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  • Ex-Michigan State guard Keith Appling denied bail in murder case
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 11, 2021

    Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling is being held without bond after a magistrate denied bail in a first-degree murder case in Detroit.

    • Appling was arraigned Thursday in the shooting death of 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds, which occurred May 22. Appling faces felony firearms charges in addition to first-degree murder.

      A not-guilty plea was entered on Appling's behalf. His defense attorney asked for bail but was rejected on account of the seriousness of the charges.

      Appling's girlfriend, Natalie Brooks Bannister, is charged with driving the getaway car.

      Edmonds' wife and Appling's mother are cousins, according to the Detroit News and Associated Press.

      Appling, 29, played point guard at Michigan State from 2010 to 2014 and saw action in five games for the Orlando Magic in 2016, in addition to a brief playing career overseas.

      He served a year in a county jail in 2017 for resisting a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation in 2020 on a drug charge.

      Spartans coach Tom Izzo, who coached Appling throughout his time in East Lansing, called the situation "sad" earlier this week.

      "I hope and pray to God that it's not true," Izzo told reporters. "But I have no knowledge of anything, except that I was trying to help him get back on track, as were more than a few other people."

      Appling averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 142 games (124 starts) for Michigan State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ole Miss graduate transfer Khadim Sy selects Wake Forest
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 11, 2021

    Ole Miss graduate transfer Khadim Sy will play his final season of eligibility at Wake Forest.

    • The 6-foot-10 Sy started 31 of 45 games played during two seasons at Ole Miss and averaged 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds.

      "We're thrilled to have Khadim come to Wake Forest and join the Demon Deacon family," Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes said in a statement. "Along with his obvious offensive prowess to score the ball and make plays for others, Khadim will bring size, toughness and defensive experience to our team. He is a very personable young man."

      Sy was hindered with concussion issues and an undisclosed illness during the 2020-21 season and played in just 14 games (two starts). He averaged 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

      The previous season, Sy averaged 9.0 and 5.5 rebounds in 31 games (29 starts).

      The Senegal native began his career at Virginia Tech in 2016-17 when he averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 32 games. He left the Hokies on two occasions -- returning the first time and redshirting in 2017-18 -- and spent one season at a junior college (Daytona State in Florida) before moving on to Ole Miss.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga signee Chet Holmgren wins player-of-year honor
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Gonzaga signee Chet Holmgren on Wednesday was named the 2020-21 Gatorade National Player of the Year for high school boys basketball.

    • Holmgren, rated as the No. 1 college recruit, averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocked shots and 4.4 assists last season for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.

      The 7-foot Holmgren learned he was the winner when his former high school teammate and former Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs told him during a virtual announcement in front of a gathering of family and friends in Minneapolis.

      "It's definitely a huge honor to win such a prestigious award," Holmgren said.

      Past winners of the award include Kobe Bryant (1996), LeBron James (2002 and 2003), Bradley Beal (2011), Karl-Anthony Towns (2014) and Jayson Tatum (2016).

      Holmgren previously won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, among other honors.

      Suggs left Gonzaga after one season to enter the NBA draft but has been on teams with Holmgren since early in elementary school.

      "Offensively, he's a threat anywhere above halfcourt," Suggs said of Holmgren. "He's got a great shot that's hard to block, hard to contest because he's so tall. Great midrange. I think he's going to show off this year."

      Gonzaga is expected to be the preseason No. 1, with Holmgren joining a cast that includes holdover star Drew Timme. The Bulldogs lost to Baylor in last season's national championship game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Iowa lands 4-star PG Dasonte Bowen
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Iowa has landed four-star point guard Dasonte Bowen, the Hawkeyes' first commitment in the class of 2022.

    • Bowen, from Massachusetts, is the highest-rated point guard to commit to Iowa in the Fran McCaffery-era, according to 247Sports. He's the 17th-ranked point guard in the country and No. 82 overall, per 247Sports.

      Bowen plays for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

      The 6-foot-3 Bowen chose Iowa over Maryland, Northwestern, Boston College, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Rutgers among others. Bowen's only other visits were to Maryland and Northwestern. He made the announcement on Twitter.

      "The main highlight was that I was able to watch some film with Coach McCaffery," Bowen told HawkeyeInsider. "He plugged my film into Iowa's film. He was showing me how my game would transfer into their game on the visual part. He was showing me plays that I'm making in AAU and those same plays that previous guys they had were making. They were showing me how I would fit perfectly into what they're running."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kansas, Missouri to meet for first time in nine years
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Longtime rivals Kansas and Missouri will meet in a regular-season basketball game Dec. 11 for the first time since Feb. 25, 2012, when both were members of the Big 12 Conference.

    • The Jayhawks announced the date Tuesday with the unveiling of their 2021-22 nonconference schedule.

      Kansas remains in the Big 12, but Missouri has been in the Southeastern Conference since joining that league in the summer of 2012.

      The Dec. 11 game will be at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., the first of six matchups the schools announced in October 2019. The games were scheduled to take place from 2020-25, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the series by a year.

      The Tigers-Jayhawks rivalry dates to March 1907. Kansas has controlled the series, with 174 wins to 95 for Missouri.

      Kansas will host the games in 2021 and '23, with Columbia, Mo., the site in 2022 and '24. The final two games will be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

      Before Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC, the two schools played what was considered the longest, uninterrupted college basketball series west of the Mississippi River.

      Kansas won the Feb. 25, 2012, matchup in overtime, 87-86, under coach Bill Self behind 28 points and 12 rebounds from Thomas Robinson.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga names Chris Standiford athletic director
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Gonzaga promoted Chris Standiford to athletic director on Tuesday, one day after Mike Roth announced his retirement after 24 years in the position.

    • Standiford will take over for Roth on Aug. 31. He is currently the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer.

      "Chris is very well-known within Gonzaga Athletics and enjoys the confidence of colleagues both internally and externally," Gonzaga president Dr. Thayne McCulloh said in a news release. "We are confident that Gonzaga Athletics will reach new heights under his leadership as AD, just as it has enjoyed the benefit of his leadership and perspective over the course of nearly thirty years.

      "The essential role he has played within Gonzaga Athletics over many years has been a key part of our success, and it has earned him the trust of colleagues and supporters."

      Standiford was hired by Gonzaga in 1993 after two years as a graduate assistant in the athletic department.

      He quickly became a well-trusted official in the eyes of Roth, and Standiford eventually became the administrator that oversaw Gonzaga's men's basketball program as it developed into an elite power.

      At the same time, Standiford studied the way Roth ran the entire athletic department.

      "Words cannot convey my gratitude and the admiration I have for Mike Roth," Standiford said in the news release. "As a mentor for over 30 years, he has shown grace, patience and trust. He has taught me by example the art of leading with compassion and care, while never compromising in the pursuit of excellence. I am thrilled to have his continued support and counsel as I move into this new role."

      Men's basketball coach Mark Few was among those who endorsed Standiford's hiring.

      "I am looking forward to partnering with Chris as we move forward into this next era of GU Athletics," Few said. "Chris has been here and been a big part of this great run over the last 22 years. He has a great understanding of what works and what we need to do to continue to move the athletic department forward."

      Standiford attended Gonzaga and graduated with a bachelor degree in 1991 and a master's in athletic administration in 1993.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Arkansas-Pine Bluff to hire ORU’s Solomon Bozeman
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 7, 2021

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff is expected to name Oral Roberts assistant coach Solomon Bozeman its next head coach, Stadium reported Monday.

    • Bozeman would replace George Ivory, who resigned in April after 13 seasons and a 140-269 record. The Golden Lions had just eight victories the past two seasons combined.

      Bozeman, 33, played at Arkansas Little-Rock and was an assistant coach there before joining Oral Roberts in 2018.

      Bozeman is one of the most decorated players in Little Rock history, having earned AP All-American honorable mention and Sun Belt Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2011. He averaged 15.5 points per game in his two seasons after transferring from South Florida following the 2007-08 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gary Payton to lead startup college basketball program
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 5, 2021

    Former NBA great Gary Payton will coach the first-ever basketball team at Lincoln University in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.

    • Lincoln, founded in 1919, is launching its athletic program in 2021 and will compete in football, as well as men's and women's basketball.

      "Lincoln University has made a commitment to building a world class athletic department and hiring Gary Payton is an example of our strong

      effort towards this growth," Dr. Mikhail Brodsky, the campus president, said in a news release.

      The school's associate athletic director, Scott Scherer, called Payton "the perfect person to put LU Athletics on the map."

      Payton, 52, played at Skyline High School in Oakland before an All-American career at Oregon State from 1986-90. The Seattle SuperSonics selected the point guard with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft.

      "I am fired up about this opportunity to coach at the college level and make a major impact on the basketball scene in my hometown of Oakland," he said. "This is a dream come true for me to build a program with my stamp on it from the start. We are starting a tradition of high standards that can last lifetimes."

      Payton has big dreams for the small school, which has about 500 undergraduate and graduate students, according to the College Board. It offers degrees in business and medical imaging.

      Athletic director and head football coach Desmond Gumbs told The Undefeated that two Division I schools already are on the basketball schedule for this fall.

      Payton played most of his career with the SuperSonics (1990-03), but also had short stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He won the NBA championship with the Heat in 2006.

      Nine times, he was named to both the All-Star and NBA all-defensive teams and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. He retired with career averages of 16.3 points, 6.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game and was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cincinnati C Chris Vogt transfers to Wisconsin
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 4, 2021

    Wisconsin on Friday announced the addition of 7-foot-1 center Chris Vogt, a graduate transfer from Cincinnati.

    • Vogt started 50 of his 53 games for the Bearcats from 2019-21, averaging 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

      "I think that Wisconsin was the best fit for me, both on and off the court," Vogt said in a statement released by the Badgers. "I fit very well into this program's style of play and Wisconsin is a very good school to get an MBA from. I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play basketball and thank my family for supporting me through this process and my whole basketball career."

      Vogt played two seasons at Northern Kentucky (2017-19) before transferring to Cincinnati. He averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 48 games (two starts) with the Horizon League program.

      "Chris saw our program as a good fit to join, bring his experience and skillset to the team, and help our young players grow," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "We're excited to have Chris joining us and we look forward to getting things going with him and the rest of our team soon this summer."

      The Badgers finished 18-13 last season, including a 10-10 record in the Big Ten. They defeated North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual champion Baylor in the second round.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke's Jon Scheyer on plan to follow Coach K: 'It's built for success'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 4, 2021

    Jon Scheyer said Friday he's ready to follow a legend.

    • "I've been told many times in the last 48 hours, 'You're not supposed to be the guy that follows the guy. You're supposed to be the guy that follows the guy that follows the guy,'" Scheyer said Friday as he met for the first time with the media since being named coach in waiting at Duke. He will replace Mike Krzyzewski when the Hall of Fame coach retires next year.

      "With that said, I am not afraid of it. This is an incredibly unique situation. ... This is one of one in terms of succession in how this is going to work. I think it's built for success."

      Scheyer is 33, the same age Krzyzewski was when he took over the Blue Devils program in 1980. Scheyer played under Krzyzewski from 2006-10, winning a national championship, and joined the Duke staff in 2013. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2018. He will be a first-time head coach.

      But Scheyer has a built-in advantage that Krzyzewski didn't have when he started at Duke, and that's the coach himself.

      "It's no secret the amazing success that Coach has had here, and following him is incredible because of the foundation that's been laid," Scheyer said. "I know there's going to be expectations that come with that. I'm going to follow my instincts. I'm secure in who I am."

      Still, he will call on him if he needs his wisdom.

      "Coach K is one of one. He's one of a kind. I would be unsuccessful if I tried to be him. Nobody can be Coach K. With that said, I'm not stupid. If there's something I can go to him and talk to him about, I have the best resource in the history of college basketball that I could ever have. I'm going to go to him. Our relationship stands on its own."

      Duke announced Wednesday night that the 74-year-old Krzyzewski, the all-time winningest coach in men's Division I basketball history, would retire after the 2021-22 season. School officials already had selected Scheyer as his replacement after a brief search that involved an internal committee and an external search firm, outgoing athletic director Kevin White said Friday.

      "I am incredibly grateful and so thankful for this opportunity. This has been an indescribable 48 hours for me. It's been surreal. The amount of messages, texts, calls. ... Tt's a pretty cool moment," Scheyer said. "It's terrific and it's a reminder that I'm not up here alone today."

      Nina King, Duke's incoming athletic director, praised the decision to hire Scheyer.

      "Simply put, Jon Scheyer is Duke," King said. "His blood, sweat and tears are in these hardwoods. As a player and now an associate head coach, Jon has been learning from and been mentored by the very best in Coach Mike Krzyzewski. He is a teacher and mentor in his own right -- passionate about the student-athlete experience, both on and off the floor. Jon knows what it takes to achieve excellence. He's a national champion."

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke's Mike Krzyzewski: Time is right to retire
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 3, 2021

    Duke's Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday discussed the perceived reasons for his planned retirement following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

    • Then the 74-year-old addressed the exact reason why he is calling it a career.

      "You might ask about why we're doing this. This is not about health. ... It's not about COVID, or why (last) year was so bad," Krzyzewski said Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. "It's certainly not about what's going on in college basketball, or that the game is changing. All right, I've been in this for 46 years, you mean to tell me that the game has never changed?

      "The progression of the game, we've always had to adapt. To the changes in culture, to changes in rules to the changes in the world. ... That's not the reason. Those aren't the reasons.

      "... The reason we're doing this is because Mickie (his wife) and I decided the journey is gonna be over in a year. And we're gonna go after it as hard as we possibly can."

      Krzyzewski has recorded 1,170 victories -- more than any coach in men's college basketball history -- and five national championships during a career that began at Army in 1975. He posted a 73-59 record during his five years with Army before joining Duke for the 1980-81 season.

      Krzyzewski guided the Blue Devils to 12 Final Four appearances, including NCAA championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015.

      A three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year and five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Krzyzewski was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He also coached the United States men's national team to three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016).

      "I'm a lucky guy," Krzyzewski said. "And we're going to go for it as much as possible, as much as we can this year, and we're going to try to return this place into being what it's supposed to be. And then we'll be able to walk away to another part of what we're doing."

      Duke, however, is coming off a difficult season in 2020-21. The Blue Devils finished with a 13-11 mark and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

      "I'm not going to change what I do this year, neither are those guys, my staff," Krzyzewski said. "We're going to go after it like we normally go after it."

      Duke associate head coach Jon Scheyer, who played for Krzyzewski from 2006-10, has been named his successor. He will spend the 2021-22 season as a coach-in-waiting before taking over the reins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oregon lands Rutgers transfer Jacob Young
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 2, 2021

    Former Texas and Rutgers guard Jacob Young announced Wednesday that he's transferring to Oregon for the 2021-22 season.

    • It's the second transfer score for Oregon coach Dana Altman, who last week landed former Syracuse forward Quincy Guerrier.

      Young, Rutgers' second-leading scorer in 2020-21, took to Twitter to announce his decision with an image of him wearing No. 42 in a Ducks uniform.

      Young scored 14.1 points per game last season and led the team in assists (3.4) and steals (1.7).

      He began his career with Texas, scoring 4.9 points per game in 63 contests (30 starts) before sitting out the 2018-19 season amid a transfer to Rutgers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to retire after 2021-22 season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 2, 2021

    Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has won more games than any coach in men's college basketball history, reportedly will retire after the 2021-22 season.

    • Stadium on Wednesday reported both Krzyzewski's intentions to depart and that associate coach and former Blue Devils guard Jon Scheyer will be a leading candidate for the position. ESPN reported that Scheyer will be named "coach-in-waiting."

      Krzyzewski, 74, has recorded 1,170 victories and five national championships during a coaching career that began at Army in 1975. He posted a 73-59 record during his five years with Army before joining Duke for the 1980-81 season.

      Krzyzewski guided the Blue Devils to 12 Final Four appearances, including NCAA championships in 1990-91, 1991-92, 2000-01, 2009-10 and 2014-15.

      A three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year and five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Krzyzewski was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He also coached the United States men's national team to three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016).

      The Blue Devils missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995 following a 13-11 season in 2020-21.

      The retirement news comes on the heels of rival Roy Williams stepping down at North Carolina on April 1. Tar Heels alum Hubert Davis replaced Williams.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kent State signs coach Rob Senderoff to extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    Rob Senderoff, the winningest coach in Golden Flashes history, has signed a contract extension, Kent State announced Tuesday.

    • The extension will keep the basketball coach in Kent, Ohio, through the 2025-26 season.

      "Kent State is a second home for me and my family," said Senderoff. "I am incredibly excited to continue to lead the Golden Flashes moving forward. I think the future is incredibly bright here at Kent State and cannot wait to lead us to even greater heights!"

      Senderoff, 47, has put together an overall record of 196-129 in his 10 years at the helm of Kent State basketball, including a 99-77 record in MAC play with five postseason trips (and one NCAA Tournament in 2017).

      Under his tenure, the Golden Flashes have also shown a propensity for knocking off power-five opponents, with six such wins being notched during that time frame.

      Last season, the Golden Flashes finished 15-8 overall and 12-6 in the MAC. Kent State has finished .500 or better in all 10 of his seasons.

      "We are thrilled to extend the contract of Coach Senderoff," athletic director Randale Richmond said. "The impact he has had on our student-athletes both on and off the floor has been tremendous. His consistency is a testament to the passion he brings to the program."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Florida gives coach Mike White two-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    Florida has given coach Mike White a two-year contract extension, according to reports.

    • The deal, which was signed in late May, extends White's contract through the 2026-27 season. With the extension, White is slated to earn $19.1 million over the next six years, an average of nearly $3.2 million a season.

      White, 44, is 123-75 in six seasons at Florida. He has led the Gators to four NCAA Tournaments, including last season when Florida reached the second round before being ousted by Oral Roberts.

      Before coaching the Gators, White was 101-40 in four seasons with Louisiana Tech.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nebraska G Dalano Banton testing NBA draft waters
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 31, 2021

    Nebraska guard Dalano Banton said Monday he will test the 2021 NBA Draft waters, leaving open the option of returning to the Cornhuskers next season.

    • The 6-foot-9 Toronto native averaged 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 27 games (22 starts) during the 2020-21 season.

      Banton sat out the 2019-20 campaign after transferring from Western Kentucky, where he posted 3.4 points, 3.0 boards and 2.1 assists in 31 games (12 starts) in 2018-19.

      Banton made his announcement on Twitter.

      "These past 2 years at Nebraska have put me in a position to chase my lifelong dreams of being an NBA player. Thanks to all my family, teammates, coaches & support staff for all the support, encouragement and advice," he wrote. "With that being said, I am declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft with the option to return back to Nebraska."

      The draft is scheduled for July 29.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Former 5-star recruit Makur Maker to enter NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 28, 2021

    Former five-star forward Makur Maker, who ESPN said in 2020 was the first five-star recruit to commit to a historically Black college, plans to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, ESPN reported Friday.

    • The Howard Bison freshman, who was an elite recruit in the 2020 high school class, does not intend to sign with an agent yet to leave open the chance to return to school next season if he chooses.

      The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Maker -- cousin of former Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick Thon Maker -- played only two of the team's five games last season before he first suffered a groin injury, then the team had the season shortened because of COVID-19 concerns.

      In his two outings, against Belmont and Queens NC, he averaged 11.5 points and six rebounds per game.

      Maker, 20, was ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 100 coming out of high school and chose Howard more high-profile programs such as UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. Originally from Sudan, he also lived in Australia before eventually moving to and attending high school in the United States at Hillcrest Prep in West Hills, Calif.

      He committed to Howard last summer during a wave of national protests over alleged police brutality toward minorities.

      "I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & other started to dream 'what if,' "Maker posted to Twitter after picking Howard in July 2020. "I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow."

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky F Isaiah Jackson staying in NBA Draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 28, 2021

    Kentucky freshman forward Isaiah Jackson announced Friday he is hiring an agent and will remain in the 2021 NBA Draft.

    • A projected lottery pick, the 6-foot-10 Jackson averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in 25 games (18 starts) for the Wildcats in 2020-21.

      "I feel like I'm ready," Jackson told ESPN. "All the feedback from teams has been good. People are saying lottery, which is what I wanted. That's one of the main reasons I'm declaring so my agent can get involved and speak on my behalf in terms of negotiating and making sure he can get me to the right team."

      He shot 54.0 percent from the field, scored in double figures eight times and made the SEC All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.

      In a Twitter post Friday, Jackson said he planned to sign with CAA.

      "This is going to be a big burden off my shoulders," Jackson told ESPN. "That's all anyone wants to know. A lot of Kentucky fans are telling me to stay every day. I just want to be able to do what I want instead of being restricted. I want to do camps and autograph signings to get some money in my pocket. In order to set that up I need to be fully declared."

      The draft is scheduled for July 29.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson declares for NBA draft, retains NCAA eligibility
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Michigan center Hunter Dickinson, the reigning Big Ten Rookie of the Year, declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Wednesday.

    • However, Dickinson said he will sign with an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his collegiate eligibility.

      "It has always been my dream to play in the NBA, so it is important for me to gather information before making this decision," Dickinson wrote in his announcement on social media. "I look forward to getting feedback and I am excited for the next steps of this process."

      The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Dickinson played 28 games (23 starts) for the Wolverines in 2020-21 and averaged team highs with 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. Michigan won the Big Ten regular-season title and reached the Elite Eight.

      The Wolverines and coach Juwan Howard are also losing Franz Wagner and Isaiah Livers to the draft, but are bringing in the consensus No. 1-ranked recruiting class and may still retain Dickinson for his sophomore year. The deadline to withdraw one's name from the draft is July 7, with the draft itself slated for July 29.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga F Drew Timme returning for junior season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Gonzaga star Drew Timme announced Wednesday he is returning for his junior season in 2021-22.

    • The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32 starts last season as the Bulldogs (31-1) went undefeated before losing to Baylor in the NCAA Tournament final.

      "I appreciate everything I've learned so far from the Gonzaga coaching staff, and look forward to growing my game once more," Timme said in a statement released by the school. "I love playing at GU, being a part of the program, and can't wait to play in front of the best fans in the country again.

      "After reviewing my options with my family, I've decided to return to Gonzaga. I am excited to come back to Spokane and continue my collegiate career."

      Timme made the 2020-21 All-West Coast Conference first team and earned the Karl Malone Award as the nation's top power forward. He was a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC and USBWA, and was also named the NCAA Tournament West Regional's Most Outstanding Player.

      His return is great news for coach Mark Few's squad, with three other starters having declared for the 2021 NBA Draft: senior forward Corey Kispert, junior guard Joel Ayayi and freshman guard Jalen Suggs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Iowa G Jordan Bohannon recovering after assault
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 24, 2021

    Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon is recovering from a serious head injury after he was attacked early Sunday in Iowa City.

    • Local reports said the Iowa City Police Department is investigating an assault that took place in front of DC's bar and restaurant around closing time.

      "Thankfully, Jordan is recovering well after being attacked by an individual he did not see coming at him," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. "We were made aware of the incident immediately. We are grateful that friends who were with Jordan at the time kept the incident from escalating. His health is our number one concern."

      Bohannon is Iowa's all-time leader with 364 career 3-pointers. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Gonzaga G Aaron Cook transferring to Georgia
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 24, 2021

    Former Gonzaga guard Aaron Cook announced Monday that he will transfer to Georgia for his final season.

    • Cook averaged 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Gonzaga during its run to the NCAA title game in 2020-21. He shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 0.9 steals while playing 13.5 minutes per contest.

      "Blessed and excited to commit to the University of Georgia for my final season. Let's get to work!!" Cook wrote on Twitter.

      Cook started his college career with Southern Illinois, twice averaging in double-figures scoring. He is from St. Louis and attended Westminster Christian Academy.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gonzaga hires Stephen Gentry as assistant coach
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 24, 2021

    Gonzaga has hired Illinois assistant and former Gonzaga player Stephen Gentry as an assistant coach, addressing the vacancy created when former Zags assistant Tommy Lloyd left to become head coach at the University of Arizona.

    • "It is great to have Stephen back in the program," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "He knows the program having played and coached here previously, but has also garnered some other tremendous coaching experiences, most recently doing a great job helping Illinois back to national prominence."

      Gentry arrived at Gonzaga as a walk-on and played for Few from 2003 to 2006, and was on the '06 Sweet 16 team.

      "I'm humbled and honored to return to Gonzaga and serve a program that has meant so much to me," Gentry said. "Gonzaga is a special place and one of the elite programs in all of college basketball. I look forward to rejoining the Zag family."

      At Illinois the past two seasons, Gentry headed up the offensive planning for the highly ranked Illini.

      Prior to joining Illinois, Gentry served as director of operations for Gonzaga 2017-19, and was an assistant at Texas A&M, Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Michigan State player Keith Appling arrested in connection to fatal shooting
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 24, 2021

    Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested Monday in connection with a deadly shooting over the weekend in Detroit.

    • Police named Appling, 29, as a suspect in the shooting Saturday night that left a 66-year-old man dead. Appling was arrested by state police in Chelsea, Mich., about 55 miles from Detroit.

      According to a police statement, Appling and the man were involved in an argument that turned physical. Police say Appling then fired at the man multiple times, killing him.

      Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-14, averaging 10.6 points per game in 142 contests (124 starts). He had a brief stint with the Orlando Magic in the NBA and had multiple stops in the NBA G League and overseas.

      According to The Detroit News, Appling pleaded guilty to a drug charge last October and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. He reportedly was issued a warrant for violating his probation in February.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arizona transfer Daniel Batcho signs with Texas Tech
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 24, 2021

    Texas Tech signed its seventh transfer of the offseason, with 6-foot-11 Daniel Batcho joining the Red Raiders.

    • Batcho, who is from Paris, redshirted last season as a freshman at Arizona and has four years of eligibility remaining. He was one of the top international prospects in the Class of 2020.

      In France, he played for the Centre Federal du Basketball, helping U18 CFBB Paris to a runner-up finish at the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament. He was MVP of the tournament in Belgrade in February 2020, averaging 14.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. He shot 69.7 percent from two-point range over the four games.

      New coach Mark Adams will have a roster completely different from the one Chris Beard left behind when he took the head coach job at Texas on April 1.

      The Red Raiders also have added transfer forward Kaelen "KJ" Allen (East Los Angeles College), along with guards Chandler Jacobs (Dallas Baptist), Adonis Arms (Winthrop), Davion Warren (Hampton), Mylik Wilson (Louisiana) and Sardaar Calhoun (Florida State).

      Guard Ethan Duncan, a local product from Trinity Christian School in Lubbock, also signed with Texas Tech from the Class of 2021.

      --Field Level Media