• Indiana G Ferrell returning for his senior season

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana guard and leading scorer Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell says he'll return for his senior season. Ferrell announced his decision not to enter the NBA Draft on Sunday. He was sixth in the Big Ten last season with 16.3 points per game and was fourth in assists at 4.9. The return of Ferrell, freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. and forward Troy Williams and the recent signing of 6-11 prep star Thomas Bryant gives the Hoosiers a solid core of players for next season. Ferrell postponed announcing his decision for one day because of the slaying of Indiana student Hannah Wilson. The 22-year-old Fishers woman was found beaten to death Friday about 10 miles from the Bloomington campus.

  • New Division I chief puts transfer rules on priority list

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list. The NCAA's new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division's 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools — and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year. Some of the ideas bandied about would have a dramatic impact on graduate transfer students. The proposals include giving schools the ability to restrict where ex-players can go and requiring the athletes to sit out one year before becoming eligible.

  • Some former Wichita State players, athletic administration at odds over Jody Adams' style

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    A fight to define Wichita State women’s basketball is underway between two sides that do not understand each other and cannot agree on the coaching techniques of Jody Adams. On one side are former players who left the program with hard feelings and parents who feel their daughters were treated poorly and beaten down mentally by Adams’ intense style. Some are motivated to speak in hopes of sparing future players a similar experience. “She truly belittles you as a person,” said Valerierose Agnello, who played in 2013-14 before transferring and quitting basketball. “I don’t love the game any more. I have such zero confidence to touch a ball, because of the way you get reprimanded.

  • Gregg Marshall, some former players view Jody Adams' style as ultimately good

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Former Wichita State women’s basketball player Marisah Henderson played two seasons for coach Jody Adams and is watching the turmoil around the program from her home in Kansas City. She views her time with Adams and the coaching staff differently than the former players who are speaking publicly to complain about issues in the program. Henderson, part of Adams’ first team at WSU, did not consider strong words from coaches verbal abuse. She contends that players who left the program took words too literally and weren’t ready for what she called constructive criticism from Adams. “What Jody was trying to do was pull something out of you that you didn’t see yourself,” said Henderson, who played at WSU from 2008-10.

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

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    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.

  • Glencoe’s Lazenby coming to Enid for more than basketball

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ENID, Okla. — Like his brother John before him, Glencoe’s Ty Lazenby will be playing for the Northern Oklahoma College Enid Jets basketball team next fall and winter. But it was another family reason that prompted Lazenby, who was the most valuable player in each of Glencoe’s three state tournament championships, to sign with the Jets. His mother, Jennifer, is battling breast cancer. She has gone through five rounds of chemotherapy and has three more rounds before undergoing surgery. “I wanted to be close to her,’’ said Lazenby, who had considered offers from Redlands, Southeastern Oklahoma and the University of North Dakota. “This has really changed my mindset. This put life in perspective for me ab

  • Brian Howell: Buffs' basketball needs to muscle up in Pac-12

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Two of the best centers in Pac-12 men's basketball were both projected as possible first-round picks in the NBA Draft this summer. During the past week, both announced they were coming back to school. I haven't talked to Colorado's Josh Scott about it, but I'm sure his reaction would be something like this: "Bring it on!" Scott, Colorado's 6-foot-10 senior-to-be, views himself as one of the best big men in college basketball and he has often stated that he gets more enjoyment out of playing against great players than he does in going against weaker competition. If that's the case, Scott is going to love playing in the Pac-12 next season.

  • NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Aggies sign NMJC guard Rene Esparza

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES >> The New Mexico State men's basketball team added some depth to the guard position, signing New Mexico Junior College guard Rene Esparza. Esparza is a 6-foot-3 guard who can play both guard positions, playing point guard for NMJC last season and he played shooting guard his freshman season. Esparza averaged 5.6 points, 2.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game and shot 38.3 percent from 3-point range last season. "He can play both positions and he's a really good defender as well," NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said on Friday. "He just has some intangibles that a couple of our guys don't have in terms of length at that position. We felt like we needed depth at each one losing both (Daniel Mullings and DK Eldridge).

  • Indiana's Ferrell postpones NBA draft announcement

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell has postponed his announcement on whether he'll enter the NBA draft, citing the killing of a fellow Indiana University student. The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1zZRaSK ) Ferrell's family issued a statement Saturday morning offering "condolences and prayers" to the family of 22-year-old Hannah N. Wilson. A coroner said Saturday that Wilson, whose body was found Friday in rural Brown County northeast of Bloomington, had been beaten to death. A 49-year-old Bloomington man is being held on a preliminary murder charge in the IU senior's death. Ferrell had planned to announce Saturday night at an Indianapolis restaurant whether he will return to IU fo

  • ULL's Long announced decision to remain for senior season


    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long says he is staying in school for his senior season because he believes that gives him the best chance to have a long-lasting NBA career. The 6-foot-9 Long is a former Mississippi State player who transferred to ULL as a freshman. He averaged 16.4 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Ragin' Cajuns this season and was named to the All-Sun Belt team. In a statement released by the university, Long says he understood he was a candidate for this summer's NBA draft and made "by no means an easy decision" to finish school after several discussions with coach Bob Marlin, assistant coaches and family.

  • Roster upheaval has Kansas State basketball at a crossroads


    By design, the typical contract for a college basketball coach lasts five years. Year 1 is a transition. Year 2 is for building. Year 3 is a time to evaluate. Year 4 is all about results, which ultimately decide whether a coach makes it to Year 5 and beyond. Why is Year 4 so important? It’s the time when a coach breaks ties from his predecessor. Inherited recruits have moved on, leaving a roster and mindset built entirely by the current coach. Time to hit his stride. For Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, the opposite is happening. Year 4 is filled with uncertainty. After guiding the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 championship in his first season, the program has steadily declined. Their win totals have dropped each s

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram Gil LeBreton column


    Out of options, out of Rondos and almost out of playoff hopes, Rick Carlisle fired his lone remaining bullet after Friday night’s Game 3 defeat. What else was he going to do? The Dallas Mavericks coach said he had just watched a certain fourth-quarter play “six times on the film,” a loose-ball scramble where Houston’s Dwight Howard rocket-launched Devin Harris — 83 pounds lighter — almost into the first row. “That stuff’s got to stop,” Carlisle said. “The officials have got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. “Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.

  • UConn team honored with special ice cream at dairy bar


    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn's national champion women's basketball team is receiving a sweet honor — a new ice cream flavor named for it. The school's Animal Science Department Creamery recently came up with the flavor "Women's Basketball Team! Triple-Champion Chunk" after the team won its third consecutive national championship. The school began selling the ice cream at the UConn Dairy Bar this week and officials say it will be available for a limited time. The concoction features vanilla ice cream with UConn blue sprinkles and a trio of cookie dough chunks, brownie pieces and a thick fudge swirl. The ice cream is made from milk provided by the department's cows.

  • Calipari became believer in Kentucky's pursuit of perfection


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At times last season John Calipari allowed himself to flirt with the thought of a perfect season. At other times, he had real doubts. By the time Kentucky reached the Final Four without a loss, Calipari's players had turned their coach into a true blue believer. On Friday night in Indianapolis, Calipari told a group of high school basketball coaches he thought Kentucky would finish undefeated and later said he never doubted his team would find a way to stop Wisconsin in the national semifinals — until it was too late. "You know, it never entered my mind that we were going to lose," Calipari told The Associated Press as he walked out of the high school gym. "When we were up four with 5 minutes to

  • Kansas basketball recruiting target Malik Newman picks Mississippi State

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Another top college basketball recruit is off the board. Malik Newman, a top-10 recruit in the 2015 class and a long-time Kansas target, picked Mississippi State on Friday in a private ceremony in his hometown of Jackson, Miss. Newman, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, had a final list of schools that also included Kansas, Kentucky and Mississippi. He chose to stay home and play for first-year coach Ben Howland. Newman’s father, Horatio Webster, also attended Mississippi State. From a Kansas perspective, the decision was not a major surprise. The Jayhawks’ staff, including assistant coach Jerrance Howard, spent years building a relationship with Newman. But in recent weeks, all signs pointed to Newman staying closer to home.

  • Florida's Chris Walker leaves school early for NBA draft

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward/center Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft, becoming the second player to leave coach Billy Donovan's program in the last month. Walker joins shooting guard Michael Frazier II in leaving school early for the draft. The 6-foot-10 Walker averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds as a sophomore this season, proving to be one of the biggest disappointments in Donovan's 19 years at Florida. A McDonald's All-America in high school, Walker came to Gainesville with loads of hype. He fell way short of expectations, playing in 49 games and starting six in two years. He averaged 11 minutes, 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. Walker says he's "excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield agonized over decision of whether to stay at OU or go pro

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NORMAN — Buddy Hield agonized over the decision of whether or not to return to Oklahoma for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft. Even Friday morning, just hours before a scheduled press conference at Lloyd Noble Center, the Big 12 Player of the Year wasn’t sure. “It’s been real tough,” Hield said in making his announcement to remain at OU. “It came down to this morning after me praying every night, stressing out.” Clearly, Hield wanted to turn pro, but after talking to those involved in the process and assessing the projections, he determined the best decision was to return for another year. “I had it in my mind for a long time,” he said. “I had my mind made up, my decision. I was telling

  • Hield made right decision by staying

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Only history will tell if Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield made the right choice Friday by staying with the Sooners instead of going into the NBA Draft. Hield’s decision, though, looks like the wise one. His game still needs work even though he was the Big 12 player of the year this season after averaging 17.4 points per game as a junior — up from the 16.5 points he averaged as a sophomore and 7.8 points as a freshman. There was no guarantee he would be drafted in the first round and it certainly won’t hurt him to play another year under Lon Kruger, a former coach with the NBA Atlanta Hawks. Sources had said Hield was wanting to turn pro, but had some doubts whether he was ready. There are other positives for

  • Shooting guard Sterling Smith to transfer from Coppin State to Pitt

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Pitt lost a shooting guard last week when senior Durand Johnson was dismissed from the program, but it didn’t take long for Jamie Dixon to find his replacement. Sterling Smith, a 6-4 shooting guard at Coppin State, will transfer to Pitt. Because he has graduated, he can play next season. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Smith, who chose the Panthers over Wake Forest, Rutgers and Louisville, averaged 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. He is a good 3-point shooter who made 42 percent of his attempts last season. The addition of Smith means Dixon has one more scholarship to fill for next season; he is hoping to find a center. ——— ©2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Visit the Pi

  • Wichita State's Gregg Marshall weighs hiring former assistant Chris Jans

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall is considering hiring Chris Jans as his assistant coach, although he stresses that decision is a difficult one and not close at hand. “His name has popped up,” Marshall said. “We’ve talked about it. I’ve met with him. Obviously, there’s things that he’s got to work through first.” Jans worked for Marshall from 2007, as part of Marshall’s first staff at WSU, until after the 2013-14 season. He earned a promotion to associate head coach in 2011. Marshall pushed Jans for jobs as a head coach for several years before Bowling Green hired him. Bowling Green fired Jans on April 2 after an incident at a bar near the Ohio school’s campus.