Atlantic Coast RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nassir Little thinks he was held back by ‘hesitancy’ at North Carolina

    Clutch Points "Coming into his freshman campaign at the University of North Carolina, Nassir Little was considered a potential top-five pick. As the 2019 NBA Draft quickly approaches, though, Little finds himself not even guaranteed of being selected in the lottery, following a wildly inconsistent season that..." May 19

  • "Electrifying" point guard Jalen Cone picks Virginia Tech

    The Roanoke Times "Standout point guard Jalen Cone announced Thursday that he has decided to play basketball for Virginia Tech — a major boost for new Hokies coach Mike Young. Cone made the announcement at his school, Walkertown High School in North Carolina. Cone had announced Sunday..." May 09

  • Five-star guard Jeremy Roach commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2020

    The Duke Chronicle "With Duke securing one of the best group of incoming recruits in the nation with its Class of 2019, it's now time for the Blue Devils to set their sights on the next class.  And Duke just got out to a head start, securing the first commitment from a five-star player in the..." May 08

  • Jalen Johnson announces final 4

    Bucky's 5th Quarter "The Kentucky Wildcats are still in the hunt for Jalen Johnson. The five-star small forward announced his final four on Saturday, and it includes Kentucky. Also making the cut were the Duke Blue Devils, Arizona Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers. Though four schools..." May 05

  • Report: Four-Star Guard Boogie Ellis Expected to Be Released From Letter of Intent to Duke

    SI "Four-star prospect Rejean "Boogie" Ellis asked and is expected to be released from his letter of intent to Duke, reports 247Sports' Evan Daniels.  Ellis is a 6'2", 165-pound combo guard from San Diego, Calif. He is the No. 34 prospect in..." May 02

  • Transfer guard Justin Pierce picks North Carolina over Michigan

    Detroit News "Justin Pierce, a graduate transfer shooting guard from William and Mary, on Thursday announced that his next stop would be North Carolina. Pierce, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., picked the Tar Heels over Michigan and Notre Dame. "I'm excited to announce that I am a..." May 02

  • Top recruit RJ Hampton removes Duke from list of teams after reclassifying to 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "R.J. Hampton, a scoring point guard who would have been one of the top five players in the 2020 class, announced today that he is reclassifying to the class of 2019. Earlier in April, Hampton talked about his top four schools, and the list at that time included Kansas, Memphis,..." April 30

  • Mike Krzyzewski attended LeBron James Jr. game

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers need a new coach. Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. LeBron Jamesplayed for him on Team USA. Let's connect some dots. Krzyzewski attended a Nike event on Saturday that several top young prospects played in. One of them was LeBron James..." April 29

  • UNC junior guard Seventh Woods announces he's transferring from Tar Heels program

    247 Sports "North Carolina junior guard Seventh Woods is transferring, making the surprise announcement Thursday afternoon in a post on Instagram. Woods announced his intention to leave with a photo and captain, in part saying, " I wouldn’t go back and change any decision I’ve..." April 26

  • UVA basketball team will decline to visit White House after winning championship

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "After winning the national championship, the Virginia basketball team won’t be following the tradition of visiting the White House. “We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said in a statement the school released..." April 26

  • Wiretaps show payments wanted to recruit Zion Williamson, Marvin Bagley

    CBS Sports "The most explosive day yet of the second college basketball corruption trial brought about allegation on top of allegation, looping in the biggest schools and coaches in the sport and, yes, once again, Zion Williamson.  Federal prosecutors continued to show video wiretaps, some..." April 25

  • 5-star recruit Johnny Juzang reclassifies to 2019, interested in Virginia and Kentucky

    Larry Brown Sports "One lucky college basketball program will likely be benefiting from the services of Johnny Juzang later this year. Juzang announced on Instagram Wednesday that he is reclassifying to 2019, which would make him eligible to play this year. He says he will make his college announcement..." April 25

  • Cole Anthony, monster NYC prospect, takes next step at North Carolina

    New York Post "For years, Cole Anthony was billed as The One. The latest, after a hiatus, in a long list of elite New York City point guards. He had the pedigree and the support system in place. He had the inner drive and needed athletic gifts. Tuesday morning, he took a major step toward reaching..." April 23

  • Guard Kyle Guy opts to stay in NBA Draft, will not return to Virginia

    Daily Progress "The words will come to Kyle Guy, that much he knows. He’s not sure when. But at some point, the former Virginia guard said Monday in a Twitter post, he’ll find the proper way to express how much the past three seasons have meant to him, how Charlottesville will live..." April 23

  • Top-30 recruit Cassius Stanley commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2019

    The Duke Chronicle "With the departure of Zion Williamson, the Cameron Crazies were facing the prospect of no gravity-defying, awe-inducing slams that ignited the arena. However, with Cassius Stanley announcing Monday afternoon at Sierra Canyon High School that he will be playing under head coach Mike..." April 22

  • Five-star forward Matthew Hurt commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2019

    The Duke Chronicle "With Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all declaring for the NBA draft, Duke needs to reload its wing lineup. Friday afternoon's announcement will go a long way towards filling those minutes with more star power. Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to play for the..." April 19

  • Mamadi Diakite becomes fourth Virginia player to declare early

    Sporting News "Mamadi Diakite has become the latest member of Virginia's national championship team to declare early for the NBA Draft. The redshirt junior forward announced Wednesday on Instagram that he plans to leave school early to "test the waters" at the next level, becoming the..." April 18

  • Virginia Tech star Kerry Blackshear Jr. enters both 2019 NBA Draft and NCAA transfer portal

    CBS Sports "Virginia Tech's leading rebounder and shot-blocker, Kerry Blackshear Jr., announced Tuesday on his Instagram page that he has entered his name into both the NCAA's transfer portal and the 2019 NBA Draft. Blackshear's decision to enter the transfer portal does not preclude a return..." April 16

  • Virginia's Guy to enter draft, could return for senior year

    The Score "Virginia guard Kyle Guy has entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool but is leaving open the possibility of returning for his senior season, he announced Tuesday. Due to a change in the rules, Guy is able to sign with an agent and retain his eligibility to remain a collegiate..." April 16

  • UVA basketball star Ty Jerome will leave school early for the NBA Draft

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "Virginia junior guard Ty Jerome will forego his senior season of college basketball, hire an agent and enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound New Rochelle, N.Y. native made his announcement on his Instagram page Monday morning, saying, “The last three years at Virginia..." April 15

  • Zion wins Wooden Award as top male college player

    Bleacher Report "Duke star freshman Zion Williamson has been named the 2019 Wooden Award winner as the top player in college basketball. The forward topped a competitive field of candidates, including teammate RJ Barrett, Murray State guard Ja Morant, Tennessee forward Grant Williams and Texas Tech..." April 13

  • Virginia Stars Ty Jerome and DeAndre Hunter Hint at Return for Senior Year

    12 Up "The Virginia Cavaliers are fresh off their first-ever ?national championship victory, having taken down Texas Tech in overtime. Many expected the Cavs to lose some key players to the NBA Draft during the offseason, but that may not be the case after all.  Point..." April 11

  • Lamarr Kimble transfers from St. Joseph’s to Louisville "Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble is transferring from St. Joseph’s to Louisville in the wake of the coaching change on Hawk Hill. As a graduate transfer, Kimble will be eligible to play next season. He becomes the third City 6 player in recent years to transfer to Louisville,..." April 11

  • Virginia favored to repeat in 2020 at Vegas books

    ESPN "Oddsmakers in Las Vegas like the Virginia Cavaliers to repeat as NCAA men's basketball champions in 2020. Caesars Palace was the first sportsbook to post odds and installed the Cavaliers as the favorites at 5-1 prior their 85-77 overtime victory in Monday..." April 09

  • UMBC sends great tweet congratulating Virginia on championship

    Larry Brown Sports "UMBC sent a thoughtful tweet after Virginia won the national championship on Monday night. The same squad that last year pulled off the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history sent this tweet praising Virginia for its turnaround:

  • Kyle Guy named Final Four's Most Outstanding Player

    The Score "Kyle Guy can focus on his wedding now. The Virginia guard was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He scored 24 points in the Cavaliers' 85-77 national championship victory Monday over Texas Tech. Guy averaged 19.5 points..." April 09

  • Tre Jones officially announces return to Duke men's basketball for sophomore season

    The Chronicle "We knew that Tre Jones was certainly thinking about a sophomore season, but now it's set it stone. In an official team tweet Monday evening, Duke announced that Jones will indeed return to school for his second season as a Blue Devil and not declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The..." April 08

  • Should Zion Williamson play for Team USA in FIBA World Cup?

    Clutch Points "Unless you have been hiding under a rock, Zion Williamson has been hailed as the most gifted NBA prospect since LeBron James. The 6’7, 285-pound phenom is expected to declare for the NBA Draft soon, and the New York Knicks are in prime position to draft Williamson this..." April 07

  • Duke men's basketball's Zion Williamson wins AP, Naismith Player of the Year awards

    The Chronicle "Zion Williamson electrified the crowds during his freshman season at Duke.  Now the accolades are raining in. Williamson was named AP Player of the Year Friday, earning 59 of the 64 total votes. Fellow freshman R.J. Barrett finished second in the voting with two votes,..." April 07

  • Zion Williamson in the Clear Even if Nike Did Pay His Mom to Attend Duke

    The Big Lead "Scummy attorney Michael Avenatti threw more gas on the Nike bonfire he started a few weeks ago with his latest President Trump-esque tweet, which essentially said Zion Williamson’s mom got paid by Nike to influence him to attend Duke. Duke responded to this by saying the..." April 07

  • Is Tre Jones returning to Duke for sophomore season?

    Sporting News "Tre Jones may be on Duke’s roster again next season. The point guard posted a picture of himself in a Blue Devils uniform on Instagram with the caption, “Year 2?” Jones averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 assists as a freshman for Duke. He shot 41.4% from the field..." April 07

  • Auburn’s Bryce Brown on loss to Virginia: ‘NCAA needs to get some new refs’

    Sporting News "Auburn senior Bryce Brown wasn't happy with the way his team's Final Four appearance ended as he called for the NCAA to find new referees.  The fifth-seeded Tigers led No. 1 Virginia by two points with less than two seconds remaining in Saturday's game when Cavaliers..." April 07

  • Virginia-Texas Tech championship game features record low total

    Larry Brown Sports "As soon as Texas Tech beat Michigan State on Saturday to reach Monday’s national championship, many began wondering what the total would be for the game. After all, Texas Tech and Virginia are two of the best defensive teams in the country, not to mention low-tempo squads. Well,..." April 07

  • Auburn fan Charles Barkley agrees with controversial foul call

    The Big Lead "Of course, after Auburn’s heartbreaking, controversial loss in the Final Four, it is Charles Barkley’s take and analysis we all are looking for. Shockingly, unlike Chuck’s expected reaction, he actually said it was a foul. He is correct here. It is..." April 07

  • Calipari: I didn't know Zion would be this good

    ESPN "Kentucky was one of the finalists in Zion Williamson's recruitment -- but even John Calipari didn't expect this type of freshman season from the Duke star. "We recruited Zion. I probably missed him a little bit," Calipari said Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. "I..." April 06

  • Duke Responds To Zion Williamson Claim By Michael Avenatti

    The Spun "Late Friday night, attorney Michael Avenatti continued his crusade against Nike with a series of tweets. Avenatti, who was arrested by the Southern District of New York for alleged extortion late last month, accused Nike of paying Duke star Zion Williamson’s mother. Avenatti..." April 06

  • Kyle Guy and his fiancee say they were told their wedding registry violated NCAA rules

    Washington Post "Virginia guard Kyle Guy’s wedding planning had gone full steam ahead since he was engaged last year to Alexa Jenkins, including recently posting a gift registry online. But the couple said this week that they were told that simple act is an NCAA no-no. Jenkins..." April 05

  • Of Course The NCAA Had To Clarify Whether Virginia's Kyle Guy Could Have A Wedding Registry

    Deadspin "After proposing to longtime girlfriend Alexa Jenkins last February, Virginia guard Kyle Guy has a wedding date set for this summer, following a season that has gone pretty damn well. As couples tend to do, Guy and Jenkins put up a wedding registry so that friends and family could..." April 05

  • Kevin Willard flirts with Virginia Tech in potential Seton Hall exit

    New York Post "After four straight NCAA Tournament bids and 20-win seasons, Kevin Willard is starting to gain traction nationwide, and it could cost Seton Hall. The Pirates head coach is a serious candidate to replace Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech, sources confirmed, after hearing from the ACC..." April 04

  • Sources: Texas A&M to hire Va. Tech's Williams

    ESPN "Texas A&M is expected to hire Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams as its next head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN. An official announcement is expected later this week. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports. Williams has been considered the heavy favorite to..." April 03

  • R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, And Ja Morant Headline The 2019 AP All-America First Team

    Uproxx "The Final Four will take place this weekend, but will feature little in the way of the star power expected after three of the top seeds in the tournament bowed out on the second weekend. That doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of talent on Auburn, Texas Tech, Michigan State,..." April 02

  • Barrett voted most overrated player in NCAA

    TSN "The Athletic's 2019 college basketball player poll wasn't too kind to Duke's RJ Barrett. According to 110 players anonymously surveyed, Barrett was named the game's most overrated player with 21 per cent picking the Mississauga, Ont. native. "I think he..." April 02

  • NC State commit Lecque looking into NBA eligibility

    The Score "Highly touted NC State commit Jalen Lecque is in the process of determining whether he's eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft, his father Derrick told ESPN's Jonathan Givony. Lecque, a 6-foot-4 guard with dynamic athletic ability, is currently the Wolfpack's top..." April 02

  • Team USA interested in Zion Williamson for 2019 World Cup

    Sportsnaut "Duke Blue Devils freshman Zion Williamson just wrapped up what was one of the best one-year runs in college basketball history. Unfortunately for Zion and his team, said season came to a premature conclusion when Duke dropped a close affair to Michigan State in the Elite 8 this past..." April 01

  • Zion Williamson Blown Out Nike Shoe Is Missing ... The $250,000 Mystery!!!

    TMZ "No one seems to know the location of Zion Williamson's infamous blown-out Nike sneaker -- not Zion, not Duke, not even Nike ... and it's a huge problem considering it's worth around $250,000!!! Of course, Zion exploded his left PG 2.5 PE sneaker during the Feb. 20 game..." March 31

  • Tom Izzo was asked who could defend Zion Williamson. His answer: 'Khalil Mack'

    USA Today "Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo will have his hands full in the Spartans' upcoming game against Duke, especially when it comes to defending Duke's standout forward, Zion Williamson. In an interview ahead of their Elite Eight game on Sunday (5:05 p.m. ET, CBS) Izzo was asked..." March 31

  • Duke's Reddish won't start vs. Michigan State

    The Score "Cam Reddish will not start in Duke's Elite Eight contest Sunday against Michigan State. Alex O'Connell will replace Reddish in the Blue Devils' starting lineup, according to CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson. " March 31

  • Duke’s Cam Reddish sidelined with knee injury as status for Elite Eight remains unclear

    College Basketball Talk "Duke escaped with another NCAA tournament win on Friday night as they outlasted ACC rival Virginia Tech to advance to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils were carried to victory by three freshmen as Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and R.J. Barrett were the team’s three top scorers. But..." March 30

  • Duke's belief in itself helping Blue Devils through thrilling NCAA tournament run

    USA Today "The Duke Blue Devils believe. They believe in their coach, they believe in themselves and believe no matter the situation, the combination of outstanding coaching and elite talent will carry them. Are they a team of destiny? Well, no one can say for sure. That won’t be..." March 30

  • Duke's Zion Williamson, Mike Krzyzewski candid on Virginia Tech's missed shot

    Sporting News "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and star forward Zion Williamson knew their chances of walking away with a win were slim in the final seconds of Friday's Sweet 16 game against Virginia Tech.  The Hokies had a chance to send the game to overtime as guard Ahmed Hill..." March 30

  • Will Duke's Cam Reddish play against Michigan State?

    Sporting News "Duke could be without one of its star players when the Blue Devils take the court against Michigan State in the Elite Eight.  Freshman forward Cam Reddish's status for Sunday is uncertain after he missed Friday's Sweet 16 victory over Virginia Tech. Coach..." March 30

  • Duke's Reddish game-time decision vs. Michigan State

    The Score "Duke freshman Cam Reddish will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Elite Eight clash against Michigan State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters on Saturday, including USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt. Krzyzewski added that there's no structural damage to Reddish's..." March 30

  • Texas A&M Expected to Offer V-Tech HC Buzz Williams Job After Duke Loss

    Bleacher Report "Texas A&M is reportedly prepared to offer Virginia Tech head basketball coach Buzz Williams a multiyear contract worth $3.5 million annually after Duke eliminated the Hokies in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament Friday night. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the update..." March 30

  • Zion Williamson & Duke Fuel Up On Fancy Steaks ... Before Virginia Tech Game

    TMZ "How are Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils getting ready for the biggest game of their season?? FILET MIGNON, BABY!!!! TMZ Sports has learned Duke hoops hit up Mastro's Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night to fuel up on delicious meats before their..." March 29

  • Nassir Little Upgraded to Probable for UNC's Sweet 16 Game Against Auburn

    12 Up "For those of you who have the North Carolina Tar Heels going all the way in your brackets, some cautious optimism might be in order. Star foward Nassir Little has been upgraded to probable ahead of UNC's Sweet 16 matchup against the Auburn Tigers. The freshman..." March 29

  • UNC's Nassir Little Expected to Play vs. Auburn

    247 Sports "North Carolina freshman forward Nassir Little is expected to play on Friday night vs. Auburn, a UNC spokesperson told Inside Carolina on Friday afternoon. The Tar Heels and Tigers tip off at 7:29 p.m. EST at the Sprint Center. Little will play barring any setbacks or changes. He was a..." March 29

  • North Carolina's Nassir Little questionable vs. Auburn due to illness

    The Score "North Carolina forward Nassir Little is questionable for Friday's Sweet 16 contest against Auburn due to illness, the team announced Thursday. Little was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday as he battles flu-like symptoms. The..." March 28

  • Virginia Tech's Ty Outlaw will play vs. Duke after passing drug test

    Yahoo! Sports "Virginia Tech will have guard Ty Outlaw available for Friday night’s Sweet 16 matchup against Duke. Outlaw, a senior who is the team’s top 3-point shooter, is facing a possession of marijuana charge after police said they found marijuana in his Blacksburg,..." March 28

  • Virginia's Kyle Guy emerges from anxiety battle, UMBC NCAA loss better than ever

    USA Today "Four teammates from top-seeded Virginia walk out of the locker room Wednesday and into a battery of television cameras. They are stone-faced and serious, pictures of the big-time athlete: unaffected, stoic. Well, three of them are stone-faced and serious. The fourth is Kyle..." March 28

  • UCF coach Dawkins says Zion will be a Hall of Famer

    The Score "Mike Krzyzewski praised UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins and his players following Duke's narrow victory in Sunday's second-round matchup during the NCAA Tournament. Dawkins returned the kind words on Tuesday, complimenting star freshman Zion Williamson during an appearance on..." March 27

  • North Carolina has a freshmen duo that is phenomenal, too

    USA Today "Duke isn’t the only team with fabulous freshmen. The country has been transfixed by Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, and understandably so. They’re incredible, exciting players, and they might just carry Duke to the national title. Unless North Carolina’s..." March 27

  • UNC's Garrison Brooks breaks tooth in Washington win, leaving Sweet 16 status in limbo

    CBS Sports "North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks was all smiles after the Tar Heels defeated No. 9 seed Washington 81-59 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. But it was an imperfect smile. That's because, during the game, Brooks took a gruesome elbow to the face from Washington's Noel Dickerson..." March 25

  • UCF's Fall 'won't allow' Zion to posterize him

    The Score "UCF's Round of 32 matchup with Duke will be a sight to behold, as Tacko Fall's elite shot-blocking will be tested against college basketball's most unstoppable force in Zion Williamson on Sunday. However, the Knights' 7-foot-6 giant believes he's ready to meet his..." March 23

  • NCAA Basketball Fans Calling Out ‘Zion Cam’ When Duke Star Can’t Get Paid

    Complex "In what would appear to be a textbook example of media coverage overkill, CBS will be utilizing a designated "Zion Cam," which is tasked with the sole purpose of following 18-year-old phenom Zion Williamson around when Duke plays during the NCAA Tournament. "We hired a..." March 23

  • Tyus Battle leaving Syracuse basketball team for NBA draft "Tyus Battle will leave Syracuse and enter the NBA draft, a source close to the junior said Friday. Battle, a 6-foot-6 guard, had been expected to make this his last season with the Orange. Battle entered his name in the NBA draft last year but decided to return to..." March 22

  • CBS Will Debut Its ‘Zion Cam’ For The NCAA Tournament Dedicated Solely To The Duke Star

    Dime Magazine "Just a month ago, there was a debate about whether Zion Williamson should even participate in this year’s NCAA Tournament. During one of Duke’s annual rivalry games against North Carolina, the future NBA lottery pick’s Nike sneaker disintegrated under him as he made..." March 22