• Northwest Missouri State women's basketball adds 4 recruits

    Updated: 46 min ago

    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: 46 min ago

    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: 13 hr ago

    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: 13 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.

  • 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: 16 hr ago

    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: 16 hr ago

    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: 17 hr ago

    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: 17 hr ago

    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: 17 hr ago

    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.

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

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    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.

  • McAtee to walk on at K-State

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    An already-large group of newcomers to the Kansas State men's basketball team got bigger Friday morning as Manhattan High senior Pierson McAtee accepted head coach Bruce Weber's invitation to join the program as a walk-on. McAtee, who averaged 14.3 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior at Manhattan High, made the decision to join the team while passing on scholarship offers from lower-level schools, citing K-State's academics as the reason behind his choice. "I looked into what I wanted to study and talked with my parents and felt like K-State was the best option," McAtee said. "Then basketball-wise, I've grown up here and it's always been a dream of mine to play here and Coach Weber extended me the opportunity.

  • UNC women's team adds transfer from Vanderbilt

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina says it has added Vanderbilt transfer Paris Kea to its women's basketball team. Coach Sylvia Hatchell announced her addition Monday. Kea is a guard from Greensboro, North Carolina, who will sit out the upcoming season and will have three seasons of eligibility beginning in 2016-17. She started eight of 31 games as a freshman for Vanderbilt and averaged 6.9 points and a team-best three assists. Hatchell says Kea "gives us more options at the guard position in the future" and is "an outstanding player at both ends of the court.

  • ACC leading rebounder transfers from Virginia to Gamecocks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference rebounding leader Sarah Imovbioh of Virginia has signed to play her final season with South Carolina. Imovbioh, a 6-foot-2 forward from Nigeria, spent the past three seasons with the Cavaliers. She's graduating next month and can play next season with the Gamecocks. Imovbioh led the ACC at 10.8 rebounds a game last year. She was 19th nationally. Imovbioh will help bulk up South Carolina's front court, which is losing its starting forwards, 6-foot Aleighsa Welch and 6-4 Elem Ibiam. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley says Imovbioh's transfer was a "true gift to our program." Imovbioh joins 5-8 guard Shay Colley from Ontario, Canada, in South Carolina's signing class.

  • Weber says changes were needed


    From an outside perspective, the situation within the Kansas State men's basketball might appear beyond grim. But K-State coach Bruce Weber remains optimistic about his program after making changes he said had to be made. Since the conclusion of the Wildcats' 15-17 season, Weber dismissed his leading scorer, Marcus Foster, and then a pair of freshmen in Tre Harris and Malek Harris. Along with those departures, point guards Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson each elected to transfer. With the transfer of Jack Karapetyan, a sophomore forward who left before the season, the Wildcats lost six underclassmen this season.

  • Mittie wants more opponents like UConn


    Playing Connecticut the next two seasons is just the start for the Kansas State women's basketball team. The Wildcats' head coach Jeff Mittie said Tuesday he plans to schedule marquee opponents like UConn every year, for a number of reasons. "It's critically important to your program that in your non-conference you not only test your group, but you go on the road to test your team, you have events that create NCAA-type atmospheres, both good and bad," he said. "It's something that will be part of our schedule going forward." Mittie is also hoping K-State's home-and-home series with the defending national champions -- playing Nov. 23, 2015 in Storrs, Conn., and then back in Manhattan in 2016-17 -- helps the Wildcats' nat

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram Gil LeBreton column


    At American Airlines Center on Sunday night, first they confiscated the Houston brooms. Then the Dallas Mavericks’ defense vacuumed up the Rockets. That’s right — the defense. The Mavericks’ heretofore overwhelmed defense. Or, as the Rockets saw it and abused it for the first three games of this best-of-seven series, Highway 41 or 11 or whatever Mavericks jersey number that had tried to stop James Harden, Dwight Howard and Company. In the first three games of the series, Houston had scored 118, 111 and 130 points. No team in the NBA playoffs had averaged more than the Rockets or had a higher field goal percentage (.470).

  • Glencoe's Lazenby signs with Northern Oklahoma College in Enid


    With limited offers from NCAA Division I schools, Glencoe High senior Ty Lazenby signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Lazenby signed his collegiate letter Tuesday at the high school. The 6-feet, 5-inch, all-state player who led the Panthers to three-straight state championships with three state most valuable player honors, was happy to have his decision made and finalized. “It’s a relief,” Ty Lazenby said. “All of the thinking and the stress of picking what college I’m going to go to – it’s a relief to know I’m going somewhere where I think I’ll have a good time and is the best decision for me.” His father and coach, John Lazenby, was thrilled for his s

  • Isaiah Taylor excited about 'great relationship' with coach Shaka Smart

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Shaka Smart says he’s all about building relationships. Well, if you can’t get players to come into the Texas men’s basketball office, then go find ’em yourself. “He’s been over to the apartments with some of the older guys. He’s been to the dorms with us,” point guard Isaiah Taylor said. “We’ve been out to eat with him before. It’s just really been a great relationship with Coach Smart so far.” Who knows what Smart said to persuade Taylor to skip the NBA draft and stay at least one more year with the Longhorns? The 6-foot-1 sophomore said he received a late first- to early second-round grade from NBA scouts.

  • Indiana point guard set to return for final college season

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana point guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will return to school for his senior season. He made the announcement Sunday in a news release distributed by the athletic department. The decision means Indiana's top eight scorers all will be back next season to go along with top recruit Thomas Bryant. Ferrell averaged a team-high 16.3 points and finished fourth in the Big Ten with 4.9 assists last season. He is No. 22 on the school's career scoring list with 1,379 points, sixth in assists with 438 and fourth in 3-pointers made with 193. Ferrell says it is in his "best interests" to continue his education and continue developing as a player. Earlier this month forward Troy Williams and guard Jam