Five-star center Vince Iwuchukwu commits to USC
Vince Iwuchukwu, the No. 12 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and fourth-ranked center according to 247 Sports Composite Rankings, committed Friday to Southern California.UCLA, Baylor, Kansas and Texas were also finalists for Iwuchukwu.Listed at 7-foot, 220 pounds, Iwuchukwu will play his senior season of high school ball at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Duke lands 5-star PG Caleb Foster
Oak Hill Academy five-star point guard Caleb Foster announced his commitment to Duke on Thursday.Foster is the 12th-best prospect in the Class of 2023 and the top-rated recruit to come out of Virginia, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He's rated the third-best point guard in the class.The 6-foot-5 Foster made the announcement in a video released on Twitter.
Kentucky lands third 5-star commitment for Class of ’22
Small forward Chris Livingston committed to the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday, making him the third five-star in the Class of 2022 to pledge to John Calipari's program.Livingston picked the Wildcats over Georgetown and mid-major Tennessee State.Livingston is the No. 6 overall prospect in his class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Shooting guard Shaedon Sharpe and point guard Skyy Clark, also five-stars, previously committed to Kentucky.Sharpe recently became the consensus No. 1 prospect in the class after the reclassifications of Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren to 2021 forced recruiting outlets to re-evaluate.
Harvard lands Top 150 prospect over high-major competition
Class of 2022 forward Chisom Okpara committed to Harvard, choosing the Ivy League institution over several high-major programs.Okpara is currently the nation's No. 130 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, but he ranked inside the top 100 a month ago.The three-star recruit chose the Crimson over five other finalists: Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Washington. Several Big East programs and Ole Miss also offered him a scholarship."I just really connected well with coach (Tommy) Amaker and the whole coaching staff," Okpara told 247 on Monday. "They also play with a high quality depth of players that are like me. They had high major Division I offers (who) went to Harvard. I just feel like it was the No. 1 best spot for me to play and let me learn a lot."
Incoming Duke star has NIL deal from NBA 2K22
Duke freshman Paolo Banchero has signed a name, image and likeness deal to become the first college basketball player featured in the video game NBA 2K22.A potential No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle announced the deal in a video on Instagram on Friday -- the day the game was released.No contract terms have been announced.
Ga. Tech signs Josh Pastner to 3-year extension
Georgia Tech signed Josh Pastner to a three-year extension Thursday, keeping the head coach with the Yellow Jackets through the 2025-26 season.Financial terms were not released."Coach Pastner has done a masterful job of building our men's basketball program into an ACC champion," Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said in a statement. "Since his arrival at Georgia Tech, he has never wavered from his commitment to build a championship-caliber program through recruiting and developing student-athletes that are great fits for Tech, both on and off the floor."
Elite recruit Shaedon Sharpe commits to Kentucky
John Calipari once again is bringing an elite recruit to Kentucky.Shaedon Sharpe, one of the highest ranked players in the Class of 2022, announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Tuesday.Sharpe, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Dream City Christian School in Glendale, Ariz., is the top-ranked player in his class, according to ESPN and Rivals.com."It was a tough decision, but I felt they had a clear plan for me as I work to play at the highest level," Sharpe told ESPN. "Coach Cal took the time to understand who I was as a person and how to get the best out of me. Kentucky felt the most like home to me. I get the sense that I can grow to reach my potential on and off the court at Kentucky given the platform, atmosphere and legacy."Since Calipari arrived at Kentucky for the 2009-10 season, 43 Wildcats have gone on to be NBA draft picks, with 32 of them selected in the first round. Sharpe joins Skyy Clark, a point guard from Florida, as five-star recruits headed to Kentucky in the Class of 2022.
Reports: Gonzaga coach Mark Few cited for DUI
Gonzaga coach Mark Few was cited for driving under the influence Monday night in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, according to published reports on Tuesday.According to a Coeur d'Alene Police report, the 58-year-old Few had blood-alcohol content levels of .119 and .120.The Coeur d'Alene Press said the report indicated Few was pulled over shortly before 9 p.m. local time.The newspaper said the report said Few was stopped "after he was called in as driving erratic and speeding. Mark exhibited several signs of intoxication. Mark refused to complete field sobriety tests but provided breath samples of 0.119 and 0.120."The legal limit in Idaho is 0.08.Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford confirmed the university is aware of Few's situation.
Report: HOF coach Herb Magee retiring after this season
Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee will retire after the 2021-22 season at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.Magee, who turned 80 in June, has won 1,123 games since taking the reins at the Division II program -- formerly known as Philadelphia Textile -- back in 1967.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is also entering his final season, is the only coach in all divisions with more wins at 1,170.
Kentucky to host High Point, former coach Tubby Smith
Tubby Smith will be returning to Kentucky as coach of High Point on Dec. 31 and Wildcats coach John Calipari is looking for a way to honor the coach who guided the program to the 1998 national championship.It marks the 70-year-old Smith's first game at Kentucky since parting ways with the school following the 2006-07 season."On Dec. 31 we are going to host @HPUMBB and welcome back @CoachTubbySmith in @Rupp_Arena for the first time since his days as our coach," Calipari announced on his Twitter account. "We are working on some ways to honor Tubby and his time here and I can't wait to fill in the #BBN in the near future."Smith, who is in his fourth season at High Point, went 263-83 and made 10 NCAA Tournaments in his 10 seasons as Kentucky coach. He was elected to the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.He expressed his excitement over returning for a game at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
West Virginia extends Bob Huggins' contract, plans for future
West Virginia extended the contract of basketball coach Bob Huggins through the 2023-24 season, including the option to remain as head coach or move into another role after thatHuggins will earn $4.15 million for each season he coaches.Under the agreement, Huggins will have emeritus status at the university when he leaves the bench and will transition into primarily public relations and development roles within the athletic department. Once he leaves coaching, he will be paid $50,000 annually, plus any deferred compensation he is owed.Huggins is eligible to move into the emeritus role at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season or defer the title, pending mutual agreement with the athletic director. The two sides will review his status on May 1, 2023, and make the decision on his future then.Should he remain the coach then, his status will be reviewed each May 1 until the agreement expires June 30, 2027.Huggins, who turns 68 next month, is entering his 15th season as head coach of West Virginia. A native of the state, he was the Mountaineers' point guard from 1975-77."I certainly appreciate the opportunity that I've been given to represent this great University and state that I love so much," Huggins said in a school news release. "As I've said before, I am blessed to coach at my alma mater -- the place that all West Virginians love. I'm truly blessed."
Louisville coach Chris Mack suspended six games
Louisville men's basketball coach Chris Mack has been suspended six games without pay for his failure to follow university guidelines and procedures in handling former assistant Dino Gaudio's extortion attempt, the school announced Friday.Louisville's news release came shortly before Gaudio was set for sentencing Friday afternoon. Gaudio was charged by federal authorities with one count of interstate communication with intent to extort after alleging seeking "a significant sum of money" from the university after the school dismissed him in March. He entered a guilty plea."The University concluded that while Mack was a victim of an extortion attempt by former assistant coach Dino Gaudio, Mack failed to follow University guidelines, policies, and procedures in handling the matter. The sanctions imposed upon Coach Mack are unrelated to the extortion attempt itself and the ongoing NCAA process," the statement read.Mack will forfeit approximately $221,000 due to the suspension, which will run from Nov. 8-27. He is prohibited from having any contact with the coaching staff or athletes and will miss the team's trip to the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship in Nassau, Bahamas."As I have said since the beginning of my tenure, we have high expectations for all of our staff members and coaches and we hold people accountable for their actions," Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in the statement."While we have made great strides over the last four years in changing the culture in our Department of Athletics, we cannot afford to have any setbacks, no matter how big or small, in our pursuits. I am confident that Coach Mack now understands the impact of his actions. We all have confidence in him moving forward."
Stephen and Ayesha Curry fund women's sports at Davidson
Stephen and Ayesha Curry are teaming up to create a scholarship endowment for women's athletics at Stephen's alma mater, Davidson College.Davidson, where Stephen starred, has roughly 26 scholarships to disperse among over 200 female athletes on campus. Curry hopes to spur further giving from other alums and sponsors to continue to make strides for women's sports through the newly established endowment.Women's equality, particularly as it relates to athletics, has become a more personal battle for Curry since becoming a father to young daughters (as well as a son). The family's foundation Eat. Learn. Play. has worked to make strides in that arena, as has Stephen's Underrated Tour.He said in an Instagram video, "Davidson College is where it all started for me. It no doubt prepared me for leadership and service, and I am forever grateful for the unwavering support from the entire Davidson community."The reason I am who I am today is also because of strong, powerful women who have poured into my life all these years. Now, as the father of two girls I want them to grow up without any boundaries on their futures."Curry added, "Reports have shown that Division I athletic departments are spending twice as much on their men's programs than on their women's programs. That's why Ayesha and I have made a gift in support of women's sports at Davidson College."
Brad Calipari joins Kentucky coaching staff
Brad Calipari is joining his father's staff at Kentucky as the first step in an attempt to break into coaching college basketball.The younger Calipari, a former walk-on player at Kentucky, will serve as a graduate assistant coach, the school announced Thursday. He will be take part in all on-court activities with the Wildcats, including individual workouts and practices, as well as film sessions."I am extremely excited and honored to begin my coaching career at the University of Kentucky," Brad Calipari began a series of tweets. "I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way, as I continue to chase my ultimate dream of one day becoming a head coach."
Five-star F Emoni Bates commits to Memphis
Emoni Bates, a former Michigan State commit who was at one point the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2022, will join the Memphis Tigers this fall.Bates reclassified to the Class of 2021 earlier this month and revealed his commitment to Memphis on Wednesday. Bates chose the Tigers over Michigan State, Oregon and the G League.At Memphis, Bates will join coach Penny Hardaway and fellow five-star prospect Jalen Duren, a center who surpassed Bates as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class this summer. Duren reclassified to 2021 the same week as Bates, with Duren announcing his commitment to Memphis at that same time.The Tigers' 2021-22 lineup also will include returning guard Lester Quinones and Miami transfer guard Earl Timberlake.
Kentucky basketball signs on for Unity Series with SWAC
The Kentucky men's basketball program made a five-year commitment to the Unity Series, which will pit the Wildcats against a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.One game each season will be played between the 2021-22 and 2025-26 seasons, beginning Dec. 7 when Kentucky hosts Southern at Rupp Arena, Kentucky officials said Wednesday.The SWAC is comprised mostly of historically black colleges and universities, and the purpose of the Unity Series is to increase awareness about the HBCU schools and raise money for the SWAC member institutions."I am really proud of our leadership for identifying an opportunity to take what we do on the basketball court and leverage it into an annual weeklong event that will have a major impact on HBCUs and their students," Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a school news release. "My hope is this event not only opens the door for opportunities for students at HBCUs, but that others at our school and across the country will take advantage of the educational opportunities that we will put together to continue the meaningful conversations and changes that have taken place over the last year."
Report: Villanova star Collin Gillespie cleared to return
Villanova star Collin Gillespie reportedly has been cleared to resume all basketball-related activities.CBS Sports said Tuesday that the Wildcats' 6-foot-3 senior point guard has been given the OK less than six months after a season-ending knee injury.Gillespie was voted co-Big East Player of the Year in 2020-21 after averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 20 games.He tore his MCL in the penultimate regular season game on March 3 against Creighton and missed the NCAA Tournament, where the Wildcats (18-7) lost to eventual national champion Baylor in the Sweet 16.
Loyola Chicago legend Jerry Harkness dies at 81
Legendary guard Jerry Harkness, who led Loyola Chicago to the 1963 national championship, died on Tuesday morning. He was 81.The university announced Harkness' death but didn't divulge a cause.Harkness was a two-time All-American at the school, which was known as Loyola at the time."All of us at Loyola have heavy hearts today," Ramblers coach Drew Valentine said in a statement. "Jerry was a true trail blazer not only in basketball, but in so many different walks of life, and the impact he made was immeasurable."Loyola upset powerhouse Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime in the 1963 title game. The Ramblers trailed by 15 with under 14 minutes left in regulation before pulling off a big comeback and forcing OT on Harkness' late basket.The 6-foot-2 Harkness, the team captain, was one of four Black starters on the team in an era in which many programs didn't recruit players of color.One of the more memorable games during the 1963 NCAA Tournament was Loyola's matchup with all-white Mississippi State. State laws prohibited Mississippi teams from playing integrated schools but Mississippi State slipped out of town to play the game at East Lansing, Mich., and the contest became known as "The Game of Change."Before tipoff, Harkness and Mississippi State captain Joe Dan Gold shook hands and the exchange produced a memorable photo. Harkness scored 20 points in a 61-51 victory.Fifty years after the championship, the 1963 Loyola team was honored at the White House.The story of that team has become well known in recent years due to Loyola Chicago's NCAA Final Four run in 2018.
Four-star 2022 G Jalen Hood-Schifino picks Indiana
Jalen Hood-Schifino, one of the highest-rated combo guards in the Class of 2022, announced his commitment to Indiana on Tuesday.Hood-Schifino is the No. 23 overall prospect in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and will play his senior year of high school at Montverde (Fla.) Academy.The four-star prospect chose the Hoosiers over Tennessee.Hood-Schifino is Indiana's third 2022 commitment as new coach Mike Woodson continues his first recruiting cycle with the program.
Penn St. lands 4-star G Jameel Brown
Penn State has landed four-star combo guard Jameel Brown out of Philadelphia to its Class of 2022.Brown is rated the second-best recruit out of Pennsylvania, the 19th best combo guard in the country and No. 107 nationally overall, per 247Sports' composite rankings. The 6-foot-4 Brown plays at Haverford School.Brown de-committed from Purdue following new Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry's transition from West Lafayette, Ind., to State College, Pa. Shrewsberry was an assistant at Purdue when Brown first committed. Shrewsberry was named the head coach at Penn State in March.