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  • Longtime Princeton hoops coach Pete Carril dies at 92
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 15, 2022

    Longtime Princeton men's basketball coach Pete Carril died Monday at the age of 92.

    • The Hall of Famer passed away at a hospital in Philadelphia. His grandson said the cause of death was complications from a stroke, according to the Washington Post.

      "The Carril family is sad to report that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning," Carril's family said in a statement released through Princeton. "We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements."

      Carril coached at Princeton for 29 seasons, compiling a 514-261 record from 1967-96.

      His Tigers won 13 Ivy League regular-season titles, earned 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and won the 1975 National Invitation Tournament.

      His final collegiate victory was 13th-seeded Princeton's 43-41 upset of defending national champion and No. 4 seed UCLA at the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

      Carril is the architect of the "Princeton offense," a team-oriented strategy that emphasizes constant motion, backdoor cuts and picks on and off the ball.

      He coached one season at his alma mater Lafayette before taking over at Princeton, going 11-12 in 1966-67.

      Carril worked as an assistant coach with the NBA's Sacramento Kings for a decade after leaving Princeton.

      College basketball coaches paid tribute to Carril throughout the day in the wake of the news.

      "Coach Carril was a basketball purist, the finest teacher of the game," former Villanova coach Jay Wright wrote in a Twitter post. "Taught (Princeton basketball) and taught life. Never worried about being liked -- but was always respected. Deepest Respect for Coach and condolences to the Carril family."

      Carril was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan State signs Tom Izzo to lifetime contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 11, 2022

    Michigan State and Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo announced Thursday they have agreed to a lifetime contract.

    • The contract still needs formal approval at the next meeting of Michigan State's Board of Trustees in September, but that will be a formality for the coach who has led the Spartans' program since 1995.

      Officially, it's a five-year rollover contract with an average annual value of $6.2 million per year, for a total of $31 million.

      Izzo's contract puts him in company with John Calipari at Kentucky and Bill Self at Kansas. Calipari agreed to a lifetime deal in 2019 and Self did the same in 2021.

      "Michigan State has been a home to me and my family for 40 years and I'm ecstatic to sign this contract," Izzo said in a news release. "It means a great deal to me that the Board of Trustees, President (Samuel L.) Stanley, (athletic director) Alan Haller and the University continue to have the confidence in our program as we strive to be not only the best men's basketball team in the country, but to play a role in helping every program in the department achieve success."

      Haller said the new deal reaffirms a commitment Izzo made 12 years ago when he proclaimed he'd be a Spartan for life.

      "Not only is Tom Izzo a Hall of Fame basketball coach, he's a terrific ambassador for Michigan State University and Spartan Athletics," Haller said. "He means a great deal to our university, our department, our community and Spartans around the world. Although his legacy is cemented with a championship-filled resume, it's very clear that Coach Izzo's hungry to accomplish even more and bring great pride to Spartans everywhere. Michigan State is beyond lucky to have Tom Izzo as our head basketball coach!"

      Izzo is entering his 28th season as the Spartans' head coach. He joined Michigan State as an assistant coach in 1983 and took over the head coaching position 12 years later. Izzo's teams are 666-267 all-time, a winning percentage of .714.

      The Spartans won the NCAA championship in 2000, the last Big Ten team to achieve the feat. They've been to eight Final Fours under Izzo, have appeared in a league-record 24 straight NCAA Tournaments and have won 10 Big Ten regular-season titles and six Big Ten Tournament titles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan State lands 4-star SF Coen Carr
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    Four-star small forward recruit Coen Carr announced Tuesday he will play college basketball at Michigan State.

    • Carr was ranked No. 59 overall in the Class of 2023 and No. 10 among small forwards by the 247Sports composite rankings.

      He's the fourth player from the class to commit to the Spartans, all of them four-stars. Michigan State recently received a commitment from forward Gehrig Normand along with point guard Jeremy Fears and forward Xavier Booker.

      A 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward from Greenville, S.C., Carr was also considering Indiana, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

      --Field Level Media

  • UCLA lands Italian star Abramo Canka
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 3, 2022

    Italian national team standout Abramo Canka will play at UCLA this season.

    • Head coach Mick Cronin confirmed Canka, who averaged 9.4 points playing for Italy in July 2022 at the FIBA Under 20 European Championship, was joining the roster effective immediately.

      "We are really excited to add Abramo to our program this season," Cronin said. "Playing in Europe, Abramo is a versatile player who can shoot the ball, rebound and pass. At 6-foot-7, we like his size and his defensive ability, especially with his length and athleticism. He is excited to get to Los Angeles and join his UCLA teammates, and we look forward to getting him on the court soon."

      Canka, who is a 6-foot-7 guard-forward, averaged 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game in the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in January 2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky set to visit Gonzaga in November, host Zags in 2023
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 3, 2022

    John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats are ticketed for Spokane on Nov. 20 for a matchup with Gonzaga in the first of a two-year agreement that brings the Bulldogs to Rupp Arena in 2023.

    • Kentucky men's basketball has raised money for flood victims in the state, and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few took a staged call from Calipari during the program to announce the home-and-home series. Few also donated a pair of courtside seats to be auctioned and benefit flood victims.

      "This guy gets on me all the time. Everything's got to be on his terms. I thought we were Kentucky," Calipari said in the FaceTime interview with Few during team's telethon fundraising efforts for flood victims.

      Calipari said the Wildcats, who have games in London and New York -- as part of the annual Champions Classic with Duke, Kansas and Michigan State -- to start the season, would add the trek to Washington.

      "But, let me ask you this," Calipari said. "'Will you come back here the next year?"

      "Let's do it," Few said. "Keep doing all that great work. Have fun out there."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky, Gonzaga to begin home-and-home series in 2022
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 2, 2022

    Kentucky coach John Calipari announced Tuesday that his Wildcats would play a home-and-home series with Gonzaga over the next two seasons.

    • Gonzaga will host Kentucky on Nov. 20 in Spokane, Wash. Then the Bulldogs will play a game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., in 2023.

      The series pits one of college basketball's classic blue bloods with one of the most dominant programs of recent times.

      Calipari led Kentucky to a national title in 2012, the school's eighth in men's basketball. Kentucky holds the marks for most appearances and wins in the NCAA Tournament, among other records.

      Though it has yet to win a national title, Gonzaga has flourished under coach Mark Few. The Bulldogs have played in every NCAA Tournament since 1999 and have the longest active streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll (114 polls, dating to 2017).

      Few and Calipari are friends and have scheduled nonconference games against one another before when Calipari coached Memphis.

      "We talk like three times a week and all of a sudden he was like, ‘You want to play?' So you know me. I say, ‘Fine by me.' I mean, that was it almost to a T," Few told The Athletic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star 2023 prospect Kwame Evans picks Oregon
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, August 2, 2022

    Oregon landed 2023 five-star prospect Kwame Evans, the latest coveted player to align with Dana Altman and the Ducks.

    • A 6-foot-10 power forward who can also handle the ball, Evans is entering his second year at Montverde Academy in Florida.

      "I feel like it fits me the best and gives me the best chance to go to the NBA. It felt like family since day one," Evans told ESPN.

      Kentucky, Auburn, UCF and Arizona were among teams in the running for Evans.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky nabs 4-star C Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 1, 2022

    Four-star center Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso committed to Kentucky on Monday and will enroll this fall after reclassifying to the Class of 2022.

    • Kingsley Onyenso, 17, announced his decision from the NBA Academy in Senegal, Africa.

      The 7-footer with a 7-foot-5 wingspan ranks as the 39th-best prospect in the Class of 2022 and ninth-best at his position, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He had been the No. 21 overall prospect in the Class of 2023.

      Kingsley Onyenso chose Kentucky over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Clemson among his 19 offers.

      Kingsley Onyenso played for the Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Conn., for just one semester after arriving from Nigeria last year. He averaged 11.4 points and nearly 6.0 blocks per game in helping Putnam win the prep school title in March.

      It's possible Kingsley Onyenso redshirts the 2022-23 season, learning behind reigning NCAA national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe.

      --Field Level Media

  • Matchups announced for 2022 Maui Invitational
    By Field Level Media / Monday, August 1, 2022

    The first-round matchups were announced Monday for the 2022 Maui Invitational.

    • The eight-team tournament returns to Hawaii for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The event was played in Asheville, N.C., in 2020 and in Las Vegas in 2021.

      The four first-round games will take place on Nov. 21, with time and TV information as follows:

      --Texas Tech vs. Creighton, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

      --Louisville vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2

      --Ohio State vs. San Diego State, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU

      --Cincinnati vs. Arizona, 11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

      "I don't know that we've ever had the kind of balance that that we've got in this year's tournament," tournament chairman Dave Odom said. "It is the most balanced eight teams that I've seen since I've been doing this."

      The semifinals and consolation games will take place on Nov. 22, followed by the championship on Nov. 23. The final will air at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Ex-Florida star Keyontae Johnson visiting Kansas State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 30, 2022

    Former Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson is seeking a return to college basketball and is visiting Kansas State on Saturday, Stadium reported.

    • The 2020-21 SEC Preseason Player of the Year, Johnson collapsed during the first half of a Dec. 12, 2020, game against Florida State and hasn't played since. The exact cause of his collapse wasn't made public, and his family said in February 2021 it was not related to COVID-19.

      Stadium reported Saturday that it was a heart issue that kept Johnson off the court but that he has been medically cleared to resume play.

      Johnson has a $5 million insurance policy but won't receive a payout if he plays a certain number of games, reported Stadium, which didn't specify the number.

      "He feels 100 percent and just wants to get back on the court," a source told Stadium.

      The 6-foot-5 forward appeared in 31 games (all starts) in the 2019-20 season and averaged 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

      On March 5, he had a commemorative start on Florida's senior day. Kentucky and Florida took part in a ceremonial tipoff, with the Gators getting the ball to Johnson. After a few dribbles, he handed the ball to officials and walked off the court to a standing ovation before the game's official tipoff.

      He served as an unofficial coach for the Gators last season. He entered the transfer portal on May 1.

      Stadium reported Johnson, 23, also has visited Western Kentucky and Southern California.

      --Field Level Media

  • Iowa State lands commitment from 5-star F Omaha Biliew
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    Five-star power forward Omaha Biliew committed to play for Iowa State on Tuesday night.

    • Biliew, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, became the highest-ranked recruit to choose the Cyclones in the modern era, according to multiple outlets.

      Ranked No. 12 overall in the Class of 2023 by the 247Sports composite and No. 5 among power forwards, Biliew also had Kansas, Oregon and the G League among his finalists.

      Instead, he opted to stay home, saying in an interview with ESPN that he trusted in coach T.J. Otzelberger's vision for the program.

      "I always felt like I was destined to come here," Biliew said on ESPN. "It's just a place that I felt I could cement my legacy."

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star recruit Justin Edwards commits to Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 25, 2022

    Five-star forward Justin Edwards, the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to play for Kentucky on Monday.

    • Edwards was rated third overall in his class and the No. 1 small forward by the 247Sports composite rankings. Edwards, listed at 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds, chose the Wildcats over Tennessee and Auburn.

      The left-handed shooter attends Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia.

      "(Kentucky) is a basketball state. Everything about it is basketball," Edwards told On3 Sports. "The fans and everything, it's all about basketball."

      Edwards is the second five-star and the third prospect overall to join Kentucky's 2023 recruiting class. Coach John Calipari and the Wildcats previously received commitments from five-star point guard Robert Dillingham and four-star combo guard Reed Sheppard, both of whom rank inside the top 20 in the 247Sports composite.

      --Field Level Media

  • Field set as UNC, Duke, Gonzaga headline Phil Knight tournaments
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 25, 2022

    A who's who of men's and women's college basketball programs will compete in the 2022 Phil Knight Invitational and Phil Knight Legacy tournaments, to be held Thanksgiving week in Portland, Ore. -- the hometown of the Nike co-founder.

    • Dubbed PK85, the tournaments will be a celebration in advance Knight's 85th birthday, which falls in February.

      Each tournament will feature eight men's teams and four women's teams in action from Nov. 24-27.

      Matching up in the Phil Knight Invitational will be North Carolina vs. Portland, Iowa State against Villanova, UConn vs. Oregon and Alabama against Michigan State. Each team will play three games, with winners of these matchups moving on to the semifinals, and those winners to the tourney finals.

      The men's field in the Phil Knight Legacy event opens with Duke vs. Oregon State, followed by Florida vs. Xavier, Purdue vs. West Virginia and Portland State vs. Gonzaga. The format follows that of the Invitational, with the two teams with two wins meeting in the finals.

      Combined, the participating teams have appeared in 414 NCAA Tournament games and 75 Final Four contests, winning 23 national championships.

      On the women's side, North Carolina will face off against Oregon, and Iowa State will play Michigan State in the Invitational.

      The women's Legacy field will showcase Duke vs. UConn and Iowa against Oregon State.

      Winners of the opening games in each tournament will advance straight to the finals.

      The women's teams have a combined 178 NCAA Tournament appearances, 34 Final Four berths and 12 titles.

      ESPN networks will televise the games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top recruit GG Jackson chooses South Carolina after UNC decommit
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 23, 2022

    Five-star forward GG Jackson, previously ranked No. 1 in the 2023 class by 247sports, has announced a commitment to South Carolina and that he will re-classify to 2022, after recently decommitting from North Carolina.

    • Eight days ago, Jackson announced on social media his move away from the Tarheels, saying in part, "I have decided to decommit from UNC to explore other options that can help me grow from a teenage boy to an adult."

      The 6-foot-9 rising senior from Columbia, S.C. will now join the hometown Gamecocks this season.

      He made the announcement on social media Saturday, saying, "I will like to announce that I will be reclassifying to the class of 2022, committing to the university of South Carolina to further my career and education. NOW LETS HAVE FUN FAMS!"

      The Ridge View High School product stood out in tournament play at the Nike EYBL and NBPA Top 100 Camp, earning MVP honors at the latter by averaging 14 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

      He joins a South Carolina team that went 18-13 (9-9 SEC) in 2021-22. The Gamecocks parted ways with Frank Martin in the offseason, hiring Chattanooga's Lamont Paris.

      According to ESPN, Jackson was the first recruit to decommit from North Carolina since J.R. Smith decided to go straight to the NBA from high school in 2003.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke, Arizona set 2023-24 home-and-home series
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 18, 2022

    Men's basketball powerhouses Duke and Arizona announced a future home-and-home series on Monday.

    • The Blue Devils and Wildcats will meet in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 10, 2023. The rematch will be in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 21, 2024.

      "I have tremendous respect for Tommy Lloyd and Arizona," Duke coach Jon Scheyer said in a news release. "For our team, I'm grateful for what I know will be important early-season tests. For our fans and for college basketball, it will be exciting to see these storied programs over the next two years come together in two of the greatest on-campus venues in the sport."

      Arizona took a 5-4 lead in the all-time series by winning the most recent meeting, 72-66, on Nov. 29, 2013 at the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

      "We felt this was a great opportunity to play two games against an incredible program like Duke," Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said. "Both programs are national brands with a rich history and have played some memorable games against each other, especially in the NCAA Tournament. But Coach Scheyer and I both felt these games would benefit our programs and be something that our fans would be excited about."

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson C PJ Hall to have knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 18, 2022

    Clemson center PJ Hall will have knee surgery and there is no timetable for his return, the school said Monday.

    • An MRI on Friday confirmed that the 6-foot-10 rising junior has a subluxation of the patella, or kneecap.

      "It's unfortunate, but you can't change it," Hall said in a school news release. "Not every road is paved perfectly. I'm going to keep my energy high, and my voice heard to help these guys get ready for the start of the season. ... We have a lot of enthusiasm and excitement in our program, and I can't wait to get back on the court."

      Hall was already recovering from foot surgery earlier this offseason.

      "I know he will attack this latest obstacle with the same grit and determination that we've grown accustomed to seeing from him," Tigers coach Brad Brownell said. "As we all know, PJ has an infectious positive personality and that coupled with his leadership will continue to help our young team."

      Hall averaged a team-high 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 30 games (29 starts) as a sophomore in 2021-22. He was runner-up for the Atlantic Coast Conference's Most Improved Player award.

      He averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 21 games off the bench as a 2020-21 freshman.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top recruit GG Jackson decommits from North Carolina
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 15, 2022

    Forward GG Jackson, one of the top men's basketball recruits in the 2023 class, decommitted from North Carolina on Thursday.

    • The 6-foot-9 rising senior from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., posted on Twitter, "I have decided to decommit from UNC to explore other options that can help me grow from a teenage boy to an adult to put me in the best position to reach my dream goal which is the NBA."

      247 Sports lists Jackson as the top prospect in his class, while ESPN has him at No. 6. Both media outlets reported that South Carolina is now the favorite to land Jackson -- with the player possibly reclassifying to enter college for the upcoming season.

      According to ESPN, Jackson is the first recruit to decommit from North Carolina since J.R. Smith decided to go straight to the NBA from high school in 2003.

      Jackson put up 12.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in Nike EYBL play last spring and summer, per ESPN. In addition, he nabbed MVP honors at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this summer due to averages of 14 points and 9.2 rebounds.

      The Tar Heels went 29-10 last season, losing in the national championship game to Kansas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jimmy V Classic features Duke men, UConn women
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 14, 2022

    The post-Mike Krzyzewski era at Duke will face an early test at the 2022 Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6 in New York.

    • The pairings were announced Thursday for the men's and women's fields.

      On the men's side, the Blue Devils and new coach Jon Scheyer will face Iowa, and Texas will take on Illinois at Madison Square Garden. Both games will air on ESPN.

      The women's games, hosted on campus sites on Dec. 4, will see UConn visit Notre Dame and Virginia Tech travel to Tennessee. The Huskies and Irish will be broadcast on ABC, with the Hokies and Volunteers airing on ESPN2.

      Named for the late Jim Valvano, who coached North Carolina State to the 1983 NCAA Tournament championship, the Jimmy V Classic has helped to raise more than $150 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

      Valvano died in 1993 at age 47.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star recruit Mookie Cook backs out of Oregon commitment
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Five-star recruit Mookie Cook backed out of a commitment to play for Oregon and Dana Altman in 2023.

    • Cook, ranked No. 5 by 247Sports and No. 8 by ESPN in next year's college basketball class, picked the Ducks over Gonzaga and Kentucky in March.

      "I would first like to say thank you to coach Altman and the entire basketball coaching staff at the University of Oregon for believing in me," Cook wrote via Instagram. "I am grateful for their support, as well as the fan's. However, after much consideration and talks with my family, I've decided to reopen my commitment. During this time I will weigh other options in addition to the University of Oregon. I look forward to the continued support as I embark on this journey."

      The 6-foot-7 forward from Portland played last season in Arizona at Compass Prep and spent most of his summer away from the AAU circuit to play a role in the Peacock Network series "Shooting Stars."

      Cook was cast for the role of LeBron James in the series.

      Kansas, Memphis, Arizona and Arizona State were among programs Cook said he considered during his initial recruitment.

      --Field Level Media

  • LIU fires coach Derek Kellogg, hires Rod Strickland
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Long Island University hired Rod Strickland as its new coach Thursday to replace the fired Derek Kellogg after five seasons.

    • There is no mention of Kellogg in LIU's release on the hiring of Strickland.

      Kellogg went 74-74 in five seasons, including a 49-41 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Sharks were coming off a third-place finish in the NEC in 2021-22. Under Kellogg's guidance, LIU went to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and never finished below .500 in league play.

      The curious timing comes as the deadline has passed for players to enter the transfer portal and be eligible immediately to play next season.

      Strickland has served as the program director for NBA G League Ignite, mentoring high school prospects for a pro career. Strickland had been with the G League since 2018.

      "Rod Strickland has a demonstrated eye for recruiting and developing student-athletes and we are confident he will elevate Long Island University's winning tradition to even greater heights," Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline said in the release.

      Strickland, 55, was a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1988 and went on to play 17 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points per game with nine different teams. He has never been a head coach but had stints as an assistant at South Florida, Memphis and Kentucky.

      "Developing young players on and off the court has always aligned with my passion while I was playing and after retiring from the NBA," Strickland said. "I am appreciative to Long Island University for the opportunity to become a head coach at home, in New York City. The Sharks are going to be a competing program for top athletes who not only want to take their game to the next level but prepare for success."

      Kellogg, 49, is 229-211 in 14 seasons with UMass (2008-17) and LIU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former top prospect Emoni Bates transfers to Eastern Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Former five-star top recruit Emoni Bates announced Wednesday that he is transferring from Memphis to Eastern Michigan.

    • Eastern Michigan is located in Bates' hometown of Ypsilanti, Mich.

      Bates, a 6-foot-9 forward, played in just 18 games for Memphis last season due to back troubles. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds and shot 38.6 percent from the field.

      Bates entered the transfer portal following the season.

      The 247Sports composite listed Bates as the No. 1 small forward and No. 5 overall player in the 2022 class before he later reclassified to 2021 and signed with Memphis.

      Bates initially gave a verbal commitment to Michigan State before later decommitting.

      Eastern Michigan went 10-21 last season and plays in the Mid-American Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • French forward Zacharie Perrin commits to Illinois
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Illinois received a commitment from French forward Zacharie Perrin on Monday, with ESPN reporting that he committed to the Fighting Illini over UCLA, Texas, Florida, Memphis and BYU.

    • Perrin, who turns 18 on Aug. 30, most recently played for the Antibes Sharks of France's second-tier pro league. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Perrin averaged more than 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Antibes' under-21 team last season.

      Perrin was selected MVP of the Adidas Next Generation qualifying tournament in Greece in April, where he put up 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

      "My goal is to first and foremost become a better basketball player," Perrin told ESPN. "I am only 17 years old and still need a lot of development physically. There isn't a better place to gain strength than college.

      "I will also focus on becoming a very good outside shooter. I think I can become a very tough mismatch both at the 4 with my size and at the 5 with my shooting and quickness. Hopefully it gets me to a high level of professional basketball in a few years."

      The Illinois were the Big Ten co-champions in the 2021-22 regular season at 15-5, and they finished 23-10 overall after losing to Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lebanese F Youssef Khayat commits to Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Youssef Khayat, a forward from Lebanon playing in France, committed to Michigan on Sunday.

    • He also had been considering DePaul, Xavier and Wake Forest but said he chose the Wolverines because he "felt at home with the coaching staff."

      "Coach Juwan (Howard) told me my role, how I can play and impact the team this season," he said during his live announcement on the Field of 68.

      Khayat, 19, is 6-foot-8. He led the Limoges Under-21 team in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding (7.7) last season and shot 37 percent from 3-point range.

      Born in Beirut, he has been playing professionally in France since age 14.

      "They have experience with international players like Moe Wagner and Moussa Diabate," he told recently. "I think them having experience with international players is very impressive. The name Michigan is so important in the USA so that paired with their experience with international players plus being a well-known program is kind of unique."

      He said he will be relocating to Ann Arbor soon after getting his visa.

      He will be eligible to play in 2022-23 for Michigan, which lost four of its five starters from last season. The Wolverines added two graduate transfers in Duke forward Joey Baker and Princeton point guard Jaelin Llewellyn.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 40 F Taylor Bowen commits to Florida State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Forward Taylor Bowen, a top 40 recruit in the Class of 2023, announced Saturday he will attend Florida State.

    • The 247Sports composite ranks Bowen as the No. 7 power forward and No. 31 overall player overall.

      From Jericho Vt., Bowen plays at Brewster Academy. The 6-foot-9 Bowen also considered Duke, Iowa, LSU, Vermont and Providence.

      "I always wanted to go somewhere where I can accomplish my dreams," Bowen said while announcing his choice. "I thought Florida State was the perfect fit for me basketball-wise and off the court. I think I can become the best I truly can on and off the court going to FSU."

      He told earlier about his goals.

      "I'm looking for a program that will make me feel like home and push me to my dream of being the first NBA player out of Vermont," Bowen said. "I want a coaching staff that's going to push me and allow me to be in a position to play and accomplish that dream."

      --Field Level Media

  • UNC, Indiana to clash in ACC/Big Ten challenge
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    A clash between North Carolina and Indiana will highlight this fall's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    • The games will air between Nov. 28-30 on the ESPN networks.

      The Tar Heels will travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 30 to meet the Hoosiers for the fifth time in the challenge. Indiana leads the series 3-1, winning in Bloomington in 2012 and 2016 and in Chapel Hill in 2001.

      "It doesn't get any better than two iconic programs playing on the biggest stage," Indiana coach Mike Woodson said.

      North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in ESPN's Way Too Early Top 25 poll, with Indiana at No. 14.

      Other games on the schedule are:

      --Nov. 28: Minnesota at Virginia Tech; Pitt at Northwestern

      --Nov. 29: Syracuse at Illinois; Maryland at Louisville; Penn State at Clemson; Virginia at Michigan; Wake Forest at Wisconsin; Georgia Tech at Iowa

      --Nov. 30: Ohio State at Duke; Purdue at Florida State; Rutgers at Miami; Michigan State at Notre Dame; Boston College at Nebraska

      --Field Level Media