The reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, the 6-foot-10 Fernandez averaged 6.9 points, 5.9 boards and 2.9 blocks last season.
"I am excited to be back and I am excited to see all the good things that God has in store for me, my family and the Valpo basketball program over the next year," Fernandez said.
Said Valpo coach Bryce Drew: "Vashil has made a huge impact on our campus since his arrival. He is as good an example of a student-athlete as can be found anywhere in the country. Our basketball program and Valparaiso University are elated to have him back."
After missing last season with a torn ACL, Abrams tore an Achilles tendon while practicing on Monday in preparation for the Fighting Illini's European tour and will be out for the 2015-16 season, the school announced Tuesday.
Surgery has yet to be scheduled, the school indicated. Abrams joins an Illinois injury list that includes freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (leg stress fracture) and junior forward Darius Paul (shoulder).
"First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy," Illinois coach John Groce said. "He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season. So this is obviously a very difficult time for him right now.
"But ... Tracy has the heart of a champion and I know that he will handle this latest setback with the same courage and resolve in making a full recovery."
As a freshman in 2012-13, Abrams averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists. In 2013-14, he contributed 10.7 points and 3.2 assists per game as a sophomore.
Kansas is scheduled to open the tournament against host Chaminade, the Division II school that has pulled some major upsets in past years. Included in the same bracket as Kansas are UCLA and UNLV.
The tournament gets underway on Nov. 23 in Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii, and the championship game will be played Nov. 25. All games will be televised by ESPN.
In the other bracket, Indiana takes on Wake Forest in the opening round and St. John's squares off against Vanderbilt.
Indiana, Kansas, UCLA and Vanderbilt are projected to be among the Top 25 teams in the 2015-16 preseason college basketball rankings.
Vanderbilt (1986), Kansas (1996), Indiana (2002) and UCLA (2006) have previously won the tournament title. St. John's and Wake Forest are in the field for the first time.
Arizona won the Maui title last year, beating San Diego State in the final.
CBS Sports reported Tyndall, who was 16-16 at Tennessee last season but was fired when the allegations surfaced in March, could face impermissible aid and academic misconduct charges and the university might be held partially accountable for the dreaded lack of institutional control.
Tyndall coached Southern Miss from 2012 to 2014 before leaving for Tennessee, repacing Cuonzo Martin.
The school and Tyndall have 90 days to respond upon receipt of the notice.
Starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and junior Dustin Thomas were indefinitely suspended from the team, the school said in an announcement.
The three were being held without bail Wednesday on suspicion of forgery. A Friday court hearing was scheduled.
"We have become aware of a pending legal issue involving three men's basketball student-athletes," the school said in a statement. "The student-athletes have been suspended indefinitely from the men's basketball program. Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times."
According to Fayetteville police, the three were identified through a surveillance camera using counterfeit $20 bills last Friday and Saturday. Beard also allegedly exchanged six fradulent $50 bills for three $100 bills.
Their arrests were in connection with a two-month investigation into counterfeit money. The players apparently told police that they weren't aware that the bills were fake.
Beard started 16 games last season for the Razorbacks and was named to the All-SEC freshman team after averaging 5.7 points and 1.5 assists.
Williams started seven games last season as a junior and averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Thomas transferred from Colorado to Arkansas in May.
Hollis will serve as vice chairman of the committee this coming season under Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.
"I love college sports. Over the past 35 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn and collaborate with a diverse collection of individuals through sports on campus," Hollis said in a statement. "Sharing the passion, integrity and dedication of the men and women serving on the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee, I look forward to continuing my commitment to the values of education and student-athletes.
"College athletics provides amazing opportunities for today's students and value for our nation's collective future. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is a platform that allows us to share with the world a small glimpse of those broad educational, leadership, teamwork and athletic opportunities available to 460,000 student-athletes annually.
"It is with great responsibility, humility and appreciation that I serve on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee, and I look forward to working with our committee, 2016 Chairman Joe Castiglione, Dan Gavitt and the rest of the NCAA staff over the upcoming seasons."
While at Michigan State, Hollis has overseen a basketball program coached by Tom Izzo that has received 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament bids and advanced to the Final Four seven times, winning the title in 2000.
In a minor tweak to the seeding rules for the tournament, the NCAA announced Monday that the selection committee will be allowed to place the final four at-large teams according to overall seeding.
Since the First Four round was institued in 2011, the final four teams voted into the tournament had been locked into the opening round. They always had played the bottom four conference tournament winners.
Now, the last four at-large teams in the committee's overall seeding will play in the First Four.
"It's a small, yet significant, alteration to the language outlining our seeding process," said Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, chairman of the men's basketball committee. "Making this change gives the committee the opportunity to properly seed every team."
The NCAA also will allow the committee to move the fifth overall seed out of its natural geographic area to avoid meeting the top overall seed.
The committee also tweaked procedures to avoid nepotism by committee members who have family members on teams or in athletic departments of teams being considered for the tournament.
The former Texas A&M point guard is transferring to Alabama to play for his dad, Avery Johnson, who was named the Crimson Tide's head coach in April.
The younger Johnson will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
The 5-foot-11 Johnson played in 13 games for Texas A&M as a freshman last season and averaged 1.4 points per game, scoring a career-high 10 points against Northwestern State.
The Alabama coach said he's excited to have his son on the team.
"I am thrilled as both a coach and a father for Avery Jr. to join our basketball program at the University of Alabama," Johnson said in a statement. "As a father, to have the opportunity to coach your son is something I am really looking forward to. As a coach, I am excited to have someone of Avery's skill set and character on our team.
"I expect Avery to be a great representative of our program in three major phases: athletically, academically and as someone who will help sell my vision for this program."
Samuel spent the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut, starting eight games last season and averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. However, the long-term role for the 6-foot-4 combo guard was uncertain with Huskies coach Kevin Ollie adding strong backcourt recruits including Jalen Adams, Rodney Purvis, Sterling Gibbs and Sam Cassell Jr. the past two years.
Samuel, who is 0-for-18 in his career from beyond the three-point arc, will be eligible to play for the Nitanny Lions for the 2016-17 season.
The 67-year-old Ryan, who is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, said he considered retiring after the Badgers lost in the national championship game to Duke. Athletic director Barry Alvarez then told him to take some time to think about it.
Ryan said he will coach this season before stepping down and hopes longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him.
"Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.
"I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."
The Badgers knocked off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the national semifinals before losing to Duke in the title game.
Ryan took at Wisconsin after Dick Bennett left in 2001. He is is 357-125 in his 14 seasons at Wisconsin.
Under Ryan, the Badgers secured 14 NCAA berths and advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times.
Prior to Wisconsin, Ryan spent two seasons at Milwaukee and was at Division III Wisconsin-Plattville for 15 seasons.
Ryan, a native of Chester, Pa., has an overall coaching record of 740-228 in 31 seasons.
Hopkins, a former Syracuse player, has been on Boeheim's staff since 1995 and had been his presumed successor.
"For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. "He has contributed so much to the success of the Syracuse basketball program. I know Mike is ready to lead the program into the future and carry forward the success that has occurred under coach Boeheim."
Boeheim's statement read: "Mike has truly earned this honor through his hard work, dedication and commitment to our program for more than 20 years. There is no one more ready or prepared to carry on the success of Syracuse basketball than Mike Hopkins."
Hopkins said, "I'm honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity. Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program. Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency."
Boeheim's program has been tainted by an NCAA scandal this year, and he said in March that he will retire after the 2017-18 season. He has been coach at the school since 1976.
Next season, he will sit out the first nine ACC games as part of his program's punishment by the NCAA for academic misconduct and providing improper benefits to players. The NCAA vacated 108 of his 966 victories -- dropping him from second to sixth in Division I history -- and took away 12 scholarships from Syracuse over the next four years.
Jamal Murray, ranked as a five-star shooting guard from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, joins an incoming group that includes Skal Labissiere, considered the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, and McDonald's All-American guard Isaiah Briscoe.
Murray's commitment, which he announced on TSN in Canada, moves the Wildcats to the top of the team rankings according to most recruiting services.
Oregon was considered one of the leading candidate to land Murray after he recently reclassified from the class of 2016. His stock has risen after scoring 30 points at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., against a U.S. team and then winning MVP honors with after collecting 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.
Murray is the fifth member of Kentucky's class. The Wildcats lost seven of its top eight scorers from last season's team that went 38-1.
The new proposal by the committee Wednesday in Indianapolis would need to be adopted by the NCAA membership in January.
Committee chair Dan Guerrero, who is also the UCLA athletic director, told ESPN that if the proposal is implemented, it would be in place for the 2016 draft.
The proposal to allow underclassmen an opportunity to return to school is a coordinated effort by the NCAA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NBA.
If adopted, underclassmen may attend the Chicago pre-draft combine in May, get evaluated by team personnel and then be able to decide if they wanted to stay in the draft or return to school.
The underclassmen, however, couldn't sign with an agent.
With the current draft rules, underclassmen can't return to college once the player officially declares for the NBA draft.
The NBA still would have an early-entry deadline of late April and an official withdrawal date of 10 days before the draft, as per the collective bargaining agreement.
Under the new proposal, the NCAA would have its own withdrawal date moved up from the week after the Final Four to sometime in mid to late May, according to ESPN.
"This is a positive development for student-athletes exploring their professional dreams,'' said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball. "This would give prospects and their families more appropriate time and unbiased info from the NBA to make important decisions. And it would probably lead some to go back to school."
The 83-year-old Henson, who has battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma for more than a decade, suffered from dehydration last week and was admitted to a hospital in Champaign, Ill.
After spending a few days in isolation at the Illinois facility, Henson went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
It was unclear how long Henson, who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November, will remain in Houston, the Las Cruces Sun-News said.
Henson compiled a 779-413 record in a career that spanned 41 years.
T.J. Otzelberger, an assistant under Hoiberg and who interviewed for the head coaching position after Hoiberg jumped to the Chicago Bulls, will remain on staff.
Joining Prohm and Otzelberger will be former Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson and former Murray State assistant William Small.
Robinson had been an assistant on Greg McDermott's Cyclones staff from 2008-10 before going to Loyola (Ill.).
According to Greenville, S.C., TV station WYFF, the 19-year-old Tate's body was found around 4 a.m. in the lake by rescue divers.
Tate, 19, was serving as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.
Two camp counselors jumped off the Buster Boyd Bridge around 2 a.m. and Tate did not come back to the surface, officials said.
"The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate," athletics director Richard Johnson said in a statement.
As a sophomore, Tate averaged 2.3 minutes per game.
The other counselor was not injured.
Tate was a rising junior majoring in accounting, the school said. He also a Bonner Scholar and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Pre-Law Society.
North Carolina announced Friday that the university and Williams agreed in principle to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season, and increase the compensation package for the Hall of Fame coach with two national championships.
Williams' new contract includes a base salary ranging from $408,169 next year to $595,409 in 2019-20, deferred compensation ranging from $1.55 million next year to $1.75 million in 2019-20 and an annual expense account of $40,000. He also could earn an additional $1 million each season in NCAA Tournament incentives.
Williams had three years remaining on his previous contract, according to ESPN.com.
"I've said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good," Williams said in a statement released by the university. "I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and (athletic director) Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They've demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally."
Williams has a 332-101 record in his 12 seasons with the Tar Heels, with a career record of 750-22 in 28 seasons. He has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, winning the title in 2005 and 2009. His UNC teams have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown six times and the ACC tournament twice.
"The University of North Carolina is fortunate to have Roy Williams directing its basketball program and we are proud to extend his contract through the 2020 season," Cunningham said in a statement. "His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport, but his love for the University of North Carolina and the way he cares for his students are truly unmatched. Roy is a man of character and integrity and I have great respect for the way he leads our basketball program."
The contract news comes amid an academic fraud scandal at North Carolina, which the NCAA charged earlier this month with five Level I violations. Williams is not identified in the allegations.
The NCAA cited lack of institutional control over the manner in which the Tar Heels' athletics administration oversaw an academic department and its counselors who advised student-athletes.
The board also approved extensions for athletic director Mark Hollis, women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant and men's hockey coach Tom Anastos.
Izzo, whose new deal expires on June 30, 2021, received approximately $3.8 million in total compensation in 2013-14.
Izzo was named head coach in 1995, succeeding Jud Heathcote, and has led the Spartans to seven Final Fours, including the 2015 national semifinals. Going into the 2015-16 season, Izzo is five wins from 500 in his career.
Hollis' contract was extended until June 30, 2019. He has a base salary of $600,000 per year.
Villanova, which established a school record with 33 victories last year, will go to Charlottesville on Dec. 19 to take on the Cavaliers. Virginia tied a school record with its 30 victories in 2014-15.
Virginia will pay a visit to Philadelphia in 2016-17 to face the Wildcats.
"We're really excited to play an outstanding program with a great coach in Tony Bennett," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said Tuesday.
Bennett was equally enthusiastic.
"Villanova has a storied history and has been one of the premier basketball programs over the past few seasons," Bennett said. "I have a lot of respect for coach Jay Wright and his program, and we look forward to a couple of highly-competitive nonconference games."
The Cavaliers and Wildcats have met six times, with Virginia holding a 4-2 advantage. The most recent meeting between the schools came in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament with the Wildcats posting a 73-63 victory.
According to the report published Wednesday, Texas may have engaged in academic misconduct involving three basketball players during Rick Barnes' tenure as coach. Barnes is now at Tennessee.
Martez Walker allegedly was caught using his phone to cheat on a test and still passed the class and made the Big 12 honor roll. Meanwhile, according to the Chronicle, J'Covan Brown and P.J. Tucker each had papers written for them.
Texas already is investigating a report by the Chronicle that hundreds of athletes, including two former basketball players, gained NCAA eligibility via bogus online coursework.
Barnes, who left Texas for Tennessee this year, denied any knowledge of the latest alleged academic fraud. Barnes was fired by Texas after 17 seasons and was hired by Tennessee to replace Donnie Tyndall, who was fired because he is being investigated by the NCAA for alleged violations at Southern Mississippi.
Texas is not the only school dealing with an academic scandal. North Carolina is being investigated by the NCAA regarding academic irregularities first discovered in 2011.
Terms were not released during the announcementTuesday, but the deal would pay him $60 million if the 62-year-old coach stayed through its duration, according to NBC Sports.
His salary will increase to $4.48 million next season and then jump to $5.09 million in each successive year, NBC Sports reported. The school also will pay Pitino a $750,000 bonus if he's still the coach on July 1, 2017, and $2.25 million on July 1 of 2020, 2023 and 2026.
Pitino is 368-126 in 14 seasons at Louisville and has taken the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in five of the past eight years. They reached the Final Four in 2012 and won the national title in 2013.
A Naismith Hall of Famer, Pitino is 722-254 in 30 seasons at five schools. He also led Kentucky to a national title in 1996.
In the four-quarter format the number of team fouls is reset to zero with the exception of overtime, when any team in the bonus during the fourth quarter would remain so in all overtime periods.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee also changed rules in women's basketball to allow post defenders to use an elbow or open hand on the small of the back of an offensive player; facilities to play music at all dead-ball situations; and eliminated the 10-second backcourt violation in these instances -- the ball is deflected out of bounds by the defense; in the event of a held ball, and the possession arrow favors the offensive team; a technical foul is called on the offensive team while the ball is in its backcourt.
The committee made additional recommendations that will be addressed on a conference call later this month, including shot-clock violation replay reviews in the final two minutes of a game.
This comes one day after the NCAA changed the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 for men's games. The last reduction, from 45 to 35 seconds, was made before the 1993-94 season.
Teams are also to be given one fewer timeout and media timeout standards were changed with pace-of-play concerns in mind. Rather than automatic stoppages at 16-12-8-4-minute marks in the first and second half, any team timeout called within 30 seconds of that schedule now becomes the media timeout.
Other changes made for the 2015-16 season include shot-clock violation reviews on made field goals and the elimination of the five-second count when defenders are closely guarding the ball.
Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.
The 40-year-old Prohm, a two-time Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year, was the head coach at Murray State for the past four years, compiling a 104-29 record and winning at least 21 games in each season. He led the Racers to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.
Last season, the Racers finished 29-6 (16-0 OVC) after losing to Old Dominion in the NIT quarterfinals.
"We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University," ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. "Steve's personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next coach.
"He is a proven winner who is widely respected by his current and former players. We feel Steve is the ideal coach to continue the incredible success that Coach Hoiberg and his players have achieved during the past several years."
Hoiberg was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls last week after going 115-56 at Iowa State and making the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons.
Prohm will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday morning at the Sukup Basketball Complex as the 20th head coach in Iowa State men's basketball history.
Prohm just finished his ninth overall season at Murray State, spending five seasons as an assistant for current Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy from 2006-11.
Cameron Payne, Prohm's top player this past season at Murray State, declared early and could potentially be a lottery pick in the NBA draft on June 25. Prohm also coached Isaiah Canaan of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The other coaches who interviewed over the weekend were Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood, Valparaiso's Bryce Drew, N.C. Central's LeVelle Moton and Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, according to ESPN.com.
Terms of the extension were not available, according to an Inside Carolina report. Williams has three years remaining on his current contract.
The new deal is subject to approval from the university's board of trustees.
The contract news comes amid an academic fraud scandal at North Carolina, which the NCAA charged this week with five Level I violations. Williams is not identified in the allegations.
The NCAA cited lack of institutional control over the manner in which the Tar Heels' athletics administration oversaw an academic department and its counselors who advised student-athletes.
"Everyone who loves Carolina is truly saddened by these allegations," Williams said Thursday in a statement. "We aspire to and work toward meeting higher standards than the actions that warranted this notice. Our university and numerous outside groups have looked at every aspect of our academic and athletic life.
"As a result, Carolina has implemented scores of new processes and checks and balances that have undoubtedly made us a better university. Hopefully, we will never again receive such a notice."
Williams has a 332-101 record in 12 seasons as North Carolina coach and the Tar Heels to NCAA titles in 2005 and 2009. He has an overall record of 750-202 at North Carolina and Kansas with seven Final Four appearances.
"It's a blessing, a great opportunity," Graham told AZCentral.com. "I just thank the Lord, honestly."
The 6-foot-4 Graham committed to North Carolina State coming out of high school, but was not cleared to play. He landed at Chipola College in Florida and drew interest from major programs including Arizona State, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri as he averaged 12.9 points in 15 games as sophomore.
However, Graham was arrested and charged with eating marijuana during a traffic stop in 2014 and was suspended from the team. He signed with Houston, but left before ever playing a game for the Cougars, citing personal reasons. Graham then landed at Buffalo, and sat out last season due to transfer rules.
When coach Bobby Hurley left after the season, assistant Levi Watkins also departed for ASU along with guard Shannon Evans. Graham chose to follow Watkins, and hopes the NCAA will let him play in 2015-16.
"I'm very excited," he said. "It's all business. Basketball is my life."