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  • Five-star recruit Mookie Cook backs out of Oregon commitment
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Five-star recruit Mookie Cook backed out of a commitment to play for Oregon and Dana Altman in 2023.

    • Cook, ranked No. 5 by 247Sports and No. 8 by ESPN in next year's college basketball class, picked the Ducks over Gonzaga and Kentucky in March.

      "I would first like to say thank you to coach Altman and the entire basketball coaching staff at the University of Oregon for believing in me," Cook wrote via Instagram. "I am grateful for their support, as well as the fan's. However, after much consideration and talks with my family, I've decided to reopen my commitment. During this time I will weigh other options in addition to the University of Oregon. I look forward to the continued support as I embark on this journey."

      The 6-foot-7 forward from Portland played last season in Arizona at Compass Prep and spent most of his summer away from the AAU circuit to play a role in the Peacock Network series "Shooting Stars."

      Cook was cast for the role of LeBron James in the series.

      Kansas, Memphis, Arizona and Arizona State were among programs Cook said he considered during his initial recruitment.

      --Field Level Media

  • LIU fires coach Derek Kellogg, hires Rod Strickland
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Long Island University hired Rod Strickland as its new coach Thursday to replace the fired Derek Kellogg after five seasons.

    • There is no mention of Kellogg in LIU's release on the hiring of Strickland.

      Kellogg went 74-74 in five seasons, including a 49-41 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Sharks were coming off a third-place finish in the NEC in 2021-22. Under Kellogg's guidance, LIU went to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and never finished below .500 in league play.

      The curious timing comes as the deadline has passed for players to enter the transfer portal and be eligible immediately to play next season.

      Strickland has served as the program director for NBA G League Ignite, mentoring high school prospects for a pro career. Strickland had been with the G League since 2018.

      "Rod Strickland has a demonstrated eye for recruiting and developing student-athletes and we are confident he will elevate Long Island University's winning tradition to even greater heights," Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline said in the release.

      Strickland, 55, was a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1988 and went on to play 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points per game with nine different teams. He has never been a head coach but had stints as an assistant at South Florida, Memphis and Kentucky.

      "Developing young players on and off the court has always aligned with my passion while I was playing and after retiring from the NBA," Strickland said. "I am appreciative to Long Island University for the opportunity to become a head coach at home, in New York City. The Sharks are going to be a competing program for top athletes who not only want to take their game to the next level but prepare for success."

      Kellogg, 49, is 229-211 in 14 seasons with UMass (2008-17) and LIU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former top prospect Emoni Bates transfers to Eastern Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Former five-star top recruit Emoni Bates announced Wednesday that he is transferring from Memphis to Eastern Michigan.

    • Eastern Michigan is located in Bates' hometown of Ypsilanti, Mich.

      Bates, a 6-foot-9 forward, played in just 18 games for Memphis last season due to back troubles. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds and shot 38.6 percent from the field.

      Bates entered the transfer portal following the season.

      The 247Sports composite listed Bates as the No. 1 small forward and No. 5 overall player in the 2022 class before he later reclassified to 2021 and signed with Memphis.

      Bates initially gave a verbal commitment to Michigan State before later decommitting.

      Eastern Michigan went 10-21 last season and plays in the Mid-American Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • French forward Zacharie Perrin commits to Illinois
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Illinois received a commitment from French forward Zacharie Perrin on Monday, with ESPN reporting that he committed to the Fighting Illini over UCLA, Texas, Florida, Memphis and BYU.

    • Perrin, who turns 18 on Aug. 30, most recently played for the Antibes Sharks of France's second-tier pro league. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Perrin averaged more than 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Antibes' under-21 team last season.

      Perrin was selected MVP of the Adidas Next Generation qualifying tournament in Greece in April, where he put up 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

      "My goal is to first and foremost become a better basketball player," Perrin told ESPN. "I am only 17 years old and still need a lot of development physically. There isn't a better place to gain strength than college.

      "I will also focus on becoming a very good outside shooter. I think I can become a very tough mismatch both at the 4 with my size and at the 5 with my shooting and quickness. Hopefully it gets me to a high level of professional basketball in a few years."

      The Illinois were the Big Ten co-champions in the 2021-22 regular season at 15-5, and they finished 23-10 overall after losing to Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lebanese F Youssef Khayat commits to Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Youssef Khayat, a forward from Lebanon playing in France, committed to Michigan on Sunday.

    • He also had been considering DePaul, Xavier and Wake Forest but said he chose the Wolverines because he "felt at home with the coaching staff."

      "Coach Juwan (Howard) told me my role, how I can play and impact the team this season," he said during his live announcement on the Field of 68.

      Khayat, 19, is 6-foot-8. He led the Limoges Under-21 team in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding (7.7) last season and shot 37 percent from 3-point range.

      Born in Beirut, he has been playing professionally in France since age 14.

      "They have experience with international players like Moe Wagner and Moussa Diabate," he told recently. "I think them having experience with international players is very impressive. The name Michigan is so important in the USA so that paired with their experience with international players plus being a well-known program is kind of unique."

      He said he will be relocating to Ann Arbor soon after getting his visa.

      He will be eligible to play in 2022-23 for Michigan, which lost four of its five starters from last season. The Wolverines added two graduate transfers in Duke forward Joey Baker and Princeton point guard Jaelin Llewellyn.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 40 F Taylor Bowen commits to Florida State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Forward Taylor Bowen, a top 40 recruit in the Class of 2023, announced Saturday he will attend Florida State.

    • The 247Sports composite ranks Bowen as the No. 7 power forward and No. 31 overall player overall.

      From Jericho Vt., Bowen plays at Brewster Academy. The 6-foot-9 Bowen also considered Duke, Iowa, LSU, Vermont and Providence.

      "I always wanted to go somewhere where I can accomplish my dreams," Bowen said while announcing his choice. "I thought Florida State was the perfect fit for me basketball-wise and off the court. I think I can become the best I truly can on and off the court going to FSU."

      He told earlier about his goals.

      "I'm looking for a program that will make me feel like home and push me to my dream of being the first NBA player out of Vermont," Bowen said. "I want a coaching staff that's going to push me and allow me to be in a position to play and accomplish that dream."

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC, Indiana to clash in ACC/Big Ten challenge
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    A clash between North Carolina and Indiana will highlight this fall's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    • The games will air between Nov. 28-30 on the ESPN networks.

      The Tar Heels will travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 30 to meet the Hoosiers for the fifth time in the challenge. Indiana leads the series 3-1, winning in Bloomington in 2012 and 2016 and in Chapel Hill in 2001.

      "It doesn't get any better than two iconic programs playing on the biggest stage," Indiana coach Mike Woodson said.

      North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in ESPN's Way Too Early Top 25 poll, with Indiana at No. 14.

      Other games on the schedule are:

      --Nov. 28: Minnesota at Virginia Tech; Pitt at Northwestern

      --Nov. 29: Syracuse at Illinois; Maryland at Louisville; Penn State at Clemson; Virginia at Michigan; Wake Forest at Wisconsin; Georgia Tech at Iowa

      --Nov. 30: Ohio State at Duke; Purdue at Florida State; Rutgers at Miami; Michigan State at Notre Dame; Boston College at Nebraska

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star guard Ja'Kobe Walter commits to Baylor
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Missouri prep school shooting guard Ja'Kobe Walter, a 247 composite five-star player for the class of 2023, announced his commitment to the Baylor Bears on Wednesday.

    • Walter, who hails from McKinney, Texas, but is currently set to play his senior season in Branson, Mo., is ranked No. 1 among shooting guards and No. 17 overall per 247's ranking (No. 21 in their composite ranking). ESPN had him as the No. 17 overall prospect for 2023.

      He tweeted, "100% Committed!!!!! All Glory To God! #SicEm Waco let's work!"

      When asked why he committed to Baylor, Walter told ESPN, "The winning history under coach (Scott) Drew and who he has put in the (NBA). He is a super high-energy guy. I have never seen him have a bad day. I like the way he builds confidence in his players."

      Baylor reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2021-22, a year after winning the national championship.

      Walter, a 6-foot-5 scorer, fills an immediate need for the Bears, who currently look to have a thin backcourt in 2023-24 with Adam Flagler set to graduate. Walter averaged 23.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a junior at McKinney.

      "I think I'm a two-way player," Walter said, according to 247 Sports. "(The Bears) play offense and defense there and I am a two-way player that can score and do whatever it takes to help out kind of guy."

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan dies at 25
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Former Purdue standout Caleb Swanigan, who played three seasons in the NBA, died Monday night at age 25.

    • The school confirmed his passing on Tuesday, but no details were provided.

      "The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated at the loss of Caleb Swanigan," coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "Caleb was a very thoughtful individual and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the court. He made a huge difference in everyone's lives that he touched and he will be greatly missed."

      Fort Wayne, Ind., TV station WANE said the Allen County Coroner's Office confirmed that Swanigan died of natural causes.

      An Indianapolis native, Swanigan was named Indiana's Mr. Basketball and a Parade All-American in 2015.

      He was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus All-American as a 2016-17 sophomore after averaging 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 38 games (35 starts) for Purdue. The Boilermakers finished 27-8 (14-4 Big Ten) and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

      "Devastated. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan's family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie," read a tweet from the Boilermakers' men's basketball team.

      Swanigan, a 6-foot-9 forward, was drafted in the first round (26th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017.

      He averaged 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 75 games (four starts) with the Blazers and Sacramento Kings from 2017-20.

      --Field Level Media

  • Houston Baptist G Darius Lee killed in NYC shooting
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 20, 2022

    Houston Baptist guard Darius Lee was killed Monday in an early morning shooting in Harlem that left eight others wounded, New York City police said.

    • Lee, 21, grew up in Harlem and starred at St. Raymond High School in the Bronx before playing two seasons with SUNY Sullivan community college.

      He averaged 18.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in 27 games (24 starts) for Houston Baptist in 2021-22, earning second-team All-Southland Conference honors. He scored 52 points in a March 5 win against McNeese State.

      Lee was recently named the school's Male Student-Athlete of the Year and was on track to graduate in December.

      "We are devastated. Darius was a remarkable young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his family, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family," Huskies coach Ron Cottrell said.

      "... As great of a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person. I can't even think of basketball right now. I can only think of what a light Darius was during his short time on earth. He was a joy to coach and we loved him so much."

      Police said that six other males and two females were wounded. A gun was recovered at the scene, but police have not released any information about possible suspects or a motive.

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC legend Lennie Rosenbluth dies at 89
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 19, 2022

    North Carolina legend Lennie Rosenbluth, who led the Tar Heels to an undefeated season and the national title in 1957, has died. He was 89.

    • No cause of death was given by the school in its announcement.

      Rosenbluth and the Heels defeated the Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas Jayhawks in triple overtime to win the title.

      "He had such a dignity about him," former UNC head coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "The guys who came after him, they talked about Lennie with reverence. There was always something special about him."

      Rosenbluth still holds the Carolina single-season record for scoring, when he averaged 28.0 points per game in '57. He scored 897 points, also a record. Carolina retired his No. 10 jersey, one of only eight to be retired by the school.

      Rosenbluth was selected No. 6 overall in the 1957 NBA draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. He played just two seasons, averaging 4.2 points in 82 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • North Carolina lands Northwestern transfer Pete Nance
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 18, 2022

    Former Northwestern forward Pete Nance announced Saturday he is transferring to North Carolina.

    • The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 blocks in 30 games (29 starts) with the Wildcats in 2021-22.

      "Northwestern, thank you for everything. Super excited about the next steps," Nance posted Saturday on Twitter along with a farewell letter to his "Northwestern Family" and a photo of himself in a Tar Heels uniform.

      He played in 107 games (74 starts) over four seasons at Northwestern and averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.

      After earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors last season, Nance declared for the NBA draft and entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He withdrew from the draft earlier this month.

      North Carolina has four starters returning from a team that lost to Kansas in the national championship game. Nance is a likely replacement for the fifth starter from that 29-10 squad, departed senior Brady Manek.

      --Field Level Media

  • UConn lands San Diego transfer Joey Calcaterra
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 17, 2022

    UConn announced Friday that it has landed transfer guard Joey Calcaterra, who played four seasons for San Diego of the West Coast Conference.

    • Calcaterra averaged 8.5 points in 29 games last season, but led the Toreros in scoring (13.3) during the 2020-21 season. He also averaged 11.4 points during the 2019-20 campaign.

      He is eligible to play for the Huskies due to the free season the NCAA has granted players due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Overall, Calcaterra played in 105 games (70 starts) for San Diego with career averages of 8.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He made 35.7 percent of his 3-point attempts (115 of 322).

      Calcaterra is the fourth transfer guard to join the UConn program this offseason. The others are Tristen Newton of East Carolina, Nahiem Alleyne of Virginia Tech and Hassan Diarra of Texas A&M.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bob McKillop retires after 33-year run as Davidson coach
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 17, 2022

    Bob McKillop attempted to choke back tears on Friday as he announced his retirement following 33 seasons as head coach of Davidson.

    • McKillop, 71, announced the news one day after the program's most recognizable player, Stephen Curry, led the Golden State Warriors to their fourth NBA title in the last eight years. Curry was named the NBA Finals MVP after the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in six games.

      "Did you see Steph after the game last night?" McKillop said. "He was crying. Crying. Tears. I thought that was a message to me that it was OK to cry today. I read one time that tears are a gift from God. Tears show that your heart can be touched. I think you know how my heart has been touched by Davidson."

      Curry's No. 30 jersey will be the first number retired by the school, athletic director Chris Clunie said Friday.

      Curry honored his coach over social media on Friday.

      "Love you Coach! Thank you for everything you've done for me, my family, Davidson and every person you've impacted along the way," Curry wrote on Twitter.

      A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame nominee, McKillop owns a 634-380 record at Davidson. He guided the school to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2022) and 23 conference championships (15 regular season, eight tournament).

      McKillop tied the school record with 29 wins during the 2007-08 season in which Davidson, led by Curry, became March Madness darlings during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

      The Wildcats defeated Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin and then played Kansas for a spot in the Final Four.

      But Davidson lost 59-57 to the Jayhawks, who went on to win the national title. Curry averaged 32 points in the four games, with a high of 40 against Gonzaga.

      He will be succeeded by his son, associate head coach Matt McKillop, who has spent the past 14 seasons on the Wildcats' staff following a four-year playing career under his father.

      "We did our due diligence, and after that process it only validated what we already knew," Clunie said. "There was no better person primed take Davidson basketball to the next level."

      Bob McKillop led the Wildcats to a 27-7 record in 2021-22, their second-most wins in a single season. They dropped a 74-73 decision to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

      McKillop was named the conference coach of the year on 11 occasions. He received the Atlantic-10 honor following the 2021-22 campaign.

      The school named its court after Bob McKillop in 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas-Kentucky highlights SEC/Big 12 Challenge in 2023
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 16, 2022

    A meeting between basketball blue bloods Kansas and Kentucky will highlight the 2023 SEC/Big 12 Basketball Challenge.

    • The lineup was announced Thursday for the slate of games, which is set for Jan. 28.

      Other games on the docket are Alabama at Oklahoma, Arkansas at Baylor, Auburn at West Virginia, Florida at Kansas State, Iowa State at Missouri, Ole Miss at Oklahoma State, Texas at Tennessee, Texas Tech at LSU and TCU at Mississippi State.

      Kansas and Kentucky will square off at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

      It will be the fifth time the teams have met in the challenge, with both teams having won twice.

      Kentucky has plenty of motivation to win in January. During the NCAA Tournament -- which Kansas won and in which Kentucky made a first-round exit in a loss to St. Peter's -- the Jayhawks overtook the Wildcats as the all-time leader in wins in Division I men's basketball.

      Kansas has won 2,357 games to 2,353 for Kentucky.

      Head to head, Kansas has won four of the past six games between the teams and is 7-5 against the Wildcats in the Bill Self era.

      --Field Level Media

  • George Washington to drop Colonials nickname
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    George Washington will change its athletics moniker, the Colonials, citing a division in the community over the name.

    • The board of trustees voted Wednesday to accept the results of study by a special committee that had recommended finding an alternative nickname.

      A new name is expected to be in place by the 2023-24 academic year at the Washington, D.C., school.

      President Mark S. Wrighton said he appreciated the committee's work.

      "As we embark on our third century, we must continue to lead with our values, strengths and the diversity of the George Washington University community," university president Mark S. Wrighton said. "I was impressed by the principled and collaborative approach of the special committee, and it was clear this process was driven by research and robust engagement with the community. While some may disagree with the outcome, this process has determined that changing the moniker is the right decision for our university."

      A "broad university community engagement process" will help to decide the new name. The Colonials name has been in use since 1926. The special committee found that the name "arose casually and haphazardly, lacking thoughtful university-wide consideration."

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin men’s, women’s hoops to play games at Brewers’ park
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 14, 2022

    American Family Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, will host college basketball games for the first time.

    • Wisconsin will host a men's and women's basketball doubleheader at the ballpark Nov. 11, the Brewers and Badgers announced Tuesday.

      In the "Brew City Battle," the Wisconsin women's team will face Kansas State, followed by the men's team entertaining Stanford.

      The ballpark, which opened in 2001, features a retractable roof. A court and some temporary extra seating will be assembled across the infield for the event.

      "Playing a game at American Family Field has been a vision for quite some time and I am so excited to see it become a reality," Badgers men's coach Greg Gard said in a statement. "We are always looking to play in exciting venues and competitions and the chance to be the first-ever basketball event at the Brewers' stadium is going to be an unforgettable experience for both our athletes and fans."

      "This doubleheader with our men's program is an incredible opportunity for not only our players, but also for our fans to experience Badger basketball in such a unique environment," women's coach Marisa Moseley said in a statement. "Being able to play on the home field of the reigning NL Central champions, and just down the road from the NBA Champions, sets the stage for a great event. This is an unbelievable platform for girls and women in sports as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and we can't wait to see you all there."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: NCAA meets with Miami booster on NIL deals
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 14, 2022

    The NCAA is looking into name, image and likeness deals involving athletes at the University of Miami.

    • According to multiple reports, the NCAA has met with John Ruiz, a Miami mega-booster. Multiple reports characterize this as an "inquiry" by the NCAA and not a full-blown investigation.

      Ruiz -- a billionaire, attorney and Miami graduate -- told CBS Sports that his meeting with the NCAA last week was "clean cut" and that there is "nothing to be alarmed about."

      "Very professional, very positive," Ruiz said.

      He told Sports Illustrated that he has "nothing to hide" and his meeting with the NCAA went "super well."

      Ruiz has been public about the deals he has secured for Miami athletes recently. In April, he tweeted about his company LifeWallet signing Nijel Pack -- a men's basketball transfer from Kansas State -- to a two-year deal worth $800,000, plus a new car.

      In May, the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors updated its NIL guidance to say that boosters -- and collectives backed by boosters -- are prohibited from recruiting athletes or providing them with benefits. Boosters are also not allowed to contact recruits, per NCAA rules.

      Many interpreted the updated guidance as forward-looking, and that the NCAA wouldn't go out of its way to punish previous offenders.

      "While the NCAA may pursue the most outrageous violations that were clearly contrary to the interim policy adopted last summer, our focus is on the future," board chair Jere Morehead said in a statement in May. "The new guidance establishes a common set of expectations for the Division I institutions moving forward, and the board expects all Division I institutions to follow our recruiting rules and operate within these reasonable expectations."

      Ruiz is the first booster to publicly say he has met with the NCAA about an NIL inquiry. It's unclear if the NCAA has spoken to boosters at other schools.

      Other Miami athletes who have NIL deals with Ruiz and his companies include men's basketball player Isaiah Wong and women's basketball twins Hanna and Haley Cavinder, who transferred into Miami from Fresno State.

      --Field Level Media

  • 4-star Dior Johnson, former Oregon commit, chooses Pitt
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 13, 2022

    Four-star Class of 2022 point guard Dior Johnson will play his college basketball at Pitt.

    • After decommitting from Oregon last week, Johnson announced his intention to play for the Panthers on Monday.

      The No. 37 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, Johnson chose Pitt over finalists Washington State and Mississippi State.

      The New York state native also once was committed to Syracuse. He's played for several prep schools around the country, most recently Southern California Academy in Castaic.

      Johnson becomes the highest-ranked recruit in coach Jeff Capel's 2022 class. The Panthers finished 11-21 (6-14 ACC) last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke lands Illinois transfer Jacob Grandison
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 11, 2022

    Illinois graduate transfer Jacob Grandison will play his final season of college basketball at Duke, he announced Saturday via social media.

    • "It became clear that I fit with the vision that coach (Jon) Scheyer has for Duke basketball," Grandison said in an interview with On3. "I'm an elite passer to anyone. I'm a shooter and I space the floor. I'm an elite cutter and I've proven myself to be a great decision maker. I'm poised under pressure and I play to win. Duke is winning."

      The 6-foot-6 wing played two seasons at Illinois after two seasons at Holy Cross. He is a native of Oakland, Calif.

      With the Fighting Illini last season, Grandison started 23 times in his 30 appearances, averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He made 41 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point line.

      In two seasons at Illinois (in addition to a redshirt season), he played in 60 games (39 starts), averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

      At Holy Cross, he started 50 of the 64 games he appeared in, averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

      Grandison, who had also Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona and UCLA, will be one of 10 new faces for Scheyer and the Blue Devils, who lost five players to the NBA draft following the retirement of longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski.

      Duke's incoming freshman class is rated No. 1 in the nation, with four of the seven members listed by 247Sports composite as five-star prospects.

      --Field Level Media

  • 5-star guard Dior Johnson decommits from Oregon
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 9, 2022

    The Oregon men's basketball team lost a big recruit Thursday, as Dior Johnson, a five-star recruit from Southern California Academy in Castaic, Calif., decommitted from the Ducks.

    • Johnson's move may have been precipitated by Ducks guard Will Richardson withdrawing from the 2022 NBA draft and returning to school last week, creating more of a logjam at guard for the Ducks this fall.

      The team also received the commitments of two power-five transfers this spring in Keeshawn Barthelemy, formerly of Colorado, and Jermaine Couisnard, formerly of South Carolina.

      Johnson is currently ranked No. 7 among point guards and the No. 37 prospect overall for the class of 2022 in the 247 composite rankings.

      Johnson, who is from upstate New York, originally committed to Syracuse in February 2020 but reopened his recruitment nine months later before choosing the Ducks in June of 2021. He played for a few prep programs, including Oak Hill Academy and IMG Academy, before moving on to Centennial in 2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke hires former Nike executive Rachel Baker as GM
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 7, 2022

    Most college basketball programs do not have general managers. But Duke has one now.

    • The Blue Devils announced Tuesday that coach Jon Scheyer has added Rachel Baker to the staff as the program's general manager.

      In her role as GM, Baker -- who was an executive at Nike for eight years -- will help the program's players "enhance their personal and professional skill sets" and "capitalize on strategic partnerships" such as name, image and likeness opportunities, according to a release.

      The NCAA changed its rules last July, allowing student-athletes to profit off NIL rights.

      "The state of college basketball is growing and changing at an exponential rate," Scheyer said in a statement. "Rachel is a one-of-a-kind talent with unique experience that will provide our players and their families with an unparalleled resource and partner as we navigate new frontiers of college basketball together."

      While at Nike, Baker led event strategy for Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League and managed strategic initiatives between the brand and NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

      "We're in the middle of such a transformative moment -- not only for Duke, but for the college basketball landscape -- and the chance to be part of it is the opportunity of a lifetime," Baker said in a statement.

      Baker also worked for the NBA for a year, leading a team tasked with rebranding the WNBA. She also helped with the NBA All-Star Game and NBA Combine.

      She is a former college athlete who played lacrosse at La Salle.

      Scheyer is entering his first season as Duke's head coach. The 34-year-old former Blue Devils' guard worked as an assistant under the recently-retired Mike Krzyzewski for eight seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Four-star big Tafara Gapare commits to DePaul
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 6, 2022

    Tafara Gapare, a four-star Class of 2023 prospect originally from New Zealand, committed Monday to play for DePaul.

    • The 6-foot-10 power forward attends South Kent School in Connecticut. Once committed to George Washington, Gapare reopened his recruitment, with a chance he could reclassify to the 2022 class.

      He picked the Blue Demons over Illinois, Maryland, UConn and Virginia Tech, plus alternative paths with Overtime Elite and Australia's National Basketball League.

      247Sports rates Gapare No. 46 overall in his class, but the site's 247Sports composite, considered the industry standard, do not assign a ranking due to a lack of other outlets' rankings to consider.

      "I chose DePaul because of the relationship we built with the coaching staff," Gapare said when he revealed his decision on CBS Sports. "The way they recruited me was off the radar and topped any other college. The people around the college are great people. From the training staff, to coach (Tony Stubblefield) and the rest of the coaching staff."

      DePaul went 15-16 (6-14 Big East) last year in Stubblefield's first season as coach.

      --Field Level Media

  • Seminoles land top international prospect Baba Miller
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 6, 2022

    Spanish forward Baba Miller committed to Florida State over Gonzaga on Monday.

    • "It has been a very hard decision to make but I am really excited for this next step in my career, and I'm willing to give it my all at FSU! Go Noles!!" the 6-foot-11, 205-pound small forward posted on social media.

      Miller, considered one of the top international prospects in the Class of 2022, visited Florida State and Gonzaga last week with his father. He is expected to join the Seminoles in August.

      Miller, 18, began playing in the Real Madrid organization at age 12. He has also represented Spain internationally at the Under-18 FIBA European Challengers in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd set for extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 3, 2022

    Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd is set to receive a contract extension through the 2026-27 season, College Hoops Today reported Friday.

    • The deal is pending approval from the university's board, according to the report. It is uncertain when the board will vote on the deal.

      Lloyd, 47, is coming off a stellar first season with the Wildcats. The longtime Gonzaga assistant posted a 33-4 record with Arizona in 2021-22 and was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year.

      Arizona won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title as well as the conference tourney championship. The Wildcats earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but lost to Houston in the Sweet 16.

      --Field Level Media