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  • Northwestern extends Collins through 2024-25 season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Northwestern coach Chris Collins has signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season, the university announced Tuesday.

    • Collins was rewarded after guiding the Wildcats to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance this past season. Northwestern also set a school mark for victories.

      The Wildcats (24-12) defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the tourney before losing to Gonzaga in the second.

      "My family and I could not be more excited to be a part of the Wildcats' community for many years to come," Collins said in a statement. "I have absolutely loved coaching here, the support that we've received from the university, its leadership and our fans has been exceptional.

      "We love being a part of the Northwestern family and we can't wait to continue building on the foundation established over the last four seasons."

      Collins, 43, has led the Wildcats to back-to-back 20-win campaigns -- the program had just two such seasons prior to his arrival -- while compiling a 73-60 mark over four seasons.

      Collins attended high school less than 10 miles away from the Northwestern campus and is well attached to the Chicago area. He is the son of former NBA player and coach Doug Collins, who is now an ESPN hoops analyst.

      Chris Collins played collegiately at Duke and was a member of the school's coaching staff before Northwestern hired him prior to the 2013-14 campaign.

      Northwestern also announced an extension for football coach Pat Fitzgerald through the 2026 season on Tuesday.

  • Coppin State to hire ex-Maryland star Dixon as coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Coppin State is expected to hire former Maryland star guard Juan Dixon to be its next head basketball coach.

    • Sources told the Baltimore Sun on Saturday that the 38-year-old Dixon has accepted the job.

      Dixon is best known for leading Maryland to its only national championship in 2002. He was the all-time leading scorer for the Terrapins and the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

      Dixon will run a Division I men's program for the first time.

      Dixon spent seven years in the NBA and also played professionally in Europe before joining the Maryland coaching staff in 2013 as a special assistant to head coach Mark Turgeon. Dixon spent three seasons at his alma mater but was not retained after the 2015-16 campaign.

      Dixon took his first head coaching job last fall with the women's team at the University of the District of Columbia, a Division II program. His team finished 3-25 with only nine players, including four freshmen.

      Coppin State finished last season with an 8-24 record after losing its first 12 games. Michael Grant was fired in March after a third straight losing season.

  • South Carolina coaches Martin, Staley get contract extensions
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    South Carolina rewarded men's basketball coach Frank Martin and women's basketball coach Dawn Staley with contract extensions on Friday.

    • Martin, who guided the seventh-seeded Gamecocks to a surprising run to their first Final Four, received a one-year extension that runs through the 2022-23 season.

      Staley, who led the school to its first national championship, inked a four-year extension that runs through the 2024-25 season.

      Martin originally signed a six-year deal in 2012 when he took the job with South Carolina following five seasons with Kansas State. He signed a four-year extension in April 2016 after the Gamecocks won 25 games but were left out of the NCAA Tournament.

      "Not only did Frank Martin and Dawn Staley lead their teams to record-setting seasons, but through their leadership, teaching and development of student-athletes, they have established highly successful all-around college basketball programs," athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement.

      "I believe that through the core principle of growing the student-athlete experience, Frank and Dawn are set for continued success in their programs for years to come."

      Besides leading the men's program to its first Final Four appearance, Martin led the school to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004. The Gamecocks also won their first tournament game in 44 years while knocking off higher seeds Duke, Baylor and Florida to win the East Regional.

      Martin is 213-128 overall and 96-74 at South Carolina. In the last two seasons, his record is 51-20.

      Staley spent eight seasons playing in the WNBA before starting a coaching career. She spent her first nine seasons coaching Temple and took the South Carolina job in 2008.

      Staley has a career record of 393-160, including a 221-80 mark with South Carolina.

  • Gonzaga's Williams to gauge NBA draft interest without agent
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams declared for the NBA draft on Friday, but the junior forward will not sign with an agent.

    • Not signing with an agent means Williams has until May 24 to decide if he wants to remain in the draft or return for his senior season.

      Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his first season for Gonzaga. He transferred from Missouri and scored 19 points in a blowout win over Xavier that clinched the school's first Final Four spot, earning him the Most Outstanding Player award for the West Regional.

      "After talking with the GU coaches and my family, I'm going to test the NBA Draft process," Williams said in a statement on Gonzaga's official website. "I will not be hiring an agent. It's my dream to play in the NBA and not going with an agent allows me to see where I stand."

      In the national championship game loss to North Carolina, Williams scored nine points while being hampered with foul trouble.

      Williams became the third Gonzaga player to declare for the draft. Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss also declared they were turning pro, but both players said they intend to hire agents.

  • G Brunson returning to Villanova
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Villanova guard Jalen Brunson will return for his junior season, the school announced on Thursday.

    • Brunson, who is listed at 6-foot-2, averaged 14.7 points and a team-leading 4.1 assists in 2016-17 to fuel the Wildcats to the Big East regular-season and tournament titles.

      The 20-year-old shot 54.1 percent from the field and 87.6 percent from the free-throw line en route to being named a unanimous All-Big East first team selection. He was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's outstanding point guard.

      "Jalen is an outstanding student who loves being at Villanova and wants to complete his degree by the end of his junior year," coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "This was a simple decision made by Jalen's family. Jalen wants to graduate, be a leader on this year's team, and compete for a championship."

      Brunson's father, Rick, played in the NBA and is an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Shaq's son commits to Arizona for 2018
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Power forward Shareef O'Neal, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, committed to Arizona on Wednesday for 2018.

    • O'Neal's AAU team, California Supreme made the announcement of his verbal commitment via Twitter.

      The five-star junior recruit from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif., is ranked No. 19 in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2018.

      The 6-foot-9, 210-pound O'Neal averaged 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season for Crossroads School.

      UCLA, Kentucky and LSU -- his father's alma mater -- were among the schools in contention for O'Neal.

      Arizona head coach Sean Miller now has two five-star prospects committed for the 2018 class, with O'Neal joining small forward Emmanuel Akot at the Pac-12 program.

  • Oregon's Bell, Gonzaga's Williams-Gross declare for draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Two players from the Northwest who played prominent roles in this year's Final Four have decided to declare for the NBA draft.

    • Oregon junior forward Jordan Bell and Gonzaga junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss announced Tuesday they will enter the draft. Both also said they plan to hire agents, which would automatically end their college eligibility.

      Bell joins Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey as Oregon players who have entered the draft this year before their college eligibility was exhausted.

      Bell announced his decision on the website riselongbeach.com.

      "Oregon has become my home. I've gained lifelong friends and made unforgettable memories here," Bell wrote. "After talking it over with my family and friends, I have decided now is the best time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."

      Oregon finished 33-6 this season and lost to North Carolina 77-76 in the national semifinals.

      Bell averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season.

      Nbadraft.net projects Bell to be the selected early in the second round this year.

      Williams-Goss was a second-team All-American who led Gonzaga to its first appearance in the Final Four before losing in the finals to North Carolina.

      Williams-Goss played his first two college seasons at Washington, then sat out a year after transferring Gonzaga before becoming eligible this past season.

      Williams-Goss averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season for Gonzaga, which finished with a 37-2 record.

      Nbadraft.net projects Williams-Goss to be taken midway through the second round.

  • Duke's Allen will return for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Duke guard Grayson Allen said Tuesday that he decided against entering the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

    • The 6-foot-5 Allen jointly made the announcement with coach Mike Krzyzewski in a school-released statement.

      "The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer," Allen said. "I'm a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it. The chance to play with next year's team just felt right.

      "I'm completely focused on helping Coach K and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student, and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don't take for granted."

      Allen averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 assists in 34 games as a junior last season. The scoring average represented a sharp drop-off from the 21.6 he put up as a sophomore.

      Allen has scored 1,424 career points, which ranks 33rd on Duke's all-time scoring list.

      He was projected to be selected late in the first round or early in the second if he entered the NBA draft.

      Allen studied the options and decided returning to Duke was the best option.

      He will also return as college basketball's most hated player. Allen was suspended for one game as a junior and stripped of his captaincy for tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana.

      He also twice tripped players during his sophomore campaign.

  • NCAA returns tourney games to North Carolina
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    The NCAA awarded men's basketball subregionals to North Carolina in 2020 and 2021 on Tuesday after the state recently repealed controversial law HB2.

    • The NCAA awarded first and second round games to Greensboro in 2020 and the same two rounds to Raleigh in 2021.

      During the 2016-17 academic year, the NCAA pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina due to the bathroom bill that required individuals to use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex listed on their birth certificates at public facilities.

      The most noteworthy loss was Greensboro being stripped of the 2017 subregional. Those first and second round games were moved to Greenville, S.C.

      North Carolina was awarded 10 different NCAA Division I events on Tuesday. The state also landed five Division II events and eight in Division III.

      The state also has a previously scheduled men's basketball subregional in 2018 in Charlotte.

      NCAA president Mark Emmert had indicated earlier this month that North Carolina would again be under consideration after the repeal of the law.

      The NCAA also announced that Dayton will continue to host the First Four through at least 2022.

      The NCAA previously selected the following sites to host Final Fours: San Antonio (2018), Minneapolis (2019), Atlanta (2020), Indianapolis (2021) and New Orleans (2022).

  • NMSU hires Shockers assistant Jans as head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 17, 2017

    Wichita State assistant basketball coach Chris Jans was hired as the new head coach at New Mexico State on Monday.

    • Jans replaces Paul Weir, who left to take the head coaching job at New Mexico.

      Jans agreed to a four-year contract that will average $275,000 a year plus incentives, CBS Sports reported.

      Jans, 48, was previously the head coach at Bowling Green, where he went 21-12 in 2014-15 before being dismissed after the school received a video of Jans acting inappropriately toward a woman at a bar.

      He then returned to Gregg Marshall's staff at Wichita State, where he worked before taking the Bowling Green job. He initially had an administrative role when he returned to Wichita State but later became an assistant coach.

      At New Mexico State, Jans inherits a team that returns four of five starters from a squad that went 28-6, setting a school record for wins while enjoying a 20-game winning streak. The Aggies finished second in the Western Athletic Conference with an 11-3 record but won the conference tournament. They lost to Baylor 91-73 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Alabama F Key opts to enter NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 17, 2017

    Freshman forward Braxton Key of Alabama is planning to enter the NBA Draft, the school announced on Monday.

    • Key, who led the Crimson Tide in scoring with an average of 12.0 points per game, will not hire an agent, giving him an option to return to the school. The deadline to remain in the draft is May 24.

      The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Key, who also averaged 5.7 rebounds per game last season, scored in double figures a team-high 20 times.

      A native of Charlotte, N.C., Key was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team. His numbers improved in conference play, with averages of 14.0 points and 6.1 boards.

      Key was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 30 after collecting a total of 45 points and 18 rebounds in victories over Georgia and Mississippi State.

  • Kansas star Jackson to enter NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 17, 2017

    Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is heading to the NBA.

    • Jackson, who led the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight in his lone season in Lawrence, Kan., on Monday announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft in a statement to the Associated Press.

      The 6-foot-8 swingman reportedly will sign Wasserman Media Group and be represented by former NBA guard B.J. Armstrong.

      "After thoroughly consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball," Jackson said in a statement to the AP. "I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from my coaches and teammates at Kansas and I look forward to starting my career in the NBA."

      Jackson was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, which both ranked second on the team.

      In helping Kansas win the Big 12 regular-season title en route to a 31-5 record, the Detroit native shot 51.3 percent from the floor overall and 37.8 percent from 3-point range.

  • College basketball notebook: North Carolina F Jackson declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 13, 2017

    North Carolina junior forward Justin Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Thursday and plans to sign with an agent.

    • Jackson helped lead the Tar Heels to the national title while likely improving his draft stock in the process. The 6-foot-8 Jackson, who was named the ACC Player of the Year, averaged a team-leading 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while setting the school's single-season record for 3-pointers with 105.

      Jackson scored 16 points as North Carolina posted a 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in the national championship game.

      --Georgia standout forward Yante Maten entered his name into the NBA draft.

      Maten said he won't hire an agent, a decision that will allow him to return for his senior season if he chooses.

      The 6-foot-8 Maten averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior. He has until May 24 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school.

      --Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has elected to remain in school for his junior season and won't test the NBA draft process.

      Trier was rated a mid-second round by nbadraft.net but wants to build on a sophomore season in which he played in just 18 games after being suspended by the NCAA due to failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.

      He averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The return of the 6-foot-5 Trier will elevate Arizona to a possible preseason top-five pick entering next season.

  • Arizona G Trier to return for junior season
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has elected to remain in school for his junior season and won't test the NBA draft process.

    • Trier was rated a mid-second round by nbadraft.net but wants to build on a sophomore season in which he played in just 18 games after being suspended by the NCAA due to failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.

      He averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

      "I have thought about it for a while, and I have decided to continue my education and basketball career at Arizona," Trier told ESPN. "Because of my relationship and faith in Coach (Sean) Miller, the coaching staff and my teammates, I will continue my original goal when I came here -- to help lead the team to a national championship.

      "With my family's support, I am excited and confident about my decision. I also believe this will best prepare me for a long and successful NBA career."

      The return of the 6-foot-5 Trier will elevate Arizona to a possible preseason top-five pick entering next season.

  • Georgia F Maten declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Georgia standout forward Yante Maten entered his name into the NBA draft on Thursday.

    • Maten said he won't hire an agent, a decision that will allow him to return for his senior season if he chooses.

      "I have always had the dream of playing in the NBA," Maten said in a statement. "This is a chance for me to safely see where they project me."

      The 6-foot-8 Maten averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior. He has until May 24 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school.

      Coach Mark Fox feels Maten is doing the right thing by getting evaluations from NBA scouts and talent assessors.

      "Like all players, Yante now has the opportunity to get information from the NBA and get an accurate read on their assessment of him at this time," Fox said in a statement. "Once he receives that information, Yante will be able to decide which avenue is in his best interest."

      Maten is currently forecast as a late second-round pick or an undrafted free agent.

  • North Carolina F Jackson declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 13, 2017

    North Carolina junior forward Justin Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Thursday and plans to sign with an agent.

    • Jackson helped lead the Tar Heels to the national title while likely improving his draft stock in the process. The 6-foot-8 Jackson, who was named the ACC Player of the Year, averaged a team-leading 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while setting the school's single-season record for 3-pointers with 105.

      "My family and I discussed my decision with Coach (Roy) Williams and we agree that declaring for the NBA draft is best for my career," Jackson said in a statement.

      "I wouldn't trade anything (from) the last three years as a Tar Heel, especially getting the chance to win a national championship, which was unbelievable. I feel I made a good decision last year to come back for my junior year. That has put me in a much better position as a basketball player and a person. I'm proud to know I will always be a Tar Heel."

      Jackson scored 16 points as North Carolina posted a 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in the national championship game.

      "We're excited for Justin and proud of the way he conducted himself each day in leading our team to a national championship," Williams said. "Justin explored his draft options after his sophomore season but understood it was in his best interest to play another season of college basketball, and what a year it was for him and our team.

      "He did what our coaches and the NBA people advised him to do -- get stronger and work on making more shots. He responded by investing a tremendous amount of his time in the offseason and came back to school a bigger, better and more confident player."

  • Kentucky's 7-foot Humphries declares for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, becoming the fifth Wildcats underclassmen to leave the college ranks.

    • Humphries, a 7-footer from Sydney, Australia, announced plans to forego his final two years of eligibility and turn professional. He will sign with an agent.

      "This was a difficult decision for Isaac but one that he and his mom put a lot of thought into," Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement. "Isaac has gotten so much better in his two seasons here and I believe he's only begun to scratch the surface of his true potential. I absolutely understand and fully support his decision and I will do whatever I can to help his dreams come true. You're talking about a 7-footer who can shoot and can rebound. That has value anywhere in the world.

      "He's also just 19 years old, the youngest sophomore in the country this past season. Everyone forgets how young he is and how much he's going to continue to grow and develop. He's only going to get better and better. My belief is what you saw at the end of this season is just the beginning of his pro career."

      Humphries averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds and shot 51.1 percent from the floor during his sophomore season.

      "This decision didn't come easily for me. My goal has always been to play professionally," Humphries said. "There is no better place to prepare you to take that step than the University of Kentucky. Over the last two years, thanks to Coach Cal and the coaching staff, I've gotten so much better and improved my game. I believe I have a lot more I can do, but I also believe that the time for me to take the next step is now.

      "At the end of the day I have to do what I believe is best for myself and my family. I know turning pro is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done. I understand that these next few weeks and months with the pre-draft process is going to take a lot of hard work and maybe some realistic truths. But, because of what I've learned at Kentucky and the support I have from my family and this school, I also feel like I'm ready to face those challenges and that I'm prepared for whatever is next and wherever that may take me."

      In his final collegiate game, Humphries scored a career-high 12 points in the Elite Eight loss against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

      Humphries joins teammates Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe to declare for the draft and have already or plan to sign with an agent. Bam Adebayo declared for the draft but has not hired an agent -- he has until May 24 to return to Kentucky for another season. The 2017 NBA Draft will be held June 22.

  • New Mexico hires Weir away from New Mexico State
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    New Mexico found its new basketball coach in its own state, hiring Paul Weir away from New Mexico State on Tuesday.

    • The 37-year-old Weir went 28-6 and made the NCAA Tournament in his lone season as coach of the Aggies. New Mexico State lost to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

      Weir replaces Craig Neal, who was fired after going 76-52 over four seasons.

      "In conducting this search, (Weir's) was a name that was on our radar from the beginning," New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs said in a statement. "I was able to see many of their games this season, and Paul is a bright young mind in the game. His teams play with tremendous passion and energy."

      Weir spent nine seasons as an assistant at New Mexico State before being promoted to head coach when Marvin Menzies departed for UNLV following the 2015-16 campaign.

      Weir reportedly made $250,000 as the Aggies' head coach last season.

  • Oregon G Dorsey declares for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, who was the Ducks' leading scorer in the postseason, will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent, he announced on Monday night.

    • The 6-foot-4 Dorsey averaged 14.6 points and hit 42.3 percent of his 3-pointers for the season, but he was particularly productive in the postseason, helping Oregon reach the Final Four.

      In Oregon's five NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 23.8 points while making 59.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 60.6 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He scored at least 21 points in each of the five games.

      Dorsey is not listed among the top 100 NBA prospects by NBADraft.net.

  • Steve Fisher retires, SDSU promotes Dutcher
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 10, 2017

    Steve Fisher retired from coaching on Monday.

    • San Diego State immediately filled his position by promoting Brian Dutcher, who will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

      Fisher, 72, said in February he planned to coach a 19th season at SDSU, the end of a three-year extension worth $3 million signed in 2015.

      Dutcher was named head coach in waiting in August 2011. He has never been a head coach at any level.

      San Diego State did not reach the NCAA Tournament in March and finished 19-14, ending a streak of 11 consecutive 20-win seasons.

      Fisher won the NCAA Tournament in a six-game interim stint at Michigan in 1989 -- Bill Frieder accepted an offer from Arizona State -- and was head coach of the Wolverines until 1997, including a memorable run with the "Fab Five," a talented freshman class comprised of future NBA stars Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard, along with Jimmy King and Ray Jackson in 1991.

      Dutcher, who joined Fisher at Michigan in 1989, was central to recruiting the Fab Five, Fisher said. He's also credited with bringing Kawhi Leonard to SDSU.

      The Wolverines reached the national championship game twice with the Fab Five, but lost to Duke (1991) and North Carolina (1992).

      Because of violations involving a booster who was granted access to players on Fisher's watch, several wins -- including the 1992 Final Four and the entire 1992-93 season -- were vacated.

      Fisher was fired just before the start of the 1997 season.

      Fisher played college basketball at Illinois State from 1965-67 and in some capacity has been involved in coaching for the past 50 years, including three Final Four trips at Michigan (1989, 1992, 1993).

      He won 495 career games.

  • Coveted Lawson Bros. pick Kansas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 10, 2017

    Coveted Memphis transfers K.J. and Dedric Lawson, brothers who attended their hometown university, plan to enroll at Kansas.

    • Dedric, a sophomore forward, averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season. Dedric Lawson was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school. He committed to Memphis where his father, Keelon Lawson, is on the coaching staff.

      Keelon Lawson announced the decision via Twitter and confirmed the news to multiple outlets Monday.

      Redshirt freshman K.J. Lawson was a four-star recruit. He averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. He took a redshirt season to recover from an Achilles injury.

      Dedric Lawson has two years remaining but must sit out the 2016-17 season, while K.J. should have three, after also missing the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.

      They committed to Memphis when Josh Pastner was head coach, but Pastner left for Georgia Tech. When Tubby Smith replaced Pastner, he also demoted Keelon Lawson to the support staff role of player development coordinator.

      Keelon Lawson plans to leave the program and two younger Lawson brothers -- in the classes of 2019 and 2021 -- are not considering Memphis. Chandler Lawson is a top-25 recruit according to multiple services.

      ESPN and CBS list Florida and Georgia Tech among the primary schools Chandler Lawson is considering.

  • Kansas' Graham will return for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Kansas guard Devonte' Graham announced Sunday that he is returning for his senior season and not entering the NBA draft.

    • The 6-foot-2 Graham made his announcement on Twitter.

      "I would just like to announce to all my family, friends, & fans that I'm coming back to school for my senior Yr," Graham wrote.

      Graham notified coach Bill Self of his decision last week. He was projected to be a late second-round selection by draftexpress.com.

      Graham averaged 13.4 points and 4.1 assists last season and figures to be the Jayhawks' top player next season. National Player of the Year Frank Mason III is out of eligibility and freshman Josh Jackson is expected to enter the NBA draft as he is slated to be among the first three players chosen.

      "The thing about it is, Devonte's obviously very bright, he's going to graduate, and I think he's looking forward to being the face of the program," Self said in a statement. "And I also think that he's looking forward to have the opportunity to have the ball in his hands more, and he knows that can do nothing but help his stock."

      Self asked Graham if he wanted to wait and make the announcement at Tuesday's basketball banquet. He said Graham declined.

      "That's not how he rolls," Self said. "He and Frank (Mason III) are a lot alike in that area. There's not gonna be a parade or anything like that."

  • Kansas G Mason III wins John R. Wooden Award
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 7, 2017

    Kansas guard Frank Mason III added to his impressive trophy case on Friday by being named this year's recipient of the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding men's basketball player.

    • The announcement was made at ESPN's College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles.

      Mason edged fellow Wooden finalists Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga.

      Mason, who also received the Bob Cousy Award on Friday as the nation's top point guard, averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds during his senior season. He also had won the Oscar Robertson Trophy on March 31, one day after being named the Associated Press Player of the Year.

      Hart won the Julius Erving award (top small forward), Kentucky's Malik Monk won the Jerry West award (top shooting guard), Baylor's Johnathan Motley won the Karl Malone award (top power forward) and Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award (top center).

  • AAC adds Wichita State for 2017-18 season
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 7, 2017

    The American Athletic Conference voted unanimously on Friday to add Wichita State to the league starting with the 2017-18 season.

    • Wichita State announced it accepted the AAC's invitation and will leave the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers have been members of the MVC since 1945.

      Wichita State will join the AAC in all its sports -- the school does not have a football program -- giving the AAC both a 12-team football and basketball league. The AAC has 11 all-sports members (Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and UCF) and Navy is a football-only member.

      The Shockers were targeted for the AAC because of their basketball success. Wichita State has been to the NCAA Tournament six consecutive years, winning at least one game in the past five tournaments and reaching the 2013 Final Four.

      "We are pleased and proud to welcome Wichita State to The American," AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. "This is a university with a strong athletic and academic heritage which shares our conference's commitment to excellence, and we look forward to having them as a member. The university has an exceptionally strong tradition of success in men's basketball and baseball. The addition of Wichita State in basketball and Olympic sports extends our conference's national footprint, enhances our national profile and strengthens our position as a leader in intercollegiate athletics."

      Wichita State returns most of its key players from coach Gregg Marshall's team that went 31-5 this past season. The Shockers lost to Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last month.

      "Wichita State is just a tremendous addition to our league," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. "Coach Marshall's program is all about winning championships. Year in and year out, they are nationally ranked and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. I know next season, they are already being projected as a top 10 team. In men's basketball, the American Conference just went up a level."

  • College basketball notebook: Duke G Kennard declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Duke guard Luke Kennard declared for the NBA draft on Thursday and plans to hire an agent.

    • Setting up legal representation would prevent the sophomore from later pulling out of the draft.

      Kennard averaged 19.5 points and shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range this season. The Franklin, Ohio native is rated as the 21st overall selection by nbadraft.net.

      Kennard scored 20 or more points on 19 occasions during a strong sophomore campaign and placed second in the ACC in scoring and 3-point percentage. Kennard scored 1,147 points at Duke, the fourth-most in school history during a player's first two seasons behind Jason Williams (1,333), Art Heyman (1,237) and Johnny Dawkins (1,165). He averaged 15.7 points during his career.

      --Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe joined the current group of Wildcats headed for the NBA.

      Briscoe announced he was declaring for the NBA draft and hiring an agent, ending his eligibility at Kentucky after two seasons.

      Briscoe and guards De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk all announced this week they were done at Kentucky. All three declared for the draft with the intention of signing with an agent and remaining in the NBA pool.

      Briscoe averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season. He played in 69 games in two years at Kentucky.

      --Carlton Bragg Jr. arrived at Kansas figuring he'd be the next highly touted recruit to play one college season and head to the NBA. Instead, his path is two years at Kansas and now transferring to another school.

      After a disappointing sophomore campaign, Bragg announced that he is leaving the Jayhawks and aiming to start over at another school.

      Bragg was suspended twice, involved in repeated off-the-court incidents and saw his role decrease as a sophomore. The 6-foot-10 forward didn't even play in Kansas' season-ending loss to Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

      Bragg averaged just 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds this past season. As a freshman, Bragg averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds after Kansas won the recruiting battle for the McDonald's High School All-American's services.