NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUND UP-KANSAS STILL SIGNS DEAL WITH ADIDAS

Kansas isn’t letting a little FBI investigation ruin their sponsorship agreement with Adidas. The Jayhawks and the apparel company still plan to sign a 12-year, $191 million extension to their current deal, according to the Kansas City Star. By Rob Dauster

For the second time in just three weeks as the head coach of the Memphis Tigers, Penny Hardaway did something that Tubby Smith wasn’t able to do: land a commitment from a top 150 prospect from the city of Memphis. By Rob Dauster

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Former NBA player Mike Miller released a statement Thursday indicating his excitement over becoming an assistant coach on Penny Hardaway’s staff at the University of Memphis. “I’m so excited at the prospect of joining Coach Hardaway at Memphis in no small part due to the fact that basketball is woven into the fabric of this city,” Miller said. By AP

Despite a late push by Memphis, touted shooting guard Connor Crabtree signed with the Tulane men’s basketball team on Wednesday. Crabtree, a 6-foot-6 native of Hillsborough, North Carolina, averaged 21.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals for Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, this year. He shot 53 percent from the floor and 51 percent (119 of 233) on 3-pointers, earning interest from new Memphis coach Penny Hardaway when he was hired in March. 

UNC, Duke both meet with Vernon Carey: Is he the next top recruit to decide between the two?

6-foot-9 power forward Vernon Carey, Jr. may be the best 2019 basketball prospect in America. The son of former Miami standout offensive lineman Vernon Carey, who enjoyed a long career in the NFL, Carey is capable of using his size to post up, or taking advantage of his athleticism to run the floor. By ACC.com

Fran McCaffery unplugged: In-depth with the Hawkeyes coach on what derailed Iowa’s season

Fran McCaffery’s 21st season as a college head basketball coach was one of his worst. His Iowa Hawkeyes were repeatedly punished for poor defensive play, finishing 14-19 and 4-14 in Big Ten Conference play. By Des Moines Register

Arizona a finalist for Kennesaw State transfer James Scott

The Arizona Wildcats are one of six finalists for Kennesaw State transfer James Scott. The other five are Virginia Tech, UConn, Temple, Nevada, and Dayton. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that Scott will visit Virginia Tech next weekend and Dayton on the weekend of April 28. By Arizona Desert Swarm

Michigan swingman Ibi Watson says he’s decided to “explore other options” in a message on his Twitter account. Watson thanked the coaching staff and his teammates and said he’s enjoyed the relationships and the memories he’s made. The 6-foot-5 Watson played in 26 games this season as a sophomore, averaging 2.2 points and 5.2 minutes. By AP

Cincinnati and Mississippi will make return trips to the Emerald Island Classic in November. Both schools competed in the inaugural tournament in 2014, when the Rebels defeated the Bearcats 66-54 in the final. Global Sports announced four of the eight teams on Thursday. The tournament will take place Nov. 23-24 at Northwest Florida State College.

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A list of notable underclassmen who have announced their intentions to enter the 2018 NBA draft. The deadline for college players to enter the draft is April 22. Players have until June 11 to remove themselves from the draft process. The draft will held June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

This week in Portland, more than two dozen future NCAA and NBA superstars have gathered to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit, an annual showcase event at the Moda Center where the nation’s top high school talent squares off against the world’s top talent. By , USA TODAY Sports

 

 

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