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Combined NCAA championships planned for 2020, 2023

Combined NCAA championships planned for 2020, 2023

The NCAA will crown the men's basketball champions from Divisions I, II and III in Atlanta in 2020, with the women to follow the same combined format in Dallas in 2023.The 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four will be April 4 and 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with the Division II and Division III championships decided April 5 at State Farm Arena.The 2023 Women's Final Four will take place March 31 and April 2, and the D-II and D-III title games will be on April 1. All games will be at the American Airlines Center."Conducting all three basketball championships in one city on the same weekend provides student-athletes from each division a unique experience," Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement Wednesday. "We're thrilled that our membership approved of doing this again, and we're confident that this is going to be another huge success."
Former Kansas G Moore transfers to DePaul

Former Kansas G Moore transfers to DePaul

Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore is transferring to DePaul in his hometown of Chicago, Blue Demons coach Dave Leitao announced Tuesday.It's the third school for Moore, who played one season at California in 2016-17 and one season with the Jayhawks in 2018-19.When Moore's plan to leave Kansas was announced last month, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Moore wanted to be closer to his family.
Irvine's Hazzard transferring to Arizona

Irvine's Hazzard transferring to Arizona

Guard Max Hazzard is transferring to Arizona.Hazzard, who played three seasons at UC Irvine, will be a graduate transfer and eligible to play immediately.Hazzard told 247Sports he is looking to contribute right away."They were down this past year and I like my chances to come in and fulfilling a big role and hopefully getting them back to Arizona basketball, where they belong," he said."I've always wanted to play in a high major program," said Hazzard, a Los Angeles native. "You know, I wasn't really highly recruited out of high school, not saying I could've gone to Arizona but I could've gone a little bit higher. I've always played with a chip on my shoulder and that has benefited me."
Top recruit Stanley selects Duke

Top recruit Stanley selects Duke

Duke landed another highly regarded recruit on Monday when shooting guard Cassius Stanley announced he would play for the school.Stanley, ranked as the nation's 28th-best recruit by 247sports, chose the Blue Devils over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.The 6-foot-6 Stanley, who played at Sierra Canyon in the Los Angeles area, made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter. It had a boxing theme and he was wearing a white robe with his name on the back.He turned his back to the camera, took off the robe and turned around to display he was wearing a Duke jersey.
Kansas C Azubuike returning for senior year

Kansas C Azubuike returning for senior year

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will return for senior season rather than entering the 2019 NBA Draft, the school announced Monday."We're all very excited about Udoka making the decision not to enter the (NBA) draft," head coach Bill Self said in a statement. "Unfortunately for him, injury is the reason as he still cannot participate what would be the NBA combine or workouts for the NBA teams. We really anticipated that this would be the year he would enter the draft but that was also based on him having an injury-free year."Azubuike's season ended after nine games due to torn ligaments in his right hand, which required surgery in January. He had also missed four games earlier in the season due to an ankle injury.The 7-foot-0, 270-pound native of Nigeria averaged 13.4 points on 70.5 percent shooting, plus 6.8 rebounds per game in his truncated junior season. In 56 games over three seasons, Azubuike has averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 74.4 percent from the floor.The Kansas record for career field-goal percentage is 62.0 (Mark Randall, 1986-91).
Five-star G Anthony commits to UNC

Five-star G Anthony commits to UNC

Cole Anthony, a five-star guard in the Class of 2019, committed to North Carolina.He made the announcement Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up.""We really pushed this decision back a lot. We really just kept looking at all our schools, and I just always ended up winding up going back to Carolina," he said. "It felt like a family to me. I love Coach [Roy] Williams, Coach [Hubert] Davis. If it was up to me, I'd be on campus tomorrow."The 6-foot-3 Anthony, who attends Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 3 prospect in the nation. He also considered Oregon, Georgetown and Notre Dame.This year, Anthony was named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic and the MVP of McDonald's All-American Game. He also was part of USA Basketball's 2018 FIBA Americas U18 team that won the gold medal last summer.
Draft notebook: Duke's Bolden, DeLaurier enter NBA draft

Draft notebook: Duke's Bolden, DeLaurier enter NBA draft

Duke center Marques Bolden and forward Javin DeLaurier will enter the NBA draft process but could return to school for their senior seasons.They filed paperwork with the league before the weekend deadline, which will allow them to be evaluated by NBA personnel. If their draft projections aren't favorable, they can withdraw from the draft by May 29.In 35 games (21 starts) in the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-11 Bolden averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.The 6-foot-10 DeLaurier played in all 38 games (16 starts) for the Blue Devils and averaged 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.Duke freshmen Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett all have declared for the draft and are considered top-10 prospects.The Blue Devils have the No. 1-ranked incoming class, which includes two five-star forwards: 6-10 Vernon Carey and 6-9 Matthew Hurt.
Gonzaga's Tillie declares for draft

Gonzaga's Tillie declares for draft

Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie declared for the NBA draft but reserves the right to change his mind by May 29 and go back to school.Tillie, a 6-foot-10 junior from France, is the fourth player from the Zags to put in his name for the draft. The other three are Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and Zach Norvell Jr.Tillie averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in an injury-shortened 2018-19 campaign, playing 15 games.
Draft notebook: Missouri F Porter declares

Draft notebook: Missouri F Porter declares

Missouri forward Jontay Porter says he will enter the NBA draft.Porter missed the 2018-19 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee two weeks before the start of the season.In March, he re-tore his right ACL and subsequently had surgery. He later said via social media that he had tried to play basketball again before doctors gave him the OK."I'll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft," Porter posted on Twitter. "I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey, especially my family, coaches, and teammates. Excited for this next step!"Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a 2017-18 freshman. He was named the co-Sixth Man of the Year in the Southeastern Conference after helping the Tigers reach their first NCAA Tournament in five years.
Missouri F Porter to enter NBA draft

Missouri F Porter to enter NBA draft

Missouri forward Jontay Porter says he will enter the NBA draft.Porter missed the 2018-19 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee two weeks before the start of the season.In March, he re-tore his right ACL and subsequently had surgery. He later said via social media that he had tried to play basketball again before doctors gave him the OK."I'll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft," Porter posted Friday on Twitter. "I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey, especially my family, coaches, and teammates. Excited for this next step!"Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a 2017-18 freshman. He was named the co-Sixth Man of the Year in the Southeastern Conference after helping the Tigers reach their first NCAA Tournament in five years.Without the 6-foot-11 Porter, Missouri finished 15-17 overall and 12th in the SEC this season.
Michigan State's Ward entering draft, but Winston staying

Michigan State's Ward entering draft, but Winston staying

Point guard Cassius Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, announced Friday he will return to the Spartans for his senior season, but the news wasn't all good for coach Tom Izzo.Forward Nick Ward, who has played in 104 games over three seasons for the Michigan State, announced he is entering the NBA draft."After talking things over with my parents and Coach Izzo and the staff at Michigan State, I've decided to take the next step in my career and enter my name for the NBA draft," Ward said. "I've learned so much at Michigan State and am thankful to the coaches and my teammates for helping me become a better player and a better person and reach a lifelong goal of getting to a Final Four. Based on the feedback I got last year and discussions with Coach Izzo, I'm ready for this challenge and look forward to this next chapter."Ward was evaluated in the draft process last year but decided to return to school.In the 2018-19 season, Ward averaged 12.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.Winston played in 39 games, averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 assists.
College basketball notebook: St. John's finally lands a coach

College basketball notebook: St. John's finally lands a coach

After a 10-day search that included plenty of rejections, St. John's announced Friday the hiring of former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson to be its new head basketball coach.Chris Mullin stepped down as the Red Storm's coach on April 9, and the school initially targeted Bobby Hurley. However, the Arizona State coach declined, and St. John's reportedly then was rebuffed by Loyola-Chicago's Porter Moser, UMBC's Ryan Odom and Iona's Tim Cluess.According to numerous reports, the school interviewed three men for the role Thursday: Anderson, Yale coach James Jones and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. Arkansas fired Anderson, 59, on March 26 after an 18-16 season, ending his eight-year tenure as head coach and his 25 years with the program.Mullin exited with a 59-73 mark at his alma mater. St. John's finished 21-13 in the just-concluded season, losing to Arizona State in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament.--Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not have to testify next week in the next trial concerning corruption in college basketball, a New York federal court judge ruled.U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos agreed with prosecutors that testimony from the coaches would be irrelevant. They had been subpoenaed by Steven Haney, an attorney for Christian Dawkins, an aspiring agent. Ramos said he reserved the right to change his mind as the trial progresses.Dawkins, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto were found guilty of federal fraud and conspiracy charges in October. A second federal trial for Dawkins and Code is set to begin Monday. They are alleged to have funneled thousands of dollars in bribes to three former assistant basketball coaches -- Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson, Southern Cal's Tony Bland and Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans -- all of whom agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of bribery.--Five-star forward Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to Duke during a ceremony at his high school in Rochester, Minn. The 6-foot-9 Hurt chose the Blue Devils over college basketball's other bluebloods: Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.The 247Sports composite ranks Hurt as the nation's No. 2 power forward and the No. 8 player overall in the nation in the Class of 2019. He is known for his long-range shooting abilities.With Hurt's commitment, Duke now has the nation's No. 1 Class of 2019. He will join fellow five-star recruits Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore, along with four-star guard Boogie Ellis, in Durham, N.C., this fall.
Duke lands five-star recruit Hurt

Duke lands five-star recruit Hurt

Five-star forward Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to Duke during a ceremony at his high school in Rochester, Minn., on Friday afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Hurt chose the Blue Devils over college basketball's other bluebloods: Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.Sitting with his family on the stage at John Marshall High School, he thanked his family, friends and coaches before reaching under the table and putting on a Duke cap and unzipping his warmup jacket to reveal a Duke blue T-shirt.The 247Sports composite ranks Hurt as the nation's No. 2 power forward and the No. 8 player overall in the nation in the Class of 2019. He is known for his long-range shooting abilities.Hurt finished his high school career as Minnesota's all-time leading scorer with 3,819 points. In his senior season, he averaged 37.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks a game. He was named a McDonald's All-American.
Judge: Arizona's Miller, LSU's Wade don't need to testify

Judge: Arizona's Miller, LSU's Wade don't need to testify

Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not have to testify next week in the next trial concerning corruption in college basketball, a New York federal court judge ruled Friday.U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos agreed with prosecutors that testimony from the coaches would be irrelevant. They had been subpoenaed by Steven Haney, an attorney for Christian Dawkins, an aspiring agent.Ramos said he reserved the right to change his mind as the trial progresses.Dawkins, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto were found guilty of federal fraud and conspiracy charges in October.
Draft notebook: Kentucky's Montgomery submits his name

Draft notebook: Kentucky's Montgomery submits his name

Kentucky freshman forward EJ Montgomery announced Friday he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft but will return to school if he doesn't receive a first-round draft grade. He has until May 29 to withdraw his entry."I have sat down with Coach Cal (John Calipari) and my family and decided to take full advantage of the rules that are in place and enter my name in the draft process," he said. "My goal is to be a first-rounder. If the information I receive supports that, my plan is to stay in the draft and pursue my dreams of playing in the NBA."He becomes the fourth Kentucky underclassman to declare for the June draft, joining sophomore forward PJ Washington and freshman guards Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro.A 6-foot-10 forward from Florida, Washington appeared in 37 games (10 starts) for Kentucky in the 2018-19 season. He averaged 15.1 minutes per game, scoring 3.8 points and grabbing 4.1 rebounds.
St. John's hires Anderson as coach

St. John's hires Anderson as coach

St. John's has hired former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson as its new head basketball coach, the school announced on Friday."My family and I are extremely excited to join the St. John's University community," Anderson said in a statement released to ESPN. "This basketball program is rooted with such great tradition and it has a history built by legendary coaches, so this is a humbling experience. I look forward to mentoring the young men who will represent St. John's proudly on the court, in the classroom and in our community."According to numerous reports, the school interviewed three men for the role Thursday: Anderson, Yale coach James Jones and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt.Chris Mullin stepped down as the Red Storm's coach on April 9, and the school initially targeted Bobby Hurley. However, the Arizona State coach declined, and St. John's reportedly then was rebuffed by Loyola-Chicago's Porter Moser, UMBC's Ryan Odom and Iona's Tim Cluess.Arkansas fired Anderson, 59, on March 26 after an 18-16 season, ending his eight-year tenure as head coach and his 25 years with the program.
Reports: St. John's set to hire Anderson as coach

Reports: St. John's set to hire Anderson as coach

St. John's appears to have its man after a frustrating search for a new men's head basketball coach, with multiple media outlets reporting Thursday night that former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was close to landing the job.According to numerous reports, the school interviewed three men for the role Thursday: Anderson, Yale coach James Jones and former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt.Chris Mullin stepped down as the Red Storm's coach on April 9, and the school initially targeted Bobby Hurley. However, the Arizona State coach declined, and St. John's reportedly was then rebuffed by Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser, UMBC's Ryan Odom and Iona's Tim Cluess.Arkansas fired Anderson, 59, on March 26 after an 18-16 season, ending his eight-year tenure as head coach and his 25 years with the program.Anderson was an assistant on the Razorbacks' staff from 1985-2002 before becoming head coach at UAB (2002-06) and Missouri (2006-11).
Kentucky announces addition of Sestina as graduate transfer

Kentucky announces addition of Sestina as graduate transfer

Kentucky announced the official addition of former Bucknell Bison forward Nate Sestina to the roster as a graduate transfer on Thursday during the second day of the spring signing period.Sestina confirmed the announcement on social media with a picture of himself signing with UK along with the caption: "And I rock Kentucky blue..." He originally announced his commitment to the Wildcats two weeks ago following his visit to Lexington the day after UK's season-ending loss to Auburn in the NCAA Tournament."I think everyone knows my stance on graduate transfers. We are only going to take someone if it's going to help both the kid and our program," Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement. "I'm not going to take someone if they're not going to have an impact.
Texas Tech's Culver, Russian Mikhailovskii declare for draft

Texas Tech's Culver, Russian Mikhailovskii declare for draft

Texas Tech standout and Big 12 Player of the Year Jarrett Culver announced Thursday he will forgo his last two seasons in Lubbock and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft.The 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard made the announcement during a press conference in Lubbock, Texas.Culver helped lead the Red Raiders to a share of the Big 12 regular season title and was a tour de force in this year's NCAA Tournament, where Texas Tech fell to Virginia 85-77 in overtime in the national championship game.In the first round, Culver recorded 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against Northern Kentucky, and he tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in the second round against Buffalo. His 22 points in the Sweet 16 fueled an upset of No. 2 Michigan, followed by 19 points in a stunner against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Elite Eight. He posted 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists against Virginia.This season, Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, while the Red Raiders set a school record with 31 wins.Also announcing his plans to declare for the draft Thursday was 18-year-old Russian Nikita Mikhailovskii, according to a report by ESPN.
Louisville adds St. Joe's grad transfer Kimble

Louisville adds St. Joe's grad transfer Kimble

Louisville announced the addition of St. Joseph's graduate transfer point guard Lamarr Kimble on Friday.Kimble, who goes by the nickname "Fresh," averaged 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 23 games (18 starts) for the Hawks last season, playing 35.5 minutes per game."In our conversations, it was clear to me that Fresh wanted to win big in his senior year, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help our team achieve great success," Louisville head coach Chris Mack said in a statement.