- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger7 hrs ago
One of the few bright spots from Kansas' unexpected round of 32 NCAA tournament loss to Stanford last March was Conner Frankamp coming off the bench to sink four 3-pointers to help rally the Jayhawks late in the second half.
Turns out those will be his final buckets in a Kansas jersey.
Kansas coach Bill Self announced Friday that Frankamp intends to transfer because of playing time concerns. The 6-foot sophomore would have carved out a role off the bench because of his outside shooting, but he lacked the size to compete for a starting spot on the wing and his lack of elite quickness was inhibiting him in his battle with Frank Mason and Devonte Graham at the point guard spot.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger13 hrs ago
One flies swanky charter jets to and from every road game. The other is lucky to get a row to himself on the team bus.
One recruits mostly McDonald's All-Americans. The other recruits mostly McDonald's customers.
Kentucky's John Calipari and John Carroll University's Mike Moran don't appear to have much in common except for one thing: They are two of the only coaches daring enough to run one of basketball's most unconventional systems this season.
If you want to see the blueprint for the ballyhooed platoon system Calipari has designed to bring out the best in his deepest team, you have to visit the tiny Jesuit school in the Cleveland suburbs where Moran coaches. Moran has built a reputation for accelerating the pace with constant full-court pressure and keeping players fresh with frequent hockey-style five-at-a-time substitutions, a combination that has helped John Carroll amass 10 league titles, nine 20-win seasons and one Division III Final Four in his 22-year tenure.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
Kansas students who ate lunch on campus at The Underground received a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon.
They didn't have to pay for their meal.
Kansas coach Bill Self and a handful of other Jayhawks coaches showed up at the popular campus food court around 12 p.m. CST and started buying everyone's food. Self also shook hands and posed for pictures with dozens of students before returning to his preparation for Monday's season-opening exhibition game.
Word of Self's presence spread quickly among Kansas students. By the time Self left, he and the other Kansas coaches spent about $1,500, according to The University Daily Kansan.
Econ test are a hell of a lot better if Bill Self buys you lunch after. #DayMade
Since he had already proven at last year's Midnight Madness event that he can leap 6-foot-10 forward Curtis Washington and dunk, Georgia State's Isaiah Dennis opted to increase the degree of difficulty this year. The sophomore guard generously listed at 6 feet not only leapt over Washington but also two of his other Panthers teammates. Where does Dennis get his athleticism? Probably from his parents. His dad played football in college and his mom ran track. Georgia State has several well-known guard, from elite mid-major star R.J. Hunter, to Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow, to Louisville transfer Kevin Ware. Dennis may not be the most well-known member of his backcourt, but with that leaping ability, he's probably worth keeping an eye on too.
(Thanks, College Basketball Talk)
With only shot-blocking center Chris Obekpa returning from last season's frontcourt rotation, St. John's is counting on incoming players to help make up for the departure of forwards JaKarr Sampson and Orlando Sanchez.
That strategy took a hit Wednesday, however, when the Johnnies learned they won't have the services of one of those newcomers.
Yahoo Sports will break down the top 10 leagues for the upcoming college basketball season working backward from No. 10 to No. 1. Here's a look at our No. 5 league, the Southeastern Conference.
Moments after all three teams from the SEC advanced to the NCAA tournament's second weekend last season, Mississippi State coach Rick Ray gloated with a tweet dripping in sarcasm.
"7-0 in NCAA tournament and 3 out of 3 teams make it into the Sweet 16," he wrote. "Yep, SEC Conference is a bad and weak league."
Sending three teams to the Sweet 16, two to the Final Four and one to the national title game was an impressive accomplishment, but the notion that the SEC as a whole was underrated last season is flimsy at best. The SEC finished seventh in conference RPI, landed only three teams in KenPom's top 50 and suffered more head-scratching November and December losses than any other prominent league did.
When someone from Siena College's human resources department told Greg Dashnaw an anonymous man had dropped off an old championship ring he found in his basement, the longtime athletic trainer assumed the call came to him since he had the best chance of identifying its owner.
Only after the voice at the other end of the line began describing the ring did Dashnaw consider the unlikely possibility it could be one of the two stolen from him more than two decades ago.
The ring Dashnaw received as head trainer for Siena's 1988 league championship basketball team left out the "n" in his last name. That matched the year and name on the ring dropped off at the human resources office last week.
"I sprinted right up there to see the ring," Dashnaw said. "I was nervous and hoping but I hadn't seen it in 23 years. They gave it to me and I couldn't believe it. It was my ring."
Dashnaw attaches great sentimental significance to the ring because it serves as a symbol of one of the most successful eras of Siena basketball.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — At the same time most teams were hard at work in practice just over a week ago, Gonzaga players spent two days far away from a basketball court.
They piled into a cabin about 45 miles outside Spokane for an overnight retreat designed to build trust and give the Zags a chance to get to know one-another better. No access to cell phones, TV or wireless Internet meant players had to devote most of their time to chatting, cooking meals for each other or participating in team-building exercises that forced them to work together to solve puzzles or tackle other challenges.
"We thought it was really valuable because that stuff translates on the court big time," senior point guard Kevin Pangos said Monday at the WCC's tip-off luncheon. "Having to work together and work through obstacles to achieve a goal, that's similar to what we'll have to do during the season. Everything won't go smoothly during the season, so we'll be able to look back on this.
When elite prospect Skal Labissiere tweeted Monday night that he intends to play his senior season of high school basketball at Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy, the timing of the announcement two months into the school year seemed a little strange.
Some quick research soon revealed that was only one of many abnormalities.
Reach Your Dream Prep is run by Labissiere's legal guardian Gerald Hamilton and shares a name with the Memphis-based non-profit organization he founded to bring talented international prospects to the United States. The school is "coming soon" according to its rudimentary website, which features only a logo, contact information and a map.
A call to the number listed on the site goes to a voicemail belonging to Hamilton. The address listed on the site is the same as Elliston Baptist Church & Academy, a tiny private school in Memphis that serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days ago