Sun Belt RUMORS & NEWS

  • South Alabama forward Abdul Lewis transferring

    Alabama.com "South Alabama forward Abdul Lewis has decided to transfer from the Jaguars' basketball program, coach Matthew Graves announced Wednesday. The rising sophomore, a native of Newark, N.J., averaged 7.0 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds as a freshman in 2014-15. "I would like to thank Abdul..." May 14

  • Charlotte's Willie Clayton Transferring to Georgia State

    Georgia State Sports "Charlotte forward Willie Clayton, who played at Thomasville (Ga.) High School, has announced that he will transfer to Georgia State after three seasons playing for the 49’ers. After sitting the 2015-16 season, he will have one year of eligibility remaining. His paperwork has been accepted and..." May 12

  • Purdue's NCAA potential swayed transfer Johnny Hill

    Indianapolis Star "Purdue men's basketball's tenuous point guard depth received a big boost on Sunday. Former Texas-Arlington point guard Johnny Hill said the Boilermakers' NCAA tournament potential helped clinch his decision to accept their scholarship offer. Hill chose Purdue over Big Ten Conference rival..." May 11

  • Georgia State hoops picks up 4-star commitment

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "D’Marcus Simonds committed to play basketball at Georgia State on Wednesday. Simonds, a four-star recruit from Gainesville High, was committed to Mississippi State. He posted his decision on Twitter (@TwoSpicee): “There’s no place like home! I will be continuing my basketball career and..." April 23

  • Georgia State hoops picks up Alabama transfer

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Devin Mitchell, a transfer from Alabama, has committed to play for Georgia State’s men’s basketball team. Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 guard, is a former standout at Collins Hill High School. He averaged 0.6 points in 5.4 minutes per game as a freshman last season with the Tide. Georgia State..." April 19

  • Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to enter NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Hunter finalized a decision with his family, including his father, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, over the weekend, sources said. Hunter elevated his national status with a spectacular..." March 30

  • Ron Hunter cracks cast in fall

    ESPN.com "Georgia State coach Ron Hunter cracked his cast when he fell from his rolling chair while celebrating his team's winning 3-point shot against the Baylor Bears in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Hunter said Friday his doctor wants his leg recast before the Panthers play..." March 21

  • Shields won't return to UALR in 2015-2016, athletic director says

    Arkansas Online "UALR Athletic Director Chasse Conque announced Wednesday that Steve Shields will not be retained for the final year of his contract as head basketball coach at the university. “I want to thank Steve for all he has done for this program, including being a mentor and leader to our..." March 18

  • Georgia St.'s Ware wanted to face Louisville

    ESPN.com "Kevin Ware had one hope headed into Selection Sunday: He wanted his Georgia State team to be paired against Louisville. That would have been quite the story, given their history. But instead, Ware makes his return to the NCAA tournament against Baylor on Thursday in the second round in..." March 18

  • Georgia State coach Ron Hunter tears achilles celebrating Sun Belt title

    College Basketball Talk "Georgia State won the Sun Belt tournament title on Sunday afternoon, beating Georgia Southern 38-36 in New Orleans. After the game, as head coach Ron Hunter celebrated the win with his son R.J., the team’s star guard, the elder Hunter went down in a heap, an injury that a Georgia State..." March 16

  • Kevin Ware rebuilding his hoops career away from the spotlight

    SI.com "The arena goes dark, except for the waving spotlights, and the announcer calls out five names. Shipes. Crider. Green. Hunter. Harrow. Tonight’s starting lineup for the Georgia State Panthers. Moderate applause from the bleachers. The house lights come up, revealing a small but passionate student..." January 22

  • Georgia State freshman ruled ineligible

    College Basketball Talk "Georgia State is fighting for a NCAA Tournament bid as a potential at-large team in a typically one-bid league, so the Panthers need all the help they can get this season. They won’t get any from freshman forward Jeff Thomas, as the Ohio native was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, according to a..." December 08

  • Cajuns hope Long will return vs. Jackson State

    101 Great Goals "After a long stretch away from home, and a long stint with its much-ballyhooed big man being not-quite right, the UL basketball team is back at the Cajundome on Wednesday night hoping Shawn Long will return for the ride in familiar form. The pro prospect did not play in UL’s last two games, a..." December 03

  • ULM freshman forward won’t be charged with rape

    College Basketball Talk "Just over two weeks after it was reported that ULM freshman forward Roderick Taylor was being charged with forcible rape, a grand jury has rejected the charge after deciding that that Taylor should not have been charged according to the Monroe (Louisiana) News-Star. Taylor, who was suspended from..." November 11

  • ULM basketball player charged with rape

    Shreveport Times "A basketball player for the University of Louisiana at Monroe was arrested Monday and charged with forcible rape. Roderick Charles Taylor Jr., 18, of Harker Heights, Texas, was arrested late Monday afternoon by ULM police officers. Taylor, who is a freshman forward for the Warhawks, met the..." October 22

  • Georgia State’s Kevin Ware suffers high ankle sprain

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Georgia State men's basketball player suffered a high ankle sprain in practice and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Ware transferred from Louisville during the offseason and is expected to be a starter for the Panthers, the defending Sun Belt champions. He has two years of eligibility." October 21

  • UALR athletic director resigns following lewd comments about athlete's mom

    Sporting News - NCAAF "University of Arkansas-Little Rock athletic director Chris Peterson abruptly resigned Tuesday after making lewd and inappropriate remarks about a student-athlete's mother during a live broadcast of a UALR women's soccer game in August. Following Peterson's unexpected resignation, the Arkansas..." September 04

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UL guard Kevin Brown transfers to UNO

    The Advertiser "After averaging 5.5 points per game on a team that reached the NCAA tournament in 2013-14, Louisiana guard Kevin Brown has reportedly decided to transfer to New Orleans according to a report Monday by Joshua Parrott of Basketball Times. As a result of his having graduated from Louisiana, Brown..." July 24

  • GSU forward Eric Ferguson suspended indefinitely

    Savannah Morning News "Georgia Southern’s high-scoring forward Eric Ferguson, who was expected to be a main contributor to the school’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season, has been suspended indefinitely, Eagles athletic director Tom Kleinlein said Monday. Kleinlein said he met with Ferguson and the player’s..." July 07

  • Georgia Southern forward Eric Ferguson arrested on drug, weapons charges

    College Basketball Talk "Georgia Southern redshirt senior forward Eric Ferguson, who sat out all of last season after undergoing knee surgery in the spring of 2013, was one of two people arrested on various drug and weapons charges according to Jason Wermers of the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald. Ferguson and Brian Holmes,..." July 02

  • Appalachian State Spagnolo granted sixth year of eligibility

    Jefferson Post "Former Ashe County Husky Tommy Spagnolo will get one more year to play college basketball as the NCAA granted his waiver request for a sixth year. Spagnolo will return for one more season of hoops at Appalachian State University. Last season, Spagnolo had his best year as a collegiate..." June 18

  • Isaiah Williams transferring to Georgia State

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A day after losing a point guard, Georgia State picked up one with Isaiah Williams deciding to transfer from Samford. Williams, a 6-foot-1 native of Buford, averaged 11.9 points and 3.4 assists per game last year in winning the Southern Conference’s freshman of the year. He had an..." June 14

  • 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

  • Jeremy Hollowell transferring to Georgia State

    Inside The Hall "Former Indiana forward Jeremy Hollowell will finish his collegiate career at Georgia State. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and a source close to Hollowell confirmed the report to Inside the Hall. Hollowell averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Hoosiers last..." April 22

  • Elfrid Payton off to NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Louisiana-Lafayette junior point guard Elfrid Payton is heading to the NBA. Multiple sources told ESPN that the 6-foot-3 floor leader, who could be taken late in the first round of the NBA draft, will make an official announcement on Monday afternoon. Payton developed from a lightly..." April 21

  • Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is going to Georgia State

    ESPN.com "Kevin Ware is headed closer to home and will transfer to Georgia State, he confirmed in a text message to ESPN.com. 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

  • 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

  • Creighton Advances with 76-66 Win over Louisiana-Lafayette

    GoCreighton.com "Doug McDermott scored in bunches and Ethan Wragge delivered the critical 3-pointers. Together they kept Creighton marching on, right back where they'd promised they'd be. McDermott scored 30 points and Wragge made three huge momentum-changing shots in the second half, sending No. 3 seed..." March 21

  • UL-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin has been on the NCAA tournament stage before

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When it comes to NCAA tournament experience, Creighton is well ahead of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The 16th-ranked Bluejays, seeded third in the West Regional, are dancing for the third straight year and have four senior starters. The 14th-seeded Ragin' Cajuns, who will meet..." March 20

  • Defending Creighton's Doug McDermott will be tough for UL-Lafayette

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "University of Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin was in on the ground floor of Creighton sharpshooter Doug McDermott. In November of 2010, Marlin took his Ragin' Cajuns on the road to Creighton to face the Bluejays and McDermott, then just a freshman with no name recognition in his only his..." March 20

  • Clemson 78, Georgia St 66

    ProSportsDaily "K.J. McDaniels tied career highs with 30 points and 14 rebounds and also blocked five shots to lead the host Tigers to a first-round win in the NIT. Damarcus Harrison finished with 17 points and six rebounds while Jordan Roper added 11 points for Clemson (21-12). The Tigers will host the winner..." March 19

  • UL-Lafayette rallies for 82-81 overtime victory in Sun Belt championship

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Georgia State guard Ryan Harrow missed an off-balance jumper in the lane with five seconds left in overtime and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette held on for an 82-81 victory in the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament on Sunday afternoon at UNO's Lakefront Arena. The victory sends the..." March 17

  • R.J. Hunter named Sun Belt Player of the Year

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter was named the Sun Belt’s Player of the Year in men’s basketball on Tuesday, leading a parade of Panthers who received honors. Coaches and one media member covering each school voted. Ron Hunter was named the conference’s coach of the year after leading the team to a..." March 12

  • Appalachian State fires head coach Jason Capel

    CBSSports.com "Appalachian State has fired head coach Jason Capel, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish on Monday afternoon. The Twitter account @AppStFeed first reported it early Monday afternoon. Capel spent four seasons with the Mountaineers, going 53-70 and not reaching the NCAA..." March 10

  • How South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe fared against this week's opponents earlier this season

    Alabama.com "The South Alabama women's basketball team knows what it must do if it wants to earn a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament as the No. 8 seed: win its final two game against Texas State (Wednesday) and Texas-Arlington (Saturday), both at the Jaguars' Mitchell Center. It also knows what..." March 04

  • Augustine Rubit will close out his South Alabama career this week

    Alabama.com "His team has been eliminated from contention for a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament. That means South Alabama senior forward Augustine Rubit has just two games remaining in his college career. And it has been quite the career. Last season's Sun Belt Player of the Year and a former..." March 04

  • Atkins named Sun Belt player of the week

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Georgia State’s Manny Atkins was named the Sun Belt men’s basketball player of the week on Monday. Atkins, a senior, averaged 16 points and 7.7 rebounds in leading the Panthers (20-7, 13-1) to three consecutive wins. His 3-pointer with eight-tenths of a second remaining lifted the Panthers..." February 26

  • Barrington Stevens III has embraced leadership role at point guard position for Jaguars

    Alabama.com "Last season, Barrington Stevens III went from being a standout prep player to a freshman playing Division I college basketball. This season, with a year of limited experience under his belt, the South Alabama point guard was asked to play the role of a veteran in the backcourt, helping the Jaguar..." February 25

  • How bad is college basketball in Alabama? Let me count the ways

    Alabama.com "If you love college basketball, you have to hate what's happening to the sport in the state of Alabama. Because what's happening is we're living through what may be the worst college basketball season here in the last 30 years. Take a look at this snapshot. If you care about the game, it'll..." February 25

  • UT Arlington men look to regroup in Sun Belt

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "UT Arlington has had a rough few weeks but gets a chance to turn things around Thursday night against Louisiana-Monroe. The Mavericks tip off at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe. UTA beat the Warhawks 83-79 at home earlier this season. After winning three consecutive..." February 13

  • South Alabama endures 24-hour bus trip, winds up walking to team hotel

    CBSSports.com "Plenty of people around the American south had hellish experiences over the past few days because of the snow and ice that wreaked havoc across multiple states. It would appear the South Alabama women's basketball team encountered more trouble than anyone on the road for sports reasons. The..." January 30

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