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  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Wisconsin's Ryan to retire after upcoming season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced Monday he will retire after the 2015-16 season.

    • The 67-year-old Ryan, who is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, said he considered retiring after the Badgers lost in the national championship game to Duke. Athletic director Barry Alvarez then told him to take some time to think about it.

      Ryan said he will coach this season before stepping down and hopes longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him.

      "Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.

      "I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."

      The Badgers knocked off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the national semifinals before losing to Duke in the title game.

      Ryan took at Wisconsin after Dick Bennett left in 2001. He is is 357-125 in his 14 seasons at Wisconsin.

      Under Ryan, the Badgers secured 14 NCAA berths and advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times.

      Prior to Wisconsin, Ryan spent two seasons at Milwaukee and was at Division III Wisconsin-Plattville for 15 seasons.

      Ryan, a native of Chester, Pa., has an overall coaching record of 740-228 in 31 seasons.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Syracuse names Boeheim's 2018 successor
    By The Sports Xchange

    Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins will take over when coach Jim Boeheim retires in 2018, the school said Thursday.

    • Hopkins, a former Syracuse player, has been on Boeheim's staff since 1995 and had been his presumed successor.

      "For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. "He has contributed so much to the success of the Syracuse basketball program. I know Mike is ready to lead the program into the future and carry forward the success that has occurred under coach Boeheim."

      Boeheim's statement read: "Mike has truly earned this honor through his hard work, dedication and commitment to our program for more than 20 years. There is no one more ready or prepared to carry on the success of Syracuse basketball than Mike Hopkins."

      Hopkins said, "I'm honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity. Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program. Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency."

      Boeheim's program has been tainted by an NCAA scandal this year, and he said in March that he will retire after the 2017-18 season. He has been coach at the school since 1976.

      Next season, he will sit out the first nine ACC games as part of his program's punishment by the NCAA for academic misconduct and providing improper benefits to players. The NCAA vacated 108 of his 966 victories -- dropping him from second to sixth in Division I history -- and took away 12 scholarships from Syracuse over the next four years.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Shooting guard chooses Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky reeled in a standout guard from Canada on Wednesday to add to its 2015 recruiting class.

    • Jamal Murray, ranked as a five-star shooting guard from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, joins an incoming group that includes Skal Labissiere, considered the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, and McDonald's All-American guard Isaiah Briscoe.

      Murray's commitment, which he announced on TSN in Canada, moves the Wildcats to the top of the team rankings according to most recruiting services.

      Oregon was considered one of the leading candidate to land Murray after he recently reclassified from the class of 2016. His stock has risen after scoring 30 points at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., against a U.S. team and then winning MVP honors with after collecting 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.

      Murray is the fifth member of Kentucky's class. The Wildcats lost seven of its top eight scorers from last season's team that went 38-1.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    NCAA proposal lets NBA draft entrants back in school
    By The Sports Xchange

    College underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft would be able to return to school if a proposal by the NCAA men's basketball oversight committee gets adopted.

    • The new proposal by the committee Wednesday in Indianapolis would need to be adopted by the NCAA membership in January.

      Committee chair Dan Guerrero, who is also the UCLA athletic director, told ESPN that if the proposal is implemented, it would be in place for the 2016 draft.

      The proposal to allow underclassmen an opportunity to return to school is a coordinated effort by the NCAA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NBA.

      If adopted, underclassmen may attend the Chicago pre-draft combine in May, get evaluated by team personnel and then be able to decide if they wanted to stay in the draft or return to school.

      The underclassmen, however, couldn't sign with an agent.

      With the current draft rules, underclassmen can't return to college once the player officially declares for the NBA draft.

      The NBA still would have an early-entry deadline of late April and an official withdrawal date of 10 days before the draft, as per the collective bargaining agreement.

      Under the new proposal, the NCAA would have its own withdrawal date moved up from the week after the Final Four to sometime in mid to late May, according to ESPN.

      "This is a positive development for student-athletes exploring their professional dreams,'' said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball. "This would give prospects and their families more appropriate time and unbiased info from the NBA to make important decisions. And it would probably lead some to go back to school."

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Former NMSU, Illinois coach Henson hospitalized
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former University of Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson is in a Houston hospital awaiting test results stemming from a weakened immune system.

    • The 83-year-old Henson, who has battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma for more than a decade, suffered from dehydration last week and was admitted to a hospital in Champaign, Ill.

      After spending a few days in isolation at the Illinois facility, Henson went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

      It was unclear how long Henson, who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November, will remain in Houston, the Las Cruces Sun-News said.

      Henson compiled a 779-413 record in a career that spanned 41 years.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    New Cyclones coach fills out staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa State coach Steve Prohm filled out his staff on Monday, retaining one of Fred Hoiberg's assistants and bringing in two new coaches.

    • T.J. Otzelberger, an assistant under Hoiberg and who interviewed for the head coaching position after Hoiberg jumped to the Chicago Bulls, will remain on staff.

      Joining Prohm and Otzelberger will be former Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson and former Murray State assistant William Small.

      Robinson had been an assistant on Greg McDermott's Cyclones staff from 2008-10 before going to Loyola (Ill.).

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    Wofford player drowns
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate died in a drowning incident early Monday morning, the school reported.

    • According to Greenville, S.C., TV station WYFF, the 19-year-old Tate's body was found around 4 a.m. in the lake by rescue divers.

      Tate, 19, was serving as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird.

      Two camp counselors jumped off the Buster Boyd Bridge around 2 a.m. and Tate did not come back to the surface, officials said.

      "The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate," athletics director Richard Johnson said in a statement.

      As a sophomore, Tate averaged 2.3 minutes per game.

      The other counselor was not injured.

      Tate was a rising junior majoring in accounting, the school said. He also a Bonner Scholar and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Pre-Law Society.

  • Friday, June 19, 2015
    North Carolina extends Williams' contract through 2020
    By The Sports Xchange

    The North Carolina Tar Heels have locked up head coach Roy Williams through 2020.

    • North Carolina announced Friday that the university and Williams agreed in principle to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season, and increase the compensation package for the Hall of Fame coach with two national championships.

      Williams' new contract includes a base salary ranging from $408,169 next year to $595,409 in 2019-20, deferred compensation ranging from $1.55 million next year to $1.75 million in 2019-20 and an annual expense account of $40,000. He also could earn an additional $1 million each season in NCAA Tournament incentives.

      Williams had three years remaining on his previous contract, according to ESPN.com.

      "I've said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good," Williams said in a statement released by the university. "I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and (athletic director) Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They've demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally."

      Williams has a 332-101 record in his 12 seasons with the Tar Heels, with a career record of 750-22 in 28 seasons. He has led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, winning the title in 2005 and 2009. His UNC teams have won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown six times and the ACC tournament twice.

      "The University of North Carolina is fortunate to have Roy Williams directing its basketball program and we are proud to extend his contract through the 2020 season," Cunningham said in a statement. "His results on the court over 27 years as a head coach are among the most accomplished in the history of the sport, but his love for the University of North Carolina and the way he cares for his students are truly unmatched. Roy is a man of character and integrity and I have great respect for the way he leads our basketball program."

      The contract news comes amid an academic fraud scandal at North Carolina, which the NCAA charged earlier this month with five Level I violations. Williams is not identified in the allegations.

      The NCAA cited lack of institutional control over the manner in which the Tar Heels' athletics administration oversaw an academic department and its counselors who advised student-athletes.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    Michigan State extends Izzo's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan State's Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to extend the contract of men's basketball coach Tom Izzo through the 2020-21 season.

    • The board also approved extensions for athletic director Mark Hollis, women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant and men's hockey coach Tom Anastos.

      Izzo, whose new deal expires on June 30, 2021, received approximately $3.8 million in total compensation in 2013-14.

      Izzo was named head coach in 1995, succeeding Jud Heathcote, and has led the Spartans to seven Final Fours, including the 2015 national semifinals. Going into the 2015-16 season, Izzo is five wins from 500 in his career.

      Hollis' contract was extended until June 30, 2019. He has a base salary of $600,000 per year.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    Villanova, Virginia to square off twice
    By The Sports Xchange

    The defending regular season champions of the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences will meet next season as part of a two-year agreement between the University of Virginia and Villanova.

    • Villanova, which established a school record with 33 victories last year, will go to Charlottesville on Dec. 19 to take on the Cavaliers. Virginia tied a school record with its 30 victories in 2014-15.

      Virginia will pay a visit to Philadelphia in 2016-17 to face the Wildcats.

      "We're really excited to play an outstanding program with a great coach in Tony Bennett," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said Tuesday.

      Bennett was equally enthusiastic.

      "Villanova has a storied history and has been one of the premier basketball programs over the past few seasons," Bennett said. "I have a lot of respect for coach Jay Wright and his program, and we look forward to a couple of highly-competitive nonconference games."

      The Cavaliers and Wildcats have met six times, with Virginia holding a 4-2 advantage. The most recent meeting between the schools came in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament with the Wildcats posting a 73-63 victory.

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015
    Report: Texas accused of more academic fraud
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of Texas, already facing allegations of academic fraud, has new charges to deal with in the wake of another report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    • According to the report published Wednesday, Texas may have engaged in academic misconduct involving three basketball players during Rick Barnes' tenure as coach. Barnes is now at Tennessee.

      Martez Walker allegedly was caught using his phone to cheat on a test and still passed the class and made the Big 12 honor roll. Meanwhile, according to the Chronicle, J'Covan Brown and P.J. Tucker each had papers written for them.

      Texas already is investigating a report by the Chronicle that hundreds of athletes, including two former basketball players, gained NCAA eligibility via bogus online coursework.

      Barnes, who left Texas for Tennessee this year, denied any knowledge of the latest alleged academic fraud. Barnes was fired by Texas after 17 seasons and was hired by Tennessee to replace Donnie Tyndall, who was fired because he is being investigated by the NCAA for alleged violations at Southern Mississippi.

      Texas is not the only school dealing with an academic scandal. North Carolina is being investigated by the NCAA regarding academic irregularities first discovered in 2011.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
    Louisville's Pitino signs extension through 2026
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino has signed a four-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

    • Terms were not released during the announcementTuesday, but the deal would pay him $60 million if the 62-year-old coach stayed through its duration, according to NBC Sports.

      His salary will increase to $4.48 million next season and then jump to $5.09 million in each successive year, NBC Sports reported. The school also will pay Pitino a $750,000 bonus if he's still the coach on July 1, 2017, and $2.25 million on July 1 of 2020, 2023 and 2026.

      Pitino is 368-126 in 14 seasons at Louisville and has taken the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in five of the past eight years. They reached the Final Four in 2012 and won the national title in 2013.

      A Naismith Hall of Famer, Pitino is 722-254 in 30 seasons at five schools. He also led Kentucky to a national title in 1996.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
    Women's basketball shifts to 10-minute quarters
    By The Sports Xchange

    Major rules changes to college basketball were adopted by the NCAA, including four 10-minute quarters in the women's game and a reduction of the shot clock and timeout total for men's basketball.

    • In the four-quarter format the number of team fouls is reset to zero with the exception of overtime, when any team in the bonus during the fourth quarter would remain so in all overtime periods.

      The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee also changed rules in women's basketball to allow post defenders to use an elbow or open hand on the small of the back of an offensive player; facilities to play music at all dead-ball situations; and eliminated the 10-second backcourt violation in these instances -- the ball is deflected out of bounds by the defense; in the event of a held ball, and the possession arrow favors the offensive team; a technical foul is called on the offensive team while the ball is in its backcourt.

      The committee made additional recommendations that will be addressed on a conference call later this month, including shot-clock violation replay reviews in the final two minutes of a game.

      This comes one day after the NCAA changed the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 for men's games. The last reduction, from 45 to 35 seconds, was made before the 1993-94 season.

      Teams are also to be given one fewer timeout and media timeout standards were changed with pace-of-play concerns in mind. Rather than automatic stoppages at 16-12-8-4-minute marks in the first and second half, any team timeout called within 30 seconds of that schedule now becomes the media timeout.

      Other changes made for the 2015-16 season include shot-clock violation reviews on made field goals and the elimination of the five-second count when defenders are closely guarding the ball.

  • Monday, June 8, 2015
    Iowa State hires Murray State's Prohm
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Iowa State Cyclones hired Murray State coach Steve Prohm to replace Fred Hoiberg, the school announced Monday.

    • Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.

      The 40-year-old Prohm, a two-time Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year, was the head coach at Murray State for the past four years, compiling a 104-29 record and winning at least 21 games in each season. He led the Racers to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.

      Last season, the Racers finished 29-6 (16-0 OVC) after losing to Old Dominion in the NIT quarterfinals.

      "We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University," ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. "Steve's personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next coach.

      "He is a proven winner who is widely respected by his current and former players. We feel Steve is the ideal coach to continue the incredible success that Coach Hoiberg and his players have achieved during the past several years."

      Hoiberg was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls last week after going 115-56 at Iowa State and making the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons.

      Prohm will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday morning at the Sukup Basketball Complex as the 20th head coach in Iowa State men's basketball history.

      Prohm just finished his ninth overall season at Murray State, spending five seasons as an assistant for current Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy from 2006-11.

      Cameron Payne, Prohm's top player this past season at Murray State, declared early and could potentially be a lottery pick in the NBA draft on June 25. Prohm also coached Isaiah Canaan of the Philadelphia 76ers.

      The other coaches who interviewed over the weekend were Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood, Valparaiso's Bryce Drew, N.C. Central's LeVelle Moton and Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger, according to ESPN.com.

  • Friday, June 5, 2015
    Report: Carolina's Williams to get extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    North Carolina appears to be closing in on a contract extension for coach Roy Williams.

    • Terms of the extension were not available, according to an Inside Carolina report. Williams has three years remaining on his current contract.

      The new deal is subject to approval from the university's board of trustees.

      The contract news comes amid an academic fraud scandal at North Carolina, which the NCAA charged this week with five Level I violations. Williams is not identified in the allegations.

      The NCAA cited lack of institutional control over the manner in which the Tar Heels' athletics administration oversaw an academic department and its counselors who advised student-athletes.

      "Everyone who loves Carolina is truly saddened by these allegations," Williams said Thursday in a statement. "We aspire to and work toward meeting higher standards than the actions that warranted this notice. Our university and numerous outside groups have looked at every aspect of our academic and athletic life.

      "As a result, Carolina has implemented scores of new processes and checks and balances that have undoubtedly made us a better university. Hopefully, we will never again receive such a notice."

      Williams has a 332-101 record in 12 seasons as North Carolina coach and the Tar Heels to NCAA titles in 2005 and 2009. He has an overall record of 750-202 at North Carolina and Kansas with seven Final Four appearances.

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
    Well-traveled Graham transfers to ASU
    By The Sports Xchange

    Well-traveled guard Torian Graham signed with Arizona State, where the former four-star high school recruit is expected to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules before having one year of eligibility remaining.

    • "It's a blessing, a great opportunity," Graham told AZCentral.com. "I just thank the Lord, honestly."

      The 6-foot-4 Graham committed to North Carolina State coming out of high school, but was not cleared to play. He landed at Chipola College in Florida and drew interest from major programs including Arizona State, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri as he averaged 12.9 points in 15 games as sophomore.

      However, Graham was arrested and charged with eating marijuana during a traffic stop in 2014 and was suspended from the team. He signed with Houston, but left before ever playing a game for the Cougars, citing personal reasons. Graham then landed at Buffalo, and sat out last season due to transfer rules.

      When coach Bobby Hurley left after the season, assistant Levi Watkins also departed for ASU along with guard Shannon Evans. Graham chose to follow Watkins, and hopes the NCAA will let him play in 2015-16.

      "I'm very excited," he said. "It's all business. Basketball is my life."

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
    Calipari: No regrets about passing on Cavs
    By The Sports Xchange

    John Calipari was the talk of college basketball, came one win shy of playing for the national title with an undefeated record and entered the College Basketball Hall of Fame in April.

    • There were no blues in Kentucky until the 38-0 Wildcats lost for the first time in the 2014-15 season to Wisconsin in the Final Four in Indianapolis.

      But last summer, Calipari was offered a contract worth more than $80 million to be head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The franchise lured LeBron James back to Ohio and is playing for the NBA title.

      Calipari said he is not wasting time thinking about what could've been with the Cavs, but admitted talks for that job did get 'close.'

      "No, nope," he told Yahoo Sports. "Because what happened, and the reason I did what I did, was based on having guys come back who wanted to be coached. I didn't feel comfortable not being at Kentucky."

      Calipari came out more than OK, signing a $52.5 million contracct with Kentucky. He signed an extension at the end of the 2014-15 season that runs through 2022 and averages only slightly less than $8 million annually.

      "No regrets," Calipari said. "I'll be watching. But regrets? No. None. ... I'm a guy that's usually looking through the front window."

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015
    Tennessee self-reports NCAA violation under Tyndall
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tennessee has self-reported to the NCAA a secondary violation that occurred during the lone season of fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall.

    • Tyndall committed at least one Level II/Level III NCAA violation with the Volunteers, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Tuesday.

      Tyndall was fired on March 27 by the university "for cause" that was based on information Tennessee received during the NCAA's investigation for violations stemming from Tyndall's time as head coach at Southern Mississippi.

      Tyndall and former Tennessee assistant coach Adam Howard are mentioned in the violation that the university sent to the NCAA on May 15. The violation stems from two impermissible phone calls made with a potential student-athlete. The player in question already had been released from his letter of intent to another school.

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    Indiana lands Michigan transfer Biefeldt
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt is headed to Indiana for his final season.

    • The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will join the Hoosiers, choosing the Big Ten school over Nebraska and Iowa State.

      Biefeldt had indicated his final two were Indiana and Iowa State, and he announced his decision shortly after the Chicago Bulls introduced Fred Hoiberg as their new coach. Hoiberg coached at Iowa State for five seasons before leaving to return to the NBA.

      "I think it was a mix of the athletics and school, academics," Bielfeldt told The Indianapolis Star of his reasons to transfer to Indiana. "I think I'll fit in well with the guys, and playing for (Indiana) coach (Tom) Crean, I think he's really good at developing players."

      Last season at Indiana, Biefeldt came off the bench and averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

      Biefeldt, a Peoria, Ill., native, was granted an appeal from the Big Ten to transfer to a school within the conference. He's expected to add depth to an Indiana frontcourt that will include Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Troy Williams but recently lost dismissed forwards Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea last month.

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    Villanova adds A-10 Rookie of the Year
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Villanova Wildcats announced the addition of Fordham transfer Eric Paschall, a 6-foot-6 forward who was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year last season.

    • Paschall will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.

      The Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. native averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman for Fordham, where he played for Tom Pecora, a former assistant under Villanova head coach Jay Wright.

      "We're really excited to add a player of Eric's caliber to our basketball family," Wright said in a statement. "Eric has been very well coached by Jere Quinn at St. Thomas More and Tom Pecora. He is also an outstanding student and a dynamic offensive player whose skills are an excellent fit for our team."

  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    Kansas gets Mississippi transfer Coleby
    By The Sports Xchange

    Center Dwight Coleby is transferring from Mississippi to Kansas.

    • He will redshirt next season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

      Coleby averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 34 games last season for Mississippi's NCAA Tournament team.

      The Jayhawks will lose forwards Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and Hunter Mickelson after next season, and coach Bill Self is hoping the 6-foot-9 Coleby will help fill the void in 2016.

      Coleby is "exactly what I think we need," Self said. "He's a big guy that can play either (frontcourt) position. He's active. He reminds me a lot of a bigger Jamari."

  • Sunday, May 31, 2015
    Gonzaga lands Missouri transfer Williams
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Johnathan Williams III announced he will transfer from Missouri to Gonzaga.

    • The 6-foot-9 Williams started every game the past two seasons and led the Tigers with an average of 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season.

      "Thanks for all of the schools that recruited me & after careful consideration, I chosen to further my career at Gonzaga University," Williams III wrote on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday. "I am proud to say I'm a ZAG ! God take the wheel, you're in control!"

      Williams informed the Missouri staff after spring break that he intended to transfer, and also reportedly considered Georgetown, Michigan State and Southern Methodist. Missouri restricted Williams from transfering to another SEC school as well as Arizona and Illinois, two teams on the Tigers' schedule when Williams is eligible to play in the 2016-17 season.

      Williams' father told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his son did not believe he was developing enough as a player at Missouri.

      "The thought process is that he said wanted to grow a little bit more," Johnny Williams told the paper in March. "He spoke with (Tigers coach Kim Anderson) and the coach assured him that he's the go-to guy. But Johnathan felt like he needed to spread his wings a little bit more and grow."

      "His role wasn't bad because he could shoot the ball whenever he got his shot," he continued. "He got his rebounds. He wanted to grow more. He felt like he wasn't growing like he should at this time in his career."

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Ex-Vanderbilt G Parker dies in drowning accident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker died Thursday after drowning while tubing in Indiana. He was 22 years old.

    • The Indianapolis Star reported that a body was found at the bottom of the Morse Reservoir on Thursday night after witnesses saw a man thrown from an inter-tube when he hit a wave while being pulled behind a boat. The man was not wearing a life jacket, according to the report.

      Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings confirmed the news Friday morning.

      "We are extremely saddened with the news of Dai-Jon's death," Stallings said in a statement. "Everyone who watched him play basketball knew what kind of athlete he was. But, to those of us who knew him and loved him, he was as good and happy of a person as you would ever meet. He always had a smile on his face, and I will always remember him for that smile and the positive spirit he had. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and others who were lucky enough to have met him."

      Parker, a Baton Rouge, La., native, played three seasons at Vanderbilt. He started 26 games during his junior season in 2013-14.

      Parker transferred to Division II University of Indianapolis for his senior season. He started all 31 games for Indianapolis last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

      "The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead," the school said in a statement. "This is a tragic situation for everyone involved and UIndy is offering counseling and support to the people closest to him. Please keep Dai-Jon's family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Monasch out as St. John's AD
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch resigned Thursday to "pursue new leadership opportunities."

    • His last day on the job at his alma mater is June 30. The New York Daily News reported that Monasch was told that he would be replaced.

      Several reports indicated that Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro might be in line for the job. He is a St. John's alum.

      Monasch was hired in 2005. His tenure included some missteps, including alienting professional golfer Keegan Bradley, a St. John's alumnus.

      One of Monasch's hires, men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, and the school agreed to a mutual parting after the 2014-15 season. In five seasons, Lavin posted an 81-55 record with one NCAA Tournament appearance.

      Former St. John's standout Chris Mullin was named the school's new head coach on April 1. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame who played on St. John's 1985 Final Four team and won two Olympic gold medals.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Aaron leaves Louisville for USC
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard/forward Shaqquan Aaron is transferring to USC after his freshman season at Louisville.

    • The former top 50 recruit out of high school in Seattle picked the Trojans over San Diego State, according to a Scout.com report on Tuesday. Aaron will sit out the 2015-16 season and have three years of eligibility remaining.

      Aaron's first and only season at Louisville was a rocky one. He was forced to sit out the first nine games after the NCAA ruled that he received impermissible benefits for housing on a recruiting visit while in high school. Once he became eligible, the lithe, 6-foot-7 Aaron weighed only 168 pounds, saw limited minutes (7.2 per game) and struggled defensively and with his shooting, hitting just 26 percent from the field.

      Aaron's best game for the Cardinals came in a Jan. 4 win over Wake Foresst when he scored 11 points.

      Aaron grew up in southern California before moving to Seattle for his final two years in high school.