Former Kansas University basketball guard Brannen Greene, who has been based in White Plains, N.Y., the past six weeks as he trains for the 2016 NBA Draft, barely escaped a blazing car accident late Friday night in N.Y., and survived the ordeal with what appear to be only minor injuries, his dad, Jeffrey, said Saturday.
“Brannen was trapped inside a car as a (ride-sharing service) passenger following an accident at Major Deegan Expressway, Bronx, N.Y., and 233rd St., after arriving from Los Angeles where he had NBA team workouts,” Jeffrey said. “The car was struck from behind with so much force it immediately went airborne, came down on a guardrail (with Brannen in back seat), went airborne again and caught fire. It exploded no more than five seconds after he escaped through an opening in a shattered window,” Jeff added.
For the fourth-consecutive season, and sixth time in the last seven campaigns, the top-two winningest programs in men's college basketball will face each other as Kansas will play at Kentucky on Jan. 28, 2017, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge the two conferences announced Tuesday.
Rupp Arena in Lexington will serve as the venue for blueblood matchup as Kansas has 2,186 all-time victories which is second in NCAA Division I to Kentucky's 2,205.
The upcoming SEC/Big 12 Challenge will mark the eighth meeting between the two schools in the Kansas head coach Bill Self era at KU. The Jayhawks hold a 4-3 in that span and Kentucky leads the overall series with Kansas, 22-7. Last season, with ESPN College Gameday originating from Lawrence, No. 4 Kansas defeated No. 20 Kentucky, 90-84 in overtime, at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 30 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Following a second round elimination in the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs might try to get younger this offseason, and one of the players that may join them is Brooklyn Nets power forward Thomas Robinson.
Robinson's existing pact with the Nets is a two-year deal that will expire following the 2016–17 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. However, the contract has a player option for this year. If the 25-year-old opts out, he will be available on the free agency market.
Once Robinson is a free agent, a possible destination for him is San Antonio.
The San Antonio Express-News mentioned, in a report, two factors that could lead to the Spurs signing Robinson. First, to fulfill head coach Gregg Popovich's desire of the team getting younger after losing in six games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.
Second, is for the former Kansas standout to replace either David West or Boris Diaw if one them, or both, leaves this offseason.
Former KU forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have teamed with ex-Jayhawk forward Thomas Robinson and guard Mario Little to form a team for the upcoming The Basketball Tournament, which awards winner-take-all-prize-money of $2 million to players on the championship team.
Team FOE will consist of the Morris twins, Robinson, Little, former St. John’s player Sean Evans and former Drexel player Scott Rodgers.
Former KU guard Josh Selby has also entered a team named TeamBDB. Members: Selby, John Wall (Washington Wizards, Kentucky) Lacedarius Dunn (Baylor), Kris Clark (Utah State), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Travis Hyman (Bowie State), Yancy Gates (Cincinnati), Daishon Knight (Illinois State), Cleveland Melvin (DePaul), Durant Scott (Miami), Andre Oupoh (Texas State). To learn about the tourney and how to vote for Team FOE and BDB (teams need a certain amount of fan votes to assure entry), go to https://www.thetournament.com/about
The inaugural “Border War Legends Basketball game,” which will be run by private individuals not Kansas University and Missouri officials, will be played at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Shawnee Mission South High School, event organizers said Friday.
The KU-MU game will include “former KU players in the past 10-15 years,” as well as “some former Mizzou stars which could include Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Jason Sutherland and others,” the official game news release stated.
A full list of participants will be posted on borderwarlegends.com closer to the event.
NBA All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh along with the Miami HEAT return to Sprint Center on Oct. 8 to face former Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins, Rookie of the Year Karl Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets for the Timberwolves vs. HEAT go on sale Friday, May 20 at Noon and online at SprintCenter.com, Price Chopper Box Office at Sprint Center and charge-by-phone at 888.929.7849. For a limited time, discounts for groups of 10 or more may be available by calling 816.949.7177 or emailing email@example.com.
Kansas Athletics' Andrea Hudy and the University of Kansas School of Business will team up for "The Business of Sports: Branding Matters" conference on Friday, June 10 in the new Capitol Federal Hall located east of Allen Fieldhouse across Naismith Drive.
…Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self will give the opening remarks at the conference.
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don’t replace work. In this game you don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
BIG 12/COLLEGE NEWS
Once again the marquee matchup will be between Kansas vs. Kentucky. Last season, the host Jayhawks outlasted the Wildcats 90-84 in overtime on Jan. 31. This time, the teams square off in Kentucky for the rematch.
Below you can find the complete list of games, with dates and times yet to be announced.
Big 12/SEC Challenge:
Texas at Georgia
Baylor at Ole Miss
Kansas at Kentucky
Texas A&M at West Virginia
Iowa State at Vanderbilt
Kansas State at Tennessee
Florida at Oklahoma
Auburn at TCU
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
LSU at Texas Tech
Bruce Weber, Kansas State: We touched on this yesterday, but if Weber didn’t lose the fan base with a losing record the past two seasons, including a 13-23 mark in the Big 12, he probably did when the Wildcats faithful had to watch an alum and a former assistant in Brad Underwood take a job with league rival Oklahoma State.
NBC Sports: Coaches on the hot seat
The creation of a conference network has skyrocketed to the list of priorities for the Big 12 during this offseason. With the SEC printing money and the Big Ten right on its heels, the Big 12 is hungry for its piece of the pie.
Yet there might not be a worst time to create a TV network with the hope it becomes a mainstay on cable networks throughout the nation. The Pac-12 Network has taught us that, even with live sports programming and tons of live content, a conference television network is not a guaranteed money-maker.
This month, colleague Jake Trotter detailed the obstacles standing between a potential Big 12 Network and lucrative success.
One intriguing option could be a streaming service full of Big 12 content, past and present, that takes advantage of the ability to stream live content while also featuring on-demand archived Big 12 events. Let’s look at some pros and cons of trying to launch a large-scale streaming service instead of creating a Big 12 television network.
After a decade of watching college basketball in the one-and-done era, I’ve come to the conclusion that in one crucial respect the GM is exactly right. In fact the more I ponder the question the more I think I’ve become something of a talent essentialist in spite of myself.
I wonder whether there might be rare instances where we can remove college performance from the equation more or less entirely and just look at the roster of players. Forget efficiency or shooting accuracy. Tell me how many minutes the returning players recorded, how many possessions they used, and how highly the freshman class is rated, and in these very rare instances this may be all we need to know.
In such cases I think we may be able to just look at a college basketball roster before the season even starts and say that if precedent’s any guide this team has virtually a 100 percent likelihood of earning an NCAA tournament No. 1 seed, a 60 percent probability of reaching the Final Four, and a two-in-five shot at winning a national title. I’m going to call such instances category 5 rosters, and, though I (and others) didn’t know it ahead of time, it turns out that Duke’s in 2015 was one such roster.
The baffling analytic mystery posed by John Calipari’s existence
The NBA has always descended visigoth-like upon the college game and harvested its very best players annually, but what changed on July 29, 2005 is that these players are now being removed from the college scene after a single season in Division I. Once this policy had been instituted it was only a matter of time until a college coach realized that an unprecedented and rather amazing opportunity was now at hand. In a one-and-done world it’s possible to transcend the traditional conflict between recruiting the best players and finding roster spots for all your talent. For the first time in the history of college basketball, it’s possible to have the best recruiting class in the nation every single season.
That John Calipari would be the coach to seize this opportunity now seems inevitable, but it very easily could have played out in any one of a number of different ways. Actually for a heartbeat in the late aughts it appeared that it might be Roy Williams, Thad Matta, or even Ben Howland who would carry this torch.
An ongoing investigation has revealed former North Carolina State football player Eric Leak provided improper benefits to an unnamed University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student-athlete, according to warrants released Thursday.
The warrants stated that during a search of Leak's north Raleigh home in March, authorities discovered documents that revealed he violated the North Carolina Uniform Athlete Agents Act. However, the warrants did not reveal details surrounding the incident.
It did state at the time of the violation that Leak was not a registered athlete agent with the Securities Division of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.
Authorities have been investigating Leak and his businesses Hot Shot Sports Management, LCC and Hot Shot Sports Management, Inc, for several months for his alleged involvement in a scheme that he fraudulently obtained funds from Keenan Allen, David Amerson, and other professional sports athletes.
It is hard to know the reasons why because the Naismith Hall of Fame is perhaps the least transparent organization in sports. It is the only one among the major sports shrines that doesn't reveal the names of its voters. Once someone is nominated, his name is sent to a nine-member subcommittee. This year, Driesell was nominated, and the North American subcommittee met in New York and, according to people with knowledge of the process, voted unanimously to recommend him to the 24-member honors committee that has the final say. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes to be elected.
"We reaffirmed our system this spring," Doleva said. "I think our board is very comfortable with the fact that confidentiality allows for honest conversation."
Except there is no conversation: Doleva said the honors committee does not actually meet before taking votes. He also said the confidentiality is taken so seriously that the ballots are burned after the vote is taken.
"I think the results we've had justifies what we're doing," he said.
Really? Then please explain Driesell's absence - Lefty's, that is, not Chuck's.
Some have speculated it is because he never reached a Final Four, though he reached the region finals four times. But other coaches in the Hall - Temple's John Chaney among them - never made the Final Four.
The only coach with more career victories than Driesell's 786 who isn't in the Hall of Fame is Eddie Sutton, who was the coach at Kentucky when the Wildcats landed on probation for two years.
One of the charges given to the Hall's board of governors is to exclude anyone who has "damaged the integrity of the game." Yet four of the seven active college coaches who have been elected to the Hall of Fame have been sanctioned by the NCAA at least once: Larry Brown (three times); Jim Boeheim (twice); John Calipari (twice) and Rick Pitino - whose school sanctioned itself this past season. Roy Williams's school, North Carolina, is currently being investigated.
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Before he announces his college choice, blue-chip basketball prospect Trae Young still has to announce where he’ll be playing his senior year of high school.
Young, a 6-foot-1 point guard who led Norman (Okla.) North High to a Class 6A state runner-up finish as a junior, has said for more than a year now he might play his senior season at a place like Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., or Montverde Academy in Orlando, Fla.
“(I’ll probably decide) by the end of the month,” Kansas University recruiting target Young said Saturday at Lawrence Sports Pavilion after dishing 16 assists and scoring 17 points for MoKan Elite in a win over Michigan Threat.
…The Jayhawks reportedly have had somebody on the coaching staff at every one of MoKan’s games this spring — at least the ones in which coaches have been allowed to attend in accordance with NCAA rules.
“I definitely see that,” Young said Saturday of KU’s coaches attending his games. “I definitely see every game and every live period coach (Bill) Self and the other coaches sitting right underneath the basket. I definitely notice that. I definitely see that.”
Michael Porter Jr. announced his top five schools Monday night.
Porter — a 6-foot-8 prospect in the class of 2017 — is listing Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington as his top schools. He played the first three seasons of his high school career in Columbia, Mo., but will move to Seattle for his senior year after his father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired as an assistant coach at Washington.
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