The Dagger

  • Green Bay lands late commitment from Enes Kanter's brother

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger14 hrs ago

    Even though the NCAA deemed Enes Kanter ineligible to play at Kentucky three years ago, it appears another member of his family may yet get to play college basketball. 

    Kerem Kanter, Enes' younger brother, has signed with Green Bay and intends to play as a freshman next season, the school announced Tuesday. The younger Kanter is a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds last season at IMG Academy in Florida.

    “We are very excited to add Kerem Kanter to our program,” Green Bay coach Brian Wardle said in a school-released statement.

    “Kerem is a skilled forward that brings an ability to score from the inside and out. He has a great bloodline of basketball in his family, and we know he is extremely excited to get to Green Bay to pursue his dream of getting a college education and being a Division I player.”

    Kanter joins a Green Bay team that dominated the Horizon League this past season but missed the NCAA tournament after being upset in the conference tournament semifinals. The Phoenix lost 7-foot center Alec Brown to the NBA, but they return most of the rest of last season's team, including dynamic guard Keifer Sykes.

    Read More

  • UTEP's top recruit fails to qualify academically

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger20 hrs ago

    To find high-level talent willing to come to El Paso, UTEP coach Tim Floyd sometimes must gamble on prospects most high-major programs deem too risky to take.

    Some of those players have overcome their academic or behavioral issues to help UTEP win 18 or more games in three of Floyd's four seasons. Others either didn't last long with the program or never even made it to El Paso at all.

    The latest UTEP signee never to don a Miners jersey will apparently be Chris Sandifer, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard rated No. 102 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com. The former star at Taft High School in Los Angeles failed to qualify academically at UTEP and will instead enroll at Chipola Junior College in Florida, CBSSports.com reported Monday night.

    Sandifer joins the growing list of UTEP signees whose academics prevented them from playing for the Miners.

    Read More

  • Basketball prospect drowns after his kayak capsizes

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago

    Not long after arriving at Mission Bay in San Diego on Saturday, basketball prospect Abdul Shanun sent out a tweet that read, "Thank God for a beautiful day."

    That simple message of hope reads tragically now given what happened next.

    The 17-year-old immigrant from Ghana drowned Saturday afternoon after his kayak capsized in Mission Bay, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. According to the newspaper, Shanun didn't know how to swim and either didn't wear his life preserver or didn't wear it properly. 

    The death of Shanun hit those in basketball circles hard.

    "Sad to hear of the passing of my bro .. Ima miss you bro. I love you man," tweeted Georgetown commit Jessie Govan, a club teammate of Shanun's with the New York Lightning.

    Read More

  • Six fun college hoops-themed Ice Bucket Challenge videos

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger12 days ago

    Coaches from across college basketball have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week to help raise money and awareness for research for ALS, the neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gherig's disease.

    Here's a look at six of the most fun, creative videos:

    1. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski: Coach K's nine grandkids lived every North Carolina fan's dream when they doused college basketball's winningest coach with two buckets of ice water. Krzyzewski's reaction is amusing and his challenge to his USA basketball players was great too.

    2. Nebraska coach Tim Miles: Not only did Miles and assistant coaches Kenya Hunter and Jim Molinari allow their players to dump buckets of ice-cold water on their heads, they also threw in another twist for a good cause. They wore "Avery Strong" t-shirts in honor of Avery Harriman, the young son of assistant Chris Harriman who recently found out that his leukemia is no longer in remission.

    Read More