• Wichita State's Ron Baker wears No. 7 for Team USA

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    It was photo day for the U.S. Pan American Team - the USA squad plays July 21-25 in Toronto, Canada. #USABMPAGpic.twitter.com/aaO04JAar0 — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 16, 2015 Wichita State’s Ron Baker is No. 7 for Team USA, which is in training camp at the Chicago Bulls facility. It opens play in the Pan Am Games on July 21 against Venezuela in Toronto. On Wednesday, Baker described training camp as tough and physical because of the number of pro players. The roster is made up of seven collegians and five pros, four of whom played overseas most recently and former NBA player Ryan Hollins.

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Angelo State's Mayfield signs pro contract with Iraqi club

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Demario Mayfield's dream of playing professional basketball will soon become a reality after signing to play with the Al Nift Iraqi Club in Basra, Iraq. Mayfield, who led the Angelo State men's basketball team last season with 15.8 points and eight rebounds per game, will join his new team in August. The season runs from September to April. War-torn Iraq is far from the setting Mayfield envisioned his pro career beginning. But with a chance to immediately provide for his family and put himself on the international basketball scene, Mayfield is making the move and hoping for the best.

  • After running from basketball, former Oklahoma State standout Obi Muonelo hopes to give back through the sport

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    EDMOND — Obi Muonelo kicked his left leg out from under the table and proudly showed the scar that changed his life. "You wanna check it out?" he said. It starts just above his outside ankle and runs five or six inches straight up his leg, the aftermath of a complete fibula fracture and resulting surgery during his freshman season at Oklahoma State. Up until that point, he had his career mapped out. Spend a couple years in Stillwater. Jump to the league. Make millions. But after the injury, he knew basketball wasn't his future. These last couple years, Muonelo not only built up a thriving business that helps people market and brand themselves better but also pushed away from the sport he long loved.

  • UNC hoping freshman Williams provides 3-point shooting boost

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Kenny Williams III is known for his 3-point range. Just don't refer to North Carolina's newest guard as simply an "outside shooter." "I really don't like that label," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I know that's what I do best and that's how I made my name. But it's like when you use that, you pigeon-hole a person. I'm not just an outside shooter." Regardless, it's a term the freshman will hear often as the season approaches. He's joining an experienced and deep team that will be a Final Four favorite behind all-Atlantic Coast Conference returnees Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, yet one whose struggle to find consistent 3-point shooting last season was its most glaring weakness.

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, will play for Team World in the sold-out exhibition at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will be comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Thunder assistant Monty Williams will be on Popovich's staff for Team Africa. Team World will be coached by Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel

  • Gill-Caesar plans to leave Mizzou basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    HOOVER, Ala. • Just when Missouri’s basketball team appeared set for next season, another defection has rocked Kim Anderson’s roster. Sophomore guard Montaque Gill-Caesar requested to be released from his scholarship and plans to transfer, MU announced Wednesday. “We wish Montaque the best,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “In an evolving conversation this week, Montaque informed our program of his future plans. He intends to resume his education and playing career at a different institution. We will assist him in every way possible in that transition, pending the completion of academic obligations he committed to with our staff. Our program cannot thank Montaque and his family enough for being a part of the Mizz

  • SLU hoops reunion could net team $1 million

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    It may not be a mission from God, but, just like the Blues Brothers, at St. Louis University, they’re putting the band back together. The core of the Billikens teams that hit unmatched success for the program — namely three straight appearances in the NCAA basketball tournament from 2011-12 to 2013-14 — will be reuniting in Chicago this weekend to take part in The Basketball Tournament, a 97-team, five-on-five, winner-take-all competition with a $1 million prize. Dwayne Evans, Jordair Jett, Mike McCall, Kwamain Mitchell and Brian Conklin will be among those taking part, playing for a team called Majerus SLU Crew, named in honor of the man who brought them all together: late SLU coach Rick Majerus. “It’s another chan

  • ESPYs honor late college basketball player Lauren Hill

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lauren Hill was honored Wednesday night at the ESPY Awards for the best moment. Hill inspired people with her fight against brain cancer and raised over $1.5 million for cancer research before she died April 10. The Division III women's basketball player just wanted to play one game in college. The NCAA agreed to let Hill's team, Mount St. Joseph, move up its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks because her condition was deteriorating. Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour. She ended up playing in four games and made five layups. LeBron James sent her gifts and tweeted how much of an inspiration she was.

  • NJCAA places sanctions on HCC women's basketball

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Hutchinson Community College women's basketball will have sanctions placed on its program - including loss of scholarships and a postseason ban - after an investigation found the program violated NJCAA and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference bylaws. The NJCAA, in conjunction with the KJCCC, concluded two players were given grants-in-aid during the 2014-15 season that exceeded the permissible amounts. "I'm going to let our appeal speak to that," said Hutchinson President Carter File, when asked if he agreed with the findings. In a statement, the college says it plans to "appeal and vigorously contest the findings and proposed sanctions" of the KJCCC.

  • Thunder guard Dion Waiters thinks OKC has everything it needs to win a title next season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Waiters appears to be doing his part by fulfilling his stated goal of getting into better shape this offseason and dedicating himself to coming back a better player. He said he’s lost about 10 pounds and is noticeably slimmer than he was during the season.

  • Wyoming extends basketball coach Larry Shyatt's contract

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has extended basketball coach Larry Shyatt's contract through April 2020. Athletic director Tom Burman noted in a statement Wednesday that Shyatt was offered a job by an undisclosed NBA team but chose to remain at Wyoming. Shyatt referred to "what might be considered a dream job, opportunity that we had to at least evaluate and look at" but declined to go into specifics about the job during a telephone news conference. Shyatt said he and his wife feel lucky and proud to remain in Laramie. Terms of the five-year deal with Shyatt include an increased base salary that escalates from $210,000 in 2015-16 to $230,000 in 2019-20. The numbers could increase with incentives

  • UW gives coach Larry Shyatt with contract extension

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming has extended the contract with head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt through April of 2020. Athletics Director Tom Burman noted in a statement Wednesday that Shyatt was offered a job by an undisclosed NBA team but chose to remain at Wyoming. Shyatt referred to "what might be considered a dream job, opportunity that we had to at least evaluate and look at" but declined to go into specifics about the job during a telephone news conference. Shyatt said he and his wife feel lucky and proud to remain in Laramie. Terms of the five-year deal with Shyatt include an increased base salary that escalates from $210,000 in 2015-16 to $230,000 in 2019-20.

  • Former Aurora standout Jamie Nash joins Monmouth's women's basketball staff

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Jamie Nash, former all-state player at Aurora High School, has been hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Nash joins the Monmouth staff after spending the last two years at Incarnate Word, helping the Cardinals’ transition to NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference. “I am very excited to have Jamie join my staff,” Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer said in a release. “She is a very charismatic person and from Day One, her passion and enthusiasm have been contagious. She is an up-and-coming star in the coaching profession, and I look forward to the impact she will make on our program.

  • Gill-Caesar to transfer from Missouri

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri forward Montaque Gill-Caesar is transferring after an injury-interrupted freshman season. Coach Kim Anderson said Wednesday that the school would help Gill-Caesar, who would have been the school's top returning scorer (9.1 points per game), in his efforts to relocate once the player completes his academic obligations. The player has not decided where to transfer. Gill-Caesar scored in double figures in 13 of 27 games. He injured his back against Illinois and missed the first three SEC games, averaging 12.6 points pre-injury and 6.9 points post-injury. Johnathan Williams III, the top scorer and rebounder last season, has transferred to Gonzaga.

  • Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

    BY CLIFF BRUNT, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Glory Johnson's attorney says she has entered a not guilty plea in Surprise, Arizona, court in her domestic violence case involving fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner. Johnson, an All-Star last season with the Tulsa Shock, and Griner, an All-Star this season for the Phoenix Mercury, were arrested on April 22 at their home in Goodyear, Arizona, on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors in both Goodyear and Maricopa County, Arizona, dismissed the case against Johnson. Brian Russo, Johnson's attorney, said the prosecutor in Surprise picked up the case and filed the charges.

  • Ex-Arkansas-Monticello player signs with German team

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — A former University of Arkansas at Monticello basketball player has signed a professional contract in Germany. UAM announced Wednesday that Sharif Hudson has signed with the BG Aschersleben Tigers. Hudson was All-Great American Conference last season after averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Hudson is a 6-foot-2-inch guard who played two seasons after transferring to UAM.

  • Teen inspires Nike to make a shoe for people with disabilities

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    In some ways Florida teenager Matthew Walzer is a lot like any other 19-year-old. He’s obsessed with sports, particularly basketball, and is particularly fond of basketball shoes. That’s where the similarities end, because while he may be particularly fond of them, Walzer isn’t able to put shoes on himself; he was born with cerebral palsy, and as the disease has advanced he has had to enlist the help of relatives and others to complete relatively every day tasks like putting on shoes, USA TODAY reports. That’s what inspired Walzer, now a college sophomore but then a 16-year-old high school junior at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., to reach out to Nike with a simple question: “Can you help?”

  • Tolin made mark at Sooner, Wichita State

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tim Tolin is not surprised a member of the Tolin family is including in the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The former Sooner High School icon just didn’t expect he would be the first one. “I was a little surprised,” he said about his reaction to the notice he had been selected for the honor. “I thought maybe they were calling me about me brother (Doug).” Not that Tim — who was a member of the first modern (1978-present) Wichita State baseball team and helped rev up the Shocker tradition as one of the nation’s premier diamond programs — isn’t happy to lead the way. “It’s just a tremendous honor to be included,” he said. “To be part of a handful picked every year is reall

  • Huskies hire college coach for hoops

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    PAWHUSKA — Former Haskell Indian Nations University head coach Chad Kills Crow will be returning home to lead the boys’ basketball program of the Pawhuska High School Huskies. Kills Crow, who graduated from PHS in the early 1990s, was approved for the position Monday by a unanimous vote of the Pawhuska Board of Education. His hiring fills another key position in the local athletic department following spring resignations by seven district coaches. Board members approved the hiring of Kills Crow as high school head coach and to teach health/physical education. However, they tabled a decision on a portion of the proposed contract which indicated Kills Crow would also be coaching junior high-level teams, as discussions conti

  • Adam Silver: Changes to NBA playoff seeding likely starting next season

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that starting as early as next season playoff seeding will be based solely on the records of the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences. Division winners have previously earned automatic top four seeds entering the playoffs.