• Tulsa basketball to open 2015 season in US Virgin Islands

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa basketball team will open the 2015 season in the U.S. Virgin Islands. TU announced Tuesday that the Golden Hurricane will open against Ohio University on Nov. 20 in the Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. The winner will play Nov. 22 against the winner of a game between Indiana State and Norfolk State. Florida State, South Carolina, DePaul and Hofstra will also play in the tournament. The consolation and championship games of the tournament will be played on Nov. 23.

  • Arkansas women's basketball adds junior college signee

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas women's basketball team has signed a junior college guard from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Head coach Jimmy Dykes says 5-foot-10-inch guard Devin Cosper has signed with the Razorbacks. Cosper averaged 20 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a freshman last season at Coffeyville and was named a Junior College All-American. She will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

  • Sterling Gibbs leaving Seton Hall after 2 seasons

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Seton Hall point guard and leading scorer Sterling Gibbs is leaving the team after two seasons. Coach Kevin Willard issued a statement Tuesday, saying that Gibbs will be pursuing his master's degree at another school. Gibbs was not immediately available for comment. Gibbs was third in the Big East Conference in scoring at 16.7 points and fifth in assists with 3.8. He led the league in 3-point shooting at nearly 45 percent, sixth best in the country. The two-time Big East player of the week had nine 20-point games, including a career-high 40-point effort in the championship of the 2014 Paradise Jam. Gibbs is the second starting guard to leave the Pirates (16-15).

  • Butler coach hires Illinois assistant as coaching staff

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler coach Chris Holtmann has hired Ryan Pedon to his coaching staff. The former Illinois assistant replaces Emerson Kampen, a former Bulldogs player who was promoted from grad assistant to a full-time job last season after Holtmann took over as interim coach for the ill Brandon Miller. Kampen will remain on staff as a basketball analyst. Pedon and Holtmann got to know one another as assistants in the Mid-American Conference. John Groce hired Pedon as his special assistant two years ago. Before that, Pedon spent three seasons as an assistant at Toledo, five seasons at Miami (Ohio), three seasons at Kent State and was a grad assistant at Miami for two seasons. Kampen played on both of Butler's Fin

  • Former Indiana All-Star coming home to play at IUPUI

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana All-Star Ron Patterson is heading home to play for IUPUI. Tuesday's news comes a little more than a month after the 6-foot-2 guard announced he would transfer from Syracuse. Patterson will have two years of eligibility remaining. The former Broad Ripple High School star has taken a circuitous route back to Indiana. He originally signed with the home-state Hoosiers as part of their 2012 recruiting class but instead wound up attending Brewster Academy. After one year at the Maine prep school, Patterson enrolled at Syracuse. In two seasons with the Orange, Patterson played in 39 games and averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists.

  • Ball St. adds junior college player, grad transfer to roster

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State has bolstered its roster by adding point guard Naiel Smith and center Nate Wells. The 6-foot-4 Smith, a native of Brooklyn, New York, averaged 6.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds last season at San Jacinto in Texas and helped his team to a No. 12 ranking in the final junior college poll. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Smith spent his freshman season at Texas State. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound Wells has already earned his degree from Bradley and will be eligible immediately. Over the final nine games last season, the Iowa native started eight times and averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during that stretch. He played in 58 career games after redshirting as a fre

  • Northwest Missouri State women's basketball adds 4 recruits

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Northwest Missouri State women’s basketball coach Michael Smith announced the addition of four new players for the 2015-16 season. The new players include two prep signees and two junior college transfers. Arbrieal Benson played at Benson High School in Omaha, Neb., where she averaged 10 points a game on the way to earning honorable mention all-state honors. The 5-foot-9 guard helped her school win the Class A title in the 2013-14 season and had a 45-game winning streak at one point this past season. Another guard joining the team is Tyra Moore from Springfield Parkview. She averaged 21 points a game, while earning first-team All-Ozark Conference honors. The junior college transfers include guard Jasmin Howe and

  • Recruiting a never-ending job for Wyoming coach, staff

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Recruiting season is endless for Larry Shyatt. The fifth-year Wyoming head basketball coach and his staff racked up frequent flyer miles over the weekend to attend big-time AAU tournaments. Shyatt hit an event in Indianapolis, associate head coach Scott Duncan visited Dallas and assistants Allen Edwards and Jeremy Shyatt spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, and Las Vegas, respectively. Those trips were primarily to observe rising juniors and seniors. "You can only go to sanctioned AAU events and you can only evaluate and watch," Larry Shyatt said, explaining the NCAA's rules. "You can't speak.

  • CU men's basketball: Buffs hard at work establishing a new attitude

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Tre'Shaun Fletcher is in beginning stages of his third offseason with the Colorado men's basketball team, and so far, this one has been nothing like the previous two. "You can see a definite change in how we're working out," said Fletcher, a junior wing. "I can just feel the energy compared to last summer and the first summer I was here. We're definitely preparing to have a great season this year." CU is coming off a 16-18 season, its first losing record in the five-year tenure of head coach Tad Boyle. After three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012-14, this past season was frustrating and humbling for all involved.

  • Air Force athletics still finding its way through the complicated world of social media

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Troy Garnhart's message boils down to one simple tenant: When in doubt, don't post. So far, the Air Force associate athletic director for communications has avoided the ramifications for reckless use of social media. But it doesn't mean he's any less wary. Garnhart's preseason sessions with teams that were once dedicated largely to interview pointers - don't say "um" too many times, make eye contact - have been replaced almost entirely with warnings about the perils of social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sites have given any college athlete the chance to speak freely to anyone and everyone, even if sometimes they can forget they are addressing a potentially large audience.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. But that didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives from traveling to both campuses on multiple occasions this season for what some believe were trips to scout Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie.

  • Why would Coach K. ever leave Duke for the Thunder? Two words: professional challenge.

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    And if you don’t think Coach K is interested in such things — what more does he have to prove, after all? — remember what he’s done in the past decade with Team USA.

  • Top basketball recruit Brandon Ingram chooses Duke

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    KINSTON, N.C. — Brandon Ingram, the 6-foot-9 Kinston High School standout who was considered perhaps the top uncommitted prospect in the class of 2015, ended a years-long recruiting competition on Monday by announcing he will play at Duke next season. Ingram’s announcement wasn’t necessarily a surprise; the Blue Devils in recent weeks and months had appeared to emerge as the leader to land Ingram, though Ingram and his father, Donald, had said as late as Friday that Ingram was still undecided. Ingram selected Duke over N.C. State, which was the first major school that began recruiting him three years ago, and North Carolina, which had hosted Ingram on many unofficial visits during the past two years.

  • 2-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch now student aide

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The highlights from Austin Hatch's first season at Michigan still resonate, even as he gives up his playing role on the basketball team. "First free throw is obviously a memory, versus Coppin State," he said. "Those are the memories I'll have for the rest of my life — scoring, scoring in Crisler Center, representing the University of Michigan. That's something I'll never forget." Hatch, a survivor of two deadly airplane crashes whose story inspired fans all over college basketball, will no longer be an active player for the Wolverines. Michigan coach John Beilein announced Monday the Big Ten approved a medical exemption waiver that will allow Hatch keep his scholarship and serve as an undergraduate

  • North Carolina, Florida in Veterans Classic

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Florida, North Carolina, Temple and Navy will participate in the second annual Veterans Classic. The four-team event in Annapolis, Maryland will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, the opening day of the 2015-16 college basketball season. North Carolina will play Temple and Florida faces Navy in the doubleheader to be televised on CBS Sports Network. As part of the event the visiting teams get a chance to see the life of a midshipman at the Naval Academy. Last year Michigan State beat Navy 64-59 and VCU defeated Tennessee 85-69.

  • Florida guard Eli Carter announces he is transferring again

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Eli Carter is on the move again. Carter announced Monday that he has decided to transfer for the second time in three years, becoming the third player to leave the Gators since the end of the season. Carter joins fellow guard Michael Frazier II and forward/center Chris Walker as players who have left school early in the last month. The decisions come amid questions about a possible move by coach Billy Donovan to the NBA. "We appreciate everything that Eli has done in his two years in Gainesville," Donovan said in a statement. "We all wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him take this next step in his career.

  • Touted Ingram stays close to home, picks reigning champ Duke

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — Touted basketball recruit Brandon Ingram is headed to Duke. The 6-foot-8 Kinston guard announced his choice Monday, ending a recruiting battle for the McDonald's All-American's services between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCLA. Ingram was The Associated Press men's prep player of the year for North Carolina after leading Kinston to a fourth straight state championship. He is currently ranked as the nation's No. 4 prospect by Rivals and No. 13 by Scout. Ingram joins another stellar recruiting haul for the Blue Devils that includes five-star prospects Derryck Thornton at the point, Luke Kennard at guard and center Chase Jeter.

  • NBA 'Players Choice' awards categories announced

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The National Basketball Players Association released a list of categories for its first Basketball Players Awards on Monday. It’s an interesting list, with some awards similar to what already exists (Most Valuable Player, “Best Rookie” AKA Rookie of the Year), but some of the awards are a little off the beaten path. Instead of naming […]

  • One of Kentucky's 1978 'Twin Towers,' Mike Phillips, dies

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mike Phillips, who formed the "Twin Towers" with Rick Robey on the Kentucky team that won the 1978 NCAA title, has died in western Kentucky. He was 59. Barnett-Strother Funeral Home on Monday confirmed Philips' death. The Hopkins County coroner's office is investigating the cause of death but told WFIE-TV that Phillips died after a fall Saturday at his home in Madisonville. The funeral home lists the date of death as Saturday. In 1978, the team went 30-2 and beat Duke in the NCAA final. The Courier-Journal reported Phillips was an Ohio native who averaged more than 10 points a game during the season and finished 25th on UK's all-time scoring list. Former coach Joe B.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant teams up with Sonic guys in new commercial

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    When Kevin Durant and Sonic announced their partnership back in November, you knew it was possible that Durant would get into a commercial with the famous Sonic guys. Your dreams have come true. Sonic posted two videos today, one in which Durant takes on the Sonic guys in “one-on-one-on-one,” and another where he shows them […]