mid first round pick.


Mark Lyons Will Visit Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky
Mark Lyons is set to visit Kansas, Arizona, and Kentucky after being released from Xavier.

Kansas City Star

Mislav Brzoja To Visit Kentucky
Mislav Brzoja started for Croatia's U19 national team last summer.

Louisville Courier Journal

Kansas Extends Offer To Chris McCullough
Chris McCullough hopes to choose a school this summer.

Lawrence Journal World

Thomas Robinson Signs With Agent Tony Dutt
Thomas Robinson has signed a player-agent deal with Tony Dutt and Rivals Sports Group.

Chris Broussard/ESPN.com (via Twitter)

Dominique Ferguson Declares For Draft After Being Denied Release
Florida International forward Dominique Ferguson sought to transfer in response to the firing of Isiah Thomas.


Quincy Miller Opts To Enter Draft
Quincy Miller was a co-Big 12 freshman of the year and averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds a game.

Yahoo! Sports

Duke Offers Scholarship To Austin Nichols
Austin Nichols is a top-50 prospect in the class of 2013.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jae Crowder Aims To Lose Weight, Switch Positions At Pro Level
Jae Crowder plans to shed 20 pounds from his current 245-pound, 6-foot-6 frame.

Marquette Tribune

Isaiah Whitehead Puts Syracuse At Top Of List
Isaiah Whitehead indicated that Syracuse is currently at the top of his list of schools.

Syracuse Post Standard

Duke Extends Offers To Allerik Freeman
Allerik Freeman is a top-30 recruit in the class of 2013.


James Young Holding Out Hope For Kentucky
James Young, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2013, hopes to be recruited by Kentucky.

Louisville Courier Journal