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  • Former Kentucky G Davender dies at 49
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Former Kentucky standout Ed Davender has died at the age of 49 due to a heart attack, the school announced.

    • Davender died Thursday night after suffering the heart attack on Tuesday.

      "We are terribly saddened to hear that we've lost Ed Davender," Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. "Our condolences go out to Ed's family and friends during this very trying time."

      Davender, a guard, played for the Wildcats from 1984-88 and ranks 11th in school history in scoring with 1,637 career points. He also stands eighth in assists (436) and fourth in steals (191).

      Among his teammates during his college career were future NBA players Kenny Walker and Rex Chapman.

      "In a way he was overshadowed, but he was consistently good and played an important role," former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall told the New York Times. "I marveled at his improvement because he didn't back down from anybody."

      Davender was a third-round selection by the Washington Bullets in the 1988 NBA draft but was unable to make the team.

      In 2010, Davender was sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in a Kentucky basketball season-ticket scam that defrauded victims of thousands of dollars. He served part of the sentence and was later released.

  • Duke G Allen undergoes hernia surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 22, 2016

    Duke guard Grayson Allen had surgery on Friday to repair an inguinal hernia, the school announced.

    • The surgery was performed at Duke Medical Center, and Allen will be sidelined for about four weeks. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-2017 season, when he will be a junior.

      Allen was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season and a third-team Associated Press All-American.

      He led Duke in scoring this season, averaging 21.6 points per game. Allen has already said he will return to Duke next season rather than enter the NBA Draft.

      With Allen returning, the Blue Devils might be the preseason No. 1 team entering next season. An incoming group of freshman ranked as the nation's second-best recruiting class by ESPN as well as the return of Amile Jefferson for a fifth year of eligibility to will give coach Mike Krzyzewski an impressive pool of talent.

  • Cal star F Brown declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 22, 2016

    Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jaylen Brown announced that he is entering the NBA draft.

    • The California forward is considered a consensus top-10 pick, and Golden Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said he has the talent to go first overall.

      "His biggest strength is willingness to learn and grow," Martin said at a press conference. "I think he has the potential to be one of the 10 best players when it's all said and done."

      Brown was torn about whether to leave school or turn pro and finally opted for the NBA with Sunday's deadline to declare looming.

      He averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in his one season with the Golden Bears. The scoring average is the fifth highest by a Cal freshman.

      "I'm a student of life. Wherever I go, I just can't wait to start the learning process -- learning from the veterans, learning from the people who walk the streets that I walk on, learning from the front office people," Brown said. "So, I'm extremely excited and I can't wait to get to whatever team I land on and be a part of that community. However, I will always be a Golden Bear."

      Another Cal freshman standout, forward Ivan Rabb, has yet to announce his decision.

  • Duke F Jefferson granted medical hardship
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 22, 2016

    Duke forward Amile Jefferson was granted a medical hardship and will play a fifth season for the Blue Devils, the school announced Friday.

    • Jefferson broke his right foot in December and played in just nine games. The Atlantic Coast Conference reviewed the request on Jefferson's behalf and subsequently approved it.

      Jefferson got his senior season off to a good start by averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds. Then he suffered the foot injury and was unable to return later in the season.

      Jefferson is averaging 6.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 115 games for the Blue Devils.

  • Wisconsin F Hayes declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Wisconsin junior forward Nigel Hayes has declared for the 2016 NBA draft, according to published reports.

    • Hayes doesn't plan to sign with an agent, which will present an opportunity for him to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school.

      Hayes averaged 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds last season but shot just 36.8 percent from the field. The percentage was a sharp drop from his sophomore mark of 49.7 when he averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds.

  • Kentucky's Lee plans to stay in NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Junior forward Marcus Lee intends to remain in the NBA draft and discussed the decision with Kentucky coach John Calipari.

    • Lee was a coveted college recruit but as a role player for the loaded Wildcats averaged just 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season.

      The 6-foot-9 forward said he still hasn't hired an agent, but is intent on staying in the draft.

      "I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal," Lee told ESPN.

      In the annual exodus from Lexington, Kentucky is losing starting guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray plus Skal Labissiere. All three hired agents.

      Several others declared for the draft without hiring an agent to take advantage of a new rule giving players 10 days after the NBA combine in May to make their decision on early entry.

      Lee is not projected as a first-round draft pick. That means going to the NBA becomes a big bet on his development with a non-guaranteed contract.

      "It obviously depends on the feedback I get, but it doesn't necessarily depend on the actual number they project for me," Lee told ESPN. "I know I need to develop in some areas. For me, it is about finding the team that is the right fit and wants me to develop in their system."

  • Syracuse legend Pearl Washington dies at 52
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Syracuse basketball legend Dwayne "Pearl" Washington has died of brain cancer, the school announced Wednesday. He was 52.

    • Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and underwent surgery in August. The tumor was originally discovered and treated in 1995.

      Washington played for Syracuse from 1983 to 1986, leaving after his junior season when he was chosen by the Nets with the No. 13 pick in the 1986 NBA draft. He played two years in New York and one in Miami before announcing his retirement after a brief NBA career in 1989.

      "It's been a really tough day,'' Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday, his voice cracking. "I think we've all known this was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier. We've been fortunate. We've had a lot of great players, but there's really only one ... there's only just one guy like him. He was a really humble guy."

      Washington averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 assists per game at Syracuse and was chosen as a consensus All-American after the 1984-85 season. With Washington on the team, the Orange went to the NCAA Tournament three times and posted a 71-24 record. He ended his career as Syracuse's all-time leader in assists that still ranks third all-time.

      Last season, Boeheim spoke about Washington's place in the history of the program.

      "There was no better guy and there's nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington," Boeheim said.

      Washington's number 31 jersey was retired by Syracuse on March 2, 1996.

      This past season's Syracuse team honored Washington by wearing orange warmup shirts with "Pearl" and "31" inscribed in white.

      "During my time as Chancellor, I have come to learn how much the Syracuse community loves and treasures Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington," Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Pearl's family and friends, and all those in Orange Nation who loved him."

      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote on Twitter: "My heart goes out to the family, friends and many adoring fans of Brooklyn native and Syracuse basketball legend, Pearl Washington."

      Former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman said: "I guess he's in heaven now. Pearl probably crossed over Jesus to get inside the gates."

      Madison Square Garden, home of the Big East tournament for many years, paid tribute to Washington at the arena and in a tweet: "In memory of Pearl Washington, a great friend of The Garden & the NYC basketball community. We will miss him dearly."

  • Former UTSA coach Thompson suffers double organ failure
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 18, 2016

    Former NBA player and longtime Texas-San Antonio coach Brooks Thompson is fighting for his life.

    • Reports surfaced last week that Thompson was hospitalized and in critical condition because of double organ failure.

      "Please pray for Brooks," his wife, Michelle, posted on Facebook. "After months of not feeling well, Brooks was rushed to the ER and diagnosed with double organ failure. The doctors told us he wouldn't live past two days! By the Grace of God and 6 days in the ICU -- Brooks has miraculously made a turn for the better."

      When contacted by various media outlets in Oklahoma on Sunday, she did not comment or have any further updates.

      Thompson, 45, was the head coach at UTSA for the past 10 seasons, but was fired after a 5-27 season. He helped lead the Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

      Thompson played at Oklahoma State from 1992-94.

      He was drafted by Orlando with the 27th pick in the 1994 draft.

  • Reports: Menzies agrees to coach UNLV
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Former New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies agreed to be UNLV's new coach Saturday, according to multiple reports.

    • The Rebels reportedly hired Menzies a day after Chris Beard left for Texas Tech just two weeks after taking the job.

      Menzies interviewed in March after Cincinnati's Mick Cronin turned down UNLV's offer. The Rebels then turned to Arkansas-Little Rock's Beard.

      Sources told ESPN that Beard was intrigued by the Red Raiders' job because of his background at the school and he has three daughters who live two hours from Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech also offered more money than UNLV.

      Menzies, 54, spent nine seasons at New Mexico State. He won three WAC regular-season championships, five WAC Tournament titles and guided the Aggies to five NCAA Tournament appearances.

      Earlier in his career, Menzies served as a UNLV assistant. He was also an assistant under Lon Kruger and Rick Pitino.

  • Oregon's Brooks, Utah's Poeltl declare for draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 15, 2016

    Oregon sophomore forward Dillon Brooks has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

    • Brooks averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Ducks this season. He is the second All-Pac-12 first-team selection to enter the draft in recent days, joining Utah center Jakob Poeltl.

      "I love Oregon and everything the program has done for me," Brooks told reporters. "I feel it's the right move to test the waters and declare for the draft without an agent. I'm going to go through the process and see where I'm at."

      Not retaining an agent gives Brooks the option to return to Oregon if he pulls out of the draft by May 25.

      Also declaring for the draft is Vanderbilt junior center Damian Jones, a first-team All-SEC selection coveted for his defensive prowess.

      The 7-foot Jones ranks second in Vanderbilt history with 167 career blocked shots. He also is 24th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,313 career points.

      Jones is ranked a notch below the 7-foot Poeltl, a probable lottery pick after returning to school as a sophomore and parlaying it into Pac-12 Player of the Year honors.

      "He's a poster child for what it's like to stick around for another year," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said at a press conference. "He's certainly far more ready today than he would have been a year ago. I don't know how much meat is left on the bone for Jakob in this college process. He's being projected right now as a top-10 pick."

      Poeltl averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds and shot 64.6 percent from the field this season.

  • Beard abruptly leaves UNLV for Texas Tech job
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 15, 2016

    Chris Beard, who was named head coach job at UNLV less than two weeks ago, was hired by Texas Tech on Friday.

    • Sources told ESPN that Beard agreed to a five-year deal with Texas Tech.

      "Coach Beard has informed me he intends to pursue the men's basketball head coaching job at Texas Tech," UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement Friday. "This unprecedented move is extremely disappointing to the President (Len Jessup) and I, for our program and to our fans. Our search process allowed us to develop a deep pool of qualified candidates, from which we will select a great coach who really wants to be here and who will honor his commitments in leading the Runnin' Rebels."

      Texas Tech later announced Beard was hired as the 17th head coach of the men's basketball program.

      Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt and interim university president Dr. John Opperman said a press conference to formally introduce Beard is scheduled for Saturday morning.

      "We are proud and excited to hire a coach of Chris' caliber," Hocutt said. "Our program achieved tremendous success this year and I see that as something Chris will build upon and take us to even further heights. We are thrilled to have him back home at Texas Tech."

      Beard was an assistant coach at Texas Tech for 10 seasons under Bob Knight and then Pat Knight from 2001 to 2011.

      Sources told ESPN that Beard was intrigued about the Red Raiders' job because of his background at the school and he has three daughters who live two hours from Lubbock, Texas.

      Beard met with Texas Tech on Thursday about its coaching vacancy.

      Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement Thursday night confirming the meeting after Texas Tech asked permission to speak with Beard.

      "Late this afternoon, I was contacted by the athletics director at Texas Tech seeking permission to speak with Coach Beard about its men's basketball head-coaching vacancy," Kunzer-Murphy said in Thursday's statement. "This evening, Coach Beard met with officials from Texas Tech. We were made aware of the meeting before it took place. I have since met with Coach Beard, and we have agreed to have this resolved by (Friday)."

      Beard, who was at Arkansas-Little Rock, agreed to a contract with UNLV on March 28 but had to wait 11 days before the school's board of regents ratified his contract.

      Tubby Smith left as Texas Tech's coach to accept the job at Memphis on Thursday morning. The Red Raiders went 19-13 this past season and reached the NCAA Tournament.

      According to reports, Beard has a $1 million buyout in his UNLV contract, but Texas Tech is expected to receive $900,000 in a buyout from Memphis for hiring Smith.

      Beard, 43, led Little Rock to a 30-5 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in his first year as a Division I head coach. The 12th-seeded Trojans upset fifth-seeded Purdue in double overtime in the first round before losing to fourth-seeded Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional.

      Beard was 47-15 at Angelo State before he took over at Little Rock. He has a 171-50 record in his seven seasons as a head coach. His previous head coaching stops include Fort Scott Community College, Seminole State College, McMurry University, Angelo State and Little Rock.

      Meanwhile, former Sacramento Kings coach George Karl, who was fired Thursday, is interested in the UNLV job, according to USA TODAY Sports.

      A source told USA TODAY that Karl has already had initial dialogue with school officials about the job.

  • Memphis hires Tubby Smith as coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Memphis landed a basketball coach with 18 NCAA Tournament appearances as it announced Thursday that Tubby Smith been hired to replace Josh Pastner.

    • Smith, 64, spent the past three seasons at Texas Tech. He has a career mark of 557-276 and won the 1998 national title at Kentucky.

      Smith received a five-year contract valued at $15.45 million, according to a university press release. His deal is worth $2.8 million in 2016-17, 2.9 million the following season and $3.25 million in each of the next three seasons.

      "Tubby Smith is one of the finest collegiate basketball coaches and is a man of tremendous character," Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen said in a statement. "Nationally, he is highly respected as a leader of young men and as a teacher of the game. I am honored that Coach Smith has agreed to become the next head men's basketball coach at the University of Memphis."

      Texas Tech went 19-13 this past season and reached the NCAA Tournament, allowing Smith to join Lon Kruger as the only coaches to take five different teams to the tourney.

      Smith also has served as head coach at Tulsa, Georgia and Minnesota.

      Pastner departed Memphis to take over the Georgia Tech program.

      He went 167-73 with the Tigers and made four NCAA Tournament appearances during seven seasons with the school.

      However, the Tigers were 19-15 last season and 18-14 the year before.

  • Report: Tubby Smith on Memphis' radar
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Tubby Smith is the leading candidate to become the head coach at Memphis, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

    • ESPN reported that Smith would accept the position if he can reach a contract agreement with the school.

      Last month, Smith led Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament, becoming just the second head coach to guide five schools into the NCAA field.

      Memphis' vacancy was created last month when coach Josh Pastner left for the Georgia Tech job.

      The 64-year-old Smith led Kentucky to the national championship in 1998 and to 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached Minnesota into the NCAA field in 2013 before he was fired by the school.

      Smith then landed at Texas Tech and has spent the past three seasons with the Red Raiders. He also has coached at Georgia and Tulsa.

  • Michigan State F Davis opts for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced Tuesday.

    • Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman. He plans to hire an agent, which will prohibit him from later returning to school.

      "I've been fortunate to live my dreams, but the real thrill as a coach is getting to see my players live their dreams," coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "I look forward to following Deyonta's development and career in the NBA for years to come."

      Davis also established a school freshman record with 64 blocked shots.

      "This has been a great year for me at Michigan State, including a memorable trip to Italy, being a part of the best start in school history and winning the Big Ten Tournament," Davis said. "I will always be a Spartan and look forward to coming back to campus like so many other pros do now."

  • College basketball notebook: CBS, Turner sign NCAA deal through 2032
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    On the heels of a record-low television ratings for the first NCAA Tournament national championship game broadcast by a cable network, the NCAA agreed to a new deal with CBS and Turner to keep the event on those networks through 2032.

    • The deal includes rights to digital broadcasts and yet-to-be invented technology. It also allows for CBS and Turner to adjust the deal should the NCAA lose its stranglehold on men's college basketball due to the creation of another division of sports or a new tournament.

      The extension pays an average of $1.1 billion per season, up from more than $770 million on average under the current contract.

      NCAA president Mark Emmert said no consideration was given to expanding the field from 68 teams.

      ---Maryland sophomore point Melo Trimble and freshman center Diamond Stone have declared for the NBA draft, the school announced.

      Trimble didn't hire an agent, which would give him until May 25 to withdraw his name from the draft. Stone will sign with an agent, which ends his college career.

      Trimble averaged a team-best 14.8 points and 4.9 assists for the Terrapins last season. Stone was second in scoring at 12.5 points and led Maryland with 56 blocked shots.

      ---Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced.

      Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman. He plans to hire an agent, which will prohibit him from later returning to school.

      Davis also established a school freshman record with 64 blocked shots.

      ---Arkansas center Moses Kingsley has declared for the NBA draft but doesn't plan to hire an agent.

      The 6-foot-10 Kingsley has the option to return to school by May 25 if he doesn't retain an agent.

      Kingsley averaged 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior.

      ---San Diego State forward Malik Pope declared for the NBA draft, coach Steve Fisher announced.

      Pope averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore. He did not retain an agent, which provides him the opportunity to pull his name out of the draft by May 25.

      Pope was a highly regarded recruit who hasn't fulfilled his promise at the college level. He started just 16 of San Diego State's 38 games this past season. In 69 career games, he is averaging 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • San Diego State F Pope declares for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    San Diego State forward Malik Pope declared for the NBA draft, coach Steve Fisher announced on Tuesday.

    • Pope averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore. He did not retain an agent, which provides him the opportunity to pull his name out of the draft by May 25.

      "Malik Pope, with our consultation and approval, has submitted his name to the NBA for the upcoming draft, but will not hire an agent, allowing himself the opportunity to return to San Diego State," Fisher said in a news release. "With the rule change, it is a great opportunity for Malik to get workouts and evaluations from NBA personnel. Together, we will monitor his progress."

      Pope was a highly regarded recruit who hasn't fulfilled his promise at the college level.

      He started just 16 of San Diego State's 38 games this past season. In 69 career games, he is averaging 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Arkansas C Kingsley applies for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Arkansas center Moses Kingsley has declared for the NBA draft but doesn't plan to hire an agent.

    • The 6-foot-10 Kingsley has the option to return to school by May 25 if he doesn't retain an agent.

      Kingsley averaged 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior.

      "I feel that getting an evaluation on myself after my junior year is the right thing to do while still keeping eligibility to play for my Hogs," Kingsley said.

      Kingsley would be one of the top players for Arkansas if he returns.

      "This is a great opportunity for Moses to get an evaluation for the next level and take full advantage of the new rules in place," Anderson said. "He emerged as one of the elite players in the SEC this year and we fully support his decision to explore his options."

  • Maryland G Trimble, C Stone declare for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Maryland sophomore point Melo Trimble and freshman center Diamond Stone have declared for the NBA draft, the school announced.

    • Trimble didn't hire an agent, which would give him until May 25 to withdraw his name from the draft. Stone will sign with an agent, which ends his college career.

      Trimble averaged a team-best 14.8 points and 4.9 assists for the Terrapins last season.

      "Melo will go through the draft process, which will provide him a stronger understanding of where he could potentially be selected," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "Melo has worked very hard and we will continue to support and guide him throughout this process."

      Stone was second in scoring at 12.5 points and led Maryland with 56 blocked shots.

      "My family and I spent a great deal of time discussing my future and we felt this was the best decision as I pursue my dream of playing professional basketball," Stone said in a statement.

      Trimble and Stone join junior forward Robert Carter in putting their names in for the draft. Carter declared last week.

  • CBS, Turner sign on for 16 more NCAA tournaments
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    On the heels of a record-low television rating for the first NCAA Tournament national championship game broadcast by a cable network, the NCAA agreed to a new deal with CBS and Turner to keep the event on those networks through 2032.

    • The deal includes rights to digital broadcasts and yet-to-be invented technology. It also allows for CBS and Turner to adjust the deal should the NCAA lose its stranglehold on men's college basketball to the creation of another division of sports or a new tournament.

      The extension pays an average of $1.1 billion per season, up from more than $770 million on average under the current contract.

      A contract was already in place for the next eight years.

  • Kansas lands touted recruit
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 11, 2016

    Kansas increased its chances of winning the 2017 national championship because of a decision announced by a high school student.

    • Josh Jackson, rated the nation's No. 1 recruit by at least two recruiting services, verbally committed to the Jayhawks on Monday night.

      Both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com rate Jackson, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Detroit, as the country's top recruit. Scout.com ranks him No. 2, and ESPN.com slots him at No. 3.

      In any case, it is clear Jackson is expected to have a major impact next season as a freshman.

      The commitment by Jackson improves the Jayhawks' incoming class considerably. Before landing Jackson, Kansas' 2016 class was ranked 43rd in the country by 247Sports.com. Now, the Jayhawks' class is ranked 13th.

      Kansas coach Bill Self landed the nation's top recruit for the second time in four years. In 2013, it was Andrew Wiggins.

      The Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press regular-season poll, and they earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, they lost to eventual national champion Villanova in the Elite Eight.

  • Oklahoma's Hield win Wooden Award
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 9, 2016

    Oklahoma's Buddy Hield edged Michigan State's Denzel Valentine to win the Wooden Award on Friday.

    • Connecticut's Breanna Stewart won the women's Wooden Award after leading the Huskies to their fourth straight NCAA championship.

      Hield averaged 25.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals to help Oklahoma reach the Final Four. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent from the free throw line.

      "It's been fun," Hield said. "And I can't be more blessed to be around college basketball. It's something I wanted to be around since I was a kid and saw all the great college basketball teams."

      Hield finished his college career as the Big 12 scoring leader with 2,291 points, breaking the mark of 2,661 set by Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale when the conference was the Big Eight.

      Valentine averaged 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists for Michigan State, which won the Big Ten Tournament before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

      Other men's finalists were Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon, North Carolina's Brice Johnson and Kentucky's Tyler Ulis.

      Stewart claimed the women's Wooden Award for the second consecutive year.

      UConn players have claimed the women's award five times in 13 years. Maya Moore was the winner in 2009 and 2011 and Tina Charles in 2010.

  • Georgia Tech hires Memphis' Pastner as head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 8, 2016

    Georgia Tech hired Josh Pastner as its new basketball coach, the school announced Friday.

    • Pastner, 38, spent the past seven seasons as head coach at Memphis. He went 167-73 with the Tigers and made four NCAA Tournament appearances.

      Pastner replaces Brian Gregory, who was recently fired. Gregory went 76-86 and the Yellow Jackets never made the NCAA field during his five-season tenure.

      Georgia Tech went 21-15 this season and won two NIT games before Gregory was fired.

      Pastner won at least 24 games in each of his first five seasons at Memphis before his success declined over the past two seasons. The Tigers were 19-15 last season and 18-14 the year before.

      Pastner made at least $2.65 million this past season. He was under scrutiny at Memphis after the downturn before the university said on March 18 that he would remain as coach.

      Three weeks later, the Tigers are beginning the search for a new coach.

      "Memphis basketball is a historically-renowned program, with a strong national legacy, and we expect to attract a national candidate pool," athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. "We will be efficient, but diligent in finding the right leader for this program."

  • NCAA hits Tyndall with harsh 10-year penalty
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 8, 2016

    The next time former Southern Miss and Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall is on the sideline coaching college basketball is likely to be 2026.

    • Tyndall was given a harsh, if not professionally lethal, 10-year show-cause ban by the NCAA for violations committed within weeks of being hired at Southern Miss.

      In its ruling Friday, the NCAA declared Tyndall would have to sit out 50 percent of a team's regular-season games even after the 10-year penalty is lifted.

      Tyndall, in the NCAA's ruling, was guilty of asking within two months of his hire at Southern Miss for staff members "to complete fraudulent coursework for seven prospects so they could be immediately eligible to compete."

      Per the NCAA, staff members were ordered to travel to "two-year colleges to complete the work."

      "The former head coach also facilitated cash and prepaid credit card payments to two prospects from former coaches. One former high school coach mailed the money directly to the former head coach, who would then deliver the money to the student-athlete for university bills."

      Tyndall had a 56-17 record over two seasons at Southern Miss and left for Tennessee in 2014, where he was fired after one season when the NCAA investigation surged forward and details became available to the Volunteeers' athletic department. Southern Miss has been reeling on and off the court with just 17 total wins in the past two seasons.

      Athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement Friday that he respected the NCAA's decision. McGillis said he is also glad the investigation "reached its conclusion and that we can move forward in a positive manner."

  • College basketball notebook: Villanova's Wright being targeted by Phoenix Suns
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Jay Wright won a national title, and he's becoming popular in the NBA coaching rumor mill.

    • The Villanova coach is reportedly the top target of the Phoenix Suns, meaning Wright has unwittingly fallen into the same cycle that entrapped Kevin Ollie following the UConn national title run and annually encircles Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo, longtime college coaches at Duke and Michigan State, are regularly listed as the next big hire in the NBA.

      Wright did not comment directly on the report from Sirius NBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence.

      Wright is expected to have his contract addressed but as a Philadelphia native with a ton of talent returning from the national title team, the Wildcats are well-positioned to bump into the likes of Kentucky and Duke in the hunt for the 2017 championship.

      ---Valparaiso has promoted assistant Matt Lottich to the head coaching position to replace Bryce Drew, who departed to become Vanderbilt's coach.

      Lottich, 33, has been an assistant at Valparaiso for the last three seasons. This is the first head coaching job for Lottich, who played collegiately at Stanford.

      The Crusaders won a school-record 30 games and lost in the NIT championship game this season.

      ---Gonzaga sophomore forward Domantas Sabonis has declared for the NBA draft.

      Sabonis told reporters he isn't hiring an agent at this time. That leaves an opportunity for a return to school after the NBA combine in May but Sabnois isn't expected to opt to continue his college career.

      The 6-foot-11 Sabonis is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round of the NBA draft. He averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.

      Sabonis is the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis.

      ---Boise State junior forward James Webb III has hired an agent and will not be able to return to school, Yahoo Sports reported.

      Webb originally declared for the NBA draft on March 27 and said he would not get an agent. That decision would have allowed him to return to school if he withdrew his name by 10 days after May's NBA combine.

      Webb averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds last season but shot just 24.8 percent from 3-point range. Webb is hopeful of improving his stock and becoming a second-round draft pick.

  • Lottich replaces Drew as Valparaiso coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Valparaiso has promoted assistant Matt Lottich to the head coaching position to replace Bryce Drew, who departed to become Vanderbilt's coach.

    • Lottich, 33, has been an assistant at Valparaiso for the last three seasons. This is the first head coaching job for Lottich, who played collegiately at Stanford.

      "Matt Lottich made an immediate impact on the program and has been around successful basketball his entire life," athletic director Mark LaBarbera said in a statement. "He has a keen basketball mind and a strong ability to teach and communicate. He offers our men's basketball team the continuity we strive for and will uphold and elevate the program's standard of excellence."

      Drew posted a 124-49 overall record and guided the Crusaders to two NCAA Tournament berths and four Horizon League regular-season titles in five seasons after replacing his father, Homer, as head coach.

      The Crusaders won a school-record 30 games and lost in the NIT championship game this season.

      In fact, the promotion of Lottich marks the first time since 1987-88 that Valparaiso will have a head coach who is not part of the Drew family. Homer Drew served two stints and his son Scott held the job for one year before departing for Baylor in addition to the just-ended tenure of son Bryce.

      Lottich certainly understands the significance.

      "It is with great excitement and privilege that I take on the responsibility of being named the next head basketball coach at Valparaiso University," Lottich said in a statement. "I understand the rich history of success this program has enjoyed, from 'The World's Tallest Team' in 1944, to the great Gene Bartow-coached teams in the late 1960s, to the championship years of Homer Drew and most recently the unprecedented success of Bryce Drew."