American Athletic Conf. RUMORS & NEWS

  • Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell breaks his second backboard of the summer

    College Basketball Talk "This winter the Louisville Cardinals will begin their first season as a member of the ACC, and it certainly helps the transition for Rick Pitino’s program that power forward Montrezl Harrell decided to return for his junior season. Last year Harrell helped lead the Cardinals to 31 wins (the..." July 27

  • Pitino vs. Pitino series looming? 'Not really'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A tweet from ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday night said that Rick Pitino's University of Louisville was planning a future home-and-home basketball series with his son Richard's program at the University of Minnesota. But Rick Pitino, asked on Wednesday if he and his son were having such..." July 24

  • Schools reach out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaid "Most of the SMU-related headlines last week revolved around Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to bypass college and head overseas for a season. But the Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment. "I feel like I..." July 24

  • Louisville's Montrezl Harrell says he'd love to play for football team

    USA Today "Had Montrezl Harrell not gone to the University of Louisville or another school to play college basketball, the power forward guesses he'd be on a football team somewhere instead. Even though Harrell is a projected lottery pick in next year's NBA draft having returned to U of L for his junior..." July 22

  • SMU's tough July continues as sweet-shooting Matt McQuaid decommits

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Not even one week after elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay opted to turn pro instead of enrolling at SMU, another promising recruit has parted ways with the Mustangs without ever playing in a game. Matt McQuaid, one of the class of 2015's best shooters, has backed out of his May commitment to..." July 22

  • Five-star 2016 forward Dedric Lawson commits to Memphis

    College Basketball Talk "Memphis picked up a major commitment on Sunday when five-star Class of 2016 forward Dedric Lawson pledged to head coach Josh Pastner. Lawson confirmed the commitment to following a semifinal victory from his Team Penny grassroots team at Peach Jam. Lawson’s father Keelon, was..." July 21

  • Sources: Memphis to hire top recruits' father "Memphis coach Josh Pastner is expected to hire high school coach Keelon Lawson -- who is also the father of three elite recruits -- as an assistant within the next few weeks, sources told The move is expected to be finalized before the end of July. Keelon Lawson is the head coach..." July 17

  • UConn's Rodney Purvis Set To Show Huskies What He's Got

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis couldn't put on the UConn jersey and play in games last season, so he had to make each behind-the-scenes moment count. Late at night, sometimes after midnight, he and Ryan Boatright would walk back to Gampel Pavilion, turn on the lights and go at it, man on man. "Not many..." July 17

  • Mudiay family: 'No truth' to skipping SMU over eligibility concerns "With the college basketball world struggling to make sense of his bombshell decision, Emmanuel Mudiay is in the gym, shielded from the noise. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound point guard is working out with his trainer and preparing his body for next season, despite the giant question mark regarding where..." July 16

  • Cardinals land first 2015 basketball commitment in Adel

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville basketball team received its first recruiting commitment in the 2015 class on Monday night from five-star wing Deng Adel, who was arguably the Cardinals’ top target at his position. Adel, a 6-foot-7 player from Victory Rock Prep School in Bradenton, Fla., is ranked..." July 15

  • Concerns over immediate eligibility lead to SMU losing Emmanuel Mudiay "So Emmanuel Mudiay, a consensus top-five national recruit, has decided, in the month of July before his freshman year at SMU, to skip college and move to either Europe or Asia to play professionally even though the only other American point guard who has ever tried that right out of high school..." July 15

  • Elite SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay considering going pro overseas "Emmanuel Mudiay is considering playing professionally overseas next season, multiple sources told He was expected to enroll at SMU in the fall. Sources said Mudiay was offered a lucrative contract to play in Asia. Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard from Prime Prep (Texas), would have..." July 14

  • Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu headed to SMU "Virginia Tech transfer Ben Emelogu has committed to SMU, he told on Monday morning. The 6-5 guard averaged 10.5 points last season for the Hokies and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Emelogu must sit out next season and will be eligible beginning in the 2015-16..." July 14

  • Memphis hiring Dedric Lawson's father would 'seal the deal' for commitment "Given that he's a Memphis native and his older brother committed to Memphis, many coaches and basketball people assumed Dedric Lawson was going to commit to the Tigers at some point. As a result, most schools backed off the five-star 2016 small forward. According to Lawson, that was a..." July 11

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino: 'I can go for a long time' "Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement any time soon. The 61-year-old Louisville men's basketball coach said Wednesday he "can go for a long time" thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes. Pitino said during a news conference discussing a roster..." July 10

  • Louisville still waiting on two freshmen to get to campus

    College Basketball Talk "Louisville is still waiting on two of their six-man freshman class to make their way onto campus. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mi., has academic issues that he’s working through. According to Rick Pitino, there were “consolidations at his high school”, which means that it..." July 10

  • Police report says football player attacked Woodson and academic advisor

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner still isn't commenting on the altercation sophomore forward Dominic Woodson was involved in last Monday with a Tigers football player in study hall. Pastner also remains mum on what disciplinary action Woodson faces. But a U of M campus police report..." July 08

  • Rick Brunson arrested in Chicago suburb "Rick Brunson, a former Temple men's basketball star and candidate to be the Owls' next assistant coach, was arrested in suburban Chicago on June 25 after an alleged sexual assault at a fitness center. According to a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report, Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime..." July 03

  • Jalen Adams announces commitment to UConn

    New Haven Register "UConn has landed a gritty guard out of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with a lot of heart and a knack for hitting clutch shots. Sound familiar? Jalen Adams, a 6-foot-2, Class of 2015 guard who attends Cushing Academy, committed to UConn on Monday morning after taking an unofficial visit to the..." June 30

  • Four-time defending Canadian champion Carleton will play Indiana and Memphis this August

    College Basketball Talk "The Carleton Ravens play north of College Basketball Talk‘s normal coverage area, but the Canadian basketball powerhouse is worth talking about. Simply put, Carleton is making a John Wooden-at-UCLA type of run right now in the CIS. The Ravens have won four consecutive CIS titles and have been..." June 29

  • Eddie Jordan taps Mike O’Koren, Greg Vetrone for staff

    My Central Jersey "Their basketball resumes could not be more different, but Mike O’Koren and Greg “Shoes” Vetrone are about to have something in common — spots on the Rutgers men’s basketball coaching staff. Scarlet Knights skipper Eddie Jordan will tap the pair to fill out his assistant coach vacancies, Gannett..." June 26

  • Mick Cronin gets new 7-year deal with Bearcats "Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin signed a new seven-year contract, which will pay him $2.2 million annually, he confirmed after the Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved the deal early Monday. Cronin, who has coached the Bearcats since 2006, has led his team to four straight NCAA tournaments...." June 23

  • Report: South Florida center Jordan Omogbehin to transfer

    College Basketball Talk "South Florida continued its offseason of tremendous turnover this week when rising redshirt junior center Jordan Omogbehin opted to transfer out of the program. The news of Omogbehin’s transfer was first reported by Corey Bender of The 7-foot-3 Omogbehin played sparingly at South..." June 21

  • Kevin Ware cleared to play immediately at Georgia State

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "It took a mere four words for Kevin Ware to express his excitement at not having to wait another year to continue his comeback from his gruesome broken leg 15 months ago. "Turrrrrnnnn upppppppp let's go!!!!!!!!" the former Louisville guard tweeted. Ware, who transferred to Georgia State in..." June 19

  • Former UConn star Richard Hamilton on paying college players: 'I would have stayed in school' "Former Connecticut basketball star Richard Hamilton said Thursday that he would have stayed in school for his senior year if college athletes were allowed to be paid by the NCAA. Hamilton said he believes college athletes deserve at least some payment for their role in the college sports..." June 14

  • Report: Former Rutgers wing Craig Brown transfers to Kent State

    College Basketball Talk "Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff has added a graduate transfer to the mix, with Jeff Goodman of reporting that former Rutgers guard/forward Craig Brown is joining the MAC program. As a grad transfer Brown will be eligible to play immediately for the Golden Flashes, giving them another..." June 14

  • Tennessee basketball transfer A.J. Davis commits to Central Florida "Former Tennessee men's basketball forward A.J. Davis committed to Central Florida on Wednesday, which means every player who defected after UT's coaching change now has a new home. Davis, who started once and appeared in 25 games as a UT freshman, told the News Sentinel of his commitment via..." June 11

  • Maryland prep point guard commits to Cincinnati

    Fox Sports Ohio "Cincinnati picked up a basketball recruit Monday night with the verbal commitment of Justin Jenifer. A three-star point guard from Maryland, Jenifer is the first verbal commitment for the Bearcats this year after head coach Mick Cronin signed a three-man 2014 class that included four-star..." June 10

  • Larry Brown: I'm not interested in Lakers job; I'm happy at SMU

    Detroit Free Press "Larry Brown has been talking to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, all right, but not as some sort of recruitment for the vacant coaching job. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Brown, the longtime NBA coach who has headed the Southern Methodist program since 2012, is known to be..." June 04

  • South Florida transfer Zach LeDay commits to Virginia Tech

    College Basketball Talk "Former South Florida forward Zach LeDay will transfer to Virginia Tech, he announced on Tuesday night. “I’m going to play at Virginia Tech. Thanks to all those who support me and all I believe in!” he tweeted. LeDay was one of six players to transfer this offseason. Stan Heath was fired a..." June 04

  • SMU lands Xavier basketball transfer Justin Martin

    Dallas Morning News "Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to play for Larry Brown and the SMU Mustangs, per his personal Twitter account. As a graduate student, Martin will be eligible to play immediately on the Hilltop. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Martin averaged 11.7 points, which was good for second on..." June 04

  • Former UH guard Danuel House transfers to A&M

    Houston Chronicle "Danuel House averaged nearly 13 points per game during his two seasons at UH. Former Houston guard Danuel House said Sunday he will attend Texas A&M. "I (would) like to thank God and my family for supports and the schools that offer me but I will be attending The University of Texas A&M,"..." June 02

  • NBA hopeful Behanan’s marijuana citation dismissed

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville basketball star Chane Behanan had his citation for marijuana possession in Louisville dismissed Tuesday. Behanan, who has entered the 2014 NBA draft pool, will not have the April 2 incident on his record. “It was a humbling experience,” he said. The news is a..." May 28

  • LSU basketball eyes Houston transfer Danuel House

    The Advocate "The LSU men’s basketball team’s search to fill two roster spots zeroed in on an early target in Houston transfer Danuel House. The Cougars swingman, a former five-star recruit, is one of the few quality options left in a quickly shrinking pool of players trying to find new schools. A source..." May 24

  • Kevin Ollie Officially Signs New 5 -year UConn Deal, Sources Say

    Hartford Courant "The deal is done. UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has signed a new, five-year contract worth roughly $16 million, which runs through the 2018-19 season. That's about $3.2 million a year. "Thank you, God, for opening up so many doors, for me to be working in Storrs," Ollie tweeted just..." May 22

  • Sources: Kevin Ollie, UConn Closing In On Deal Near $3 Million

    Hartford Courant "The NBA can wait. Kevin Ollie is staying at UConn. Ollie, who led the Huskies to the national championship in his second season as men's basketball coach, and UConn are putting the finishing touches on a new contract that will more than double his annual income, multiple sources told The..." May 22

  • Report: Maryland transfer Roddy Peters headed to USF

    CSN Baltimore "Maryland guard Roddy Peters has committed to play for head coach Orlando Antigua at South Florida, Jon Rothstein of is reporting. Peters was part of an initial wave of three players who transferred out of the Maryland program following the 2013-14 season. He joined Shaquille..." May 22

  • Louisville's Akoy Agau: 'Our fans are more mature' than Kentucky's

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Akoy Agau has lived a lot of places, enough for the sophomore University of Louisville basketball player to know three languages: Dinka, Arabic and English. But Agau now calls Omaha, Neb., home, and he’s spent a few weeks there since school let out before returning to U of L for summer..." May 20

  • Former UH basketball player Thomas heading to Oklahoma

    Houston Chronicle "Former University of Houston forward TaShawn Thomas said Sunday he plans to transfer to Oklahoma. Thomas was granted his conditional release from UH program in April following the hiring of coach Kelvin Sampson. He picked the Sooners over Miami (Fla.). "It was a tough choice," Thomas..." May 19

  • Rutgers guard commits to UNLV, adding another transfer to the mix

    Las Vegas Sun "Rutgers transfer Jerome Seagears is the newest Rebel, he told the Sun today. Seagears, a 6-foot-1 guard, was in town for an official visit and made his decision known just before taking off on his flight back home to Maryland. Seagears has one year of eligibility remaining and the Rebels expect..." May 16

  • Reports: South Florida transfer John Egbunu headed to Florida

    College Basketball Talk "South Florida transfer John Egbunu is headed to Florida, according to multiple media reports. Egbunu was one of the most highly-sought after big men on this year’s transfer market after averaging 7.4 points, 6.2 boards and 1.3 blocks this past season. The 6-foot-10 center picked the Gators over..." May 16

  • Marshall transfer Canty commits to USF

    Tampa Bay Times "With the long-term future of USF PG Anthony Collins unclear, the Bulls snagged some heralded backcourt insurance Sunday with the commitment of Marshall transfer Kareem Canty. Canty's commitment was widely reported Sunday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, Canty tweeted: Usf !!!!! Barring the..." May 13

  • FedEx lost Russ Smith’s 2013 national championship jersey

    College Basketball Talk "Russ Smith’s stay in Louisville has come to a close following his graduation on Saturday. The projected second round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft wanted to make sure his father, who is back at home in Brooklyn, held on to one of his prized possessions from his career with the Cardinals: the..." May 12

  • Report: UC's Jermaine Lawrence transferring says source

    Cincinnati Enquirer " reporter Evan Daniels and Jeff Bozello of CBS Sports say a source has confirmed that University of Cincinnati forward Jermain Lawrence has asked for his release from the program. UC has not confirmed his transfer. Lawrence struggled to find his way as a freshman. A top 25 recruit..." May 09

  • Purdue transfer Ronnie Johnson chooses Houston

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Kelvin Sampson has landed his first major recruit at Houston. According to the Indianapolis Star, Purdue transfer Ronnie Johnson decided to become a Cougar on Thursday while on a visit to Houston. "(Coach) Sampson is ready to get it rolling again at Houston with the rest of the coaching..." May 09

  • Antigua Names Rouco Assistant Coach

    GoUSFBulls "USF men’s basketball head coach Orlando Antigua has hired former FIU head coach and Ole Miss assistant Sergio Rouco as an assistant coach on his staff. “Sergio has over 25 years of coaching experience at the Division I level,” Antigua said. “He has great recruiting connections not just in the..." May 08

  • Sharpshooter Matt McQuaid Commits To SMU

    Real GM Basketball "Matt McQuaid has committed to SMU as a member of the 2015 incoming freshman class. McQuaid is considered one of the best shooters in the country." May 05

  • Kevin Ollie will listen to Lakers’ likely interest, but “real committed” to UConn

    Inside Socal "The Lakers are expected to reach out to Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie to gauge interest in their vacant head-coaching position, a pitch he plans to entertain with some uncertainty after guiding the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship. “He’ll listen, but he’s real committed to..." May 02

  • Kevin Ware moving on, not forgetting

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The finality hit Kevin Ware last week as he sat in his dorm room and realized it was time to pack, time to go home, time to move on. He was surrounded by relics from his time at the University of Louisville. There were all of his Cardinals basketball jerseys. There was one of the nets from the..." May 02

  • Kevin Ware moving on to Georgia State, but not forgetting Louisville

    USA Today "The finality hit Kevin Ware last week as he sat in his dorm room and realized it was time to pack, time to go home, time to move on. He was surrounded by relics from his time at the University of Louisville. There were all of his Cardinals basketball jerseys. There was one of the nets from the..." May 01

  • Rutgers gets commit from 2014 wing Ryan Johnson

    My Central Jersey "Rutgers men’s basketball made its first move of the spring signing period Monday when 6-foot-5 wing Ryan Johnson of New Hope Christian (N.C.) committed to head coach Eddie Jordan. Though under the radar nationally, Johnson is described by as “A hidden gem in the area...." April 29

  • Chane Behanan entering NBA draft "Chane Behanan, who was dismissed from Louisville in December, will enter the NBA draft, he confirmed via text message to's Jeff Goodman. Behanan's decision was earlier reported by The Coloradoan. "I love the game, and I want to compete with the best," he told ESPN. "I also want to..." April 28

  • To land Larry Brown, SMU roughly quadrupled its basketball coach pay

    USA Today "While SMU president Gerald Turner long has devoted himself to advocating for college sports reform as co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, he also has had to consider the interests of his own school. According to new federal tax records, those interests recently..." April 26

  • Ryan Boatright returning to UConn for senior season "Ryan Boatright will be returning to Connecticut for his senior season, head coach Kevin Ollie confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The 6-foot-0 guard averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game last season. " April 25

  • DeAndre Daniels leaving UConn for NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "The national champion Connecticut Huskies will lose an underclassman to the NBA draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports: junior DeAndre Daniels. Daniels will file the paperwork with the league office and declare himself eligible for the June draft, sources said. Daniels, a 6-foot-9 forward,..." April 25

  • UConn’s Amida Brimah to have shoulder surgery

    Register Citizen "UConn’s 7-foot freshman center Amida Brimah met with doctors Wednesday, and the decision has been made to have surgery on his left shoulder, according to Nana Baafi, his legal guardian. They hope to have the surgery done by the end of this week. “We’ll try to do it fast, so that he can get back..." April 24

  • UConn’s Amida Brimah to have shoulder surgery

    New Haven Register "UConn’s 7-foot freshman center Amida Brimah met with doctors Wednesday, and the decision has been made to have surgery on his left shoulder, according to Nana Baafi, his legal guardian. They hope to have the surgery done by the end of this week. “We’ll try to do it fast, so that he can get back..." April 24

  • John Egbunu granted his release from USF's basketball team

    Tampa Bay Times "USF 6-foot-10 center John Egbunu, who set a school freshman rebounding record and made the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team, has been granted his release. The cornerstone of a nationally-lauded 2013 signing class, Egbunu becomes the fifth scholarship player to exit since coach..." April 23

  • Stay at UConn or go pro? Ryan Boatright facing ‘a big decision’

    The Beacon-News "Playing point guard for NCAA men’s basketball champion Connecticut requires Ryan Boatright to make snap decisions at both ends of the floor during a game. They’ve become second nature for the small but lightning quick junior from East Aurora. His next one, though, won’t be so easy. Will he..." April 21

  • USF Bulls add Mercurius as 2 more depart

    Tampa Bay Times "The roster overhaul at USF continued Saturday with the Bulls' new coaching staff adding a signee as two more letter winners departed. Veteran guards Javontae Hawkins and Musa Abdul-Aleem have left the program, becoming the third and fourth players to depart since the dismissal of Coach Stan..." April 21

  • Kareem Canty will also visit USF "Marshall transfer Kareem Canty, hours after giving coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn a verbal commitment, has decided to visit South Florida before making a decision. "After speaking with my family, I need to really consider where I'm going to spend the next three years," Canty told on..." April 20

  • Former NC State commit Torian Graham signs with Houston

    College Basketball Talk "Days after losing its two top scorers to transfers, Houston scored a commitment from a former top 100 recruit on Sunday morning. Torian Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the Class of 2012 who spent the past two seasons at Chipola Junior College (Fla.), announced via Twitter that he had..." April 20

  • Houston releases TaShawn Thomas, Danuel House with restrictions "Since Kelvin Sampson took over at Houston, the biggest storyline has been the Cougars refusing to grant releases to TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House, the team's two leading scorers. On Friday, we got something of a resolution -- but it's not over just yet. "Just released with three..." April 19

  • Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell will not enter the 2014 NBA Draft "Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell will return for another season of college basketball rather than enter the 2014 NBA Draft. "I love the feeling of being a Louisville Cardinal," Harrell tweeted Monday afternoon. "And I will be wearing this for next year." The attachment to that tweet was..." April 14

  • Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is going to Georgia State "Kevin Ware is headed closer to home and will transfer to Georgia State, he confirmed in a text message to The 6-foot-2 guard, who gained national attention a little more than a year ago when he suffered a gruesome broken leg in the Elite Eight against Duke, made a visit to Ron..." April 13

  • Two Cougars request to transfer

    Houston Chronicle "A week after the hiring of coach Kelvin Sampson, the University of Houston's top two scorers are seeking to play elsewhere. Junior guard Danuel House and senior forward TaShawn Thomas had their requests to transfer denied and are currently going through the appeal process. House, a highly..." April 11

  • Rod Strickland joining staff at USF "Rod Strickland will join Orlando Antigua's staff at South Florida as an assistant coach, multiple sources told An official announcement is expected before the weekend. Strickland, best known for his 17-year NBA playing career that included an NBA assists title with the Wizards..." April 10

  • Bohn: 'Basketball venue UC's top priority'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Improving the venue for men's and women's basketball is now the top priority for the UC athletic department, according to athletic director Mike Bohn. "It's the total fan experience that we're working on," Bohn said, "the arena, the pre-game opportunities, the egress after games, all those..." April 09

  • UConn celebration sees arrests, vandalism "Jubilant fans celebrating UConn's Monday night national basketball championship win smashed a window in an engineering building, broke street lights and overturned furniture inside the school's student union building. Campus police had made 30 arrests by 1:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, while state police..." April 08

  • Shabazz Napier most outstanding "Connecticut's exclusive club of elite guards welcomed a new member Monday night. Amid a rain of confetti, Shabazz Napier basked in the celebration on the court after being named the most outstanding player of the Final Four following the 60-54 win over Kentucky. "You're looking at the hungry..." April 08

  • CHAMPIONS! UConn cuts down Kentucky 60-54

    Hartford Courant "Among Kevin Ollie's many notable phrases is "believing in the dark." He expects his players to believe, even when they can't see. When he took them to the site of the Final Four in January, he expected them to believe. When he grabbed the mic at Gampel Pavilion and told the 10,000 fans he..." April 08

  • National championship betting preview: Connecticut vs. Kentucky "Connecticut Huskies vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-3, 135) Connecticut has a strong chance at its second National Championship in four years, it just has to find a way to chase Aaron Harrison off the 3-point line late in the game. Harrison and No. 8 seed Kentucky aim for the school’s second..." April 07

  • UConn's Shabazz Napier wins Bob Cousy Award "UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier picked up some hardware in advance of Monday night's national title game. Napier won the Bob Cousy Award, which is given out to the best point guard in college basketball. It's handed out by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Napier wins the..." April 07

  • UConn men's bond extends offcourt as well

    Connecticut Post "DeAndre Daniels held nothing back when asked how the UConn Huskies celebrated their win Saturday night over Florida in the Final Four. "After the game we went to the hotel, showered, ate some chicken tacos and I couldn't really sleep," the UConn junior said. "I was tossing and turning all..." April 07

  • Even As A Kid At Roxbury Y, Shabazz Was Something Special

    Hartford Courant "When the kids took the court at the Roxbury YMCA, hundreds of adults squeezed into the gym and the atmosphere was loud. The cheering and yelling was fuel for Shabazz Napier when he was 5, 6, and 7 years old. The kid who loved to mimic the Harlem Globetrotters always loved to perform in front of..." April 07

  • National Title Preview: No. 7 UConn vs. No. 8 Kentucky

    College Basketball Talk "The college basketball season comes to a close tonight as No. 7 seed UConn squares off with No. 8 seed Kentucky in the national title game. Here is all you need to know about this matchup: WHEN: 9:10 p.m. ET (TBS) WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX MAJOR STORY LINES: No one has ever won a..." April 07

  • UConn point guard Shabazz Napier wins 2014 Bob Cousy Award

    College Basketball Talk "One day after leading his Huskies to the second National Title game appearance of his four-year career, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier was the 2014 recipient of the Bob Cousy Award, given to college basketball’s best floor..." April 06

  • UConn Shocks Florida, Heads To National Championship

    Hartford Courant "The Huskies never seem to run out of surprises, never seem to run out of players, never seem to run out of resourcefulness. Nor will they run out of time. They have extended their season all the way to the national championship game. Florida, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, was..." April 06

  • Ryan Boatright helps UConn field a super heroic backcourt

    USA Today "Ryan Boatright might as well go by Robin. He certainly doesn't seem to mind his role as Shabazz Napier's sidekick, the other half of Connecticut's dynamic backcourt – and often the afterthought. "It don't bother me," Boatright, a junior, said. "I've got good friends and family. They keep my..." April 05

  • Senior-powered Gators, Huskies soar to Final Four

    Florida Today "In an era when youth is being served, experience has paid off for the two teams meeting in the first Final Four semifinal at 6 tonight. Two of the most loyal and the most important seniors when Florida (36-2) faces UConn (30-8) for a spot in Monday's national title game are a guard with a..." April 05

  • Boatright Hasn't Decided, But Appears To Be Staying At UConn

    Hartford Courant "Ryan Boatright fielded a number of questions about the NBA on Friday. He wasn't ready to announce a decision, but it sounds as though he is leaning toward coming back for his senior season at UConn. "It's a lifetime dream to get to the NBA, so when I came to college, that was the goal and it..." April 05

  • Florida's Donovan Counting On Wilbekin To Slow Shabazz

    Hartford Courant "In the second game of their season, the Florida Gators traveled to Madison, Wisc., to face the nationally ranked Badgers. The Gators, then ranked 11th in the country, lost to No. 20 Wisconsin. A few weeks later, Florida's journey to Storrs resulted in a loss to Shabazz Napier and..." April 04

  • Memphis' Pookie Powell decides to stay

    247 Sports "After contemplating transferring from the University of Memphis, redshirt freshman guard Pookie Powell has decided to remain a Tiger, a source confirmed Thursday afternoon. The news broke yesterday that Powell was considering leaving the program over a conflict of interest with Josh Pastner, but..." April 04

  • Minnesota Gophers win NIT title 65-63 over SMU

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For some, it was redemption. For others it was just a party. Two years after falling just short of their goal at Madison Square Garden, a Minnesota team made up of veterans from that game and new faces this season made good on a second chance. The Gophers gained control of a back-and-forth..." April 04

  • Mustangs’ big man not overwhelmed by big stage, and his game shows it

    Dallas Morning News "As the only one to have played at Madison Square Garden, SMU’s Markus Kennedy had plenty of advice for his teammates on the renowned building. But Kennedy had a more efficient plan. He simply showed the Mustangs. The big man dominated with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals in..." April 03

  • Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring to SMU, according to’s Evan Daniels. Tolbert was Texas Tech’s second leading scorer this season and one of the Red Raiders’ mainstays the past three years as the program has had four coaches in as many years. The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder..." April 03

  • Omar Calhoun, Tyler Olander Still Making Big Contributions

    Hartford Courant "Tyler Olander started the last national championship game in which UConn participated. He did it as a freshman in 2011. Omar Calhoun, a highly rated recruit from New York, started the first 41 games of his career at UConn and averaged 10 points as a freshman in 2012-13. Normally, credentials..." April 03

  • LMPD cites former Louisville Cardinal Chane Behanan for marijuana possession "Chane Behanan's troubled year continues, as the former Louisville forward was cited for marijuana possession early Wednesday morning. According to Louisville police, Behanan was cited around 1 a.m. just west of downtown, after an officer smelled marijuana coming from a car in which Behanan was..." April 03

  • Texas riches extend to basketball courts

    USA Today "The state of Texas – including all of its more than 268,000 square miles – is still the home to $60 million high school football stadiums, Johnny Football and the NFL franchise that considers itself "America's Team." But as Arlington this week welcomes the men's basketball Final Four – the..." April 02

  • Kelvin Sampson agrees to be next Houston Cougars head coach "Houston has found its next head coach, and it's a name college hoops fans are very familiar with. A source confirmed to on Wednesday that Kelvin Sampson has agreed to become the Cougars coach. Sampson, 58, was fired from Indiana in 2008 after an NCAA investigation into improper..." April 02

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  • UConn learned a lot from beating Florida on Dec. 2

    Florida Today "The first time Connecticut faced Florida on Dec. 2, it ended with a loose ball being tapped back to Shabazz Napier for a hoop and a 65-64 win at the buzzer. Each went on its own path. The Huskies (30-8) had some struggles before climbing through the East Region to claim a berth in the Final..." April 02

  • Look Who's Talking: Ollie Tells Daniels To Be More Vocal

    Hartford Courant "The message has been clear and direct from the moment that DeAndre Daniels stepped on the UConn campus. Speak up. Chat with your teammates. Communication equals success on the court, so use your voice. It took time before Daniels took the advice to heart. But when UConn coach Kevin Ollie..." April 02

  • NIT semifinal win 'most special moment' yet for Larry Brown, SMU hoops

    Dallas Morning News "Back home in the Big Apple, coaching in Madison Square Garden, SMU coach Larry Brown looked very much in his element Tuesday night. He barked at his players, shouted at officials and changed emotions with each point swing as the Mustangs beat Clemson, 65-59, in the semifinals of the National..." April 02

  • Southern Methodist 65, Clemson 59

    ProSportsDaily "Markus Kennedy recorded 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals as the Mustangs downed the Tigers in New York to advance to the NIT final. Nic Moore added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists while Nick Russell scored 10 for Southern Methodist (27-9), which will face Minnesota in..." April 02

  • Ollie Proud To Be Role Model For African American Coaches

    Hartford Courant "A recent study suggested that the hiring of African American coaches for major college programs has declined. So Kevin Ollie, on the national stage now that UConn is in the Final Four, can serve as an important model. He embraces that responsibility. "It's definitely a concern," Ollie said..." April 01

  • UConn Men Set For Return Trip To Texas, Return Game With Florida

    Hartford Courant "The UConn men have to take care of a little more business before heading to Texas. The Huskies are practicing at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, and will be available for interviews afterward. It should be quite a scene, with far more than the usual media present for this one. And this is only..." April 01

  • Gators, UConn are familiar foes facing off in Final Four

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It has been 30 games — and 30 wins — since the Florida Gators lost on a buzzer-beater at Connecticut. It might as well be 30 years to senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. "The game was such a long time ago," Wilbekin said. "It feels like forever." Much has changed during the four months..." April 01

  • Florida looks to avenge December loss to UConn in Final Four

    The Gainesville Sun "After rolling his ankle while chasing a loose ball, Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin stayed in the locker room in the closing minutes the last time Florida played at Connecticut. There was no TV, so Wilbekin was spared the heartbreak of watching UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier's..." April 01

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

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