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Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Bruce Pearl is already making his presence felt at Auburn. The school’s newly hired men’s basketball coach received a commitment from small forward Danjel Purifoy, the 50th ranked player in the ESPN 100, on Friday.

The 6-foot-7 Purifoy was also being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.

Pearl’s three-year NCAA penalty ends at midnight Friday. That means Pearl will be allowed to communicate with recruits for the first time since he accepted the Auburn job in March.                                                                                                                 
Auburn is hoping Pearl can continue to help the school rebuild a basketball program that last season finished 6-12 in the SCC and 14-16 overall.
       
Next up for Pearl and Auburn, a visit from another ESPN 100 player, forward Horace Spencer.                                                                                                                                                                                          
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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men’s basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics’ governing body was in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws. 

“The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools,” Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA’s defense “do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means”.

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) —  Florida guard DeVon Walker is expected to miss all of next season with a knee injury.

The Junior tore his right ACL last Friday. 

Walker played in 35 games for the Gators last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in just over 12 minutes per game. 

Despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes, Walker was fourth on the team in blocked shots, with 13, and in three-pointers made, with 19. 

Walker’s role was expected to increase this next year with fellow guard Scottie Wilbekin having graduated.

With Walker sidelined, former Rutgers guard Eli Carter and freshmen Chris Chiozza and Brandone Francis all could see more playing time for the Gators in 2014-15.

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Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — There will be another Ibaka calling Oklahoma home. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka’s younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State in the 2015-16 season.

The 6-foot-8 Ibaka played for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last season, but he will not be eligible to play JUCO ball next season because he will have surpassed the age limit.

Ibaka averaged 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds as a freshman last season.

In an interview with The Oklahoman, NEO coach Dustin Grover said that Wichita State and Tulsa were also interested in Ibaka.

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Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Craig Jones/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rashad McCants, a junior on North Carolina’s 2005 national championship men’s basketball team, says that he barely went to class and tutors wrote his papers so he would remain academically eligible.

McCants told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he made the dean’s list in the spring of 2005 without ever attending one of the four classes in which he received A’s. The second-leading scorer on the ’05 title team further accused Tarheels head coach Roy Williams of knowing about such “paper classes”. Those so-called classes were part of the African-American Studies Program at UNC.

The allegations come just a couple of years after the Raleigh News & Observer began reporting about widespread academic fraud on the North Carolina campus. An investigation published in 2012 found that 15 members of the national championship basketball team accounted for enrollments in the courses.

An independent investigation by the university found 54 classes in African and Afro-American Studies were “irregularly” or “aberrantly” taught from 2007 to 2011. While the NCAA sanctioned the Tarheel football team for improper benefits and academic misconduct, the athletic department as a whole was largely unpunished.

Although McCants claims that it was the norm for tutors to write papers on behalf of student-athletes, members of the UNC athletic department have painted other pictures. 

“I have gotten to know some of Mr. McCants’ teammates, and I know that claims about their academic experience have affected them deeply,” said UNC’s athletic director Bubba Cunningham in a statement to “Outside the Lines”. “They are adamant that they had a different experience at UNC-Chapel Hill than has been portrayed by Mr. McCants and others.”

“With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad [McCants] has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me,” said men’s basketball coach Roy Williams in a statement released on Friday. “I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me.”

A copy of McCants’ unofficial transcript shows that he obtained 10 A’s and six B’s in African-American classes, but received six C’s, one D and three F’s in non-African-American Studies courses.

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Kansas Lands PG Devonte Graham

Kansas Lands PG Devonte Graham

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Point guard Devonte Graham has chosen to attend Kansas. 
The 6-foot, 155 pound Graham, who originally signed with Appalachian State in 2012, was also considering NC State and Virginia. 
Graham w…

UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Declares for Draft

UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Declares for Draft

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Forward DeAndre Daniels from this season’s men’s national basketball champion Connecticut Huskies has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced Friday. 

“I just felt like this was the right time for …

Harrison Twins to Return to Kentucky

Harrison Twins to Return to Kentucky

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Not one, but both Harrison twins announced Friday that they are returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season.
Coming off a loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament final, both Andrew and Aaron Harri…

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA Draft

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.)  —  After just one season at Kentucky, forward Julius Randle announced he is leaving the school to declare for the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 Randle announced his decision with just five days left be…

Kentucky’s James Young Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky’s James Young Declares for NBA Draft

Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Kentucky freshman James Young announced Thursday he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next st…

ESPN: Frank Haith is Leaving Missouri for Tulsa

ESPN: Frank Haith is Leaving Missouri for Tulsa

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Frank Haith has verbally agreed to leave Missouri and become the next men’s head basketball coach at Tulsa, according to ESPN.com.
Haith takes over for the recently departed Danny Manning, who is now the Wake Fore…

Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA

Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday they will leave school and enter the NBA Draft. Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range while helpin…

Cuonzo Martin Replaces Montgomery at California

Cuonzo Martin Replaces Montgomery at California

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) — Cuonzo Martin has headed west. Martin, who led Tennessee to the Sweet 16 this season, has departed Knoxville to take the head coaching job at California. California athletic director Sandy Barbour says …

Kevin Ware Transferring to Georgia State

Kevin Ware Transferring to Georgia State

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is moving closer to home.
The 6-foot-2 guard confirmed to ESPN that he will transfer to Georgia State, a plus for him since his family lives in Georgia.  He will seek a …

Joel Embiid Declares for NBA Draft

Joel Embiid Declares for NBA Draft

Cooper Neill/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — The Kansas Jayhawks have now lost two star freshman to the NBA. On Wednesday, Joel Embiid declared for the NBA draft joining teammate Andrew Wiggins as rookies who will be leaving college after one season.
“…

Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay D-I Player

Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay D-I Player

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — University of Massachusetts sophomore guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball.
Gordon broke the news Wednesday, but told his parents, coaches, and teammates at…

UConn Wins Record 9th NCAA Championship

UConn Wins Record 9th NCAA Championship

Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) —  Once again, Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies stand alone atop the world of women’s college basketball.
In the first NCAA basketball championship game featuring two undefeated teams, the…

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Class

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Class

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS, Texas) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014, set to be inducted on August 8 in Springfield, Mass. The inductees were announced at a press conference at the site of the 2014 Fin…

Marcus Smart to Enter NBA Draft

Marcus Smart to Enter NBA Draft

Cooper Neill/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Marcus Smart returned to Oklahoma State for his sophomore year with the goal of improving his draft stock. After a tumultuous second season, the guard has declared for the NBA draft.
“I had a great season he…

Despite Degree Flap, Manhattan to Retain Masiello as Coach

Despite Degree Flap, Manhattan to Retain Masiello as Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Manhattan College will keep Steve Masiello as its head men’s basketball coach — if he completes his undergraduate degree. Until then, Masiello will be placed on unpaid leave while associate head coach Matt …

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