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  • Video: Nebraska assistant's son learns he can go home from hospital

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago

    Upon learning in late July that his seven-year-old son would have to endure a third battle with leukemia, Nebraska assistant Chris Harriman adopted the hashtag #AveryStrong to show his support and even had T-Shirts and banners printed.

    Judging by the above video, Avery certainly looks to be living up to the hashtag three weeks into his treatment. 

    Though chemotherapy may have robbed him of his hair and prevented him from starting first grade with the rest of his classmates, it has not sapped Avery's spirit or will to live. His enthusiasm upon learning that he can finally leave the hospital and return home is proof of that.

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  • Charleston's top two candidates both withdraw from search

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 days ago

    As its coaching search neared the three-week point Monday afternoon, Charleston appeared to finally be on the verge of naming Doug Wojcik's successor.

    The Cougars reportedly had narrowed their search to two finalists: longtime Wofford coach Mike Young and ex-Charleston star and NBA journeyman Anthony Johnson.

    Then the unthinkable happened two days later. Young removed his name from consideration first, Johnson did the same soon afterward, and suddenly one of the nation's better mid-major programs embarrassingly is starting from scratch in its coaching search even as the calendar nears September.

    Said Young via a statement: "After going through this and being respectful of the process, it became clear that Wofford is where I needed to be at this time. My team came back to campus today and they deserve and always will have my complete energy and attention."

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  • Drew Eubanks' commitment could be start of a huge class for Oregon State

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 days ago

    With all five starters from last year's underachieving 16-16 team having left and few promising bench players ready to inherit more playing time, Oregon State appears headed for a poor 2014-15 season

    Rest assured, however, better days may be ahead.

    New coach Wayne Tinkle secured a key commitment Tuesday from 6-foot-10 Drew Eubanks, arguably the top Class of 2015 prospect in the state of Oregon. The addition of the three-star center gives Oregon State a chance to assemble a formidable class given the ties the Beavers have to a pair of other top prospects.

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

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days 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.

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  • UTEP's top recruit fails to qualify academically

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days 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.

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  • Basketball prospect drowns after his kayak capsizes

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger5 days 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.

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