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  • Commission suggests NCAA ban cheaters, end one-and-done
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    An independent panel led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested sweeping reforms for NCAA basketball, most notably calling for an end to the one-and-done rule and harsh penalties for rule-breakers.

    • The Commission for College Basketball, chaired by Rice, released its recommendations in a 60-page report on Wednesday.

      "We need to put the college back in college basketball," Rice said of the commission's outlook, per ESPN. "Our focus has been to strengthen the collegiate model -- not to move toward one that brings aspects of professionalism into the game."

      The NCAA will take the recommendations into consideration, president Mark Emmert said in a statement, adding that he hopes to have changes in place by August.

      "The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball," Emmert said. "The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission's recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps."

      The one-and-done rule is actually an NBA rule, but Rice is adamant that it should be ended. Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has had more one-and-dones than any coach since the rule was enacted, publicly pushed for the change earlier this week.

      Rice suggests if the rule isn't changed, the NCAA may have to add its own rules -- perhaps barring freshmen from playing or making the scholarship of a player who leaves early unavailable after they leave.

      "We support NCAA policy and enforcement reforms that will better safeguard the well-being of players while imposing greater accountability on representatives and programs that fail to uphold the values of the game," NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA head Michele Roberts said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "We also share the commission's concern with the current state of youth basketball and echo that all stakeholders -- including the NBA, NBPA, NCAA, and USA Basketball -- have a collective responsibility to help bring about positive change."

      The 12-person commission also called for independent investigations into rule-breaking and cheating in college programs, pushing for stiffer penalties -- possibly including lifetime bans -- for offenders.

      The panel was formed in response to an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball, which saw arrests at several programs and led to the firing of Rick Pitino at Louisville.

      "Currently, the rewards for violating the rules far outweigh the risks," said Rice.

      The influence of apparel companies like Adidas, which had two people arrested in the probe, was also a subject of the commission. The panel called for the flow of funds from shoe companies to schools and players to be more transparent.

      "It is time that the money flowing from apparel companies and other third parties into non-scholastic basketball be disclosed and accounted for in order to address the corruption we see in the sport," Rice said, per ESPN.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Iowa State adds transfer G Nixon
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Iowa State has landed Colorado State transfer guard Prentiss Nixon, according to multiple reports.

    • Nixon led the Rams with a 16.1 scoring average last season.

      Nixon will sit out the 2018-19 campaign due to transfer regulations and will be a senior the following season.

      He chose the Cyclones over Loyola-Chicago, SMU and Illinois State.

      Nixon said his visit to Iowa State sealed the deal for him.

      "I got out there and the people were great. I loved the city of Ames, they were great people out there," Nixon told 247Sports.com. "What really sold me was the academic piece. My mother being a big academic person, she loved it. Hearing everything they can help me do to get my degree in four years and try to go on and get a master's after with the academic people was very big for me.

      "Of course, Coach (Steve) Prohm and the staff, they're great at what they do. We rarely talked about basketball, we more talked about life and people. It was like the perfect fit."

      Nixon drained 152 3-pointers during his three seasons at Colorado State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Milwaukee releases 3 from basketball program
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Brock Stull, Jeremiah Bell and Bryce Nze -- Milwaukee's top three scorers last season -- each asked for and were granted their releases from the school's men's basketball program on Monday.

    • The trio will "pursue and explore other basketball and academic opportunities," the school said in a news release.

      "Our staff wishes this group of players nothing but the best," coach Pat Baldwin said in a statement. "We never like to see players leave, but each student-athlete has a unique set of circumstances and feels what is best for them is somewhere else. As they all wish to pursue options at the high-major level, we do want to thank them for their contributions to the Milwaukee basketball program."

      Bell led the Panthers with 14.1 points per game in 2017-18, with Stull (13.4) and Nze (10.3) the only other players to average in double figures for the team. Nze also led in rebounds per game (8.5), while Stull paced the team in assists (3.1).

      Milwaukee finished the season tied for fifth in the Horizon League standings with an 8-10 conference record. The Panthers went 16-17 overall.

      --Field Level Media

  • Martin: Felder won't return to Gamecocks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    Sophomore guard Rakym Felder will not return to the South Carolina Gamecocks, head coach Frank Martin announced on Monday.

    • "When Rakym and I met to discuss his return to our program, there were certain things that I asked of him and, unfortunately, he has not met those expectations," Martin said. "I'm disappointed that he did not take advantage of the opportunity to fully return to our program. We wish him the best with his future."

      A key reserve on the team that made it to the Final Four in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Felder was arrested in October 2016 for allegedly assaulting two people -- including a police officer -- and arrested again in July 2017, leading to a charge of third-degree assault and battery.

      After re-enrolling at the school in January, Felder did not play in a game in 2018, with Martin allowing him only to practice with the team. The Gamecocks went 17-16 on the season and missed the tournament.

      Felder averaged 5.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.6 minutes per game as a freshman in 2016-17. He tallied 15 points in an upset of No. 2-seeded Duke in the second round of the tournament that March.

      "Thank You For The Love, The Memories, And Taking Me In With Open Arms Through The Positive & Negative," Felder tweeted on Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC's Maye declares for draft without hiring agent
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    North Carolina forward Luke Maye has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft but hasn't hired an agent in order to retain his college eligibility.

    • Maye is permitted to work out for teams and attend the NBA's draft combine in Florida without committing to enter the league. Once players sign with an agent, they are not allowed to return to college.

      The deadline for players to withdraw and maintain their college eligibility is May 30.

      "This is a great opportunity for Luke," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "This is what the system is designed to do, which is provide players with an opportunity to work out with NBA teams and get feedback from those teams. Our staff will support Luke and will do whatever we can to help him throughout this process."

      Maye averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds as a junior last season -- his first as a full-time starter after two years as a reserve. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's most improved player.

      --Field Level Media

  • Calipari touts idea of high school combine
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    John Calipari benefits greatly from one-and-done players at the University of Kentucky.

    • That doesn't mean he thinks it's good for basketball.

      The Kentucky coach says he talked recently to the NBA Player's Association about the idea of a high school combine to identify players ready to make the jump to the NBA and doing away with forcing kids to complete one season in college before pursuing a professional career. He also says the high school players should have access to agents who can give them an idea of where they truly stand.

      "The players and the families need to know - here are the ones who should be thinking about the NBA, and here are the ones who should not," Calipari said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That's why you need a combine.

      "If they want to go out of high school, go. If they want to go to college and then leave, let them leave when they want to leave," Calipari said. "Why would we force a kid to stay? 'Well - it's good for the game?' It's about these kids and their families. Because let me tell you, if we (abolish one-and-done), the kids that do come to college will stay for two to three years."

      The NBA requires players to be one year removed from high school before they can be eligible for the NBA draft, a rule the league worked out with the NBPA in 2007.

      One way around that has been for graduating seniors to play in the NBA's G-League, akin to Major League Baseball's minor leagues. But Calipari would like to tweak that as well, adding money for education to the salary players receive in order to create a safety net for those who don't turn it into a career.

      "If they choose to do that, that's fine, but why don't we make sure if they don't make it in, they at least have a chance at a guaranteed education," said Calipari.

      So what about his own future as a coach at one of the top destination schools for one-and-done players?

      "Whatever the rules, we're going to be fine," said Calipari.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maryland G Huerter declares for NBA draft, doesn't hire agent
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Maryland guard Kevin Huerter announced Friday that he is declaring for the NBA draft.

    • Huerter will not retain an agent, a move that will give him the option of returning for his junior season.

      "This will be a great experience for Kevin to get honest feedback from NBA teams and executives," Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "Taking advantage of this opportunity will allow Kevin and his family to make an informed decision about his future."

      Huerter was second on the squad in scoring (14.8) and assists (3.4) last season. He made a team-leading 73 3-pointers and his 138 career 3s ranks 12th in school history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas center Azubuike enters name in draft, won't hire agent
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is entering his name for the upcoming NBA draft, but will keep his options open for a potential return, the Jayhawks announced on Friday.

    • By not hiring an agent, Azubuike can withdraw his name by May 30 and return to Kansas if he doesn't like his prospects.

      "I'm going to wait and see where I stand among other bigs out there," Azubuike said, per the school's release. "I appreciate everyone's support, but I'm not saying goodbye. I'm saying I want to find out. Like many other players, I'm curious."

      The 7-foot Azubuike, still just 18, averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Jayhawks this season, helping the team make it to the Final Four. His 77-percent field goal shooting led all of Div. I last season and broke the school and conference records.

      He played in just 11 games, with six starts, as a freshman and averaged 5.0 points.

      "I improved a lot this past season," said Azubuike. "All my teammates and all my coaches have helped me to grow in all areas of my life and I really appreciate what they did for me to get to this point."

      Coach Bill Self supports the decision by his young big man.

      "Udoka has been thinking about this since the end of the season and he feels it's in his best interest to declare and test the waters which we, as a staff, totally understand and encourage him to do," the coach said in the release. "He's leaving the option to come back. Doke has improved a tremendous amount this year and we all look forward to seeing how his progression is until it is his time to make a decision on whether to stay in [the draft] or pull his name out."

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama sophomore F Key granted release
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Alabama forward Braxton Key is leaving the Crimson Tide after two seasons.

    • Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson said Key "certainly has a bright future, but he has to do what's best for him," in announcing that Key had been granted his release on Friday.

      Key, who missed the start of the season with a knee injury, averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore, falling off quite a bit from a strong freshman season when he averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, leading the team in scoring and making the SEC All-Freshman team.

      Key tweeted his respects to Avery and the Alabama program, and said "This decision was extremely difficult and weighed heavily on me," in announcing his decision.

      Key, who hasn't announced where he will transfer, must sit out the upcoming season, per NCAA rules, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • Villanova G DiVincenzo to enter draft sans agent
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo will enter the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent in order to maintain his college eligibility, the school announced Thursday.

    • DiVincenzo is permitted to work out for teams and attend the NBA's draft combine in Florida without committing to enter the league. Once players sign with an agent, they are not allowed to return to college.

      The deadline to withdraw for underclassmen is May 30.

      DiVincenzo is fresh off a Final Four Most Outstanding Player nod as Villanova won its second championship in three years. He scored a season-high 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the national title game to lead the Wildcats past Michigan.

      Overall, DiVincenzo averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists primarily coming off the bench for Villanova. He was named the Big East's Sixth Man of the Year.

      "Donte has consistently improved in his time at Villanova through dedication and a commitment to our core values," said Wildcats head coach Jay Wright in a statement. "His play this season has created a unique opportunity for him to receive feedback from NBA teams in the draft process. We support Donte fully and our staff will work together with him and his family to help him assess the next step in his basketball career."

      DiVincenzo becomes the fourth member of the national championship roster to indicate he could leave. All-American Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are officially entered in the 2018 NBA Draft, while Omari Spellman is also testing the waters without an agent.

      Villanova announced that juniors Phil Booth and Eric Paschall will return for their final season of eligibility in 2018-19.

      "Phil and Eric are two of the cornerstone leaders of our team," stated Wright. "Each of them is widely respected by their teammates, not just for their talent, but for the kind of young men they are. We are thrilled that they will help lead our team again as seniors."

      --Field Level Media

  • South Carolina's Bowen sees NBA draft as option
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Prized prospect Brian Bowen may never play a game at South Carolina as he told ESPN on Wednesday that he will declare for the NBA draft to "cover my bases."

    • Bowen is still waiting to learn if he will be eligible to play for the Gamecocks this season after being part of the adidas/Louisville situation in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption.

      It isn't known when the NCAA will make a ruling on Bowen's status but the 2017 McDonald's American is running out of time. Without a resolution, Bowen wants to be able to participate in the NBA combine from May 16-20 in Chicago.

      The 6-foot-7 Bowen said he won't sign with an agent in the short term so he can retain his college eligibility.

      "I just felt that it was the right decision," Bowen told ESPN. "My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases."

      Bowen, a five-star recruit, initially signed with Louisville but was suspended after allegations arose, leading to the dismissal of coach Rick Pitino.

      Bowen maintains he did nothing wrong despite the FBI claiming adidas executives paid $100,000 to his family in order to secure his commitment to Louisville.

      Upon transferring to South Carolina in January, the school said Bowen would sit out two semesters before playing for the Gamecocks. His first contest, if cleared by the NCAA, would be sometime in mid-to-late December.

      There is also the possibility of the NCAA making Bowen sit out a number of games even if the entity rules he is eligible.

      Bowen's lawyer, Jason Setchen, said his client is doing the right thing.

      "This is a mature move from Brian," Setchen told ESPN. "We're hopeful and have faith that the NCAA will make the right decision and allow Brian to play next season for South Carolina, but he'll also have the opportunity to be drafted if that doesn't happen."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky F Gabriel declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft.

    • Gabriel didn't immediately hire an agent, which leaves him with the option of returning for his junior campaign.

      Gabriel averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds this season for John Calipari's club.

      "My dream has always been to play professionally," Gabriel said in his announcement statement. "After talking with Coach Cal and the staff, they believe it's in my best interest to see where I stand in the eyes of the NBA. I'm confident I can play at the next level, but I want to be absolutely certain that this is the right decision for me at this time.

      "I know that I have the opportunity to return to school and that I will have the full support of the coaching staff and the Big Blue Nation. No matter what happens, I love this university and all the opportunities it's been able to provide me."

      Gabriel is the fifth Kentucky player to declare for the 2018 draft, joining Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington.

      Washington hasn't signed with an agent so he also could return to Kentucky.

      Calipari is on board with Gabriel's decision.

      "Wenyen knows how much I would like to coach him another year, but I also understand the situation he's in and his desire to pursue his dreams," Calipari said in a statement. "The great part about this process is Wenyen will know firsthand where he stands with the NBA. If it's his time and he can continue on the path that he went on this year, he becomes a valuable asset for a team because of his energy, his willingness to do anything to win and his ability to stretch the floor.

      "If he needs to return to school, we will continue to push him to be the best version of himself as we try to chase a championship next season. It's a win-win for him, and he has my full support."

      The NBA draft is June 21.

      --Field Level Media

  • South Carolina's Silva declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    South Carolina power forward Chris Silva announced Tuesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft but won't hire an agent.

    • By not lining up representation, Silva has the option of later pulling out of the draft and returning to South Carolina for his senior campaign.

      "I want to thank my family, my teammates, my coaches and all of our amazing fans at the University of South Carolina for all of the support I've received so far during my time as a Gamecock," Silva said in a statement. "After meeting with coach Frank (Martin), I'm excited about the opportunity to declare for the draft, without hiring an agent. I'm looking forward to going through the process."

      Silva, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year this season, averaged 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in 2017-18. He also recorded a team-best 45 blocked shots, 28 more than anyone else on the team.

      Martin said he agreed with Silva's decision to go through the process and learn where he stands.

      "Chris' work on the court has earned him the respect of everyone in the SEC, and also of people in the NBA," Martin said in a statement. "With the opportunity to declare, he will be able to gather more information and get a feel for what the NBA's opinions of him are. We are excited for Chris and that the rules allow him the opportunity to test the waters."

      The NBA draft is June 21. The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft -- for players who haven't hired an agent -- is June 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Huskers extend Miles' contract one year
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Nebraska head coach Tim Miles has received a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the school announced on Tuesday.

    • Miles, 51, led the Cornhuskers to 13 wins in the Big Ten last season, tying a school record for conference wins in a single campaign. The team's 22 total victories tied for the second-best season in team history, and the highest mark since 1990-91.

      "That type of performance certainly merits an extension of Tim's contract as the leader of our men's basketball program," athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. "I have been very impressed with the energy and passion Tim provides for the Nebraska men's basketball program, as well as his commitment to his staff and the young men on our team."

      Nebraska narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid this year, instead receiving a No. 5 seed in the NIT, where they lost in the first round to Mississippi State.

      "We have great young guys in our program," Miles said in a statement. "Our spring workouts are going well, and we are excited for next season. As this past season showed, we are building in the right direction."

      In Miles' six years at the helm, the Huskers have gone 97-97 while making one NCAA Tournament appearance (2013-14). He spent the previous five seasons at Colorado State, going 71-88 overall with the Rams but leading them to a 20-12 record and tournament appearance in 2011-12.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky G Diallo to enter NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo has declared for the NBA draft and intends to hire an agent.

    • Diallo made the announcement in a video posted to his Twitter account Monday evening. He went through the pre-draft process last year before deciding to return to Kentucky.

      "Coming back to school, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. Coach [John Calipari] told me it would be the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Diallo said. "But I grew up this year. I became a man on and off the court. I know I've only scratched the surface of my game, but I'm now prepared to do it because of the work I put in at Kentucky.

      "With that being said, I'm entering my name into the 2018 NBA Draft. I am ready to take the next step."

      Diallo averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 starts as a freshman this season. He was eligible to enter last year's draft as a prep school player one year removed from high school graduation.

      "I remember going through this process with @hamidoudiallo last year," Calipari said, beginning a series of tweets. "In both cases, our conversations were about what was best for Hami. Last year, he wanted to come back to put on that Kentucky jersey in a game for the first time, compete for a championship and improve his game. He did all three this season.

      "Hami got better in all areas of his game. True growth happens when you get knocked down to the point of questioning yourself. We already knew how talented of a player Hami was physically & athletically, but we all learned about Hami's toughness, his character & his desire to win.

      "I am so proud of his growth from beginning to end. He's prepared to succeed and will succeed. He's the best athlete in the draft who's continued to improve his shooting. He's only touched his true talent. I wish I had the opportunity to coach him another year but I understand and support his decision."

      Diallo is the fourth Wildcat to declare for this years' draft, joining Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington. Gilgeous-Alexander and Knox intend to sign with agents while Washington is testing the waters first.

      --Field Level Media

  • Villanova's Spellman to test NBA draft sans agent
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Villanova redshirt freshman Omari Spellman plans to go through the NBA pre-draft process without hiring an agent in order to maintain his college eligibility.

    • Spellman is permitted to work out for teams and attend the NBA's draft combine in Florida without committing to enter the league. Once players sign with an agent, they are not allowed to return to college.

      The deadline to withdraw for underclassmen in May 30.

      "I love being in college," Spellman told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love being a part of this team, and I love my teammates. Declaring obviously, you get to gather information and things of that nature. If you go, you get to live out your dream. For me, whatever the best decision is, that's the decision I'm going to make."

      Spellman, a forward, brings an intriguing skill set because of his perimeter shooting. He hit 43.3 percent of his 3-point shots this season, averaging 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds.

      Spellman becomes the third member of the national championship roster to indicate he could leave. All-American Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are officially entered in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Final Four MVP Donte DiVincenzo is still contemplating his future and could make a formal announcement this week, according to head coach Jay Wright.

      --Field Level Media

  • Miami adds Oklahoma transfer McGusty
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Kameron McGusty is transferring from Oklahoma to Miami, the sophomore guard announced on Twitter on Monday.

    • The Hurricanes also announced the addition of guard Anthony Mack, who tweeted Saturday that Miami "is the best fit for me to continue my education and basketball career!" Mack didn't play during his freshman campaign at Wyoming last season.

      McGusty averaged 8.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 18.5 minutes in 32 games (eight starts) last season. His numbers were down from his freshman year, where he averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 24.9 minutes in 31 games (17 starts).

      McGusty is expected to be eligible to play for Miami beginning in 2019-20, while Mack, who missed last season while dealing with concussion-like symptoms, could seek an exception that would allow him to play next season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Duke coach Bubas dies at 91
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 16, 2018

    Vic Bubas, who led Duke to its first Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball championship in 1960, died Monday. He was 91.

    • Bubas was on the sideline for the Blue Devils from 1959-69, producing a 213-67 record in that span and leading the team to the NCAA Tournament Final Four three times (1963, '64 and '66). Duke won the ACC championship four times under his guidance ('60, '63, '64 and '67).

      With a .761 winning percentage, Bubas is the second-winningest Blue Devils coach in the modern era behind Mike Krzyzewski (.786).

      "Duke basketball lost a true legend earlier today," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "When I first arrived at Duke, Coach Bubas gave me the best advice. Essentially, he told me to be myself and to focus solely on Duke, while not getting caught up in everything going on around us. We have tried to honor him over the years by playing a level of basketball that lived up to his very high standards, and to those of the program he built here in the 1960s.

      "We offer our deepest sympathy to the Bubas family, particularly to his wife Tootie, as well as their friends and the multitude of great players who attended this university during Coach Bubas' tenure. He was a terrific coach, and more importantly, a special leader who will be missed greatly."

      Bubas was lauded for his talent as a recruiter, taking a Duke team that had only made the ACC tournament final once prior to his arrival and turning it into a powerhouse by attracting standout talent from all over the country. He is widely credited with being one of the first coaches to target high school players when they were juniors, getting the jump on other schools.

      Bubas retired from coaching in 1969 and became an administrator at Duke, eventually serving as the university's vice president. He moved on to be the first commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976, holding the position for 14 years.

      Bubas was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke's Carter to enter 2018 NBA Draft; Blue Devils lose entire starting five
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 16, 2018

    Duke big man Wendell Carter announced Monday that he will become the fourth Blue Devils freshman to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

    • With senior Grayson Allen also headed for the NBA, Duke will lose its entire starting lineup from last season. Carter joins fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval, who each stated their intention to hire an agent, meaning they cannot withdraw from the draft and return to school.

      Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in his lone season after the 6-foot-10 Georgia native signed to play for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. He is the 16th one-and-done player in Duke history.

      In a video statement on his Instagram account, Carter said he also intends to sign with an agent. He called playing for Duke "a dream of mine," and that playing in the NBA is "the opportunity to chase another lifelong dream of mine."

      "I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well," Carter said in a formal statement released on Monday. "We're all brothers, we all have each other's backs. I'm really going to miss being around my friends, but I'm really going to cherish the moments we had together. I'm very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke."

      Carter is considered a likely lottery pick in the June draft, and a potential top-10 pick. He is viewed as a strong passer and shooter who can also defend the rim, with his main weakness being a lack of quick feet on the perimeter. Carter often struggled picking up ball-screen assignments.

      "It was such an honor to coach Wendell," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He and his family were a true joy to have in our program and they'll always be in our program. He had a sensational freshman year -- a double-double guy -- and he has so much more potential. He's going to keep getting better, because he's talented and he has the best attitude. He really represented himself, his family and Duke in a first-class manner, and whoever gets him is going to be very lucky."

      --Field Level Media

  • Mizzou lands Illinois transfer Smith
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Mark Smith, a former top recruit who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois two years ago, announced Sunday that we was transferring to Missouri after spending one season with Illinois.

    • Smith will sit out next season but have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns for the 2019-20 campaign. The sharpshooting guard averaged 5.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in his only season with the Fighting Illini. He announced last month that he planned to transfer.

      Missouri initially recruited Smith for its baseball team as a pitcher. An arm injury during high school led him to focus on basketball, but he struggled as a freshman under first-year Illinois coach Brad Underwood.

      "Mizzou got involved and sold him on that family atmosphere," Andre McMurray, the director of Smith's former AAU team, said to the Kansas City Star. "(His parents) loved it. Not just from a basketball standpoint, but who is he going to be as a man. Coach (Cuonzo) Martin really left an impression on the mom and the dad and Mark as well."

      The decision adds another level of intrigue to the annual "Braggin' Rights" game between Missouri and Illinois. Smith scored 11 points against Missouri in his first taste of the contest, which took place Dec. 23 in St. Louis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan F Wagner declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Michigan forward Moritz Wagner says he's decided to sign with an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft.

    • Wagner made his announcement in an essay published by The Players' Tribune on Saturday. He will be forgoing his final season of college eligibility.

      "This wasn't an easy decision for me," Wagner wrote. "I know people always say that, and maybe it sounds like they don't 100% mean it. But I'm telling you guys -- the idea of leaving Michigan, of leaving this community, is really tough. This place has really started to feel like home."

      The native of Berlin, Germany, went on to hint that part of his motivation for leaving school early is the chance to share the court with Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki, who intends to return for his 21st NBA season at 40 years old.

      "Dirk's my idol, and hero, and one of the biggest reasons I'm in this position to declare for the draft in the first place," Wagner wrote. "And you all know I'm an honest guy, and I say what's on my mind, so I'm just going to say it and hopefully it happens: Getting to share an NBA court with Dirk Nowitzki? I gotta smile when I think about that one. That would be the best thing ever, man."

      Wagner improved across the board in his junior season. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged career highs in points (14.6) and rebounds (7.1), among other categories, while playing 27.6 minutes per game for the Wolverines. He had averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore.

      Wagner's stock further jumped in the NCAA Tournament. He had 24 points and 15 rebounds in the Final Four game against Loyola-Chicago and had 16 points and seven rebounds in Michigan's loss to Villanova in the national title game.

      Wagner was also named MVP of the Big Ten tournament, which Michigan won.

      "Moe has been a very special young man in his three years at Michigan," Wolverines coach John Beilein said in a statement. "Coming to the United States at 18 years old and thriving the way he has is an amazing story. He truly embodies what Michigan basketball is all about."

      Wagner considered going pro last season, attending the NBA draft combine before deciding to return to Michigan. He's projected to be a second-round pick in this year's draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Purdue adds graduate transfer from Dartmouth
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Former Dartmouth forward Evan Boudreaux will transfer to Purdue for the final two years of his eligibility, according to published reports.

    • Boudreaux will be available to play for the Boilermakers as a graduate transfer this fall after earning his degree from Dartmouth in three years. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds last season and said he picked Purdue because of his desire to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

      Boudreaux initially planned to transfer to Xavier but changed his mind after coach Chris Mack left for Louisville. Purdue coach Matt Painter and assistant Greg Gary also have a strong relationship with the player.

      "They've been great to me," Boudreaux said to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. "I really think they have a great vision for the program and obviously the track record speaks for itself as far as getting to the tournament and winning Big Ten games. I think they can do special things moving forward."

      As a freshman, Boudreaux earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. He twice made the All-Ivy second team. He grew up in Lake Forest, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hardaway lands pair of Memphis standouts, including son
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Memphis coach Penny Hardaway did not have to go too far to find his first two recruits, whose signings were announced by the school Thursday.

    • Hardaway's son, Jayden Hardaway, will join his dad's program along with fellow top recruit Alex Lomax, who also played for Hardaway at Memphis East High School. Meanwhile, former NBA guard Mike Miller has agreed to join Hardaway's staff as an assistant coach, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

      The younger Hardaway is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who spent last season at IMG Academy in Florida. Before heading south, he played for his dad at Memphis East as well as on a team in the AAU circuit.

      Lomax is a 5-foot-10 guard who initially committed to Wichita State, but coach Gregg Marshall released him from his letter of intent after Memphis hired Hardaway. Lomax has played for Hardaway since the fifth grade and helped Memphis East win three consecutive state titles in Class AAA.

      Miller, 38, reportedly will join former Memphis standout Tony Madlock on Hardaway's coaching staff. Miller spent seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies during his 17-year career.

      "I'm so excited at the prospect of joining Coach Hardaway at Memphis in no small part due to the fact that basketball is woven into the fabric of this city," Miller said in a statement published by the Commercial Appeal.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball notebook: Scandal leads to new indictments
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Another development in the college basketball bribery scandal occurred Tuesday when the U.S. Attorney's Office announced an indictment of wire fraud conspiracy that alleged payments to the families of six student-athletes to influence their choice of college.

    • Former adidas executive James Gatto, former adidas independent contractor Merl Code and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins were named by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York as the defendants, and the schools mentioned were Kansas, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina State. All four schools are sponsored by adidas. The FBI said Tuesday that the investigation remains ongoing.

      According to Yahoo Sports, former Kansas forward Josh Jackson and former North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. are among the players who allegedly received payments. However, the Kansas City Star cites court documents saying the player involved is current Jayhawks freshman Silvio De Sousa.

      ESPN reported Tuesday evening that sources named one-time five-star recruit Billy Preston, who never played for Kansas in 2017-18, as part of the payoff scheme. He had committed to the Jayhawks in November 2016 but turned professional amid questions about his eligibility.

      --Notre Dame signed head basketball coach Mike Brey to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2024-25 season.

      The new deal is effective July 1 and extends his previous contract announced in 2011-12 that was set to expire in 2021-22.

      Brey, 59, is the winningest coach in Notre Dame men's basketball history, with a 403-201 record in his 18 seasons with the school. He has a 502-252 record in 23 seasons as a head coach overall.

      Brey has guided the Fighting Irish to 12 NCAA Tournament berths. Notre Dame went 21-15 this season, losing in the second round of the NIT to eventual champion Penn State.

      --Miami and head coach Jim Larranaga agreed to a two-year contract extension. Larranaga's new contract, announced by athletic director Blake James, would run through May 31, 2024.

      Larranaga has 631 career wins in 34 years as a head coach, good for 12th among active Division I coaches. In seven seasons at Miami, he has six 20-win seasons, including a 22-10 finish in 2017-18 and 161-79 overall mark.

      --Kentucky secured its second five-star recruit of the week when point guard Ashton Hagans committed to the Wildcats.

      The Wildcats landed five-star senior big man E.J. Montgomery on Monday morning. Hagans is currently a member of the 2019 class, though there's been talk he might reclassify to 2018, which would have him coming in with Montgomery and enrolling in college in the fall.

      Hagans, 6-foot-3, had previously committed to Georgia, but he reopened his recruitment in February. The Covington, Ga., product is ranked among the top Class of 2019 options at his position.

      --Five-star junior Alonzo Gaffney announced his commitment to Ohio State in a post on his Twitter account.

      Gaffney, who attends Garfield Heights (Ohio) High School, picked the Buckeyes over North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan and others.

      Gaffney is considered one of the top small forward prospects in the Class of 2019. His stock exploded last summer while he was playing for the Ohio Basketball Club on the adidas Gauntlet Circuit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas, NC State latest named in bribery scandal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Another development in the college basketball bribery scandal occurred Tuesday when the U.S. Attorney's Office announced an indictment of wire fraud conspiracy that alleged payments to the families of six student-athletes to influence their choice of college.

    • Former adidas executive James Gatto, former adidas independent contractor Merl Code and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins were named by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York as the defendants, and the schools mentioned were Kansas, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and North Carolina State. All four schools are sponsored by adidas.

      The FBI said Tuesday that the investigation remains ongoing.

      According to Yahoo Sports, former Kansas forward Josh Jackson and former North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. are among the players who allegedly received payments. However, the Kansas City Star cites court documents saying the player involved is current Jayhawks freshman Silvio De Sousa.

      ESPN reported Tuesday evening that sources named one-time five-star recruit Billy Preston, who never played for Kansas in 2017-18, as part of the payoff scheme. He had committed to the Jayhawks in November 2016 but turned professional amid questions about his eligibility.

      Kansas director of strategic communications Joe Monaco issued a statement Tuesday: "Earlier today, we learned that the University of Kansas is named as a victim in a federal indictment. The indictment does not suggest any wrongdoing by the university, its coaches or its staff. We will cooperate fully with investigators in this matter. Because this is an active investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time."

      A statement from NC State said the school "will continue to fully cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and keep the NCAA updated throughout this investigation."

      The Athletic reports that Gatto sent $90,000 to the family of a Kansas player to land his commitment and also sent $100,000 to the family of a Louisville player. Earlier accusations pinpoint the Louisville payment as allegedly made to the family of Brian Bowen, a prized recruit who wasn't allowed to play at Louisville and has since transferred to South Carolina.

      The situation at Louisville led to the firing of coach Rick Pitino.

      The Athletic also reports that Gatto sent $40,000 to the family of Smith to help secure his choice of NC State. Smith was reportedly second-guessing his selection of the school and the payment was arranged to keep his commitment.

      The payment to parents of a Miami player also is part of earlier accusations.

      When the scandal first broke in September, 10 people were arrested. Four assistant coaches were indicated and all were eventually fired: Chuck Person (Auburn), Emanuel "Book" Richardson (Arizona), Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State) and Tony Bland (Southern California).

      In addition, Arizona coach Sean Miller came under scrutiny in February after an ESPN report alleged he was heard on wiretaps discussing a $100,000 payment with Dawkins to ensure that star Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats. Miller strongly denied the report.

      --Field Level Media