Osabuohien transfers to West Virginia
Former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien has transferred to West Virginia, coach Bob Huggins announced on Wednesday.Osabuohien was recently dismissed by Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining."Gabe's a player who can come in and can make an immediate impact to our team defensively," Huggins said in a news release. "He's accustomed to a fast style of play pressing and running from his days at Arkansas. His athleticism and toughness will be an addition to the frontline as well as being a capable shooter to help spread the defense."
Former Michigan State star Cleaves acquitted of sexual assault
Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves was acquitted of sexual assault charges by a jury Tuesday in a case that stemmed from a reported September 2015 incident at a motel room.Cleaves, 41, was facing charges of unlawful imprisonment and assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual penetration. He was facing a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.The trial in a Genessee County courtroom in Cleaves' hometown of Flint, Mich., included testimony from the alleged victim who said she was trying to leave a Mundy Township motel room but Cleaves would not allow it. Video evidence showed a woman trying to pull herself away from Cleaves, a member of Michigan State's 2000 NCAA championship team.Cleaves did not testify in the case and his attorneys argued that their client had consensual sex with the woman and was only pulling her back into the motel room because she was not fully clothed. A police official testified in the case that the victim did not say she was assaulted on the day in question.Cleaves and the woman were reportedly at a charity golf tournament on the day of the alleged incident and also a bar.The case had been dismissed once in 2016, but the charges were reinstated a year later on appeal from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The Michigan Supreme Court declined to review that decision leading to a trial.
Top 2020 PG Nix commits to UCLA
Five-star recruit Daishen Nix, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2020, has given his verbal commitment to UCLA.The 6-foot-5 Nix, who plays at Trinity International School in Las Vegas, is ranked as the top point guard and the No. 14 player overall in the class by the 247Sports composite. He committed after taking an official visit with the Bruins over the weekend.UCLA was on his top five list along with Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland."Most of my family is round the west coast, so if I leave to go to UCLA it's not that hard for them to fly over and drive over to see me," Nix said, per 247Sports.His commitment is UCLA's first in the 2020 class and the first for new coach Mick Cronin, who was hired in April. Nix cited Cronin's presence as one of the reasons for his choice.
Oregon adds 4-star G Patterson to 2019 class
Four-star guard Addison Patterson verbally committed to Oregon and reclassified to the 2019 recruiting class."I'm 100 percent committed to the University of Oregon," the 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Scottsdale, Ariz., said Sunday at a press conference.The standout from Bella Vista Prep is ranked No. 42 overall by the 247Sports Composite. He is also No. 2 in the state of Arizona and No. 4 among shooting guards nationwide.
Ducks add four-star guard for 2019-20 season
The Oregon Ducks continued their good week on the recruiting trail on Sunday, when four-star shooting guard Addison Patterson announced he would join the team this season.Patterson, 6-foot-6, reclassified from the 2020 class, where he was ranked as the 35th-best prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings. The website adjusted him to No. 42 in the 2019 class and elevated the Ducks to having the fourth-best class in the nation.On Tuesday, five-star center N'Faly Dante from Wichita, Kan., committed to Oregon after also reclassifying from the 2020 recruiting class.
Arkansas dismisses Osabuohien
Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien has been dismissed from the team by new coach Eric Musselman.Osabuohien averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 34 games last season as a sophomore. He played in 54 games (eight starts) in two seasons with the Razorbacks and averaged 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds."We have set a level of expectations for our student-athletes on and off the court," Musselman said in a statement. "After discussions with Gabe, it was decided that it would be best to part ways. We thank him for his time at Arkansas and wish him well."
LeBron's 'nephew' commits to Ohio State
Four-star guard Meechie Johnson Jr., often referred to by LeBron James as his "nephew," committed to Ohio State's 2021 recruiting class.The 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior from Cleveland was also being recruited by Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Xavier."I am staying home and it is a great feeling," he told 247Sports after announcing his decision Tuesday. "I know we are going to get a great class and we are going to do some special things. I just couldn't be more excited about being an Ohio State Buckeye."
NCAA amends controversial 'Rich Paul Rule'
The NCAA amended its certification process for agents on Monday after drawing criticism for what was dubbed as the "Rich Paul Rule."The NCAA said last week that agents representing players deciding whether to stay in college or leave for the NBA would have to possess a bachelor's degree. On Monday, that policy was changed and now agents who don't have a B.A. degree will be required to be in good standing with the NBA Players Association."We are committed to providing student-athletes who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore NBA draft options with access to a wide array of resources to make their decision," the NCAA said in a statement on Monday."NCAA member schools developed the new agent certification process to accomplish that goal and reflect our higher education mission. However, we have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor's degree requirement."Last week's decision drew criticism as some agents didn't attend college. The requirement of the bachelor's degree led to the belief it might be aimed at Paul, who doesn't have a college degree but represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and Ben Simmons among other NBA players.Monday's reversal came on the same day in which Paul slammed the NCAA in The Athletic.
Five-star C Dante commits to Oregon
Five-star prospect N'Faly Dante committed to Oregon and will reclassify from the 2020 recruiting class to 2019 in order to join the Ducks later this month.The 6-foot-11 center from Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kan., announced his decision in a letter written to his mother in Mali and published Tuesday on The Players' Tribune."I've put a lot of thought into it, and I'm excited to tell you that next year I'm going to be attending college and playing basketball at the University of Oregon," he wrote. "Oregon has a program that reflects a lot of the values you taught me when I was growing up. And I hope that someday I get to show you around Eugene. It's beautiful there!"
NCAA suspends BYU F Childs nine games
The NCAA upheld a nine-game suspension for BYU forward Yoeli Childs for mistakes he made while testing the NBA draft waters this spring.Childs, the Cougars' leading scorer last season, did not submit the appropriate paperwork and received impermissible expenses while working with an agent."There was some confusion with this new process, and I made decisions that have caused an outcome that none of us like," Childs said Friday. "I just want everyone to know that my intent was never to do something wrong."The two-time All-West Coast Conference selection decided in May to return for his senior season.The school said Childs had paid back all the expenses, with interest, but the NCAA rejected BYU's appeal. Childs will have to sit out the first nine games in 2019-20.
Arizona loses G Williams (knee) for season
Arizona starting guard Brandon Williams will miss the 2019-20 season after undergoing knee surgery, the school announced Wednesday.Williams averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 assists as a true freshman.The combo guard missed six games late last season because of a problem with his right knee, the same knee in which he had surgery in January 2017 because of a congenital issue that affects blood flow."Brandon is one of the most talented guards we have recruited during my tenure as head coach at Arizona," coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "A year ago, Brandon quickly became one of our team's best players and one of the Pac-12's most exciting freshmen. The news of Brandon's season-ending surgery is beyond disheartening."Williams was one of two returning starters -- the other being center Chase Jeter -- from an Arizona team that went 17-15 and missed the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA raises bar for agents of draft-testing players
The NCAA added higher certification standards for agents who want to represent basketball players testing the waters of the NBA Draft.The NCAA issued a memo to agents Monday, specifying the new criteria, which also was posted on the NCAA's website. The agent must:--Have a bachelor's degree--Be NBPA-certified for at least three consecutive years--Have professional liability insurance--Submit application and take an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.Those requirements are in addition to a background check.This was the first year in which NCAA players could declare for the draft and hire an agent to help navigate the pre-draft process. They maintain their collegiate eligibility if they decide to return to school.
Utah basketball placed on two years of probation
The NCAA placed the Utah men's basketball team on two years of probation for recruiting violations committed during a one-week span in April 2018.The penalty announced Tuesday does not include a postseason ban, loss of scholarships or dismissal of coaches.The NCAA said an assistant coach, known to be associate head coach Tommy Connor, "misapplied recruiting rules" by meeting with a recruit during what was supposed to be a quiet period.The school already had self-imposed a suspension of Connor for one week in November 2018.Connor has been an assistant to coach Larry Krystkowiak for eight seasons.
Nation's top 2020 recruit commits to Southern Cal
Evan Mobley, the top prospect in the 2020 class, committed Monday to play college basketball at Southern California."I want to get it out of the way before I start my senior year. And I know where I want to go," Mobley told ESPN, which ranks him as No. 1 on its ESPN100 list. "As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go. I was looking for the best fit. But after my junior season, I know that being at USC is the right fit for me."Mobley, 6-foot-11, isn't venturing far from home. He plays at Rancho Christian High School in Temecula and competed with the Compton Magic on the AAU circuit this spring and summer. He also was the Gatorade California Player of the Year and was part of Team USA's U17 and U19 FIBA World Cup teams.His father, Eric, is an assistant coach to Andy Enfield with the Trojans, hired in March 2018. His brother, Isaiah, was a five-star recruit in the 2019 class (No. 16 on the ESPN 100) and will enter his freshman season at USC.
Portland State player killed in shooting
Portland State guard Deante Strickland died in a shooting Friday afternoon in Oregon. He was 22.The Portland Police Bureau said Strickland was killed when a woman shot three people at a Northeast Portland home at around 2 p.m. local time.Police arrested Tamena Strickland, 30, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder Friday evening. She was being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.A family member told The Oregonian that the victim and the suspect were siblings. Two other women were shot and were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said."My heart is broken," Portland State athletic director Valerie Cleary told The Oregonian. "Strick was one of the best. He put so much dedication into all he did on and off the court. He truly represented our Viking values and his hometown of Portland. I will never forget his smile."
Tucker to serve as Wisconsin assistant for ailing Moore
Wisconsin named all-time leading scorer Alando Tucker as an interim assistant coach for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, and he will fill in for assistant Howard Moore.Moore recently suffered a heart attack while still recovering from injuries in a May car accident in which his wife and daughter were killed."I never wanted to join the Wisconsin coaching staff under circumstances like this, and my thoughts and prayers are with Howard and his family and will continue to be all season," Tucker said in a statement. "Howard and his family are very close friends of our family and his absence on the UW bench will be immense. He is the ultimate Badger and a tremendous coach. I owe it to him and my alma mater to do my best to coach up to his standard."According to the university, Moore suffered third-degree burns in the accident. He later had a heart attack and was in intensive care at UW Hospital in Madison before being moved to a long-term rehab facility."First off, the hearts of the entire Wisconsin basketball family are with Howard and his family right now," head coach Greg Gard said in a news release. "We think about him daily and will continue to do so during the entire season. He has helped shape this program for more than 25 years and he will be missed in our huddle this year."We're thankful to have someone like Alando able to step into this role. His familiarity with the program and our players, combined with his incredible basketball experience and energy, will be a great fit.
Bagley's brother commits to Arizona State
Marcus Bagley, a top 50 basketball recruit and the brother of former No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, committed to Arizona State on Monday.He is the first committed player in the 2020 class for Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley.Marcus Bagley is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif., although the family lived in Arizona and he previously attended Corona del Sol High School in Tempe and Hillcrest Prep.Bagley is a four-star recruit who is No. 50 in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the 2020 class.
Wisconsin assistant involved in fatal crash suffers cardiac arrest
Wisconsin assistant basketball coach Howard Moore, who was in a car accident that claimed the life of his wife and daughter in May, recently suffered cardiac arrest and will not coach this season.According to a statement from the family issued through the school, Moore "experienced a medical issue at his Madison area home that required ambulatory transportation to a local hospital. During the transportation to the hospital, Howard underwent cardiac arrest and has been receiving care by the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital."Howard will now be moving to a long-term care and rehabilitation facility to continue the focus on his recovery and health. He will not coach during the upcoming 2019-20 season."Moore and his teenage son were injured in a three-car crash just after 2 a.m. on May 25 near Ann Arbor, Mich. He was released from University of Michigan Hospital on June 8, more than a week after his son was discharged.
Kentucky lands five-star guard Boston
Guard Brandon "B.J." Boston Jr., a five-star guard in the Class of 2020, committed to Kentucky."I appreciated everybody recruiting me, but I'm going to Kentucky and I picked them because I think it's what best fits me," Boston told 247Sports on Saturday.Boston chose Kentucky over Duke, Florida, Auburn and Oregon, a late entrant onto his list.Boston, who is from Georgia, is listed on the 247Sports composite as the No. 2 guard and the No. 10 overall player in the nation.He is transferring to Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, Calif., for his senior season, where he will team with forward Ziaire Williams, who is listed on the 247Sports composite as the No. 7 overall player.
Cleveland State tabs Gates as head coach
Cleveland State hired Dennis Gates as its new coach, the school announced Friday.Gates, 39, has been an assistant coach at Florida State for the past eight seasons. This is his first head coaching gig.Gates replaces Dennis Felton, who was fired on July 12."When we set out two weeks ago to find the next head coach for Cleveland State University men's basketball, it was important to identify a leader of young men who was totally invested in delivering character, accountability, professionalism and an unparalleled passion for developing student-athletes on-and-off the court," athletic director Scott Garrett said in a statement."After carefully evaluating an impressive pool of interested candidates, Dennis Gates rose to the top and won this position with his thoughtful plan for transforming the lives of CSU men's basketball student-athletes, regaining our competitive position in the Horizon League and building a program that is representative of all of the incredible momentum occurring on the campus of Cleveland State University."