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  • Kentucky adds two assistant coaches from Illinois staff
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 6, 2021

    A pair of assistant coaches most recently at Illinois are joining John Calipari's staff at Kentucky.

    • Calipari announced Thursday the addition of Orlando Antigua, who previously served on his staff, as associate head coach and Ronald "Chin" Coleman as assistant coach.

      The two were credited with helping to develop Ayo Dosunmu, a consensus first-team All-American this past season, and Kofi Cockburn, a second-team All-American, at Illinois. The Illini finished the season at 24-7 and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

      Kentucky finished 9-16 and failed to make the tournament for the first time since 2013.

      Antigua was on the Wildcats' bench in the first five seasons of Calipari's tenure in Lexington (2009-13) and also worked with him at Memphis.

      "I am really excited to have Orlando back," Calipari said. "I think everyone knows what we were able to do with Orlando as a part of our staff going to the Sweet Sixteen in our final season at Memphis and making three Final Fours with a national title at Kentucky in his five seasons. But aside from our team success, he brings an uplifting spirit and a work ethic that helps create relationships that are so needed in college basketball within your own team and on the recruiting trail. All of that starts within our staff, and I am excited that he wanted to be back here with us to get our program back to where we know it needs to be."

      He was equally enthusiastic about Coleman.

      "Chin is a grinder, someone who relishes that time in the gym with the kids to help add value to your current players, yet he never takes his eyes off the lifeline of our program, which is recruiting," Calipari said.

      Antigua and Coleman fill the spots on the coaching staff that were left vacant when former associate to the head coach Tony Barbee became the head coach at Central Michigan and former assistant coach Joel Justus was hired as the lead assistant at Arizona State.

      Remaining on the staff are Jai Lucas, and Bruiser Flint, both entering their second seasons at Kentucky.

      Antigua left Kentucky before the 2014-15 season to become head coach at South Florida, where he posted a 23-55 mark in three seasons. He spent the past four seasons on the Illinois bench and has nearly 20 years of coaching experience.

      Coleman has 10 seasons of college coaching experience, working at Illinois, UIC, Bradley, Nebraska and Colorado State.

      "Having the opportunity to coach at the University of Kentucky, work for John Calipari and be a member of Big Blue Nation is a dream come true," Coleman said. "This is a different kind of place, one that coaches and players hope to one day be a part of. I am blessed to live that dream."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky adds Iowa transfer CJ Fredrick
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Former Iowa shooting guard CJ Fredrick has transferred to Kentucky, the program announced Wednesday.

    • After two seasons in Iowa City, Frederick will have three years of eligibility at Kentucky and be immediately eligible thanks in part to the NCAA's one-time free transfer rule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      With the Hawkeyes, Fredrick started 25 games as a freshman in 2019-20 and 27 games last year. His minutes and production ticked down a bit from his freshman year: He put up 7.5 points and 1.9 assists per game in 24.7 minutes last season after averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists and 28.7 minutes per game as a freshman.

      Fredrick's strong suit is his outside shooting. He has shot 46.6 percent from the 3-point arc during his Iowa career, including 47.4 percent in his sophomore campaign.

      After Kentucky missed the 2021 NCAA Tournament, coach John Calipari and the Wildcats are rebuilding through the transfer portal.

      Since February the program has also landed highly rated transfers Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia) and Kellan Grady (Davidson). Kentucky lost some of its freshman stars, Brandon Boston Jr. and Isaiah Jackson, to the NBA draft, and senior Davion Mintz opted to explore the draft this week as well rather than use his extra year of NCAA eligibility.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arkansas transfer Sills signs with Auburn
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Arkansas transfer Desi Sills signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn on Wednesday, according to coach Bruce Pearl.

    • Sills, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key player on the Arkansas squad that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament this past season.

      "Desi is a proven winner," Pearl said in a news release. "He's a fierce competitor and a tough, physical defender. He's got the ability to create for himself as well as others. Playing in our up-tempo system should bring out the best of him. If he plays as well against others as he did against us, we hit the jackpot."

      His two highest-scoring games of the season were against Auburn, as he scored 23 points on Dec. 30 and 22 on Jan. 20.

      Overall, Sills averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games (15 starts) last season as a junior. He averaged 20.7 minutes.

      Sills has two seasons of eligibility remaining, one due to the NCAA's "free year" policy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

      Playing time might have been part of the equation that led to Sills' decision to leave Arkansas. As a sophomore, he averaged 31.2 minutes and 10.6 points per game.

      He expressed unhappiness on March 31 when he announced he was entering the transfer portal.

      "I'm going somewhere I can be Desi Sills and not be (held) back! That's that on that," Sills wrote on Instagram.

      In three seasons with the Razorbacks, Sills averaged 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 98 games (47 starts). He made 103 3-pointers with 47 coming during his sophomore season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arkansas F Abayomi Iyiola enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    Arkansas forward Abayomi Iyiola announced he has entered the transfer portal after one season with the Razorbacks.

    • Iyiola announced his decision on Twitter.

      "This was definitely an experience I would never forget," he wrote in part. "After much prayers and consideration with my family, I will be entering my name into the transfer portal. I look forward to competing academically and athletically elsewhere."

      Iyiola played in just one game for Arkansas last season as a junior after playing his first two seasons with Stetson. He sat out the 2019-20 season after he transferred.

      In 63 games over two seasons at Stetson, the 6-foot-9 Iyiola averaged 10.3 points with 6.8 rebounds but was not able to establish any playing time once he joined the Razorbacks.

      Arkansas was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation last season and advanced to the South Regional final where it was defeated by eventual national champion Baylor.

      --Field Level Media

  • St. Joseph's F Jordan Hall transferring to Texas A&M
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    St. Joseph's guard/forward Jordan Hall announced Tuesday he is transferring to Texas A&M.

    • The 6-foot-8 freshman from Wildwood, N.J., averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 20 games (18 starts) for the Hawks in 2020-21.

      "Thank you to all the programs that recruited me and thank you to Coach (Billy) Lange & staff at SJU for helping me grow both on and off the court," Hall wrote on social media. "I am excited to announce that I am committed to coach Buzz Williams and Texas A&M University. Gig 'em Aggies!"

      Other schools that sought his services included Ole Miss, Nebraska, Minnesota, DePaul and Marquette, according to reports.

      Hall joins a Texas A&M recruiting class that includes fellow transfers Marcus Williams (Wyoming), Henry Coleman (Duke) and Ethan Henderson (Arkansas).

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan's Franz Wagner enters 2021 NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    Michigan swingman Franz Wagner declared for the 2021 NBA draft on Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-9, 220-pound sophomore from Germany averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28 starts for the Wolverines in 2020-21.

      Wagner made his announcement in "A Letter to My Michigan Family" published by The Players' Tribune.

      "Playing in the NBA has been a big dream of mine," he wrote, in part. "It's something I've been working extremely hard for. And after talking with my coaches and my family, I know it's something I'm ready for. From a basketball perspective, this is the move for me to make right now."

      Wagner started 55 consecutive games for Michigan and finished his career with 661 points, 334 rebounds and 33 games with double-digit points. He made the All-Big Ten second team in 2020-21 and the Big Ten All-Freshman squad in 2019-20.

      Wagner's older brother, Moritz Wagner, also played for the Wolverines and was a first-round pick (25th overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

      The draft is scheduled for July 29.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Arizona F Jordan Brown enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 3, 2021

    Arizona forward Jordan Brown has entered the transfer portal, according to a report from Stadium on Monday night.

    • Brown averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. The former McDonald's All-Ameircan prospect started his college career at Nevada, where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 boards per game as a freshman.

      The California native started 12 of 26 games last season for the Wildcats. He shot 56 percent from the field, which marked a slight improvement from his freshman year, when he shot 50.6 percent overall with Nevada.

      --Field Level Media

  • Syracuse F Alan Griffin declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 3, 2021

    Syracuse forward Alan Griffin announced Monday that he would leave school and declare for the NBA draft.

    • Griffin posted a video on his Instagram and Twitter accounts to share the news.

      "I believe it's time to start the next chapter in my journey by entering my name in the 2021 NBA draft,'' Griffin said.

      Griffin averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Orange last season. He spent his first two seasons at Illinois before transferring to Syracuse.

      The video announcement included a scene in which Griffin called his father, Adrian, to let him know about his intention to declare for the draft. Adrian Griffin played collegiately at Seton Hall and spent nine seasons in the NBA despite going undrafted.

      "Number one, I'm super proud of you,'' Adrian Griffin said. "Everyone is super proud of you. It's been a great pleasure just watching you grow.''

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: European standout Igor Milicic commits to Virginia
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 2, 2021

    European prospect Igor Milicic will play college basketball at Virginia, he told ESPN.

    • Milicic, 18, is a 6-foot-9 forward who played with the Polish senior national team in the FIBA Eurobasket qualifiers in February. He also played as an amateur in Germany, mostly in the third division, and averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds.

      "This was a very difficult and important decision in my career," Milicic told ESPN. "My dream is to play basketball at the highest levels in the U.S. or Europe. I am aware that only hard work will get me there. I am determined to accomplish that goal. Where and when, it remains to be seen."

      He said he chose Virginia for its "basketball culture, great fans and really good academics."

      The Cavaliers are losing forwards Jay Huff, Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy from a team that finished 18-7 (13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the 2020-21 season. They were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by No. 13 seed Ohio.

      "The plan is to get better each day and hopefully over time I'll become a key piece of the program," Milicic said. "I am going to work all summer to be 100 percent prepared from day one."

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan lands Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante' Jones
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 1, 2021

    Coastal Carolina guard DeVante' Jones, the 2020-21 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, announced Saturday he is transferring to Michigan.

    • The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior averaged 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals in 26 starts for the Chanticleers this past season.

      He chose coach Juwan Howard's Wolverines over Texas, Texas Tech and Memphis but also said he will continue "testing the NBA waters."

      "This whole process was a blessing man, all my hard work slowly paying off & I'm nowhere near close to letting up! with that being said i will be attending the University of Michigan for my last year," he posted on Twitter.

      Jones started 77 of his 81 games over three seasons at Coastal Carolina, averaging 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals. He shot 33.4 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free throw line.

      --Field Level Media

  • Shaquille O'Neal's youngest son commits to Texas Southern
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 1, 2021

    Shaqir O'Neal, the youngest son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, has committed to play at Texas Southern.

    • The 6-foot-6 shooting guard announced his decision Friday on Instagram.

      O'Neal, of Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga., is rated as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.

      Texas Southern is coached by Johnny Jones, who was an assistant coach on Dale Brown's staff at LSU when Shaquille O'Neal starred for the Tigers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top prospect Emoni Bates decommits from Michigan State
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 30, 2021

    Just more than five weeks after losing an overtime game to UCLA, 86-80, in their NCAA Tournament East Region First Four matchup, the Michigan State Spartans took another tough loss.

    • Top-ranked junior (via ESPN) Emoni Bates, among the elite high school prospects of the past several years, said via Instagram he has decommitted from coach Tom Izzo's Spartans.

      "I would like to thank Tom Izzo and the coaching staff at Michigan State but I have decided to reopen my recruitment," Bates wrote. "I'm not sure what my future holds but I am keeping all of my options open, both college and pro."

      The Spartans were 15-13 this past season, with an eighth-place finish (9-11) in the Big Ten.

      ESPN reported Bates was the first five-star player to pick Michigan State since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017, and the first of ESPN's No. 1 prospects to commit to the Spartans since the network's database began in 2007.

      Though Bates, who committed to the Spartans last June, had indicated he would not go the G League route, his next step is unclear and he has reopened his recruitment.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga lands Iowa State transfer G Rasir Bolton
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 30, 2021

    Former Iowa State point guard Rasir Bolton announced he is transferring to Gonzaga.

    • "110% Committed! God's Plan," Bolton tweeted Friday with an image of himself in a Zags uniform.

      The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Bolton transferred to Iowa State after one season at Penn State in 2018-19.

      He averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 21 games (20 starts) last season at Iowa State.

      Bolton's career averages include 13.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 83 games (59 starts) for the Nittany Lions and Cyclones.

      Iowa State fired coach Steve Prohm after a 2-22 season (0-18 Big 12) and hired former UNLV coach T.J. Otzelberger.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: NC State freshman G Shakeel Moore enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 30, 2021

    North Carolina State freshman Shakeel Moore will enter the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports reported Friday.

    • The 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Greensboro, N.C., averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 18.6 minutes in 25 games (two starts) with the Wolfpack in 2020-21. He led the team with 35 steals and tied for third with 43 assists.

      Moore scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in an 81-65 win at Boston College on Feb. 6.

      Moore was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2020, ranked as the nation's No. 24 point guard and the No. 4 overall recruit in North Carolina by 247Sports.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cal State Northridge puts Mark Gottfried, staff on leave
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Cal State Northridge placed head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into possible rules violations, the university announced Thursday.

    • Gottfried is 37-51 in three seasons with the Matadors. The school did not provide details on its internal investigation.

      "Upon learning of potential rules violations within our men's basketball program, I directed an immediate review and have placed our men's basketball coaching staff on paid administrative leave while we complete this internal review," Cal State Northridge athletic director Michael Izzi said in a statement.

      "Our focus will be on the welfare of our student-athletes and ensuring the academic, athletic and personal success," Izzi added. "However, CSUN is committed to ensuring full compliance with all university and NCAA regulations while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and institutional responsibility."

      Gottfried has faced scrutiny in the past. He joined Cal State Northridge in 2018 after he was fired at North Carolina State, where he and his program were the subject of a federal investigation into a pay-for-play scheme.

      NCAA officials sent a notice of allegations to North Carolina State in 2019. The notice included a failure-to-monitor charge against Gottfried.

      One year later, Gottfried sued North Carolina State for settlement payments that he said were owed.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marquette G D.J. Carton declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Marquette guard D.J. Carton has declared for the NBA draft and will forego his remaining eligibility, the school announced.

    • Carton averaged 13.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 27 games (24 starts) with Marquette as a sophomore in 2020-21. He transferred to the Golden Eagles after spending his freshman season at Ohio State, where he averaged 10.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

      "I would like to thank Marquette University, Coach Smart and my teammates for their support throughout my decision process," Carton said. "I will be putting my name in for consideration in the 2021 NBA Draft and hiring an agent. I am thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to the next step in my career."

      Head coach Shaka Smart, who recently took over at Marquette after leaving Texas, issued a statement in support of Carton.

      "We fully support D.J.'s decision and wish him all the best as he pursues his professional career," Smart said. "We have enjoyed getting to know him over the past few weeks and we appreciate his contributions to the program."

      --Field Level Media

  • Longhorns PG Matt Coleman declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Texas point guard Matt Coleman has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.

    • The school announced Thursday that the 6-foot-2 senior has hired an agent and will not return for a final season of eligibility.

      Coleman averaged 13.2 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 starts for the Longhorns last season.

      He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2021 Big 12 tournament after leading Texas to its first title.

      Coleman was in the starting lineup for all 128 of his games during his four-year career in Austin, averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He also made 159 3-pointers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga G Aaron Cook enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Gonzaga guard Aaron Cook has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports.

    • It marks the second straight season that Cook has entered the portal. He left Southern Illinois for Gonzaga after the 2019-20 season.

      Cook averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 assists in 30 games (one start) for the Bulldogs.

      Though Gonzaga is losing freshman star Jalen Suggs to the NBA, five-star recruit Hunter Sallis is coming aboard to join returning starter Andrew Nembhard in Gonzaga's starting backcourt.

      Cook will be a sixth-year senior at his next stop as he received a medical redshirt after breaking his hand during the 2019-20 season at Southern Illinois. He also is taking advantage of the NCAA "free year" rule that grants an extra season of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Cook, a St. Louis native, averaged 8.2 points and 2.5 assists in 103 games (70 starts) over three-plus season at Southern Illinois.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia lands high-scoring ECU F Jayden Gardner
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    High-scoring East Carolina forward Jayden Gardner is transferring to Virginia.

    • "The experience, leadership and production he brings to our program is invaluable, and we look forward to having him join our program," Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said in a news release Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-7 Gardner averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 19 games (18 starts) for the Pirates in 2020-21 and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team.

      "I'm excited about joining the University of Virginia," Gardner said. "It's a dream come true to be able to play in the ACC under one of best coaches in the world. I can't wait to get to work as soon as I touch down on Grounds and get to connect with all the fans and members of Virginia. Thank you God for the opportunity and I'm not going to take it for granted."

      He led the AAC in scoring as a 2019-20 sophomore with 19.7 points per game to go with 9.2 rebounds. His career numbers include 18.0 points on 50.1 percent shooting with 8.7 rebounds in 81 games (79 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • West Virginia F Derek Culver declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    West Virginia forward Derek Culver is entering the 2021 NBA Draft.

    • The 2021-22 All-Big 12 selection clarified his plans Monday on Instagram.

      "I have elected to forgo my senior year and currently explore my professional options, which was a difficult decision that I did not take lightly," he wrote, in part. "... I am officially declaring for the NBA Draft and have signed with Athletes Sports Management (ASM). I would like to take this time to thank my family, teammates and coaches for all the years of support. I am looking forward to this next chapter."

      The 6-foot-10 Culver averaged 14.3 points and a Big 12-leading 9.4 rebounds in 29 games (28 starts) last season.

      Culver previously indicated he would enter the draft process while keeping open all options, including returning to WVU next season.

      He finishes his Mountaineers career with 1,036 points and 799 rebounds in 86 games (67 starts).

      The NBA draft is scheduled for July 29.

      --Field Level Media

  • Boise State F Abu Kigab returning for 2021-22 season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 26, 2021

    Boise State forward Abu Kigab announced Monday that he will return to the program next season.

    • Kigab was the second-leading scorer and rebounder for the Broncos when he averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25 games this past season. He also had 31 steals and a team-high 22 blocked shots while earning second-team All-Mountain West honors.

      Kigab considered declaring for the NBA draft but a shoulder injury he suffered in the regular season final on March 2 against Fresno State derailed that possibility.

      Instead, he will take advantage of the NCAA "free year" rule that gives players an extra season of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "I am extremely excited to announce my return to Boise State University for my final chapter of eligibility," Kigab said during his announcement on various social-media sites. "The mission remains the same: win at all costs."

      Boise State coach Leon Rice is happy to have a possible go-to scorer return for another campaign.

      "Abu's presence has elevated this program from the day he got here," Rice said in a news release. "I am thrilled he has chosen to finish what he started with us and put his trust in our program to help him reach his goals, while committing to being a part of a special team next year."

      Kigab spent his first two seasons at Oregon and averaged 1.8 points in 45 appearances before transferring to Boise State.

      The 6-foot-7 former four-star recruit by ESPN, averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20 games (18 starts) as a junior before starting 25 games last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Iowa G Jordan Bohannon returning for sixth season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 26, 2021

    Jordan Bohannon has decided to return to the Iowa Hawkeyes for a sixth season of college basketball, he revealed Monday.

    • Bohannon, who already holds the program record with 143 games played, opted into an extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Bohannon told the Des Moines Register that he was swayed by coach Fran McCaffery's pitch to let him play shooting guard after years of running the point for the Hawkeyes, as well as the prospect of playing in front of crowds of fans again.

      "Excited for a season with FANS!" Bohannon added on social media. "Missed y'all. This past season just never felt right."

      Bohannon is also Iowa's all-time leader in assists (639) and 3-pointers made (364). It's likely Iowa will need him to play a new role on offense with Wooden Award winner Luka Garza graduating and moving on to professional ball.

      Bohannon played 10 games (six starts) in 2019-20 before undergoing season-ending hip surgery. He was given a medical redshirt that allowed him to play in 2020-21, when he appeared in 31 games (30 starts) for Iowa and averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 assists.

      Bohannon will turn 24 before next season begins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio PG Jason Preston declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 26, 2021

    Ohio point guard Jason Preston declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Monday.

    • The 6-foot-4 junior told The Athletic he is leaving open the possibility of returning to the Bobcats.

      Preston averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 20 games last season while leading Ohio to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

      He tallied 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a 72-68 first-round upset against Virginia on March 20.

      In three seasons at Ohio, Preston has averaged 12.6 points, 5.9 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 82 games (73 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Siena standout Jalen Pickett transfers to Penn State
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 25, 2021

    Siena standout point guard Jalen Pickett announced Sunday that he is transferring to Penn State.

    • The former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year made his announcement on Twitter. He displayed a picture of himself in a Penn State uniform and said "LETS GET TO WORK."

      Pickett cited the presence of new Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry as a key factor in why he chose Penn State over Oregon State.

      "I really just trust coach Shrewsberry," Pickett told ESPN. "I love the vision, the direction he's taking, how he wants to play. Him and coach (associate head coach Adam) Fisher were really on me this whole recruiting process."

      Pickett averaged 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a junior at Siena this past season. The 6-foot-4 guard was named the MAAC's top player in 2019-20 when he averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 29 games (28 starts).

      Pickett has two seasons of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA rule granting players an extra season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      For his career at Siena, Pickett averaged 15.0 points, 6.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 76 games (74 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky's Fletcher transfers to Florida State
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 23, 2021

    Cam'Ron Fletcher has transferred to Florida State on the heels of a lost season at Kentucky.

    • Fletcher posted pictures of himself in a Seminoles uniform on various social-media sites.

      The highly recruited forward from St. Louis averaged just 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in nine games (one start) for the Wildcats. He played 60 total minutes.

      He was asked to take a step away from the Kentucky program by coach John Calipari after a late-game outburst during a 75-63 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 19.

      Fletcher later returned to the team but played in just two more games. He announced shortly after the conclusion of the season that he was entering the transfer portal.

      Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton will look to develop a player that was a four-star recruit out of high school.

      --Field Level Media