Southeastern RUMORS & NEWS

  • Hamidou Diallo passes on the NBA Draft to return to Kentucky; Wildcats are top-10

    CBS Sports "The last high-profile player to publicly decide whether he would return to college or stay in the NBA Draft was the only college player who has never played a college game. Fortunately for UK fans, Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo has opted to return to Lexington and play next season with the..." May 25

  • Georgia retains Yante Maten as he withdraws from NBA draft

    Macon Telegraph "Yante Maten is coming back. Georgia's top big man announced Tuesday on his Instagram page that he will return for his senior season of college basketball. Maten previously announced for the NBA draft to evaluate his options at pursuing basketball at the next level. Maten had until Wednesday..." May 24

  • Calipari: 'I will retire' if Diallo is a lottery pick

    New York Times "Hamidou Diallo hasn’t played an organized basketball game since his final one with his Connecticut prep school, Putnam Science Academy, at Florida’s IMG Academy four days before Christmas. That was nearly five months ago. Diallo, a highly recruited swingman from Queens, didn’t play a single..." May 24

  • Missouri lands 4-star C Jontay Porter, brother of No. 1 overall recruit

    The Spun "Seattle (Wash.) Nathan Hale four-star power forward Jontay Porter is heading to Missouri. Many predicted this would be the case, but Porter made it official on Twitter just now. Jontay is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., the top player in the 2017 class and a Missouri signee. Their..." May 23

  • Alabama's Braxton Key withdraws from NBA draft

    SEC Country "Alabama basketball fans let out a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday. Braxton Key is returning to the Crimson Tide next season. After flirting with the idea of entering the NBA Draft, the Crimson Tide’s leading scorer has decided to return to Alabama for the 2017-18 season. Key, who averaged..." May 23

  • Hamidou Diallo reportedly '50-50' on staying in NBA Draft or returning to UK

    CBS Sports "Kentucky early enrollee Hamidou Diallo, a five-star wing who sat on the bench in the spring for the Wildcats and did not play, has yet to make a decision about his future. He could remain in the NBA Draft (a decision he has until Wednesday to make before permanently burning up his college..." May 23

  • Tennessee lands grad transfer scoring machine James Daniel

    ESPN "Tennessee has landed the nation's leading scorer from the 2015-16 season. James Daniel, who averaged 27.1 points per game two seasons ago at Howard, told ESPN on Monday that he will spend his final season in Knoxville playing for Rick Barnes and the Volunteers. The 6-foot, 175-pound Daniel..." May 22

  • Florida's John Egbunu returning for senior season

    SEC Country "Mike White and the Florida Gators received good news on Friday when center John Egbunu announced he will return for his senior season in Gainesville. “I’m a Florida Gator in my heart, so I wanted another chance to come back and be a Gator,” Egbunu said. “I’ve graduated from here, and I love..." May 19

  • Missouri lands 4-star C Jeremiah Tilmon

    ESPN "Cuonzo Martin landed another ESPN 100 prospect at Missouri on Monday, with four-star center Jeremiah Tilmon signing with the Tigers. Tilmon, a 6-foot-10 center from East St. Louis High School (Illinois), originally signed with Illinois under head coach John Groce. When Groce was fired and..." May 16

  • Isaiah Briscoe wants to move forward: 'I don't play for Kentucky no more'

    SEC Country "To be clear: Isaiah Briscoe is tired of talking about Kentucky. Understandably, he got a lot of questions Friday at the NBA Combine about the place he played college basketball for the last two seasons. A ridiculous number of players have been drafted out of that program, which is Briscoe’s..." May 13

  • Former Kentucky basketball director indicted on fraud charges

    USA Today "Former University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Leon A. Smith was indicted by a federal grand jury last week for defrauding professional athletes of more than $1.2 million. Smith, a Louisville native who played football for UK in the mid-1990s, served as director of men's basketball..." May 09

  • Arkansas basketball: Jaylen Barford will return for senior season

    SEC Country "Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford announced Tuesday he will return to the basketball program for his senior season. Barford made the announcement in a letter titled “One More Year” released through Arkansas’ official website. He declared for the NBA draft last month, but did not sign with an..." May 09

  • McDonald's All-American Kevin Knox adds to Kentucky's ridiculous 2017 class

    CBS Sports "One of the biggest commitments in the 2017 college basketball recruiting cycle was revealed Saturday night via Twitter. Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Tampa, finally ended the speculation. He'll be playing for John Calipari and Kentucky next season. It's a rare case of a five-star..." May 07

  • Bam Adebayo to stay in 2017 NBA Draft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "UK has confirmed what was widely reported a Monday: Bam Adebayo’s Kentucky career is over. “After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to remain in the draft,” Adebayo said in a statement released by UK. “This process we went through at..." April 25

  • John Calipari will have his youngest Kentucky team ever -- and still likely be good

    CBS Sports "Kentucky will be good again next season because Kentucky is always good. Let's make that clear up front. But with Monday's news that Bam Adebayo is staying in the NBA Draft, we now know for sure that John Calipari will have his most inexperienced roster ever in 2017-18 because eight of the..." April 25

  • Kentucky loses another as Bam Adebayo is hiring an agent and will head to the NBA

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports on Monday morning are relaying what's long been presumed: Kentucky freshman power forward Bam Adebayo is gone for good to the NBA. The 6-foot-9 bruiser leaves after averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in his one season with the Wildcats. He was a solid piece but not quite the..." April 24

  • South Carolina extends HC Frank Martin's contract

    ESPN "South Carolina has rewarded coach Frank Martin's run to the Final Four with a one-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season. The school made the announcement Friday, while also extending the contract of Dawn Staley, who coached the women's basketball team to the national..." April 22

  • South Carolina’s PJ Dozier to sign with agent, remain in draft

    CBS Sports "South Carolina guard PJ Dozier will sign with an agent, remain in the NBA Draft and end his college career, a source confirmed to CBS Sports on Monday morning. The Vertical reported the development earlier Monday. Dozier decided to "fully commit to a professional career over the weekend,"..." April 17

  • Florida's Robinson pens goodbye letter after reportedly signing with agent

    Jacksonville Times-Union "University of Florida junior forward Devin Robinson has tested enough of the water. The 6-foot-8 Virginia native announced on his Instagram account on Friday that he will hire an agent and give up the year remaining of his college eligibility to enter the NBA draft. He had previously announced..." April 15

  • Arkansas' Macon, Barford to test NBA draft waters

    KATV "Razorback juniors Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford plan to enter the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire agents, the university announced Friday. That leaves the door open for both players to return to school for their senior seasons. With neither player hiring an agent, they will have 10 days..." April 15

  • Porter Jr. not looking to mirror Fultz, Simmons: 'I want to win in college'

    Fanrag Sports "Michael Porter Jr. knows all about how Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz could go back-to-back as No. 1 picks in the NBA Draft who also had the distinction of failing to play in the NCAA Tournament. And Porter Jr. doesn’t want to become the third straight player to follow that path. “I’m not..." April 15

  • LSU's Wade makes 4-star recruit Mayan Kiir 1st signee

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It looks like Mayan Kiir is going to get to play for LSU coach Will Wade after all. The four-star power forward from Victory Rock Prep (Fla.) is expected to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune. Kiir was previously signed to play at VCU but requested..." April 14

  • LSU leading scorer Antonio Blakeney declares for NBA draft

    Sporting News - NCAAB "LSU guard and leading scorer Antonio Blakeney declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, which could leave new Tigers coach Will Wade with a bigger rebuilding job. It was unclear from his announcement via Twitter whether Blakeney will hire an agent. "It was a privilege to wear the Purple and..." April 13

  • Georgia's Maten to test NBA draft waters

    Columbus Ledger-Enquirer "Georgia forward Yante Maten will at least test the waters when it comes to his potential NBA career. Maten announced Thursday morning that he is declaring for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. By not signing with an agent, Maten leaves the door open for a potential return to Georgia for..." April 13

  • South Carolina's Dozier to enter NBA draft after red-hot tournament

    SEC Country "South Carolina guard PJ Dozier has entered his name in the NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent to keep the door open for his return to South Carolina. The rising junior guard has until May 24 to elect to return to school instead of keeping his name in the NBA Draft. He now will be hopeful..." April 13

  • Humphries becomes 5th Kentucky player to declare for NBA draft

    The Record "Kentucky 7-foot backup big man Isaac Humphries says he will turn professional and hire an agent to explore opportunities in the NBA and internationally. The Australian sophomore is the fifth Wildcat to leave school early this year. He said in a release Wednesday that his decision didn't come..." April 13

  • 4-star PG Blake Harris commits to Missouri

    SEC Country "First, Missouri basketball hired Cuonzo Martin. Then they landed the top recruit in the country in Michael Porter Jr. And now they’ve landed their point guard of the future. 4-star point guard Blake Harris, who visited Missouri this weekend along with Porter Jr. and un-committed 5-star prospect..." April 10

  • Kentucky's Malik Monk wins Jerry West Award as nation's top shooting guard

    SEC Country "Malik Monk took home one of the most prestigious honors in the country on Friday night, as he was named the top player at his position in the country. The freshman guard was named the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award winner, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard. Monk..." April 08

  • Auburn promotes Bruce Pearl's son to assistant coach

    Oanow "Bruce Pearl stated throughout Auburn's 2016-17 season that he believed his son, Steven Pearl, was ready to be an assistant coach. In 2017-18, Auburn's men's basketball coach will put that theory to the test. Bruce Pearl announced Thursday that Steven Pearl has been promoted to an assistant..." April 07

  • Isaiah Briscoe declares for NBA Draft, will sign with an agent

    247 Sports "For the second straight year, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe has declared for the NBA Draft. This time, he won't be coming back. Briscoe announced via Twitter that he will enter the NBA Draft and plans to sign with an agent, thus ending his UK career. "BBN, thank you to the greatest fans..." April 06

  • Kentucky's Adebayo to test NBA draft waters

    CBS Sports "First it was De’Aaon Fox . Then Malik Monk . Now, for the third straight day, a Kentucky freshman has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. This time it’s Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, who announced he’s testing the waters but not signing an agent. By not signing with an agent it leaves the door open for a..." April 05

  • Referee who received death threats from Kentucky fans speaks out

    Omaha World-Herald "John Higgins told himself that it was just a basketball game and that he had a job to do, just as he’s done thousands of times before. But it wasn’t easy walking out on the court Saturday to officiate the Gonzaga-South Carolina Final Four contest. Not after thousands of phone calls, emails..." April 05

  • Kentucky, Duke, Louisville early favorites for 2018 at 10-1 odds

    ESPN "Three powerhouse programs that failed to reach the Final Four this season sit atop some of the first odds to win next season's college national championship in Las Vegas. The Westgate SuperBook has installed Kentucky, Duke and Louisville as co-favorites, each at 10-1 to win the 2018 NCAA..." April 04

  • Malik Monk declares for the NBA Draft

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Kentucky’s all-time leading freshman scorer Malik Monk declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday by thanking the Big Blue Nation and publishing a letter. “After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said in a press..." April 04

  • Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox will go pro, sign with an agent

    CBS Sports "Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox will enter the 2017 NBA draft and sign with an agent, according to a statement released by the University of Kentucky. “First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,” Fox said. “Although the ending didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, this team..." April 03

  • Garrison Brooks requests release from Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "A four-star 2017 Mississippi State men’s basketball signee has requested a release from his national letter of intent to the Bulldogs, sources close to the player said. Garrison Brooks, a power forward out of Auburn High in Alabama and a son of MSU assistant coach George Brooks, requested a..." April 01

  • Gonzaga holds off South Carolina to reach final

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gonzaga coach Mark Few, right arm draped over the back of an empty chair, broke into a relaxed grin, looking as if he had been there before. Which he hasn't. And almost wasn't. The Bulldogs, after doing almost everything right for nearly 30 minutes, seemingly on..." April 01

  • Former Alabama G Nick King heading to Middle Tennessee

    247 Sports "Former Alabama forward Nick King has reportedly found a new home. The Crimson Tide forward will transfer to Middle Tennessee State, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. King, a transfer from Memphis, played in Alabama's first seven games before a lung infection shut him down for the year. An..." March 30

  • NCAA referee John Higgins receiving death threats from Kentucky fans

    ESPN "NCAA referee John Higgins met with law enforcement for more than two hours Tuesday after Kentucky fans sent death threats, repeatedly called his company's office and home -- despite an unlisted number -- and posted a barrage of false messages about his business on the company's Facebook page,..." March 29

  • New Mizzou recruit Michael Porter Jr. wants to play Terrence Phillips for No. 1 jersey

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Now that Michael Porter Jr. has made his commitment to play basketball at Missouri, the nation's No. 1 basketball player wants to wear No. 1 for the Tigers. There's just one problem: Porter's desired number is already worn by sophomore point guard Terrence Phillips, who has started every game..." March 28

  • Can UNC, Gonzaga, South Carolina and Oregon salvage the Final Four nobody wanted?

    Fox Sports "Let's get it out of the way at the top. No need to sugarcoat. On first glance, and probably on second and third too, this is a dog Final Four. It's the ugly stepchild stealing the spotlight on college basketball's premiere weekend, a motley crew mostly filled with teams you either don't care about..." March 27

  • Christian Laettner praises Luke Maye, trolls Kentucky

    ESPN "Apparently even Duke and North Carolina's rivalry takes a backseat when there's a chance to send a dig at Kentucky. On Sunday night, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner congratulated North Carolina's Luke Maye, whose last-second jumper beat Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final..." March 27

  • South Carolina defeats Florida for first Final Four berth

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- South Carolina coach Frank Martin listens to only one type of music -- Frank Sinatra's. So, it was fitting that Sinatra's "New York, New York" was blaring at Madison Square Garden while Martin was cutting down the nets after South Carolina's 77-70 win over Florida in the East..." March 26

  • Heels head to Final Four on Maye's last-second hoop

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In 1992, Duke's Christian Laettner ended arguably the best game in NCAA Tournament history with a buzzer-beater that handed Kentucky a heartbreaking loss in the East Regional championship game. Twenty-five years later, the Wildcats experienced more end-of-game heartbreak..." March 26