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Kentucky adds two assistant coaches from Illinois staff

Kentucky adds two assistant coaches from Illinois staff

A pair of assistant coaches most recently at Illinois are joining John Calipari's staff at Kentucky.Calipari announced Thursday the addition of Orlando Antigua, who previously served on his staff, as associate head coach and Ronald "Chin" Coleman as assistant coach.The two were credited with helping to develop Ayo Dosunmu, a consensus first-team All-American this past season, and Kofi Cockburn, a second-team All-American, at Illinois. The Illini finished the season at 24-7 and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.Kentucky finished 9-16 and failed to make the tournament for the first time since 2013.Antigua was on the Wildcats' bench in the first five seasons of Calipari's tenure in Lexington (2009-13) and also worked with him at Memphis."I am really excited to have Orlando back," Calipari said. "I think everyone knows what we were able to do with Orlando as a part of our staff going to the Sweet Sixteen in our final season at Memphis and making three Final Fours with a national title at Kentucky in his five seasons. But aside from our team success, he brings an uplifting spirit and a work ethic that helps create relationships that are so needed in college basketball within your own team and on the recruiting trail. All of that starts within our staff, and I am excited that he wanted to be back here with us to get our program back to where we know it needs to be."He was equally enthusiastic about Coleman."Chin is a grinder, someone who relishes that time in the gym with the kids to help add value to your current players, yet he never takes his eyes off the lifeline of our program, which is recruiting," Calipari said.
Kentucky adds Iowa transfer CJ Fredrick

Kentucky adds Iowa transfer CJ Fredrick

Former Iowa shooting guard CJ Fredrick has transferred to Kentucky, the program announced Wednesday.After two seasons in Iowa City, Frederick will have three years of eligibility at Kentucky and be immediately eligible thanks in part to the NCAA's one-time free transfer rule due to the coronavirus pandemic.With the Hawkeyes, Fredrick started 25 games as a freshman in 2019-20 and 27 games last year. His minutes and production ticked down a bit from his freshman year: He put up 7.5 points and 1.9 assists per game in 24.7 minutes last season after averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists and 28.7 minutes per game as a freshman.Fredrick's strong suit is his outside shooting. He has shot 46.6 percent from the 3-point arc during his Iowa career, including 47.4 percent in his sophomore campaign.
Arkansas transfer Sills signs with Auburn

Arkansas transfer Sills signs with Auburn

Arkansas transfer Desi Sills signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn on Wednesday, according to coach Bruce Pearl.Sills, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key player on the Arkansas squad that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament this past season."Desi is a proven winner," Pearl said in a news release. "He's a fierce competitor and a tough, physical defender. He's got the ability to create for himself as well as others. Playing in our up-tempo system should bring out the best of him. If he plays as well against others as he did against us, we hit the jackpot."His two highest-scoring games of the season were against Auburn, as he scored 23 points on Dec. 30 and 22 on Jan. 20.Overall, Sills averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games (15 starts) last season as a junior. He averaged 20.7 minutes.Sills has two seasons of eligibility remaining, one due to the NCAA's "free year" policy because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Arkansas transfer Sills signs with Auburn

Arkansas transfer Sills signs with Auburn

Arkansas transfer Desi Sills signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn on Wednesday, according to coach Bruce Pearl.Sills, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key player on the Arkansas squad that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament this past season."Desi is a proven winner," Pearl said in a news release. "He's a fierce competitor and a tough, physical defender. He's got the ability to create for himself as well as others. Playing in our up-tempo system should bring out the best of him. If he plays as well against others as he did against us, we hit the jackpot."His two highest-scoring games of the season were against Auburn, as he scored 23 points on Dec. 30 and 22 on Jan. 20.Overall, Sills averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games (15 starts) last season as a junior. He averaged 20.7 minutes.Sills has two seasons of eligibility remaining, one due to the NCAA's "free year" policy because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Arkansas F Abayomi Iyiola enters transfer portal

Arkansas F Abayomi Iyiola enters transfer portal

Arkansas forward Abayomi Iyiola announced he has entered the transfer portal after one season with the Razorbacks.Iyiola announced his decision on Twitter."This was definitely an experience I would never forget," he wrote in part. "After much prayers and consideration with my family, I will be entering my name into the transfer portal. I look forward to competing academically and athletically elsewhere."Iyiola played in just one game for Arkansas last season as a junior after playing his first two seasons with Stetson. He sat out the 2019-20 season after he transferred.
St. Joseph's F Jordan Hall transferring to Texas A&M

St. Joseph's F Jordan Hall transferring to Texas A&M

St. Joseph's guard/forward Jordan Hall announced Tuesday he is transferring to Texas A&M.The 6-foot-8 freshman from Wildwood, N.J., averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 20 games (18 starts) for the Hawks in 2020-21."Thank you to all the programs that recruited me and thank you to Coach (Billy) Lange & staff at SJU for helping me grow both on and off the court," Hall wrote on social media. "I am excited to announce that I am committed to coach Buzz Williams and Texas A&M University. Gig 'em Aggies!"
Michigan's Franz Wagner enters 2021 NBA draft

Michigan's Franz Wagner enters 2021 NBA draft

Michigan swingman Franz Wagner declared for the 2021 NBA draft on Tuesday.The 6-foot-9, 220-pound sophomore from Germany averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28 starts for the Wolverines in 2020-21.Wagner made his announcement in "A Letter to My Michigan Family" published by The Players' Tribune."Playing in the NBA has been a big dream of mine," he wrote, in part. "It's something I've been working extremely hard for. And after talking with my coaches and my family, I know it's something I'm ready for. From a basketball perspective, this is the move for me to make right now."Wagner started 55 consecutive games for Michigan and finished his career with 661 points, 334 rebounds and 33 games with double-digit points. He made the All-Big Ten second team in 2020-21 and the Big Ten All-Freshman squad in 2019-20.
Report: Arizona F Jordan Brown enters transfer portal

Report: Arizona F Jordan Brown enters transfer portal

Arizona forward Jordan Brown has entered the transfer portal, according to a report from Stadium on Monday night.Brown averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. The former McDonald's All-Ameircan prospect started his college career at Nevada, where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 boards per game as a freshman.
Syracuse F Alan Griffin declares for NBA draft

Syracuse F Alan Griffin declares for NBA draft

Syracuse forward Alan Griffin announced Monday that he would leave school and declare for the NBA draft.Griffin posted a video on his Instagram and Twitter accounts to share the news."I believe it's time to start the next chapter in my journey by entering my name in the 2021 NBA draft,'' Griffin said.Griffin averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Orange last season. He spent his first two seasons at Illinois before transferring to Syracuse.
Report: European standout Igor Milicic commits to Virginia

Report: European standout Igor Milicic commits to Virginia

European prospect Igor Milicic will play college basketball at Virginia, he told ESPN.Milicic, 18, is a 6-foot-9 forward who played with the Polish senior national team in the FIBA Eurobasket qualifiers in February. He also played as an amateur in Germany, mostly in the third division, and averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds."This was a very difficult and important decision in my career," Milicic told ESPN. "My dream is to play basketball at the highest levels in the U.S. or Europe. I am aware that only hard work will get me there. I am determined to accomplish that goal. Where and when, it remains to be seen."He said he chose Virginia for its "basketball culture, great fans and really good academics."
Michigan lands Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante' Jones

Michigan lands Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante' Jones

Coastal Carolina guard DeVante' Jones, the 2020-21 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, announced Saturday he is transferring to Michigan.The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior averaged 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals in 26 starts for the Chanticleers this past season.He chose coach Juwan Howard's Wolverines over Texas, Texas Tech and Memphis but also said he will continue "testing the NBA waters."
Shaquille O'Neal's youngest son commits to Texas Southern

Shaquille O'Neal's youngest son commits to Texas Southern

Shaqir O'Neal, the youngest son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, has committed to play at Texas Southern.The 6-foot-6 shooting guard announced his decision Friday on Instagram.O'Neal, of Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga., is rated as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.
Top prospect Emoni Bates decommits from Michigan State

Top prospect Emoni Bates decommits from Michigan State

Just more than five weeks after losing an overtime game to UCLA, 86-80, in their NCAA Tournament East Region First Four matchup, the Michigan State Spartans took another tough loss.Top-ranked junior (via ESPN) Emoni Bates, among the elite high school prospects of the past several years, said via Instagram he has decommitted from coach Tom Izzo's Spartans."I would like to thank Tom Izzo and the coaching staff at Michigan State but I have decided to reopen my recruitment," Bates wrote. "I'm not sure what my future holds but I am keeping all of my options open, both college and pro."The Spartans were 15-13 this past season, with an eighth-place finish (9-11) in the Big Ten.
Gonzaga lands Iowa State transfer G Rasir Bolton

Gonzaga lands Iowa State transfer G Rasir Bolton

Former Iowa State point guard Rasir Bolton announced he is transferring to Gonzaga."110% Committed! God's Plan," Bolton tweeted Friday with an image of himself in a Zags uniform.The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Bolton transferred to Iowa State after one season at Penn State in 2018-19.He averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 21 games (20 starts) last season at Iowa State.
Report: NC State freshman G Shakeel Moore enters transfer portal

Report: NC State freshman G Shakeel Moore enters transfer portal

North Carolina State freshman Shakeel Moore will enter the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports reported Friday.The 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Greensboro, N.C., averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 18.6 minutes in 25 games (two starts) with the Wolfpack in 2020-21. He led the team with 35 steals and tied for third with 43 assists.Moore scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in an 81-65 win at Boston College on Feb. 6.
Cal State Northridge puts Mark Gottfried, staff on leave

Cal State Northridge puts Mark Gottfried, staff on leave

Cal State Northridge placed head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into possible rules violations, the university announced Thursday.Gottfried is 37-51 in three seasons with the Matadors. The school did not provide details on its internal investigation."Upon learning of potential rules violations within our men's basketball program, I directed an immediate review and have placed our men's basketball coaching staff on paid administrative leave while we complete this internal review," Cal State Northridge athletic director Michael Izzi said in a statement."Our focus will be on the welfare of our student-athletes and ensuring the academic, athletic and personal success," Izzi added. "However, CSUN is committed to ensuring full compliance with all university and NCAA regulations while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and institutional responsibility."Gottfried has faced scrutiny in the past. He joined Cal State Northridge in 2018 after he was fired at North Carolina State, where he and his program were the subject of a federal investigation into a pay-for-play scheme.
Marquette G D.J. Carton declares for NBA draft

Marquette G D.J. Carton declares for NBA draft

Marquette guard D.J. Carton has declared for the NBA draft and will forego his remaining eligibility, the school announced.Carton averaged 13.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27 games (24 starts) with Marquette as a sophomore in 2020-21. He transferred to the Golden Eagles after spending his freshman season at Ohio State, where he averaged 10.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds."I would like to thank Marquette University, Coach Smart and my teammates for their support throughout my decision process," Carton said. "I will be putting my name in for consideration in the 2021 NBA Draft and hiring an agent. I am thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to the next step in my career."
Longhorns PG Matt Coleman declares for NBA draft

Longhorns PG Matt Coleman declares for NBA draft

Texas point guard Matt Coleman has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.The school announced Thursday that the 6-foot-2 senior has hired an agent and will not return for a final season of eligibility.Coleman averaged 13.2 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 starts for the Longhorns last season.
Gonzaga G Aaron Cook enters transfer portal

Gonzaga G Aaron Cook enters transfer portal

Gonzaga guard Aaron Cook has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports.It marks the second straight season that Cook has entered the portal. He left Southern Illinois for Gonzaga after the 2019-20 season.Cook averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 assists in 30 games (one start) for the Bulldogs.Though Gonzaga is losing freshman star Jalen Suggs to the NBA, five-star recruit Hunter Sallis is coming aboard to join returning starter Andrew Nembhard in Gonzaga's starting backcourt.
Virginia lands high-scoring ECU F Jayden Gardner

Virginia lands high-scoring ECU F Jayden Gardner

High-scoring East Carolina forward Jayden Gardner is transferring to Virginia."The experience, leadership and production he brings to our program is invaluable, and we look forward to having him join our program," Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said in a news release Tuesday.The 6-foot-7 Gardner averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 19 games (18 starts) for the Pirates in 2020-21 and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team.