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  • Canisius hires Reggie Witherspoon as coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Canisius hired Reggie Witherspoon to be its head basketball coach on Saturday. Williams, who spent the 2015-16 season on Matt McCall's staff at Chattanooga, signed a five-year contract.

    • "I am excited to take over at Canisius on a number of levels," Witherspoon said. "Having grown up here in the area, I remember going to see a lot of Canisius games as a kid, and then as I grew older, I started to become friends with guys that played or were playing at Canisius. The College has such a great academic reputation, and I know the school's alumni base and fans are dedicated and passionate. I want to thank President Hurley and Director of Athletics Bill Maher for giving me this opportunity to return to Western New York as a head coach and I am really looking forward to building on the long history of the men's basketball program."

      Before Chattanooga, Williams spent one season on the staff at Alabama. He also has ties to Western New York, leading Buffalo's program for 14 years from 1999-2013, posting a 198-228 record and was twice named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. He also played for former Canisius and current Michigan coach John Belein at Buffalo.

      "I am incredibly excited for our men's basketball program, our College and for Western New York to welcome Reggie Witherspoon as our new head coach," Maher said. "Reggie brings with him a proven record of building strong basketball teams and developing young men. He is highly respected as both a man and as a basketball coach. I had the opportunity to work directly with Reggie for six years, and having known him for over 16 years, I am confident in his abilities and his fit for Canisius. Our goal is to win the MAAC Championship and I look forward to working with Reggie to accomplish that here at Canisius."

  • North Carolina coach Williams has right knee replaced
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 27, 2016

    North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering after undergoing knee replacement surgery on Friday.

    • Williams had his right knee replaced in Charlotte N.C. The school said on its Twitter feed that the surgery was performed by Dr. Walt Beaver.

      The tweet also said that the surgery went well and that Williams is "resting comfortably."

      Williams is expected to be back by the July recruiting period.

      Williams, 65, underwent surgeries on both knees last year but was still in pain and had a noticeable limp last season.

      The Tar Heels lost to Villanova in last season's national championship game.

  • College basketball notebook: Maryland PG Trimble witihdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Maryland point guard Melo Trimble heads the list of three players who revealed Thursday that they withdrew their name from the upcoming NBA draft prior to Wednesday night's deadline.

    • Trimble said in a press release that he was "excited to return for my junior season at Maryland." He was considered a potential second-round pick at best and his stock reportedly fell after a disappointing showing at the recent draft combine in Chicago.

      In his sophomore season, Trimble averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. As a freshman in 2014-15, he contributed 16.2 points, 3.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

      --Nebraska guard Andrew White III also will be back after making his decision to pull out of the draft.

      White said in a statement released by the school that he "wanted one more year to fine-tune my game and put myself in better position for the NBA next summer."

      White, a transfer from Kansas, produced 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his first season with Nebraska in 2015-16. He grabbed honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after a season that included a 35-point game against Penn State.

      --Valparaiso forward Alec Peters withdrew his name from the NBA draft and intends to use his senior season of eligibility, the school announced.

      Peters averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior while leading the Crusaders to the NIT title game, where they lost to George Washington.

      There has been speculation that Peters may consider transferring after Bryce Drew departed Valpo to become the new coach at Vanderbilt.

  • Valpo F Peters withdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Valparaiso forward Alec Peters withdrew his name from the NBA draft prior to Wednesday night's deadline and intends to use his senior season of eligibility, the school announced Thursday.

    • Peters averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior while leading the Crusaders to the NIT title game, where they lost to George Washington.

      There has been speculation that Peters may consider transferring after Bryce Drew departed Valpo to become the new coach at Vanderbilt.

  • Clemson's Blossomgame forgoes NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame opted to withdraw from the NBA draft before Wednesday night's deadline and come back to school for his senior season.

    • The 6-foot-7 forward announced his intentions after returning to campus following a workout with the Phoenix Suns.

      Blossomgame was not projected to be a first-round draft pick next month despite scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in two games at the NBA combine.

      "This was a very difficult decision, but I'm at peace with it," Blossomgame said.

      Blossomgame was named first-team All-Atlantic Conference and the most improved player after averaging 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds last season.

      Clemson, which finished 17-14 overall and 10-8 in the ACC, returns a strong nucleus next season led by Blossomgame.

      "He knows the type of team we can have next season and feels there are bright things in our program for our team and for himself," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.

  • College basketball notebook: Blackmon among players withdrawing from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    A number of college players withdrew their name from the upcoming NBA draft and will return to school for another college season. A few reportedly will remain in the draft. The deadline to withdraw was Wednesday.

    • --Indiana junior Troy Williams reportedly will keep his name in the 2016 NBA Draft, while sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. has withdrawn his name and will return to the Hoosiers for the 2015-16 season.

      The IndyStar reported that Williams will stay in the draft, a move that was expected despite a wide variety of opinions within the draft community on his draft stock.

      --Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, but plans to transfer to another school.

      Wildcats freshman Isaiah Briscoe also announced he will return for his sophomore season after averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2015-16.

      --Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan is returning for his sophomore season.

      He was he Boilermakers' top rebounder as a true freshman last season.

      --Oregon stars Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey will return to school after withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

      --Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will remove his name from the NBA Draft, but reportedly is considering a transfer.

      A source told ESPN that Newman was "unhappy with his role and how he was utilized" by coach Ben Howland.

  • Oregon's Brooks, Dorsey to return to school
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Oregon stars Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey will return to school after withdrawing from the NBA Draft before Wednesday's deadline.

    • The 6-foot-6 Brooks averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a sophomore, but did not sign with an agent and did not receive an invitation to the draft camp. He was projected by most services to go undrafted had he elected to keep his name in.

      The 6-4 Dorsey also did not receive an invite to the combine after averaging 13.4 points last season while shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range.

      "I'm back #GeauxDucks," he tweeted Wednesday.

  • Miss. St.'s Newman withdraws from draft, may transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Mississippi State guard Malik Newman will remove his name from the NBA Draft, but reportedly is considering a transfer.

    • After completing his freshman season with the Bulldogs, Newman declared for the draft but left open the option of returning to school by not hiring an agent.

      The 6-foot-3 Newman was one of the nation's heralded recruits coming out of high school last year, but his freshman season at Mississippi State was marred by injuries. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 39 percent from the field while playing in 29 of 33 games.

      Should he transfer, Newman would have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. The highly-recruited star from Jackson, Miss. chose to stay in-state despite receiving offers from Kentucky and Kansas, among others.

      A source told ESPN that Newman was "unhappy with his role and how he was utilized" by coach Ben Howland.

  • Indiana's Williams stays in draft, Blackmon returning
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Indiana junior Troy Williams reportedly will keep his name in the 2016 NBA Draft, while sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. has withdrawn his name and will return to the Hoosiers for the 2015-16 season.

    • The IndyStar reported that Williams will stay in the draft, a move that was expected despite a wide variety of opinions within the draft community on his draft stock. Williams is a three-year starter who scored more than 1,000 career points for Indiana, including averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 35 games last season.

      IU coach Tom Creen added junior college forward Freddie McSwain in the spring with the expectation that Williams would leave for the NBA.

      "It's not going to kill my pride or anything like that if I have to go to the D-League," Williams said at the combine, per the IndyStar. "I know I'll have to work even harder."

      Meanwhile, Blackmon returns to a veteran backcourt that includes Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk.

      "Guess who else is returning for his junior year? #iubbm" Blackmon Jr. tweeted Wednesday morning, the final day for players to withdraw from the draft.

      The Marion, Ind. native averaged 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13 games including 12 starts before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in December that required surgery.

      Blackmon suffered two previous knee injuries -- a torn anterior cruciate ligament in high school and a torn meniscus last summer.

  • Wildcats pair withdraws from NBA Draft; Lee to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Kentucky forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, but plans to transfer to another school.

    • Wildcats freshman Isaiah Briscoe also announced he will return for his sophomore season after averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2015-16.

      The Wildcats announced Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions, but the Antioch, Calif. native will have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules.

      "Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. "We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions."

      Lee posted career highs in averaging 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds while recording 59 blocks and 11 assists as a junior last season. He also shot a team-best 68.0 percent from the floor and led the team with 216 total rebounds.

      "I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years," Lee said. "I'm sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I'm trying to do what's right for me and my family. I'll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky."

      The 6-3 Briscoe was not invited to the draft combine and decided to withdraw before Wednesday's deadline.

      "I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

      Briscoe was viewed as a late pick in the second round at best by most analysts.

      "Without his impact and competitive spirit, last year's team would not have been nearly as successful," Calipari said. "I fully expect him to come back and be a leader on and off the court for this young team. I'm excited to have him back."

  • College basketball notebook: Illinois dismisses G Nunn
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Illinois dismissed senior guard Kendrick Nunn from the squad less than a week after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

    • The school announced the dismissal on Tuesday. Nunn received probation for the mid-March incident in which he hit a woman.

      Nunn was second on the Fighting Illini in scoring (15.5) and was the team's leading rebounder (5.0) last season. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in his three seasons on the team.

      --Purdue forward Vince Edwards withdrew from the NBA draft and will return to school for his junior season, the school announced.

      The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.

      The Boilermakers are still waiting to learn whether power forward Caleb Swanigan will remain in the draft or return to school. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Wednesday.

      --Connecticut center Amida Brimah and guard Rodney Purvis have withdrawn their names from the NBA draft and will return to school for their senior seasons, the school announced.

      Forward Daniel Hamilton is remaining in the draft and has retained an agent. Hamilton averaged 12.5 points as a sophomore last season.

      The 7-foot Brimah has averaged 6.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots in 100 career games for the Huskies. The 6-foot-4 Purvis averaged a team-best 12.8 points last season in his second campaign for the Huskies after beginning his career at North Carolina State.

      --UC Irvine 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye has elected to remain in the NBA draft, according to published reports.

      Ndiaye would be one of the tallest players in NBA history should he make a roster. He holds the Anteaters' record for career blocked shots with 218.

      Ndiaye averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last season as a junior. Ndiaye is vying to join the likes of Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol - both 7-foot-7 - and Yao Ming and Shawn Bradley (both 7-6) on the list of tallest NBA players.

      --Perennial national contenders Duke and Michigan State will meet in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in November as one of the marquee matchups in the 18th annual series between the power conferences.

      The games will be played Nov. 28-30 at home sites. Duke has won 15 of its previous games in the Challenge, the best record of any team in either conference. The Blue Devils are projected in several polls to be ranked No. 1 to start the 2016-17 season.

      In addition to Duke-Michigan State, three other possible top-25 matches are on the schedule. Syracuse travels to Wisconsin for a rematch of last year's Challenge meeting that the Badgers won 66-58 in overtime, NCAA runner-up North Carolina goes to Indiana and Louisville plays host to Purdue.

  • Illinois dismisses G Nunn
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Illinois dismissed senior guard Kendrick Nunn from the squad less than a week after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

    • The school announced the dismissal on Tuesday. Nunn received probation for the mid-March incident in which he hit a woman.

      "We have made the decision to dismiss Kendrick Nunn from the men's basketball team, effective immediately," the school said in a joint statement from athletic director Josh Whitman and coach John Groce. "We have not reached this decision easily; we care deeply about Kendrick and want him to be successful. But after extensive deliberation, we think it best for our program to reaffirm our core values of trust and respect, to send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior for our student-athletes at the University of Illinois, and to part ways with Kendrick.

      "As it is on college campuses across the country, relationship violence is of significant concern at our University, and we expect Fighting Illini student-athletes to be leaders in promoting healthy, respectful, caring relationships. We wish Kendrick all the best as he prepares for the next chapter of his life."

      Nunn was second on the Fighting Illini in scoring (15.5) and was the team's leading rebounder (5.0) last season. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in his three seasons on the team.

  • UConn players Brimah, Purvis withdraw from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Connecticut center Amida Brimah and guard Rodney Purvis have withdrawn their names from the NBA draft and will return to school for their senior seasons, the school announced Tuesday.

    • Forward Daniel Hamilton is remaining in the draft and has retained an agent.

      The 7-foot Brimah has averaged 6.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots in 100 career games for the Huskies. He ranks third in school history with 280 career blocked shots.

      The 6-foot-4 Purvis averaged a team-best 12.8 points last season in his second campaign for the Huskies. He began his career at North Carolina State before transferring to UConn.

      Hamilton averaged 12.5 points as a sophomore last season.

  • UC Irvine 7-foot-6 C Ndiaye remains in NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    UC Irvine 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye has elected to remain in the NBA draft, according to published reports.

    • Ndiaye would be one of the tallest players in NBA history should he make a roster.

      Ndiaye averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last season as a junior. He holds the Anteaters' record for career blocked shots with 218.

      Ndiaye is vying to join the likes of Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol - both 7-foot-7 - and Yao Ming and Shawn Bradley (both 7-6) on the list of tallest NBA players.

  • Duke-Michigan State to face off in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Perennial national contenders Duke and Michigan State will meet in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in November as one of the marquee matchups in the 18th annual series between the power conferences.

    • The games will be played Nov. 28-30 at home sites. Starting times and broadcast assignments on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will be announced in August.

      Duke has won 15 of its previous games in the Challenge, the best record of any team in either conference. The Blue Devils are projected in several polls to be ranked No. 1 to start the 2016-17 season.

      Fourteen of the 28 participating teams played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

      In addition to Duke-Michigan State, three other possible top-25 matches are on the schedule. Syracuse travels to Wisconsin for a rematch of last year's Challenge meeting that the Badgers won 66-58 in overtime, NCAA runner-up North Carolina goes to Indiana and Louisville plays host to Purdue.

      The other rematch from last season is Ohio State at Virginia. The Cavaliers defeated the Buckeyes 64-58 in Columbus.

      Also on the schedule are first-time Challenge matchups featuring Pittsburgh-Maryland, Wake Forest-Northwestern, North Carolina State-Illinois, Virginia Tech-Michigan, Rutgers-Miami and Nebraska-Clemson.

      The other games have Iowa traveling to Notre Dame, Minnesota playing at Florida State and Penn State hosting Georgia Tech.

      The Big Ten has claimed supremacy the past two years, winning eight of the 14 games each season.

      Monday, Nov. 28

      Minnesota at Florida State

      Wake Forest at Northwestern

      Tuesday, Nov. 29

      Syracuse at Wisconsin

      Michigan State at Duke

      Pittsburgh at Maryland

      Iowa at Notre Dame

      Georgia Tech at Penn State

      NC State at Illinois

      Wednesday, Nov. 30

      Purdue at Louisville

      North Carolina at Indiana

      Ohio State at Virginia

      Virginia Tech at Michigan

      Rutgers at Miami

      Nebraska at Clemson

  • Purdue F Edwards withdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Purdue forward Vince Edwards withdrew from the NBA draft and will return to school for his junior season, the school announced Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.

      "After getting the NBA experience and going through the evaluation process, I have talked with my family and Coach (Matt) Painter and decided it is best for me to return for my junior year," Edwards said in a news release. "Although the NBA is still a dream for me one day, I am coming back to Purdue to make next year a special one.

      "Thank you to all the organizations who gave me the chance to not only showcase my talents, but also the chance to know me as a young man and not just an athlete."

      The Boilermakers are still waiting to learn whether power forward Caleb Swanigan will remain in the draft or return to school. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Wednesday.

  • NC State F Anya pulls name from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    North Carolina State forward BeeJay Anya pulled his name out of the NBA draft and will return for his senior season, the school announced Friday.

    • The 6-foot-9, 285-pound Anya set a school record with 73 blocked shots last season. He also averaged 4.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

      Anya is the second North Carolina State post player to withdraw from the NBA draft this week. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu announced his return to school on Thursday.

  • Memphis F Lawson withdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    Memphis forward Dedric Lawson has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for his sophomore season, The Commercial Appeal reported.

    • Lawson averaged team-leading figures of 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in a stellar freshman campaign. He was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and had 17 double-doubles, tying the freshman mark of school legend Keith Lee.

      The return of Lawson gives new coach Tubby Smith a building block as he attempts to revitalize the program.

  • College basketball notebook: Duke beats out Kentucky for Bolden
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Duke added to one of the top recruiting classes in the country on Thursday when center Marques Bolden selected the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

    • The 6-foot-11 Bolden announced his choice during a news conference at his high school in DeSoto, Texas. He is ranked No. 11 in the country overall by Rivals.

      Bolden, a McDonald's All-American, helped DeSoto win a state championship this season, averaging 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots as a senior.

      Bolden is the fourth highly recruited player that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski landed in the class of 2016, joining Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson.

      --North Carolina State forward Abdul-Malik Abu withdrew from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.

      Abu submitted his name for the draft but didn't retain an agent, giving him the option to return to school.

      Abu averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. He is North Carolina State's leading returning scorer and rebounder.

      --Butler has rewarded coach Chris Holtmann with a contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season.

      The Bulldogs won more than 20 games in each of Holtmann's first two seasons. He has made the NCAA Tournament in each of his two seasons, joining Brad Stevens as the only coaches in school history to do so.

      Butler went 22-11 last season and finished fourth in the Big East.

      --Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign, the school announced.

      The Rams went 17-15 last season after going 23-10 the previous campaign. Hurley is 62-64 in four seasons at Rhode Island.

      --Wisconsin added 6-foot-10 forward Nathan Reuvers to its 2017 recruiting class.

      The Lakeville, Minn. native announced his commitment on Twitter Wednesday. Reuvers joins Kobe King as members of the Badgers' 2017 class, and said Minnesota did not heavily recruit him despite Reuvers' house being less than a 30 minute drive from the campus.

      --New UNLV coach Marvin Menzies added three more players to the Rebels roster, with Uche Ofoegbu and Jordan Johnson signing scholarship papers and Djordjije Slijivancanin signing a letter of intent Wednesday.

      That brings the roster to 12 players, with Menzies adding eight since taking over on April 22.

      Ofoegbu is a 6-foot-4 guard who will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer from San Francisco. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, and played two years for the Dons after beginning his career at SMU.

      Johnson is a 5-9 guard who will need to sit out a season as he transfers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he averaged 12.5 points and 8.1 assists per game last season while playing for coach Rob Jeter, who is now on Menzies' staff. Johnson will have one year of eligibility remaining.

      Slijivancanin is a 6-10 forward who has played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and was on the under-18 Ukrainian national team in 2014.

  • Rhode Island extends contract of coach Hurley
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Rhode Island men's basketball coach Dan Hurley has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign, the school announced.

    • The Rams went 17-15 last season after going 23-10 the previous campaign. Hurley is 62-64 in four seasons at Rhode Island.

      "The anticipation level for the upcoming season is high due in large part to the quality of the student-athletes we have recruited here," Hurley said in a statement. "It is an exciting time for us as a program."

  • Duke adds C Bolden to 2016 class
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Duke added to one of the top recruiting classes in the country on Thursday when center Marques Bolden selected the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

    • The 6-foot-11 Bolden announced his choice during a news conference at his high school in DeSoto, Texas. He is ranked No. 11 in the country overall by Rivals.

      "I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen.

      "I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."

      Bolden, a McDonald's All-American, helped DeSoto win a state championship this season, averaging 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots as a senior.

      "My goal is not only to be drafted in the NBA but to play in the NBA," Bolden said. "I feel Duke will best help me reach my goal.

      "Coach K has been coaching and has been extremely successful at the highest level longer than I have been alive. He told me to trust him and I do."

      Bolden is the fourth highly recruited player that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski landed in the class of 2016, joining Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson.

      Duke returns four of its top seven players from last season's team and also senior forward Amile Jefferson from an injury.

  • Butler extends Holtmann through 2022
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Butler has rewarded coach Chris Holtmann with a contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season.

    • The Bulldogs won more than 20 games in each of Holtmann's first two seasons. He has made the NCAA Tournament in each of his two seasons, joining Brad Stevens as the only coaches in school history to do so.

      Butler went 22-11 last season and finished fourth in the Big East.

      "I know I speak for our staff when I say how much we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this position," Holtmann said in a statement. "I am honored to serve Butler University in this capacity and I (am) very excited about our future here.

      "After graduating two outstanding senior classes, we are well aware of the challenges ahead. Clearly we are competing in one of the premier conferences in college basketball and we look forward to working very hard every day to make all those who have been a part of, and care about, Butler Basketball proud of our program."

      The Bulldogs are adding the highest-ranked recruiting class in school history. The class was ranked as high as 20th.

  • NC State F Abu withdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    North Carolina State forward Abdul-Malik Abu withdrew from the NBA draft on Thursday and will return for his junior season.

    • Abu submitted his name for the draft but didn't retain an agent, giving him the option to return to school.

      "It was never my intent to scare you guys or cause a storm, or anything of that nature," Abu said at a press conference. "I was going through a time in my life where I didn't know all the answers either.

      "My biggest choice was never about transferring. It was more about trying to reach my dream to be a professional athlete."

      Abu averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. He is North Carolina State's leading returning scorer and rebounder.

  • Wisconsin lands Minnesota prep star
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Wisconsin added 6-foot-10 forward Nathan Reuvers to its 2017 recruiting class.

    • The Lakeville, Minn. native announced his committment on Twitter Wednesday.

      "Beyond blessed to announce my commitment to further my education and basketball career at Wisconsin!" Reuvers wrote.

      Reuvers joins Kobe King as members of the Badgers' 2017 class, and said Minnesota did not heavily recruit him despite Reuvers' house being less than a 30 minute drive from the campus.

      "I don't think (the Gophers) recruited me hard enough," Reuvers told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

      Minnesota is coming off an eight-win season, and losing an in-state recruit like Reuvers is seen as another blow to embattled coach Richard Pitino.

      "I definitely see all that stuff that is going on there," Reuvers said. "I just don't feel like I would be good in that culture."

  • UNLV adds three to program
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    New UNLV coach Marvin Menzies added three more players to the Rebels roster, with Uche Ofoegbu and Jordan Johnson signing scholarship papers and Djordjije Slijivancanin signing a letter of intent Wednesday.

    • That brings the roster to 12 players, with Menzies adding eight since taking over on April 22.

      Ofoegbu is a 6-foot-4 guard who will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer from San Francisco. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, and played two years for the Dons after beginning hi career at SMU.

      "Las Vegas I'm coming," was one of a series of tweets Ofoegbu posted Wednesday. "Happy to be joining the UNLV family."

      Johnson is a 5-9 guard who will need to sit out a season as he transfers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he averaged 12.5 points and 8.1 assists per game last season while playing for coach Rob Jeter, who is now on Menzies' staff. Johnson will have one year of eligibility remaining.

      "This feeling I got right now I'm so pumped right now just did two cartwheels in my apartment," Johnson tweeted. "So excited to be apart of the UNLV family #UNLVmbb"

      Slijivancanin is a 6-10 forward who has played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and was on the under-18 Ukrainian national team in 2014.

      "Djordjije is another high-character addition to our team," Menzies said in a press release. "He is a long, athletic big man who will fit well into our style of play. He is a very capable passer and shooter from the perimeter as well."