• Matthews took indirect paths during his basketball career

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DALLAS – For some odd reason, Wesley Matthews never took a direct path to where he wanted to go in his basketball career. And that includes his college basketball career. Matthews agreed Friday to sign a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks for approximately $13 million per season. The exact numbers won’t be hammered out until after the Mavs end their pursuit of Los Angeles Clippers free agent center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan is expected to soon decide between whether he wants to leave LA and play for the Mavs, or stay in LA and play for the Clippers. Following a four-year career at Marquette when he averaged 13.2 points and shot 44.4 percent from the field from 2005-’09, Matthews surprisingly went undr

  • Bill Self starts a free Wayne Selden movement

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The discussion materialized in the weeks after the season, the aftershocks still fresh after another early-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. Bill Self and his staff hunkered down for the usual postseason excavation, sifting deep into the Jayhawks’ roster makeup and the root causes of a sluggish offense (at least by Kansas standard). “We dissected last year’s season a lot,” Self said. Among the many pressing issues was the matter of Wayne Selden, a sophomore who appeared to possess all the traits of a standout wing at the college level — but who had slid backward during his second season at KU. There had to be a way, KU’s staff surmised, to unlock Selden’s potential.

  • NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Nephawe signs pro contract to play in Japan

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State center Tshilidzi Nephawe has signed a professional contract to play for the Kumamoto Vorters in Kumamoto, Japan. The Vorters are in the National Basketball League, one of Japan's top professional leagues. Nephawe's contract is a one-year deal and terms were not disclosed. The 6-foot-10 Nephawe, who has been in California working out, scored 1,087 points and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game during his Aggie career. The Johannesburg, South Africa native averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 22 games in 2014-15. Nephawe was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP and was a two-time All-WAC second team selection.

  • UNC women's hoops adds two assistants

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Kamie Ethridge looked to her right and always found Deb Patterson. Glancing to the left and it was a good bet Shalee Lehning was right there. Well, the scene on the University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball bench has a new look. Patterson will now spend her time upstairs in the office instead of being overly concerned with strategy, etc. She’ll be the Bears’ Director of Basketball Operations. Finding Lehning may be like Finding Waldo. She has opted to step away from coaching to pursue other interests, including spending quality time with family in Laramie, Wyo.

  • BRIEF: Star recruit Dillard decommits from Cal, chooses Oklahoma State

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    Oklahoma State men’s basketball team added another piece the puzzle for the 2015-16 season late Wednesday. Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing from Gary, Indiana, decommitted from California and committed to OSU, according to CBS Sports basketball insider, via Twitter. Dillard is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com. Dillard finished his senior year at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York after transferring from Bowman Academy in Gary, Indiana. He had committed to California, but hadn’t signed a letter of intent. If Dillard officially joins the Cowboys, which hasn’t happened yet, he will become the second freshman on the roster next year, joining point guard Jawun Evans.

  • Kansas thumps China in tuneup for World University Games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The atmosphere was a little quieter. The opponent was new. The result was the same. The Kansas men’s basketball team racked up another exhibition victory early Thursday morning, destroying China 93-56 in a scrimmage at the Seolwol Girls School Gymnasium in Gwangju, Korea. It was the first on-site tuneup before the start of the World University Games basketball tournament on Friday. Kansas coach Bill Self balanced playing time and used 11 players — everybody except injured freshman Carlton Bragg, who is recovering from a broken nose. The Jayhawks, representing the United States at the World University Games, led just 36-27 at halftime before turning the game into a blowout in the second half.

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  • Parents of Illinois players don't believe coach allegations

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a current University of Illinois women's basketball player and an incoming recruit said Thursday that they don't believe the allegations made by seven former players in a lawsuit this week accusing coaches of creating racial hostility. But the plaintiffs' attorney said an eighth former player has asked to join the lawsuit. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, the former players accuse coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss, who are white, of treating black players poorly to try to drive them off the team and doing the same to white players who supported them.

  • BRIEF: NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Nephawe signs pro contract to play in Japan

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LAS CRUCES -- Former New Mexico State center Tshilidzi Nephawe has signed a professional contract to play for the Kumamoto Vorters in Kumamoto, Japan. The Vorters are in the National Basketball League, one of Japan's top professional leagues. The 6-foot-10 Nephawe, who has been in California working out, scored 1,087 points and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game during his Aggie career. The Johannesburg, South Africa native averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 22 games in 2014-15. Nephawe was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP and was a two-time All-WAC second team selection. Mark Rudi can be reached at 575-541-5455. ——— ©2015 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.) Vis

  • Eighth Illinois basketball player asks to join lawsuit against university

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    An eighth Illinois women’s basketball player has asked to join a lawsuit against the university, alleging mistreatment. Kierra Morris, a Morgan Park graduate who was medically disqualified during the 2012-13 season, was “definitely mistreated” and “definitely alienated” from the team, said her mother, Tiffany Burrell. Coach Matt Bollant, former assistant Mike Divilbiss, the university board of trustees and athletic director Mike Thomas are named in a $10 million federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of seven other former Illini players. Morris would be the sixth African-American player to join the suit. “It was traumatic,” said Burrell, who referred further questions to attorney Terry Ekl, who is repre

  • Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suspended 4 games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates' squeaky-clean image took a big hit Thursday when the San Diego Chargers' star tight end was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The NFL said in a statement that Gates can participate in training camp and exhibition games. He will be able to return to the active roster on Oct. 5, a day after the Chargers' game against the Cleveland Browns. One of the NFL's top tight ends for more than a decade, Gates has had a Hall of Fame-caliber career after joining the Chargers as an undrafted rookie in 2003 following a college basketball career. He issued a statement through the team apologizing to the C

  • Recuiting violations net ECU basketball one year probation, $2,500 fine

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The NCAA has placed East Central University’s men’s basketball program on probation for a year, issued a $2,500 fine and imposed recruiting restrictions for recruiting violations by former head coach Joe Redmond. Redmond violated ethical-conduct rules when he provided or arranged for more than $5,500 in improper tuition payments, housing and other recruiting incentives for three prospects, the NCAA announced in its ruling Tuesday. Penalties included: • One year of probation from June 30, 2015, through June 29, 2016. • A $2,500 fine. • A three-year show-cause order for the coach.

  • KSU athletics announces 2016 budget

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Kansas State athletic director John Currie announced the athletic department's budget for the fiscal year 2016 on Tuesday -- presenting a balanced budget of $70.1 million -- in his regular letter to fans. The budget shows a $4.4 million increase from last year and $26 million increase from the 2010 budget of $44.1 million. Relying on zero dollars from the state or university for funding in 2016, the new budget's largest revenue sources come from the combined $31.87 million in ticket sales and contributions from fans and Ahearn Fund donors and $29 million in projected revenue from the Big 12/NCAA. Football ticket sales alone account for more than $11 million in revenue, while men's basketball checks in at $3.5 million in

  • Anderson, Gordon and Thomas transfer to Seton Hall

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Two guards and a forward have transferred to Seton Hall. Coach Kevin Willard announced the transfer of forward Brawden Anderson, shooting guard Derrick Gordon and point guard Jevin Thomas on Thursday. Anderson earned a degree at Fresno State and will be eligible next season while attending law school. Gordon graduated from Massachusetts, will also enter graduate school and can play immediately. Thomas, who left Kansas State, will sit out the 2015-16 season and will be able to compete in 2016-17. The 6-foot-9 Anderson averaged 2.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in two games over two seasons at Fresno State. Gordon has scored 1,000 points in his three-year college basketball career across

  • Post player transfers to Arkansas basketball team

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson has announced the transfer of a 6-foot-10 post player from Kennesaw State to the Razorbacks. Anderson said Thursday that Willy Kouassi has signed with Arkansas and will be eligible to play immediately. He has one season of eligibility remaining. Kouassi is a native of the Ivory Coast and began his collegiate career at Auburn. He was selected the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year last year at Kennesaw State after blocking 36 shots and averaging five rebounds per game.

  • Arkansas State hires assistant women's basketball coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced the hiring of an assistant women's basketball coach. Head coach Brian Boyer says Steve Huber will join the staff for the 2015-16 season. Huber has previously been head coach at Drury University and at Benedictine College. He's also served as an assistant women's coach at Creighton, Louisville, San Diego State, Bradley and Central Missouri and as an assistant men's coach at St. Cloud State and Northwest Missouri State.

  • Former NDSU hoops standout Alexander going pro in Germany

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota State University men's basketball standout Lawrence Alexander has signed a professional contract with a team in Germany. The 6-foot-3 native of Peoria, Illinois, was named The Summit League player of the year and tournament MVP last season. He also was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a senior. Alexander ranked fifth in the nation in minutes per game and eighth nationally in 3-point percentage last season. He led The Summit League in scoring and set a school single-season record with 104 3-pointers. He also holds NDSU career records for minutes played, games started and wins. He finished his Bison career ranked fourth in school history with 1,755 points.

  • Tom Sorensen: Snubbed in draft, ex-Kentucky shooting star Aaron Harrison seeks spot with Hornets

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Aaron Harrison, who led Kentucky in scoring last season, watched last week’s NBA draft from home. He saw teammates selected first, sixth, 12th and 13th. Andrew Harrison, his twin brother who is younger by a minute, was selected 44th. Big man Dakari Johnson was drafted 48th. Harrison’s name was never called, and he felt like you’d think he would. “Yeah, of course it hurt,” Harrison said Wednesday after his first practice with the Charlotte Hornets. “I mean, you just have to take the lumps. That’s part of being in the NBA. After the draft is over it’s not about the draft. It’s about summer league and making a team and playing well.” Harrison, 6-foot-6 and a lean 209 pounds, is one of 14 players on Char

  • Kansas players get crash course in Korean culture before World University Games trip

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — The class is called Introduction to Korea, which is a lot like it sounds. It is exploratory in nature, a cross-section of the culture, tradition and history of Korea. It was a summer requirement for each Kansas men’s basketball player competing in the World University Games this month in Gwangju, South Korea. It also led to senior forward Jamari Traylor, on a day in mid-June, taking a deep breath and enjoying a mouthful of Kimchi, the fermented side dish that is a staple of Korean cuisine. “It’s cabbage,” Traylor said a few hours later. “And they stick it somewhere in the ground and let it sit there for like weeks or something like that. It gets kind of rotten, I think, but it’s kind of good for

  • KU basketball players get crash course in Korean culture before World University Games trip

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The class is called Introduction to Korea, which is a lot like it sounds. It is exploratory in nature, a cross-section of the culture, tradition and history of Korea. It was a summer requirement for each Kansas men’s basketball player competing in the World University Games this month in Gwangju, South Korea. It also led to senior forward Jamari Traylor, on a day in mid-June, taking a deep breath and enjoying a mouthful of Kimchi, the fermented side dish that is a staple of Korean cuisine. “It’s cabbage,” Traylor said a few hours later. “And they stick it somewhere in the ground and let it sit there for like weeks or something like that. It gets kind of rotten, I think, but it’s kind of good for you. “I do




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