Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    Los Angeles Times "The Kobe Paras era at UCLA appears to have ended before it began. The incoming freshman guard, who was conditionally admitted to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university after failing to meet certain academic requirements, the school announced Wednesday. John Montgomery, principal at Los..." June 29

  • Garfield junior Jaylen Nowell commits to UW

    Seattle Times "Garfield junior Jaylen Nowell, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2017, committed to the University of Washington on Wednesday. “After thinking long and hard,” Nowell tweeted, “I am happy to announce that I will be staying home to attend and play for the UW.” At 6-5, 190 pounds. Nowell is a..." June 29

  • Former USC guard Malik Marquetti to transfer to Ragin’ Cajuns

    The Advocate "Former Southern California guard Malik Marquetti was looking to make a basketball decision when it came to his future. On Monday, the former Trojans captain made that decision: Marquetti will continue his playing career at Louisiana-Lafayette. “It was the best basketball decision for me,”..." June 28

  • Three-star shooting guard Harold Baruti commits to UW men’s basketball

    Seattle Times "The Washington men’s basketball team added three-star shooting guard Harold Baruti to its incoming freshman class Monday, the university’s athletic department announced. Baruti, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, played two years of high school basketball at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va. He..." June 28

  • Cal transfer Jordan Mathews commits to Gonzaga

    The Spokesman Review "Gonzaga has bolstered its 2016-17 roster with the addition of Cal transfer Jordan Mathews. Mathews, who arrived in Spokane on a recruiting trip Thursday, orally committed to the Zags, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman." June 24

  • Former University of Utah forward Brekkott Chapman transfers to Weber State

    The Deseret News "Brekkott Chapman will be moving closer to home. The former Roy High School standout, who played two years at the University of Utah, has transferred to Weber State. Chapman declared his intentions to leave the Runnin' Utes in early May, and it was widely thought that he'd end up in..." June 23

  • Former Gophers forward Charles Buggs transfers to USC

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Gophers forward Charles Buggs found a new home with Southern California, CBSSports.com reported Thursday. Buggs, a 6-foot-9 senior, averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds as a junior last season. He left Minnesota to pursue more playing time and a graduate degree. The Arlington, Texas,..." June 23

  • USC AD Haden, relatives earned $2.4M from education foundation

    Los Angeles Times "Seventeen years ago, former USC and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Pat Haden joined the board of an old, little-known charitable foundation that helps needy young people get an education. The George Henry Mayr Foundation, established in 1949, has no office of its own, no full-time staff and no..." June 19

  • Derryck Thornton transferring from Duke to USC

    SI "USC has landed a commitment from Duke transfer guard Derryck Thornton, Scout.com reported Friday. Thornton, a former five-star prospect in the 2015 class, averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 assists in 26 minutes per game as a freshman at Duke. He opted to transfer earlier this spring, likely a..." June 17

  • Kentucky basketball transfer Marcus Lee headed to Cal

    San Jose Mercury News "Former McDonald's All-American and Kentucky men's basketball player Marcus Lee will transfer to Cal, according to reports from Scout.com and CBSSports. Lee, a power forward who attended Deer Valley High School in Antioch, returns to the East Bay after three years at Kentucky. He averaged 6.4..." June 12

  • Wayne Tinkle signs 2-year contract extension as Oregon State Beavers men's basketball coach

    Oregonian "Oregon State announced Tuesday a two-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle that will last through the 2021-22 season. Financial figures of the new contract were not released. "We're excited to have the opportunity to continue to build the Oregon State men's..." June 07

  • Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin finally signs a contract

    San Jose Mercury News "More than two years after taking over the Cal basketball program, coach Cuonzo Martin finally has a signed contract. Martin had been working under a binding term sheet agreed to when he was hired in April 2014. The unusual situation was the source of anxiety for some Cal fans, who fretted that..." June 07

  • 5-star guard Terrance Ferguson mulling overseas route

    247 Sports "Sources are telling 247Sports that five-star basketball product Terrance Ferguson is expected to play overseas rather than enrolling at Arizona as a freshman, barring an unexpected change of plans. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla reports he's hearing Ferguson could end up in Australia. Ferguson, an..." June 06

  • Savon Goodman drops La Salle classes

    Philly.com "Savon Goodman, who transferred to La Salle in April and was being counted on to join the Explorers for the 2016-17 season, has withdrawn from classes for personal reasons, the basketball program said Thursday in a statement. La Salle coach John Giannini was not available for comment." June 03

  • Report: Marcus Lee visiting Washington after not committing to Cal

    The Score "After failing to commit to California, as he reportedly planned to do Tuesday, former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee is visiting Washington, sources told Evan Daniels of Scout. Lee, who averaged 6.4 points and six rebounds per game last season, will be forced to sit out next season " June 01

  • No. 1 recruit DeAndre Ayton Wants to Visit Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona

    SNY TV "There have been few big man more impressive than DeAndre Ayton over the past year. The Class of 2017 7-footer from the Bahamas led his California Supreme team to a 3-2 record at the Nike EYBL stop here, and a 10-6 record over the course of the four sessions on the EYBL circuit, averaging 19.5..." May 31

  • Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee may commit to Cal when he visits on Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee will visit Cal on Tuesday and is expected to commit to the Pac-12 school, sources told CBS Sports on Sunday. "He's going to Cal," one source said of Lee. "Unless something crazy happens, he's going to Cal."" May 29

  • Another USC starter is gone after Nikola Jovanovic stays in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "At one time, it seemed probable that the USC basketball team would return all five starters after its best season in years. Then came this off-season, which has been close to a worst-case scenario for Coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans. Forward Nikola Jovanovic, who started all 34 games last..." May 25

  • Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey to exit NBA draft process, return to Ducks

    ESPN "Oregon sophomore Dillon Brooks and freshman Tyler Dorsey are expected to return to Eugene, sources close to the situation told ESPN on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 Brooks led the Ducks in scoring at 16.7 points per game and also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Dorsey averaged 13.4 points and..." May 25

  • Arizona State lands 4-star forward Romello White

    Scout "Four-star power forward Romello White has signed with Bobby Hurley and Arizona State, he told Scout. "Everything about it," White said when asked about this decision to go to ASU. "The school is great. The stadium is amazing. I love it. Their coaches aren’t going anywhere. I’m going to get a..." May 20

  • Mr. Basketball Charlie Moore of Morgan Park commits to California

    Chicago Tribune "Mr. Basketball has a new home. Morgan Park senior guard Charlie Moore committed to California on Wednesday night. He committed to Memphis on Nov. 12 before reopening his recruitment on April 8 after Josh Pastner left to coach Georgia Tech. "It's a big relief to get it over with," Moore said...." May 19

  • Report: Former Arizona State guard Andre Spight joins Northern Colorado

    The Score "Almost three months after leaving Arizona State, Andre Spight has found a new home, as the 6-foot-3 guard is transferring to Northern Colorado, a source told ESPN's Jeff Borzello. Spight had a productive first year with the Sun Devils before deciding to leave the program prior to season's end...." May 19

  • Tre'Shaun Fletcher Toledo-bound

    BuffZone.com "It appears Tre'Shaun Fletcher is Toledo-bound. In a tweet posted Monday night, CBSSports.com reported that Fletcher, who recently finished his junior season with the Colorado men's basketball team, will complete his career at the University of Toledo. Fletcher announced his plans to transfer..." May 18

  • Jakob Poeltl believes he can play like Pau Gasol

    L.A. Daily News "With the Lakers hoping to accelerate their rebuilding process, they spoke with one college prospect who believes he can emulate a certain player that once delivered them NBA championships. “I can be a lot like Pau Gasol,” said University of Utah sophomore center Jakob Poeltl, who interviewed..." May 15

  • Washington State finally lets Izundu transfer to San Diego State

    The Score "Initially barred from transferring to San Diego State, center Valentine Izundu is headed to the Aztecs by way of Washington State after all. The Cougars blocked Izundu from going to his intended destination after accusing San Diego State of tampering with him. The allegations arose after Izundu..." May 15

  • UNC-Asheville transfer Dylan Smith will join the Wildcats

    Arizona Desert Swarm "The Arizona Wildcats, looking to finalize their roster for the 2016-17 season and beyond, have landed UNC-Asheville Bulldogs transfer Dylan Smith, he announced on Twitter. Smith will have to sit out for a year before playing at Arizona, but then he'll have three years of eligibility with the..." May 12

  • Utah forward Brekkott Chapman to transfer

    Salt Lake Tribune "Brekkott Chapman — who was to be a key piece to the University of Utah's men's basketball rotation going forward — has received a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the school, The Tribune has learned. Chapman originally asked for his release last week, sources tell The..." May 08

  • USC's Julian Jacobs to remain eligible for NBA draft

    The Score "USC junior guard Julian Jacobs will sign with an agent and remain eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft, he confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Jacobs posted career highs last season in points (11.6), assists (5.5), and rebounds (4.9) per game. He also helped the Trojans qualify for the NCAA tournament..." May 06

  • Cal's Ivan Rabb explains why he gave up millions to return to school

    Fox Sports "With a new NBA Draft rule in place that allow players to enter the draft, receive feedback from professional teams, and still return to school (assuming they haven't hired an agent), virtually every prominent player in college basketball has declared for the 2016 draft. Many non-prominent ones..." May 04

  • USC transfer Malik Martin headed to South Florida

    The Score "USC transfer Malik Martin is headed closer to home after committing to join South Florida. "After I finish up this semester of school I will be finishing my last two years of eligibility at the University of South Florida," the 6-foot-11 forward tweeted. The Miami native suffered through a..." May 03