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  • Hall of Famer Knight cleared of inappropriate touching
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 7, 2017

    Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Bob Knight was the subject of an FBI investigation following allegations that he inappropriately touched four women both before and after a speech he delivered during a 2015 visit to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Washington Post reported.

    • Knight was accused of making suggestive comments, hugging a woman around the chest and hitting another on the buttocks following the speech in Northern Virginia. The 76-year-old denied any wrongdoing and federal prosecutors in Virginia decided against bringing charges in July 2016, Knight's attorney, James Voyles, told the newspaper.

      The alleged incidents took place in July 2015 and the FBI and U.S. Army participated in the inquiry, according to the Washington Post.

      The former Indiana, Texas Tech and Army coach was interviewed by FBI agents at his home in Montana as part of the investigation. He declined comment when reached by the Washington Post, but his wife, Karen, wrote in a text message that "Bob did nothing wrong and there is NO evidence to prove that he did. Case closed."

      Voyles offered the following statement to the newspaper:

      "There is absolutely no credible evidence to support this in our opinion, these allegations," Voyles said. "... (FBI agents) reported to their superiors that there was no basis for any further action, period."

      Multiple witnesses alleged wrongdoing by Knight, according to the Washington Post.

      Marc Byers, an employee at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, reported to a supervisor that he saw Knight grope a woman's buttocks. Also, one woman who claimed Knight smacked her on the buttocks told the newspaper it was "weird" before comparing the former coach's behavior to that of "a drunk uncle."

      Knight also worked for ESPN for seven seasons after a successful if volatile coaching career.

      Knight retired as the winningest coach in Division I basketball with 902 victories but was passed by former pupil Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Knight was a three-time national champion with the Hoosiers before he was fired because of his abrasive personality, short temper and several incidents.

  • Florida's White agrees to new contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 16, 2017

    Florida coach Mike White had his coaching contract reworked through the 2022-23 season, the school announced Friday.

    • White guided the Gators to a 27-9 record and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season. He earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.

      White's renegotiated pact is worth just over $2.7 million per season. He will make $16.3 million over six seasons.

      He is slated to earn $2.525 million in the 2017-18 season. White earned $613,501 last season.

      White is 48-24 in two seasons as Florida's coach since replacing Billy Donovan.

      The Gators also announced that football coach Jim McElwain has been granted an extension through 2022 on Friday.

  • Pitino receives 5-game ban for Louisville sex scandal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games in the 2017-18 season for failing to monitor his men's basketball program in the wake of a sex scandal, the Division I Committee on Infractions announced Thursday.

    • The Cardinals also will be on probation for four years, have scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. Louisville will also forfeit any money received through conference revenue sharing from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.

      The status of the school's 2012-13 national championship could be at risk, as the NCAA ruled the Cardinals must vacate all basketball records in which players competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.

      The NCAA, which accepted Louisville's self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban, ruled that Pitino "violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules" by failing to monitor the activities of former assistant Andre McGee, who is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits.

      "Without dispute, NCAA rules do not allow institutional staff members to arrange for stripteases and sex acts for prospects, enrolled student-athletes and/or those who accompany them to campus," the panel said in its decision.

      Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement that he does not believe the penalties levied by the NCAA are "fair and reasonable."

      "(The NCAA) "went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable," Postel said in his statement, adding that "The Committee on Infractions has gone too far and taken actions that are unwarranted. We will appeal."

      McGee received a 10-year show cause penalty.

      The Committee on Infractions on Thursday ruled McGee "acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation."

      Pitino's attorney, Scott Tompsett, told ESPN that the coach also plans to appeal the penalty.

      "The finding against Coach Pitino is one of the weakest I've ever seen against a head coach," Tompsett's statement said. "... The decision does not identify a single specific thing that Coach Pitino should have done, that he wasn't already doing, that would have either prevented or detected the illicit activities. The secret and deliberately hidden illicit activities certainly did not occur because Coach Pitino did not properly train Mr. McGee.

      "Today's decision breaks with established head coach control precedent and imposes a standard of strict liability."

      Pitino came under intense criticism after Katina Powell, an escort, wrote a book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" which detailed the payment for performances in the form of cash and game tickets. Powell identified McGee as the one who paid for sex with recruits and players in the players' dormitory, Minardi Hall, which was constructed in honor of Pitino's brother-in-law.

  • Report: Butler set to hire Milwaukee's Jordan
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 12, 2017

    On the same day that former Butler coach Chris Holtmann was introduced as Ohio State's new coach, multiple news outlets reported Monday that the Bulldogs will hire LaVall Jordan to replace Holtmann.

    • Jordan is a former Butler player and assistant who has been the head coach at Milwaukee since April 2016.

      Holtmann was hired last week by the Buckeyes to replace Thad Matta, himself a former Butler player and assistant who spent 13 seasons at Ohio State before he was dismissed.

      The Indianapolis Star reported that Jordan met with Butler athletic director Barry Collier on Sunday night and again Monday.

      Jordan, 38, is the fourth men's coach in six seasons at Butler, whose previous head coaching replacements were all on the staff when hired.

      In his only season at Milwaukee in the Horizon League, Jordan led the Panthers to a 11-24 record. His team advanced to the Horizon League tournament championship game as the 10th seed after going 4-14 in conference play during the regular season.

      Butler also interviewed longtime assistant Terry Johnson and its top recruiter, Ryan Pedon, for the head coaching vacancy. The Star reported that Johnson, Pedon and assistant Mike Schrage are expected to join Holtmann at Ohio State.

      Jordan graduated from Butler in 2001 and played in Europe and the NBA Development League. He also served as an assistant at Iowa and Michigan.

      Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 in three seasons as Butler coach. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85.

      Holtmann's teams have won at least 20 games in each of the past four seasons, including a 25-9 record at Butler last season.

      Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 Big East Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014-15.

  • North Carolina F Maye uninjured in auto accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 9, 2017

    North Carolina forward Luke Maye, one of the heroes of the Tar Heels' 2017 NCAA tournament men's basketball championship, was uninjured after his car flipped several times and came to rest upside down on a North Carolina Interstate.

    • Maye's parents told the Charlotte Observer that their son walked away with no more than a few bumps and bruises in Thursday's accident. The car was totaled.

      "Yes, Luke had a car accident this afternoon coming home for his brother's middle school graduation," Mark Maye, a former standout quarterback for the Tar Heels in the 1980s, said in a text message to the newspaper on Thursday night. "Was very fortunate. Thank the good Lord he is fine. Put a real scare in him -- and us."

      Aimee Maye, Luke's mother, told the Charlotte Observer on Friday morning that her son did not have to go to the hospital for evaluation "because he was clearly fine at the scene."

      Mark Maye said no one else was hurt in the wreck on Interstate 85, where the accident occurred as his son drove alone from Chapel Hill, N.C., back toward the family's home outside of Charlotte. Mark Maye picked his son up from the accident scene about an hour away.

      "He did run into an 18-wheeler and spun his car around, landing on a bank beside the road," Mark Maye said in another text message to the newspaper. "Damaged the car pretty bad, but he (Luke) said he feels perfectly fine."

      Luke Maye made the game-winning basket against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament last season in the Tar Heels' 75-73 Elite Eight win over the Wildcats, scoring a career-high 17 points. Two days earlier, he established his previous career high of 16 points against Butler in the Sweet 16.

      Maye will be a junior next season and is projected to be a starter for the Tar Heels. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds as a reserve forward in 2016-17.

  • Butler's Holtmann named Ohio State coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 9, 2017

    Chris Holtmann is leaving Butler to become the next men's basketball coach at Ohio State, the university announced Friday.

    • Holtmann, who completed his third year with the Bulldogs in 2016-17, agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith said. Final details of the deal were being finalized.

      Smith said Holtmann fit the criteria he sought for the 14th head coach in Ohio State history.

      "Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner," Smith said in a statement.

      Holtmann replaces Thad Matta, who was the winningest coach in program history but surprisingly pushed out after 13 years on Monday.

      In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the Big East conference. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85.

      Holtmann's teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons, including a 25-9 record at Butler last season.

      Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 Big Ease Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014-15.

      Creighton head coach Greg McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and appeared to be leading candidate for the Buckeyes. But McDermott announced Thursday he was staying at Creighton.

      Holtmann emerged as the front-runner Thursday afternoon. Smith's private plane was scheduled to fly to Indianapolis on Friday morning, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

      Meanwhile, Holtmann thanked Butler for giving him an opportunity and said his three seasons at the school were the most rewarding of his career.

      "Leaving Butler has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," Holtmann said on his Twitter page. "(Wife) Lori, (daughter) Nora and I leave with amazing memories that we were honored to be a part of. We all know that at Butler, despite change, those special and amazing memories will only continue.

      "I'm certain of that. It's Butler."

  • McDermott posts that he will remain with Creighton
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Greg McDermott took to social media on Thursday to announce that he plans to stay in his current role as the Creighton men's basketball coach.

    • Citing undisclosed sources, ESPN reported early Thursday morning that McDermott had been offered the head coaching position at Ohio State.

      "I'm blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton.....and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rolljays," McDermott wrote on his Twitter account.

      ESPN and CBS Sports reported that McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and emerged as the leading candidate for the Buckeyes, who dismissed Thad Matta after 13 seasons on Monday.

      The 52-year-old McDermott has spent the past seven seasons at Creighton, where his team finished 25-10 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time during his time at the school. He has a 166-82 overall record there.

      McDermott also coached at Wayne State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.

      Ohio State had failed to reach the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under Matta after a successful run that saw him lead the Buckeyes to two Final Four appearances and multiple Big Ten titles. He compiled a 337-123 overall record in Columbus after coaching at Butler and Xavier.

      Last season, Ohio State finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten.

  • Ohio State pursuing new coach to replace Matta
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Ohio State appears to be moving quickly in its pursuit of a replacement for Thad Matta.

    • ESPN and CBS Sports reported that Creighton's Greg McDermott met with Ohio State officials on Wednesday night and emerged as the leading candidate for the Buckeyes, who dismissed Matta after 13 seasons on Monday.

      According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith wants to hire a new coach by the end of the week.

      The 52-year-old McDermott has spent the past seven seasons at Creighton, where his team finished 25-10 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time during his time at the school. He has a 166-82 overall record there.

      McDermott also coached at Wayne State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.

      Ohio State had failed to reach the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons under Matta after a successful run that saw him lead the Buckeyes to two Final Four appearances and multiple Big Ten titles. He compiled a 337-123 overall record in Columbus after coaching at Butler and Xavier.

      Last season, Ohio State finished 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten.

      One potential Ohio State target, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday that he has 'no intention of leaving' his current job. He was the head coach at Iowa State before moving to the NBA.

      Also mentioned as possibilities are Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams, Butler coach Chris Holtmann and Ohio State assistant Chris Jent.

      Jent, a former Ohio State player and NBA coach, interviewed with school administrators earlier Wednesday, The Dispatch reported.

      Longshot candidates are Arizona's Sean Miller, Indiana's Archie Miller, Xavier's Chris Mack and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, a former Florida coach.

  • Arizona president on Miller to Ohio State rumors: 'Over my dead body'
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Immediately after Thad Matta was pushed out as Ohio State's head basketball coach, the speculation turned to possible replacements, including the Buckeyes may try to lure away Sean Miller from Arizona.

    • However, University of Arizona president Dr. Robert Robbins, less than a week on the job, said that would happen "over my dead body."

      "The Ohio State University is great university, but they are not going to get Coach Miller," Robbins told the Arizona Republic on Tuesday. "They will have to come over me to get him, as the saying goes, over my dead body."

      Miller's name was one of many rumored on social media after the Buckeyes surprisingly parted ways with Matta after 13 seasons on Monday and began a national search.

      "I just think he is a quality guy," the Arizona president said of Miller. "I will do everything in my power to try to convince him to stay."

      Robbins told the newspaper he takes recruiting coaching rumors "very seriously."

      The 48-year-old Miller has coached the Wildcats since 2009, making six NCAA Tournament appearances and reaching the Elite Eight three times. He is 220-66 (.769) in eight seasons at Arizona but has been unable to lead the program to a Final Four berth. He has four regular-season Pac-12 titles.

      In February, Miller and Arizona agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season. The deal guarantees Miller $2.6 next season and will pay him $2.9 annually over the final three seasons. He was signed through 2020 prior to the reworked deal.

      Robbins said Miller is a "tremendous, tremendous individual who has had great success on the court. I know he's disappointed he couldn't bring a national championship to the state, given that the Final Four was here."

      Miller's Wildcats are expected to be one of the top teams in the nation next season. His brother, Archie Miller, was hired as the head coach at Indiana in March.

  • Matta out after 13 seasons at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 5, 2017

    Thad Matta is out as the Ohio State head basketball coach after 13 seasons, the university announced Monday.

    • Matta reportedly wanted to keep coaching the Buckeyes, but athletic director Gene Smith said a change was needed after discussing the situation with the coach.

      "I felt comfortable after the season when I sat down with Thad that we had a plan. Recruiting is a major part of it, and we weren't winning the recruiting battles," Smith said. "As we started talking about it Friday, the flow of the conversation took me to the realization as I said to him, 'This might be the time to make a leadership change,' and he agreed."

      The Buckeyes struggled the past two years, missing the NCAA Tournament last season after finishing 17-15. It was Matta's first Ohio State team not to win at least 20 games. The Buckeyes went to the NIT in 2015-16.

      Matta's Ohio State teams reached the Final Four in 2007 and 2012. The Buckeyes were in the national title game in 2007 but lost to Florida.

      Matta won five Big Ten regular-season titles and four Big Ten tournament titles. The Buckeyes reached five Sweet 16s in nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

      Matta inherited a program facing a one-year postseason ban in his first season in 2004-05, but the Buckeyes finished 20-12 and went to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the next 10 seasons.

      Matta was 337-123 (.733) with the Buckeyes, with a 439-154 overall coaching record at Ohio State, Xavier and Butler.

      Matta, who will turn 50 in July, previously underwent emergency back surgery in 2007 that left him without a fully functioning right foot due to nerve damage, requiring a brace, as well as lingering back issues. He walks with a limp and sits in a special chair during games to alleviate the back pain.

      At a news conference Monday, Matta mentioned "trying to get healthy" as one reason for leaving the job.

      "This has been ... the greatest 13 years of my life," said Matta, fighting back tears when thanking his family and reflecting on his time in Columbus.

      "I want what's best for the program, and if it's me not being here, I understand that and respect that."

      Smith said Ohio State will honor the three remaining years on Matta's contract worth about $9 million. The school paid a $650,000 bonus on April 30 as part of that contract.

      Smith said the Buckeyes will conduct a national search for their next coach.

      "While this may be a surprise to many, it's the right thing for our program at this time," Smith said.

  • Blue chipper Bowen selects Louisville
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Blue-chip recruit Brian Bowen committed to the University of Louisville on Saturday.

    • Bowen, a McDonald's All-American and consensus five-star prospect by four major recruiting sites, announced on his Twitter account that he will be joining the Cardinals.

      "Happy to announce my commitment to the Ville. Let's get ittttt," Bowen tweeted.

      The 6-foot-7 Bowen, who is from Michigan, averaged 20.4 points and seven rebounds last season at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. The team won the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals in March.

      "We are extremely excited to have Brian with us," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said in a statement, according to the Courier-Journal. "He's extremely versatile and can play almost four positions. He's an outstanding scorer, a terrific passer and someone who just really knows how to play the game. This gives us a deep, talented team, and we look forward to playing another exciting schedule."

      A number of powerhouse programs, including Arizona, Oregon, Michigan State and Creighton, were among the finalists considered by Bowen.

      The Cardinals finished 25-9 last season, losing to Michigan as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Kentucky G Diallo withdraws from NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Promising Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo withdrew his name from the NBA Draft prior to the deadline and will play for the Wildcats this season.

    • Diallo graduated early from high school and enrolled at Kentucky in January but didn't play for the Wildcats last season. He entered the NBA draft process and was eligible to return to college because he didn't retain an agent.

      He created some waves at the NBA draft combine in Chicago by posting a vertical leap of 44 feet, five inches, the second-highest in combine history.

      The 6-foot-6 Diallo was forecasted as a late first-round pick. He withdrew his name just minutes prior to the 11:59 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday night.

      "I hope to play in the NBA one day -- just not this season," Diallo said in a statement on his Twitter feed. "Based on the information I received by testing the waters, I believe it's in my best interests to return to school.

      "Although I was a part of the team last season and trained with my teammates, I never fulfilled another one of my dreams, which was to play for a major college program and win a national title. I am excited about returning to Kentucky for the 2017-18 season. I can't wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time."

      Naturally, Wildcats coach John Calipari was pleased with Diallo's decision. Kentucky needs to replace all five starters from last season's Elite Eight squad, including the standout backcourt of Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox.

      "I'm really proud of Hami. He took in all the information, asked a lot of questions, including questions to the NBA teams," Calipari said in a statement. "I love the fact that he wants to put himself in a better position and help lead this new team to a championship.

  • Xavier G Bluiett to return for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- After testing the NBA waters for the second straight offseason, Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett has decided to return for his senior season, giving the Musketeers a likely preseason top-25 team hoping to make another deep NCAA Tournament run.

    • "Trevon is one of the best players in all of college basketball and we're excited to have him back in the role of senior leader," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. "Tre has been a part of three straight NCAA appearances including trips to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. He competes every day and continues to improve in every facet of the game. I know our fans are ecstatic."

      Bluiett worked out for his hometown Indiana Pacers on Monday then reportedly had a workout scheduled with the New York Knicks on Wednesday before cancelling hours before making his return to Xavier official.

      Bluiett, a two-time First Team All-Big East Conference selection, ranked second in the league in scoring 18.5 points per game.

      During Xavier's run to the Elite Eight ending with a loss to top-seed Gonzaga on the doorstep of the Final Four, Bluiett averaged 21.3 points per game to earn a spot on the five-member all-West Regional team.

      The Indianapolis native is on track to become only the fifth 2,000-point scorer in Xavier history. Bluiett, who has moved up to 15th place on XU's all-time scoring list with 1,585 career points, is actually on pace to finish as high as second on XU's all-time scoring list. His 665 points as a junior rank fifth-best all-time for Xavier single season scoring totals.

  • Alabama F Key withdraws from NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Alabama forward Braxton Key withdrew from the NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season, the school announced Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-8 Key didn't sign an agent when he entered the draft, which allowed him the option to pull out.

      "I made that official when I sent my paperwork to the NBA league office Monday morning," Key said in a statement. "I want to express my appreciation to my teammates, Coach (Avery) Johnson and the entire coaching staff for giving me their full support while I went through this process.

      "I am excited for the future of the Alabama basketball program and looking forward to getting to work as we prepare for next season. Roll Tide and Buckle Up!"

      Key averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. He scored in double figures on 20 occasions.

  • College basketball notebook: F Delgado will stay at Seton Hall
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado, the leading rebounder in the country, announced that he will withdraw his name from next month's NBA Draft and return to the school for his senior season.

    • Delgado said in a statement that it "feels just right" to come back for his final year.

      A native of the Dominican Republic, the 6-foot-10 Delgado averaged 15.2 points and nation-best 13.1 rebounds for the Pirates during his junior season, leading Seton Hall to a 21-12 overall mark and 10-8 record in the Big East.

      Wednesday is the deadline for players to pull out of the draft and retain college eligibility.

      --Texas guard Andrew Jones announced his withdrawal from next month's NBA Draft and his return to the Longhorns for his sophomore season.

      Jones participated in the NBA combine and workouts with individual teams but did not hire an agent.

      Jones, who played in 33 games as a freshman as Texas struggled to an 11-22 season, led the team in assists with 3.5 per game and was third in scoring (11.4 points).

      --Five-star prospect Emmanuel Akot announced that he will graduate from high school early and enroll at Arizona for the 2017-18 season.

      His coach at Wasatch Academy in Utah, Curtis Condie, confirmed the decision of Akot, who originally committed to the Wildcats in March as a 2018 prospect. Akot, a product of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is listed at 6 feet 8 and 205 pounds but is expected to play a wing role off the bench for the Wildcats as a freshman.

      Akot averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists during the two April live periods for Exum Elite Utah Prospects on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. He shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range.

  • Blue-chip recruit Akot to join Arizona early
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    Five-star prospect Emmanuel Akot announced Monday he will graduate from high school early and enroll at Arizona for the 2017-18 season.

    • His coach at Wasatch Academy in Utah, Curtis Condie, confirmed the decision of Akot, who originally committed to the Wildcats in March as a 2018 prospect.

      "After much thought, my family and I have decided to join the 2017 class and become a member of the Arizona Basketball family next season," Akot wrote on Twitter.

      Akot, a product of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is listed at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds but is expected to play a wing role off the bench for the Wildcats as a freshman. He also played backup point guard at Wasatch.

      "He was our backup point, we posted him up and he worked a lot on his outside shot," Condie told the Arizona Daily Star. "He was more consistent about (his shot) and when he wants to be, he can be an outstanding defender."

      Akot averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists during the two April live periods for Exum Elite Utah Prospects on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. He shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range.

      Arizona coach Sean Miller's 2017 recruiting class was already ranked in the top five nationally.

      Akot's decision comes a day after freshman Rawle Alkins announced he was withdrawing from the 2017 NBA Draft and returning to Arizona for his sophomore season. Star guard Allonzo Trier announced last month he was returning for his junior year.

  • Seton Hall F Delgado withdraws from NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado, the leading rebounder in the country, announced he will withdraw his name from next month's NBA Draft and return to the school for his senior season.

    • The 6-foot-10 Delgado said in a statement that it "feels just right" to come back for his final year.

      "It's very important to my family and me that I finish what I started," Delgado said. "This was a difficult decision that took time and patience. Coming back feels just right."

      A native of the Dominican Republic, Delgado averaged 15.2 points and nation-best 13.1 rebounds for the Pirates during his junior season, leading Seton Hall to a 21-12 overall mark and 10-8 record in the Big East.

      Wednesday is the deadline for players to pull out of the draft and retain their college eligibility.

      Delgado, a first-team All-Big East selection, reportedly was set to sign with an agent but received lukewarm interest and was not invited to the NBA scouting combine.

      He averaged just over nine points and nine boards in each of his first two seasons with Seton Hall, which will return three starters for the 2017-18 season.

  • Texas G Jones withdraws from draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    Texas guard Andrew Jones announced his withdrawal from next month's NBA Draft and will return to the Longhorns for his sophomore season.

    • Jones participated in the NBA combine and workouts with individual teams but did not hire an agent.

      "I've matured and learned a lot through this process," Jones wrote Monday on Twitter, two days before the NCAA's withdrawal deadline for players who have not hired agents. "I enjoyed the experience and opportunity that I had to be able to participate in the (NBA combine) and team workouts."

      Jones, who played in 33 games as a freshman as Texas struggled to an 11-22 season, led the Longhorns in assists with 3.5 per game and was third in scoring (11.4 points).

      Jones was one of two Longhorns to test the draft, with freshman center Jarrett Allen staying in and he is projected as a lottery selection.

      Jones' decision comes days after a five-star 6-foot-11 center Mohamed Bamba committed to the Longhorns last week, giving third-year coach Shaka Smart one of the nation's top recruiting classes.

      "Andrew has taken a mature approach to gathering feedback from NBA teams about areas where he can continue to grow," Smart said in a statement. "His work ethic has been terrific, and he is highly motivated to develop and help his team win. Our coaching staff is very excited to help him continue to move forward, on and off the court."

  • Prep star Bamba selects Texas
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 19, 2017

    Mohamed Bamba, the top remaining uncommitted men's basketball recruit in the class of 2017, announced Thursday he will attend Texas next season, choosing the Longhorns over Kentucky.

    • Bamba is a McDonald's All American who is ranked as the nation's second-best prospect in the 2017 class by Scout and is ranked third by ESPN.

      He is the top recruit during Shaka Smart's time as Texas coach. Scout ranks Texas' 2017 recruiting class the third best in the nation.

      Bamba announced his choice on The Players' Tribune.

      Bamba, a 6-foot-11 Harlem, N.Y., native who played his high school ball at Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., said he bonded with Smart when he played under Smart coach on the under-18 Team USA last summer. He also noted that he liked the progress his friend Jarrett Allen made last season. After one season with the Longhorns, Allen is now projected to be a first-round NBA pick.

      "I can't say enough about the strides my friend Jarrett Allen made this past year," Bamba wrote. "I saw his footwork improve. I saw the spots they put him in -- where he was shooting, passing and stretching the paint like a modern 5. Most importantly, I saw his confidence grow throughout the season as he distinguished himself as a possible lottery pick. I'm thankful for the blueprint he laid down and I hope to follow in his footsteps."

      Besides losing Allen, Texas lost Tevin Mack, the team's leading scorer last year, who was suspended multiple times, then dismissed. Mack announced this week that he is transferring to Alabama.

      "I'm extremely excited that Mo has chosen Texas," Smart said in a statement. "He's as unique a person and player as I've been around. Mo's combination of talent, intellect and ability to impact others will make him a catalyst in our program and on our campus from day one."

      As a senior, Bamba averaged 12.8 points and 9.3 boards per game.

      "He has so much to offer," Westtown coach Seth Berger said, according to Philly.com. "He's got intelligence, character, length, athleticism, and talent. He's 100 percent a one-and-done kid. He'll be a No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA draft."

  • Texas transfer Mack commits to Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Texas small forward transfer Tevin Mack committed to Alabama, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

    • Mack visited the Crimson Tide's campus on Tuesday.

      Mack, who was one of the top recruits in the 2015 class, had signed with Virginia Commonwealth before following Longhorns coach Shaka Smart to Austin after receiving a release from his National Letter of Intent.

      The 6-foot-7 Mack was suspended twice last season for a violation of team rules, including indefinitely by Smart on Jan. 12. He didn't appear in another game for the rest of last season and received his release from the school in late February.

      Mack averaged a team-high 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds before the suspension. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

  • Duke transfer Chase Jeter picks Arizona
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Former five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American Chase Jeter is transferring from Duke to Arizona.

    • Jeter played in 16 games last season but was limited by a back injury.

      Jeter, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, announced his decision via Instagram. He posted a picture of himself wearing a Wildcats jersey and wrote:

      "I'm heading to Tucson... #BearDown"

      Due to NCAA transfer rules, Jeter will have to sit out the 2017-18 season before having two years of eligibility at Arizona, starting in the 2018-19 season.

      Like UCLA, USC and Gonzaga, Arizona actively recruited him out of Bishop Gorman High School before he chose Duke.

      Jeter visited Tucson with Pitt grad transfer Cameron Johnson, who has yet to announce his decision but is eligible immediately as a graduate student.

  • Rhode Island coach Hurley lands extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Rhode Island extended the contract of basketball coach Dan Hurley two years through the 2023-24 season after he guided the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.

    • Hurley, 44, is entering his sixth season at Rhode Island. He has led the Rams to two postseason appearances -- also the NIT in the 2014-15 campaign -- and owns a 87-73 coaching record at the school and is 125-95 overall in his career.

      "I appreciate the opportunity to continue to lead the Rhode Island men's basketball program. So much goes into building a championship culture and I am proud of the efforts we have made in all facets of our program," Hurley said in a statement.

      Rhode Island posted a 25-9 record last season (13-5 in Atlantic 10) and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title en route to earning a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tourney.

      The Rams defeated sixth-seeded Creighton 84-72 in the NCAA Tournament's opening round but fell to third-seeded Oregon 75-72 in the second.

      Hurley also spent two seasons coaching at Wagner, going 38-22.

  • Duke lands top PG Duval
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Should Mike Krzyzewski bring another national championship to Duke, he might look back at the past week on the recruiting trail as the impetus behind the next banner.

    • Trevon Duval, regarded as the best point guard in the 2017 class, joined Duke's steller 2017 haul days after the Blue Devils brought in Jordan Tucker, who was considering Syracuse until a last-minute visit to Durham.

      Krzyzewski already landed two other five-star recruits, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., to pair with Duval.

      "I'm excited to evolve as a student, as a basketball player and now, and forever, as a Blue Devil," Duval said in a video shared via The Players' Tribune.

      Duval averaged 16.1 points and 7.5 assists as a senior at IMG this past season and was chosen as a McDonald's All-American.

      The roster is dotted with holes after a mass exodus following the 2016-17 season, including Frank Jackson, Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles to the NBA Draft and seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones.

      Sean Obi and Chase Jeter transferred.

  • G Hutchison returning to Boise State; PG Austin departs
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Boise State leading scorer Chandler Hutchison withdrew from the NBA Draft on Thursday and will play his final college season, the school announced.

    • But while Hutchison is returning, second-leading scorer Paris Austin has elected to transfer for his final two college seasons. Austin was granted a release from his scholarship, the school announced.

      Hutchison didn't sign with an agent, which gave him the option to return. He was not invited to the NBA combine, which began Thursday.

      "I am extremely grateful for the opportunities, interest and feedback I received from many NBA teams," Hutchison said in a statement. "The time is right to put my focus back on winning a Mountain West Championship. Everything I learned the last month will help me be a better player, teammate and future draft pick."

      The 6-foot-7 Hutchison averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.

      Austin, a point guard, averaged 12.3 points and a team-leading 2.8 assists last season. The 6-foot guard struggled with his outside shooting as he hit just 21.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.

      Austin must sit out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

  • Missouri Valley Conference adds Valparaiso to replace Wichita State
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    The Missouri Valley Conference extended an invitation to Valparaiso to join the conference, the league confirmed on Tuesday.

    • The Crusaders will replace long-time basketball power Wichita State, which recently departed for the American Athletic Conference.

      The MVC said Valparaiso would become a member effective July 1, 2017. The conference said it would have no further comment on expansion plans.

      The addition of Valparaiso keeps the MVC at 10 teams. The vote to add the Crusaders was unanimous, according to the MVC.

      Valparaiso's men's basketball program has won 20 or more games in six of the past seven seasons. The Crusaders have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances and have two wins in that event, both coming in 1998 when the Bryce Drew-led team advanced to the Sweet 16.

      The MVC also considered Murray State, Milwaukee and Nebraska-Omaha before deciding on Valparaiso.

      Valpo was a member of the Horizon League for most of its sports. Its football program will continue playing in the FCS Pioneer Football League.

      The loss of Wichita State is the second recent big blow suffered by the Missouri Valley. Creighton departed to the Big East in 2013.