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Tar Heels adding Northwestern transfer Nance

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Potential preseason No. 1 team North Carolina has landed Northwestern transfer Pete Nance, the best available player in the portal. Nance visited Chapel Hill earlier this week and announced his decision via Twitter on Saturday afternoon. Nance initially entered the NBA draft while also putting his name in […]

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Davidson coach McKillop retires after 33 seasons

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Bob McKillop is retiring after 33 seasons as Davidson’s head coach, he announced on Friday. McKillop’s son, Matt, who played at Davidson and has been an assistant coach under his father for the last 14 seasons, is being promoted to replace him. “I think you know how my […]

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Hall of famer Taylor calls for Griner’s release

Australian Opals icon Penny Taylor used her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame to call for the release of her former Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner, noting it’s been 114 days since the seven-time WNBA All-Star was detained. “‘BG’ is our family,” Taylor said in asking US President Joe Biden’s help freeing Griner. “She’s yours too. The entire […]

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A Bucks reunion at the Boomers, Magbegor stars with Storm

Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker will have a Milwaukee Bucks reunion when they join forces again for the Australian Boomers later this month. Dellavedova and Maker headline the 12-man roster for the Boomers, who play three FIBA World Cup qualifiers against China and Japan at John Cain Arena on June 30, July 1 and July 3. Matthew Dellavedova (left) and […]

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Proctor reclassifies, will play for Duke next season

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Five-star guard Tyrese Proctor is reclassifying into the 2022 class and will play at Duke next season, the school announced Thursday. Proctor originally committed to the Blue Devils in April as a member of the 2023 class. “The moment I stepped foot inside Cameron I knew it was […]

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Top transfer Malachi Smith commits to Zags

Former Chattanooga guard Malachi Smith, the top available men’s basketball transfer in the portal, has committed to Gonzaga, he announced on social media Thursday. “I wanted to have a chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Mark Few, to be a part of a winning culture, for a team that has a family feel,” Smith told ESPN. […]

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Timme announces return to Gonzaga: ‘I’m back!’

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Gonzaga star Drew Timme announced Wednesday he was withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Bulldogs for another season, solidifying Mark Few and the Zags as national championship contenders. Timme, a two-time All-American, initially entered the draft in early April but took his final decision on […]

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5-star Fisher commits to Texas Tech, reclassifies

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. Five-star small forward Elijah Fisher committed to Texas Tech on Thursday, while also announcing his plans to reclassify into the 2022 class and play for the Red Raiders next fall. Fisher chose Mark Adams’ program over a final list that also included Kentucky, Louisville and Memphis. A 6-foot-7 […]

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Ex-Spartans standout Payne dies in shooting

Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, early Monday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Payne, who was the 15th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA […]

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Vitale to be recipient of Jimmy V Award at ESPYS

Dick Vitale, the longtime ESPN college basketball broadcaster and Hall of Famer, will be the recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at this year’s ESPYS. Vitale, 82, announced in August that he had undergone multiple surgeries to remove melanoma. In October, he announced he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. His chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma forced the veteran broadcaster […]

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