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  • K-State extends Weber; G Brown pulls out of draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Kansas State coach Bruce Weber agreed to a two-year contract extension on Friday, the same day in which standout guard Barry Brown Jr. withdrew his name from the NBA draft.

    • Weber's extension runs through the 2022-23 season. He will make $13.5 million over the next five seasons, starting with $2.5 million in 2018-19 and raising by $100,000 each season to top out at $2.9 million in the final season of the deal.

      Weber stunningly led Kansas State to a 25-12 record and a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Wildcats were picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 prior to the season.

      "We are very fortunate to have not only such an outstanding basketball coach but also a man in Coach Weber who conducts his program with integrity and class and is widely respected across the nation," athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. "Certainly last season was one of the most memorable postseason runs in our program's history, and we are excited for next season and the years ahead under Coach Weber's leadership."

      Weber is 125-80 with four NCAA Tournament appearances during his six seasons as Kansas State coach. He also has served stints at Southern Illinois and Illinois and has a 438-235 overall record in 20 seasons.

      "I have said many times that the support that our players and coaches receive is some of the best in the country and I couldn't be more appreciative of this commitment from President (Richard) Myers and Gene," Weber said in a statement. "We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish these last six years, including last season's special run, and this vote of confidence gives the staff and I everything we need to continue to build this program in the right way.

      "We can't wait to get back in the gym and start working with the players again."

      Weber is certainly glad to see Brown back with the program for his senior season.

      Brown averaged 15.9 points last season and ranks third on the school ledger with 189 career steals.

      "Although the process was more than enjoyable, I have decided to withdraw my name from the 2018 NBA Draft," Brown announced on his Twitter account. "Thank you to everyone who supported me and I am looking forward to finishing my senior season as a WILDCAT!

      Brown was a second-team All-Big 12 selection last season and also a member of the conference's all-defensive team.

      "Obviously, we are excited to have Barry back for his senior season," Weber said in a statement. "This was an important step for him and his family to explore his dreams of playing in the NBA. He went into it with the right mindset and now realizes where he needs to improve in the next year to reach that goal.

      "I know that he is excited and ready to get back to building on what we accomplished last season."

      --Field Level Media

  • West Virginia F Konate withdraws from NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate announced Thursday that he is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning for his junior campaign.

    • Konate tested the draft waters after averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season. He ranked second nationally with 116 blocked shots.

      "I am glad that I was able to gain feedback and to get experience from being invited to the NBA Draft Combine," Konate said in a news release. "It was a great experience, and I'm ready to get back to work with my teammates at West Virginia."

      Getting back a 6-foot-8, 260-pound defensive stalwart who posted the second most blocks in a season in school history was a pleasing development for Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins.

      "Sags went through the process in a systematic and professional manner," Huggins said in a statement. "The experience and feedback from the NBA Draft Combine will help him in the future."

      Konate was able to withdraw from the draft because he didn't retain an agent.

      Konate is the second West Virginia player to pull his name out. Forward Esa Ahmad withdrew from the draft earlier this month and is back for his senior campaign.

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC's Maye withdraws name from NBA Draft
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    North Carolina forward Luke Maye will return for his senior season after announcing Thursday that he is withdrawing his name from the 2018 NBA Draft.

    • Maye declared for the draft without an agent on April 23. He had until May 30 to withdraw his name and maintain his college eligibility.

      "I have had a great experience learning from the NBA process and growing as a basketball player during the past couple weeks," Maye wrote in an Instagram post. "I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for all of their support. Through this process, I have decided that I am going to comeback to school to improve as a player and finish my college career."

      Maye averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds as a junior last season -- his first as a full-time starter after two years as a reserve. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's most improved player.

      While exiting seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson won't return to the Tar Heels, Maye will rejoin starters Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson. UNC went 26-11 last season, losing to Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Field Level Media

  • North Carolina legend Ford undergoes prostate surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    North Carolina basketball legend Phil Ford underwent surgery for prostate cancer, the school announced Wednesday.

    • The 62-year-old Ford underwent the operation on Tuesday. The school said the cancer was detected during Ford's annual physical.

      Ford is under the care of Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at North Carolina.

      "I'm in a really good place spiritually and know I'm in the best place in the hands of God, Dr. Wallen and the staff at UNC Hospitals," Ford said in a statement. "I'll manage this with their help and the support of my family and friends."

      Ford scored 2,290 points from 1974-78 at North Carolina, an output that held up as the school record until Tyler Hansbrough broke it in 2008. He currently ranks second in scoring and third with 753 assists.

      Ford, a two-time first-team All-American, was the National Player of the Year as a senior and was the second overall pick in the NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings. He won Rookie of the Year honors for the 1978-79 season and averaged 11.6 points and 6.4 assists in 482 career games over seven seasons with the Kings, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets.

      He later served as a North Carolina assistant coach from 1988-2000.

      "Phil is one of a handful of people who, when you say his name, you think he is Carolina Basketball," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "He certainly is one of the most beloved players who has ever played here. We're glad they caught this when they did, and all of our prayers are with Phil and his family. He's getting the best care possible with Dr. Wallen and his team."

      --Field Level Media

  • Fired Louisville AD Jurich nets $4.5M settlement
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 18, 2018

    Fired Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich agreed to a $4.5 million buyout with the university.

    • Louisville announced Friday that Jurich would receive the buyout in addition to nearly $2 million in deferred payments. As a stipulation of the settlement, Jurich is officially "terminated without cause."

      "I have spent the better part of my career working with a dedicated team of athletes, coaches and staff to elevate the University of Louisville's Athletic Department and I am proud of what we accomplished which is well documented," Jurich said in a statement

      Louisville placed Jurich on administrative leave and parted with head coach Rick Pitino after FBI investigators converged on the campus under allegations Adidas paid $100,000 to secure five-star recruit Brian Bowen for Louisville and that an assistant coach knew of the payment. Pitino maintains he had no knowledge of the arrangement, as does Bowen.

      "Everyone is pleased that this matter has been successfully resolved," Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom said in a statement. "All parties can move forward to begin the next chapter."

      Jurich's contract with the school ran through 2023.

      --Field Level Media

  • ACC plans to propose expanding tourney field to 72
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 17, 2018

    The Atlantic Coast Conference doesn't appear to think March has enough Madness.

    • ACC commissioner John Swofford told reporters at the league's spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., that the conference voted to propose legislation to expand the NCAA Tournament field from 68 to 72 teams.

      "The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic," said Swofford, who revealed the proposal came from the ACC coaches. "That's such a quick turnaround. You could have one maybe in Dayton and one in the western part of the states. But we will be proposing that."

      The NCAA Tournament field expanded from 65 to 68 in 2011.

      Among other suggestions the conference plans to make is pushing back the 3-point line, widening the lane and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound. The ACC offered no suggestions regarding the findings of the Rice Commission report, which called for an end to the "one-and-done" rule among several other notable changes.

      "I think it's a little premature to get into specifics before there's a little bit more of evolvement," Swofford said. "We'll see. I don't want to get out ahead of the train. We want to be right with it as it moves along."

      --Field Level Media

  • Seton Hall lands FSU transfer Obiagu
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Ike Obiagu is transferring from Florida State to Seton Hall, the center announced Thursday on Twitter.

    • Obiagu, who revealed his plan to transfer last month, provided a team-high 71 blocks in 34 games (14 starts) as a freshman for the Seminoles. He averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.

      The 7-foot Nigerian will sit out the 2018-19 season as a result of NCAA transfer rules.

      --Field Level Media

  • UConn legend Calhoun expects to coach D-III school
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun has his eyes set on a return coaching next season, though at a Division III school that will be playing men's basketball for the first time.

    • The legendary former UConn coach has been helping to build a basketball program at the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Conn. The school, formerly exclusive to women and featuring an enrollment of about 2,400 students, recently began admitting men and will start playing men's basketball in November.

      "I fully expect to coach Saint Joe's next year," Calhoun told the Associated Press on Wednesday. "I fully expect to, and then we'll leave it at that."

      Calhoun is entering the final month of a 10-month consulting contract at Saint Joseph. He's assisted in recruiting and securing funding for new basketball facilities at the university among his tasks in the last year.

      Calhoun also brought in former UConn assistant Glenn Miller, who is expected to be named head coach at Saint Joseph if Calhoun isn't.

      Calhoun amassed 873 career wins in his 40 years of coaching between Northeastern (1972-86) and Connecticut (1986-2012). He led the Huskies to three titles (1999, 2004, 2011) and NCAA Tournament berths in all but eight of his 26 seasons at the helm of the program.

      Calhoun retired as Connecticut's coach in September of 2012 after he was suspended three games for recruiting violations in his final season. He currently serves as an adviser at UConn, though he knows there are logistical issues he'll have to face if he is to continue the role and coach at Saint Joseph.

      If Calhoun gets the job, he said the school is in talks with ESPN and Netflix to do a documentary series on his return. Meanwhile, major programs, like Providence, have talked to him about potentially playing exhibition games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pitino says adidas won battle to sponsor top prospect's AAU team
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Five-star guard Romeo Langford thrilled fans in his home state when he committed to the Indiana Hoosiers in late April.

    • Did a shoe company have an impact on that decision?

      Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who was recruiting Langford when he was fired, said Wednesday that Langford's father Tim had made it clear that he wanted to head up a team on the AAU circuit and whichever shoe company offered him the most money would have the inside track on where Romeo landed.

      "The way they phrased it, it was whoever (shoe company) was going to pay the dad's AAU program the most money, gets it," Pitino told the Washington Post, which first reported the story. "That's the way that world works. Which is completely legal, by the way."

      Each of the big three shoe companies -- adidas, Under Armour and Nike -- runs an AAU sponsorship program.

      In January 2017, adidas announced the formation of new AAU team Twenty Two Vision, with Romeo Langford as the star player and, reportedly, Tim Langford as the director.

      Indiana's basketball program is sponsored by adidas, which is no coincidence, per Pitino.

      He says two adidas officials told him they were meeting with Tim Langford in January 2017 to help make sure he stayed associated with the brand.

      "What they said to me (was) they're doing everything possible to keep Romeo Langford's team on the (adidas) AAU circuit," Pitino said, per the Louisville Courier-Journal.

      Pitino was fired in October in the fallout from an FBI investigation into bribery and fraud in college basketball. Pitino has said he wasn't aware of an alleged payment from a Louisville assistant to the family of recruit Brian Bowen.

      Pitino sued for $38.7 million in November, arguing there is nothing in a federal criminal complaint unsealed in September that tied him to any improper activities. The school countered with a suit against Pitino last month seeking damages from vacated games and bonuses.

      Pitino is also suing adidas, alleging the apparel company's employees harmed his reputation when they allegedly participated in a scheme to funnel money to recruits.

      Langford ranks fourth in state history with 3,002 career points at New Albany (Ind.) High School, and he averaged 35.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior while shooting 56 percent from the 3-point line.

      He was the consensus top recruit in the country who had yet to commit to a school. Early projections for the 2019 NBA Draft have pegged Langford as a potential top-five prospect.

      The other finalists were Kansas (also an adidas school) and Vanderbilt (Nike).

      --Field Level Media

  • Killeya-Jones to transfer from Kentucky to NC State
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Former McDonald's All-American Sacha Killeya-Jones announced Tuesday that he is transferring from Kentucky to North Carolina State.

    • Killeya-Jones will have to sit out the 2018-19 season to meet transfer regulations. The 6-foot-10 forward has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      Killeya-Jones chose NC State over fellow ACC schools North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, among others.

      Killeya-Jones announced his decision on Twitter.

      Killeya-Jones didn't match his billing at Kentucky and averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds as a sophomore. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman.

      "The past two years at Kentucky have been an amazing journey and I want to thank all my coaches, teammates and fans who made it possible," Killeya-Jones said. "After much deliberation with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to ask for my release and explore other opportunities at this time. Thank you for your support through this process!"

      Killeya-Jones is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C.

      --Field Level Media

  • 'Nova, Michigan set for title game rematch
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Villanova and Michigan are expected to meet in the Gavitt Games in November in a rematch of the national title game won 79-62 by the Wildcats last month.

    • CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported the teams will play in Philadelphia in the event featuring non-league games between teams from the Big East and Big Ten. The Wolverines last played in the Gavitt Games in 2015, losing to Xavier.

      The teams will have significantly different looks seven months after they met in the NCAA Tournament title game.

      Villanova starters Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are in this summer's NBA Draft, while Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman are deciding whether or not to stay in the draft as well. Wildcats coach Jay Wright did add five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly.

      Michigan lost star center Moritz Wagner to the draft, while sophomore Charles Matthews is another player who submitted his name but did not hire an agent while he weighs his draft stock. Co-captains Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson graduated. Coach John Beilein has a strong incoming recruiting class that includes four-star forward Brandon Johns and Ignas Brazdeikis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Carr chooses Gophers after leaving Pitt
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Marcus Carr, who spent his freshman season at Pittsburgh before deciding to transfer, will join the Minnesota Gophers, coach Richard Pitino announced on Saturday.

    • "Marcus performed at a high level as a freshman in the ACC all year long," said Pitino in the school's press release. "He's been good at every level. He will be a terrific addition to our basketball program. Gopher fans will love Marcus Carr."

      The Toronto native will have to sit out the 2018-19 season, per NCAA rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

      Carr, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 10 points per game for the Panthers, starting all but five games as a freshman. He led the team in assists (120) and steals (20) and was second in minutes played.

      The Panthers finished last season 0-18 in conference play and 8-24 overall. The Gophers went 15-17, 4-14 in the Big Ten.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nevada lands highly touted recruit Brown
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 11, 2018

    Three years after offering Jordan Brown a full ride, the Nevada Wolfpack secured a commitment from the McDonald's All-American power forward.

    • The 6-foot-10 Brown chose the Wolfpack over Arizona and Cal, though the California-based big man was recruited by a host of big-name schools.

      Brown, ranked 11th by Rivals, 14th by 247Sports and 31st in ESPN's Top 100, is the highest-ranked player to commit to Nevada in any sport. Local product Luke Babbitt previously held that distinction.

      "It honestly felt like it would be a good fit for me," Brown told 247Sports of his decision. "They were the first school to offer me so I'm just really comfortable with the coaching staff and the whole program. It's a good veteran team and they have a good chance at making to the NCAA Tournament again. I want to be a part of that."

      Brown averaged 21.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 blocks in his only season at Prolific Prep in Napa Valley last season, per the Reno Gazette Journal. He has also won two gold medals with Team USA's U-18 squad.

      Nevada, which made the Sweet 16 last season, could return a powerhouse team next season if twins Caleb and Cody Martin and guard Jordan Caroline elect to pull out of the 2018 NBA Draft.

      The Wolfpack's 2018 recruiting class also includes forwards K.J. Hymes and Vince Lee and a slew of transfers will also become eligible this coming season.

      If all three NBA hopefuls elect to return, the Wolfpack would be two scholarships over the limit, which would force Nevada coach Eric Musselman into some tough decisions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Condoleezza Rice: NCAA rules 'incomprehensible'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Condoleezza Rice, head of the Commission on College Basketball, described NCAA rules prohibiting payments to student-athletes as "incomprehensible" on Wednesday.

    • During a phone interview with USA Today Sports, Rice said she thought the commission's report, which called for an end to the "one-and-done" rule among several other notable changes, was "pretty clear" that college athletes should be able to profit from their names, images and likenesses. However, she reiterated that this should only be possible after the NCAA's ongoing legal cases are resolved.

      "We believe that students ought to be able to benefit from name, image and likeness, but you can't decide a program until you know the legal parameters," Rice said. "That was the point. I think some of the commentary suggested that we didn't really speak on this issue. I think we did speak on this issue, it's just that we understand there's a legal framework that has to be developed first. ...

      "Sometimes when something's incomprehensible, you have to go ahead and say, 'This is incomprehensible,' which means it probably isn't right. And I thought that in the report, we were pretty clear, that we think the framework doesn't work."

      Regarding one-and-done, which is an NBA rule, Rice said it won't be eliminated until 2019-20 at the earliest due to the 2018-19 players that have already been recruited under the current system.

      Rice suggested at the time of the commission's report if the rule isn't changed, the NCAA may have to add its own rules -- perhaps barring freshmen from playing or making the scholarship of a player who leaves early unavailable after he leaves.

      The commission's findings, shared two weeks ago, also recommended that college players should be allowed to return to school if undrafted and that high school and collegiate athletes should be able to sign with a certified agent before deciding to test the NBA draft waters.

      The 12-person commission also called for independent investigations into rule-breaking and cheating in college programs, pushing for stiffer penalties -- possibly including lifetime bans -- for offenders.

      The NCAA will take the recommendations into consideration, president Mark Emmert said in a statement upon the sharing of the report, adding that he hopes to have changes in place by August.

      "The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball," Emmert said. "The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission's recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky lands five-star G Maxey
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Kentucky added to its already loaded 2019 recruiting class with a commitment from five-star junior guard Tyrese Maxey on Wednesday.

    • Maxey announced his decision in a video posted to his Twitter. He chose Kentucky over Texas, Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.

      Maxey joins fellow top recruits D.J. Jeffries and Ashton Hagans in John Calipari's 2019 class, though there's been talk Hagans, a point guard, might reclassify to 2018. The Wildcats have an opening at guard next season with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander declaring for the NBA draft.

      Maxey is averaging 24.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists through seven games on the Nike EYBL circuit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson adds transfers Baehre, White
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Clemson announced Tuesday that UNC Asheville transfer forward Jonathan Baehre has joined the program.

    • The 6-foot-10 Baehre averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds last season. He will have to sit out the 2018-19 season to meet transfer regulations and will have two seasons of eligibility.

      "We are excited about adding Jonathan to our program," Tigers coach Brad Brownell said in a statement. "He is a versatile front court player who can play multiple positions and effect the game in many ways. He has the ability to stretch the floor by making 3s and the touch to finish around the rim as he continues to get stronger during his year in residence."

      Baehre is the second 6-foot-10 transfer recently added by the Tigers, who also formally announced that Oral Roberts graduate transfer Javan White has joined the program. White averaged 10.2 points and 9.0 rebounds last season.

      White is eligible immediately and has two seasons of playing time remaining.

      "Javan is an extremely bright and hard-working young man who was able to graduate ORU in three years," Brown said. "As a basketball player, Javan is a terrific rebounder and an athletic finisher around the basket. His size, versatility and experience should allow him to be an immediate contender in our frontcourt."

      The additions come as Clemson waits to see if guards Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed will return to school. Both players entered the NBA draft but didn't hire agents, so they each have the option to pull out of the draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gamecocks land Hoyas grad transfer Campbell
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    South Carolina has added graduate transfer Tre Campbell from Georgetown.

    • Campbell, a point guard, announced his commitment to South Carolina on Twitter on Tuesday.

      "First of all I want to thank God to put me in this position and giving me this opportunity to play one more year of college basketball and prove everybody wrong," Campbell wrote.

      Campbell didn't play for the Hoyas last season after being released from the program, though he remained on scholarship. His 2016-17 campaign was marred by a knee injury suffered in a bus accident involving the team in February of 2017.

      Campbell averaged 3.4 points in 21 games that season.

      South Carolina dismissed point guard Rakym Felder last month.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indiana adds HS All-American Langford, plus St. Mary's transfer
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Indiana added the state's Mr. Basketball, Romeo Langford, and St. Mary's (Calif.) forward Evan Fitzner to what is rated as the best recruiting class in the Big Ten.

    • Head coach Archie Miller announced Langford, who also was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, signed a national letter of intent and Fitzner entered the program for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer.

      In four seasons at Albany High School, Langford had a 110-10 record and became the school's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and shot 56 percent from the field in four seasons.

      "Romeo absolutely fits the profile of who you would want to represent the Indiana University men's basketball program as a person, an athlete and as a student. He has a team-first mindset and brings great size to a position of need for us and makes the game look effortless," Miller said of Langford, who scored 19 points in the McDonald's All-Star Game. "He can score in any situation. He can shoot over defenders and is relentless in attacking the rim. He has great vision and is a willing passer who makes others better. As a defender with a 6-10 ½ wingspan, he plays with great poise and discipline. He's not afraid to challenge shots on the perimeter and will only get better as he embraces a strength program that will help him attain his goal of playing at the next level."

      Fitzner shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range at St. Mary's. He has one season of eligibility remaining. He started 76 games for the Gaels the past three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wake Forest adding Rice transfer G Lester
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 7, 2018

    Wake Forest men's basketball coach Danny Manning on Monday announced that Rice transfer Miles Lester has joined the Demon Deacons, one of two preferred walk-ons added to the program.

    • The other is incoming freshman Blake Buchanan.

      Lester, a Wichita, Kan., native, played in 29 games with the Owls as a freshman last season. The guard averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 assists in 12.4 minutes per game, making five starts. He will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama's Key transfers to Virginia
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Braxton Key has decided to continue his career at Virginia, he told ESPN on Sunday.

    • Key spent two seasons at Alabama before electing to transfer. He will be required to sit out the 2018-19 season to meet transfer regulations and will have two seasons remaining.

      The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds last season. That was a drop-off from a strong freshman campaign in which he averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 boards.

      Choosing the Cavaliers comes with this interesting nugget: Key is the nephew of former Virginia great Ralph Sampson.

      "Alabama has taught me so much about my game and also about myself as a person, and I can't thank Coach Avery (Johnson) enough for the opportunity," Key told ESPN. "But I am excited about the next chapter at Virginia. I chose Virginia because of the relationship with the coaches since high school. I love how close the team is, and it's my uncle Ralph Sampson's alma mater.

      "I'll miss the Crimson Tide, but I'm so grateful for this next chapter."

      Key was a member of the SEC All-Freshman team following his first season at Alabama. He missed 10 games as a sophomore due to knee surgery.

      Virginia went 31-3 last season and was the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. But the season ended in major disappointment as the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed as UMBC rolled to a 74-54 victory in an opening-round stunner.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former SMU player, coach Prewitt dies at 93
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 4, 2018

    Longtime SMU basketball coach Bob Prewitt died on Thursday, the school announced in a statement. He was 93.

    • Prewitt earned three varsity letters for the Mustangs as a player, being voted team captain and earning first-team all-Southwest Conference honors in 1948-49.

      He then served as an assistant coach for 18 seasons under Doc Hayes -- including on the 1956 team that made a run to the Final Four -- before taking over for Hayes as head coach in 1967. Prewitt went on to coach SMU for the next eight seasons, going 88-115 and winning one Southwest Conference title.

      Prewitt was honored Friday night at the SMU Hall of Fame ceremony.

      --Field Level Media

  • Syracuse transfer Moyer selects Vanderbilt
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 4, 2018

    Forward Matthew Moyer has transferred from Syracuse to Vanderbilt, his new school announced Friday.

    • Moyer spent two seasons at Syracuse, missing the first with a foot injury and averaging 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 35 games (20 starts) last season.

      Moyer will have to sit out this season to meet transfer regulations. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and possibly three if he pursues a medical hardship for the 2016-17 season.

      "The addition of Matt Moyer to our program is very exciting," Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said in a statement. "We believe he is a very talented wing player who fits our style of play well. Matt will enhance our program in many ways outside of basketball. He is a tremendous young man and excels in the classroom."

      Moyer is ready to see how he fits in with the Commodores.

      "I am really excited to get to campus and start learning from Coach Drew and help start a winning culture at Vanderbilt," Moyer said in the news release. "With the current roster and incoming class, the opportunity to do something special is right at our doorstep."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: 'Enraged' Coach K left former player's mother in tears
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 4, 2018

    While the Duke basketball team was in the midst of a national championship season in 2014-15, one Blue Devils player believed he was in the midst of being phased out of the program.

    • Semi Ojeleye would indeed transfer out of Duke, head to SMU and eventually end up with the Boston Celtics. He has played more than 23 minutes in the Celtics' two playoff wins against Philadelphia.

      While his story may have taken a turn for the better, it didn't do so before a pretty dramatic moment for Ojeleye's mother in Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's office, according to a recent report.

      In a story Tuesday by the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy, Joy Ojeleye recalled a meeting in Krzyzewski's office during that 2014-15 campaign, Semi's sophomore season.

      In the meeting, Joy (who was accompanied by her son Victor) claimed she asked Coach K about Semi's prospects of getting an increased role on the team.

      She told Murphy her family had a similar conversation with Krzyzewski following Semi's freshman season.

      "He said your son is an amazing person," Joy told Murphy. "On the court and off the court. He's going to play. Don't worry. He'll be fine. He even texted me and said Semi is going to do great, he's going to break out. That helps me believe what my son told me, because he said I believe him."

      But when she sat down for the second meeting, it was a far different reaction from the coach, she claimed. According to the story, Krzyzewski "jumped out of his chair" and was "enraged."

      "He shouted at me. He said, 'Am I lying, Am I lying?' Just like that," Joy told Murphy. "My oldest son said, 'Coach, she didn't say you were lying, she was only asking a question.'

      "I had tears streaming down my cheeks, and I said, 'Coach, you're way up there and I'm down here. That's why I kneeled down and said forgive me. I didn't say you were lying. I would never say that.' Victor, for the first time, he felt so humiliated, so bad and ashamed I was treated like that. It's OK. I just didn't want him to feel like I was being rude to him. I just wanted to ask the question. Is there anything my son needs to do and achieve the privilege to play? Because if you never play, nobody sees your talent. And he tells me he does everything you tell him to do, so if you're working hard behind the scenes, please, even if it's five minutes, let him play.

      "So when I sat down, he said, 'You're OK, you're OK, that's OK, that's OK, you haven't done anything wrong.' And he went back and sat in his chair. I said 'I'm sorry,' and he said, 'You don't have anything to be sorry about. You're fine.'"

      Semi withdrew from Duke two weeks later.

      "That's in the past -- doesn't matter, don't want to get into that," Semi told Murphy.

      Duke senior associate athletic director of external affairs Jon Jackson provided Murphy the following statement:

      "While we are not going to comment on specific conversations between parents and members of our coaching staff, we understand that transfer situations are sometimes emotional. Our entire Duke Basketball staff enjoyed Semi Ojeleye's year-and-a-half as a member of our program, and since granting him his full release, we have followed his career as he progressed into the professional player our staff envisioned him to be. We wish him nothing but the best."

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke recruit reclassifies, joins loaded class
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Duke's already loaded recruiting class just got even deeper.

    • Forward Joey Baker, who was committed to join the Blue Devils for the 2019-20 season, reclassified his year on Wednesday and will enroll in school this fall.

      "The coaching staff and I felt it was the best option for this upcoming year," Baker told ESPN. "I'll be challenged to grow on and off the court."

      He confirmed the decision by tweeting Wednesday, "I'm coming early #thebrotherhood," with a photo of him bearing the caption, "Joey Baker, Class of '18"

      Baker, from Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville, N.C., was ranked 15th in the class of 2019 by ESPN, 32nd in the 2019 class by Rivals.

      Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward R.J. Barrett, Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School forward Zion Williamson and Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) guard Cam Reddish, the consensus top three prep players in the country, are all set to join Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski this fall.

      The Blue Devils' incoming class also includes Apple Valley (Minn.) guard Tre Jones, regarded as one of the nation's top 15 prospects.

      All five should get ample opportunities for playing time as Duke's entire starting five from last season won't return. Four freshmen -- Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter, Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval -- and senior Grayson Allen are all headed for the NBA.

      Right after the Final Four, Las Vegas established Duke as the favorite to win next year's national title, even with none of its starters returning. The Blue Devils were on top at 5-1. Next on the list were Villanova, Kansas and Kentucky, all at 8-1.

      Duke went 29-8 last season, finishing second to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference and losing to Kansas in overtime in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

      --Field Level Media

  • Siena tabs Christian as new coach
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Siena hired Jamion Christian to be its new coach, the school announced Wednesday.

    • Christian, 36, guided Mount St. Mary's to two NCAA appearances in six seasons.

      Christian replaces Jimmy Patsos, who resigned last month under pressure amid allegations of abusive conduct and financial impropriety.

      "Jamion represents the very ideals of Siena College and its men's basketball program. I believe this is a good fit," Siena president F. Edward Coughlin said in a statement. "Jamion has been revered in every locker room and in every community where he's coached. Jamion leads by putting the student-athletes first, and he demands that wins and championships are earned with dignity. I'm elated for our student athletes, for our community, and for Siena basketball fans everywhere."

      Christian compiled a 101-95 record at Mount St. Mary's. His 2014 and 2017 squads reached the NCAA Tournament.

      But now he is ready for a new challenge at the school located just outside Albany, N.Y. in the town of Loudonville.

      "I am so honored to be named the head coach at Siena College, and I would like to thank President Coughlin and (athletic director) John D'Argenio for this opportunity," Christian said. "I was immediately drawn to Siena by its rich history of basketball excellence and high levels of achievement.

      "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with our team. We have a lot to prove, and we're going to have a lot of fun earning it each and every day."

      Siena went 8-24 last season in Patsos' fifth and final season at the helm.

      Patsos came under fire when a report alleged he verbally abused a team manager with a mental-health condition. Ensuing reports suggested Patsos withheld portion of players' per diem for meals to pay for a large bar tab.

      --Field Level Media