Terry returns to Arizona as assistant coach
Former NCAA and NBA champion Jason Terry is returning to Arizona as an assistant coach.Head coach Sean Miller made the announcement on Thursday."Jason's accomplishments as a player and champion are iconic in our sport, with so many of his incredible moments on the court taking place here at the University of Arizona. His basketball journey is one that so many players dream of, but he was able to make it a reality," Miller said."Jason's knowledge of the game along with his charisma and competitive spirit are qualities that will make him an exceptional coach. He will impact and energize our current players as well as our recruiting efforts in a major way. We look forward to having [Terry] back on our sideline in the McKale Center."Terry was part of coach Lute Olson's squad with the Wildcats from 1995-99 and played on the national championship team in 1997 -- the school's only title. He scored 1,461 points in an Arizona uniform, good for 18th place in school history. He is one of just six Wildcats to have had their jersey retired.Terry was selected No. 10 overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by Atlanta and played 19 seasons in the league. After five seasons with the Hawks, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and won the NBA title in 2011.
Georgetown's McClung headed to Texas Tech
Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung made it official Wednesday, announcing via Twitter that he will transfer to Texas Tech.McClung, whose leaping ability and thunderous dunks have earned him a large social media following, had been considering six other schools: Southern California, Auburn, Memphis, Arkansas, Wake Forest and BYU.His Twitter announcement came with the words "Wreck em" and included a visual element of him soaring to the basket on a dunk while wearing a Texas Tech uniform with the No. 0.The 6-foot-2, high-energy player saw action in 21 games for the Hoyas during his sophomore season in 2019-20 before he was sidelined by a foot injury. He averaged 15.7 points per game with 2.4 assists.In two seasons at Georgetown, McClung played in 50 games (49 starts), averaging 14.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.From Gate City, Va., he broke Allen Iverson's single-season state high school scoring record in 2018 and scored 2,801 points in his high school career.
ASU's Hurley, AD at odds over harassment claims
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley has questioned athletic director Ray Anderson's actions handling harassment claims against a booster in December.Hurley's wife, Leslie, is one of three women who accused booster Bart Wear, an investor and philanthropist, of harassment, according to Yahoo Sports and ESPN.An email from Hurley to Anderson, obtained by Yahoo, revealed the depths of Hurley's displeasure with Anderson's approach to the matter."I thought there would be more sensitivity and consideration to all victims involved relative to [redacted]'s attendance at our basketball game. ... You had prior knowledge that he was going to be in attendance and that was very disappointing," Hurley's email read. "Mainly because you made no effort to make me aware of that, especially after you came to practice on Thursday and assured me that [redacted] would no longer be around men's basketball. This was very misleading and I feel I have been lied to."You have disregarded the safety and shown no sensitivity towards the women that have experienced sexual assault," Hurley wrote. "You have chosen to create your own numeric scale on what sexual assault mean[s] which is disturbing."Anderson replied soon after, according to Yahoo.
Top recruit Cisse now eligible in 2020
Moussa Cisse is close to securing a high school diploma and reclassifying to the college basketball recruiting class of 2020.Cisse announced on social media Wednesday that he opted to graduate a year early and is near a decision on where to enroll for the 2020-21 school year. Six finalists are in the running for Cisse, a top-10 recruit according to multiple recruiting sites (No. 8 in both the ESPN and 247Sports composite Class of '21 rankings): Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgetown, Kentucky and LSU."Class of 2020 decision is real soon," he wrote.Mr. Basketball in Tennessee, Cisse made only one official visit -- to Tallahassee and FSU -- before the coronavirus pandemic curbed recruiting.The 6-11 center took unofficial visits to Kentucky and Memphis.
Reports: Virgina Tech F Horne transferring to Georgia
Forward P.J. Horne, who entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this week, is moving on to Georgia, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.Horne played three seasons at Virginia Tech. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible immediately for the Bulldogs.Horne is a native of Georgia, who played his high school basketball at Tift County High School. The 6-foot-6 Horne was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2017.As a junior in 2019-20, Horne averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Maryland G Smith enters transfer portal
Maryland guard Serrel Smith entered the NCAA transfer portal, the university announced Tuesday.The 6-foot-4 sophomore is the third player to transfer out of the program this offseason, joining forwards Ricky Lindo Jr. (George Washington) and Joshua Tomaic (San Diego State).Smith appeared in 61 games off the Terrapins' bench over the past two seasons, averaging 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 10.0 minutes per game."Serrel did everything we asked of him the last two years and we are appreciative of his contributions to the program," head coach Mark Turgeon said in a team release. "He was a great person to coach and a great teammate who helped lead us to a Big Ten Championship. We wish him nothing the best."A former three-star recruit from St. Petersburg, Fla., Smith will have to sit out next season barring a waiver from the NCAA. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Reports: St. John's F Figueroa planning to transfer
St. John's forward LJ Figueroa has entered the NCAA transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.The 6-foot-6 junior averaged a team-high 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals in 32 starts for the Red Storm in 2019-20. He also led the team with 72 made 3-pointers.The All-Big East second team selection said in March that he was testing the 2020 NBA Draft waters.
Ewing 'getting better' in battle with coronavirus
Georgetown men's basketball coach and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing is recovering at home and "getting better" in his battle with the coronavirus, his son said Monday."I want to thank all of the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my father during his stay, as well as everyone who has reached out with thoughts and prayers to us since his diagnosis," Patrick Ewing Jr. posted on Twitter. "My father is now home and getting better. We'll continue to watch his symptoms and follow CDC guidelines. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones."Ewing Sr., 57, announced Friday that he had been admitted to a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.The No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft and an 11-time All-Star with the New York Knicks, Ewing was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Virginia Tech F Horne enters transfer portal
Forward P.J. Horne is leaving Virginia Tech and has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the school confirmed Monday."P.J. Horne has chosen to leave Virginia Tech and pursue opportunities elsewhere," Hokies coach Mike Young said in a statement. "We wish him well in all of his future endeavors."His departure follows that of Landers Nolley II, Virginia Tech's leading scorer last season who transferred to Memphis.
Reports: Moretti leaving Texas Tech to play in Italy
Texas Tech guard Davide Moretti is leaving the school to play professionally in his home country of Italy, according to multiple reports on Saturday.Sportando reported Moretti will sign a multi-year deal with Olimpia Milano of Serie A. European agent Misko Raznatovic announced Saturday that Moretti would be his client.A 22-year-old from Bologna, Italy, Moretti played the last three seasons for the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder averaged 13 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.1 minutes per game across 31 appearances this season, earning third-team All-Big 12 honors. His free-throw percentage (90.2) ranked sixth in Division I, and he also shot 38.3 percent from 3-point territory.In 2018-19, Moretti shot a scorching 45.9 percent from 3-point range -- ranking top-10 in Division I -- and 92.4 percent from the charity stripe, which tied for the best mark in the country. He also helped Texas Tech reach the national championship game.
Hall of Fame college basketball coach Sutton dies at 84
Legendary Oklahoma State coach and recently named Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton died Saturday night at his home in South Tulsa, Okla. He was 84.Sutton's family told The Oklahoman that Sutton died of natural causes, surrounded by his three sons and their families, including nine grandchildren.Sutton coached the Cowboys for 16 years from 1990-2006, ranking second in school history in wins (368) and first in win percentage (.709, 368-151), helping the team make 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's most recent two trips to the Final Four.In April, Sutton was named among nine honorees in the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, after being a finalist five times. The class -- which will include another posthumous induction in Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant -- is scheduled to be enshrined Aug. 29.In a statement to the Oklahoman, the Sutton family said that their father felt his selection to the Hall "was an honor and a tribute to the great players he coached and outstanding assistant coaches that worked for him."Sutton also coached five years at Creighton (1969-74), 11 years at Arkansas (1974-85), four years at Kentucky (1985-89) and one year at San Francisco (2007-08) on an interim basis, finishing his career with a record of 804-328 in 50 seasons while making 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the Final Four. He was the first coach to ever take four different schools to the tournament.
DePaul G Coleman-Lands transferring to Iowa State
Graduate transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands, a 6-foot-4 guard, said Saturday that he'll play the 2020-21 season at Iowa State.He started his career in 2015 at Illinois, then transferred to DePaul, where he played in nine games in the 2018-19 season as he recovered from leg surgery. Last season, he started all 32 games, averaging 11.1 points.Coming out of La Lumiere High School in Indiana, Coleman-Lands was ranked as a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 9 point guard by the 247Sports composite.He earlier announced on Instagram that he had narrowed his transfer choices to Iowa State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Cal and Southern California.
Marquette F Bailey to pursue pro career
Marquette forward Brendan Bailey will pursue a pro career and bypass his final two seasons of eligibility.The 6-foot-8 sophomore declared for the 2020 NBA Draft last month but still had the option of returning to school."After counseling with my family I have decided to forgo my Junior and Senior year and pursue a career in professional basketball," he posted Friday on Instagram. "This has always been a dream of mine, and Marquette has helped prepare me to make this dream a reality."Bailey started all 30 games for the Golden Eagles in 2019-20, averaging 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 25.4 minutes per game. He played in 34 games (three starts) as a 2018-19 freshman.
Georgetown's Ewing tests positive for coronavirus
Georgetown men's basketball coach and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing announced Friday that he was admitted to a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.The New York Knicks legend, who won a national championship as a player at Georgetown in 1984, expressed a positive outlook both for himself and for society in general."I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," Ewing tweeted. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this."No one else associated with the Hoyas team has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced.Ewing, 57, took over as head coach at his alma mater in April 2017 following 15 seasons as an NBA assistant coach. He has a 49-46 record with the Hoyas over the past three seasons, with the team going 15-17 in 2019-20. In the first round of the Big East Conference tournament in March, eighth-seeded Georgetown lost 75-62 to ninth-seeded St. John's before the event was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
F Smith leaving Indiana as grad transfer
Justin Smith is leaving Indiana as a graduate transfer.The 6-foot-7 forward will be eligible to play immediately in 2020-21.Hoosiers coach Archie Miller released a statement confirming the news Friday on Twitter."I support his decision and wish Justin and his family all the best in this next chapter," Miller said. "I'm proud of his growth as a person, he's a great young man and has been a terrific role model off the court and in the classroom."
Fired coach Majerle sues Grand Canyon
Dan Majerle, fired as Grand Canyon University's head basketball coach in March after his first losing season, is suing the school.Majerle's attorney, Dana Hooper, told the Arizona Republic that the coach is seeking pay he was owed under his contract."Dan just wants what is fair," Hooper said in an email to the newspaper. "This isn't the route Dan wanted to go, but he had no other option."Grand Canyon executive director of public relations Bob Romantic said in a statement, in part, "GCU was surprised to learn through members of the media that former coach Dan Majerle has apparently filed a lawsuit against the University. ... We regret that Coach Majerle's tenure had to end the way it did, but the University is prepared to defend itself and its decision if necessary should Coach Majerle decide to continue with litigation."Majerle, 54, lost his job on March 17 after the Antelopes went 13-17 in the 2019-20 season.Almost exactly seven years earlier, the former Phoenix Suns player took over the Grand Canyon program as the Antelopes prepared for their first season as a Division I team.
Reports: Georgia lands Stony Brook transfer Garcia
Stony Brook forward Andrew Garcia is transferring to Georgia, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.As a graduate transfer, he'll be eligible to play immediately for the Bulldogs, who were 16-16 last season but near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings with a 5-13 conference record. They are losing freshman shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who is projected as the No. 1 pick in many mock drafts.Forward Rayshaun Hammonds, Georgia's second-leading scorer from 2019-20, also entered the draft.Garcia, who is 6-foot-5, was an All-America East second-team selection. He averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 33 games for the Seawolves.
Report: London's Kentucky-Michigan tilt pushed to 2022
The Kentucky-Michigan men's basketball game slated for Dec. 6 in London will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.The contest at London's 02 Arena, organized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be pushed back to December 2022.This December's meeting between the Wildcats and Wolverines was to be followed by a home-and-home series. The teams were to meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Dec. 4, 2021 and in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 3, 2022.
Memphis AD: Hardaway broke school protocols
The recent workouts by NBA draft prospect R.J. Hampton overseen by Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway at the university's facilities violated the school's coronavirus-prompted protocols.That was the response from Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch when asked Monday by the Commercial Appeal newspaper about the training sessions."Coach Hardaway reached out to help a player he had built a relationship with in preparation for the upcoming NBA draft process," Veatch told the Commercial Appeal. "Everyone in our program now recognizes that having any player development in the building is not in line with our current COVID-19 protocols and it will not happen again until protocols have changed."The Memphis campus remains largely shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Hampton has been on campus, as the 6-foot-5 guard showed in a video posted on his Instagram account last week. On Thursday, The Athletic detailed Hampton's recent work with Hardaway, sparked by a text from the coach to the player that said, "Come down to Memphis as soon as you can."Hampton's father, Rod, told The Athletic regarding Hardaway, "He told us he wanted to extend his knowledge and give back to R.J., because he thinks R.J. is special. He told us if RJ comes up here, you're gonna see what I do with him. When that phone rings, it's like (Barack) Obama calling. You pick that up. 'How may I help you, sir? I'm reporting for duty.'"Hampton, 19, had been a top-rated prospect from Little Elm (Texas) High School before he was caught up in the NCAA basketball recruiting scandal that involved influence from Adidas.
Wake Forest G Brown transferring to Michigan
Wake Forest guard Chaundee Brown said Tuesday he is transferring to Michigan."Committed," he posted on Instagram with a collage of images of himself in Wolverines gear.The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Demon Deacons in 2019-20.Brown will have one season of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2020-21 campaign, barring a waiver from the NCAA.