Basketball

Egypt’s Zamalek wins inaugural Basketball Africa League

KIGALI, RWANDA – Zamalek (Egypt) today defeated US Monastir (Tunisia) 76-63 to win the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) Championship, which took place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda and was broadcast to fans in 215 countries and territories in 15 languages. BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall presented Zamalek with the BAL Championship Trophy designed to represent the baobab tree, which is native to Africa and known as the “tree of life” for providing food, water, shelter and protection to people and animals alike.

Following the game, the BAL announced the first recipients of the league’s end-of-season awards, which honor

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Overtime selects Atlanta for teen basketball league that pays $100,000

Rendering of Overtime Elite’s new basketball campus in Atlanta.

Media company Overtime has selected Atlanta to host its basketball league that will pay teen players over $100,000 a season. The company is also constructing a new building for the games.

Overtime Elite, which will exclusively feature high-school-level players between the ages of 16 and 18, released the rendering of a 103,000-square-foot complex in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station section. It said players will be housed on the campus, which will include personal living space and room for education courses. The project is expected to be complete by OTE’s debut in September.

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Coastal Co-Basketball Coach of the Year John Price steps down at Cottage Hill

In a surprising move, Co-Coastal Alabama Basketball Coach of the Year John Price has decided to step down at Cottage Hill Christian.

Price led the Warriors to historic heights in 2021, including a No. 1 ranking in Class 3A and their first berth in the final four.

He told AL.com he would finish the school year and fulfill all contractual obligations. Price’s decision follows the announcement earlier today that athletic director Chris Brazell will become the new head of school.

Brazell will step down as AD, football coach and baseball coach.

“I have decided to step down as head basketball

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Tar Heels showing interest in 2023 recruit

Recruiting is starting to pick up for the UNC Basketball program here in May, ahead of June where they will host three recruits for official visits.

While the Tar Heels aren’t hosting any 2022 or 2023 prospects officially this Summer, they are still adding to their recruiting board in both classes. A new prospect for the 2023 class that is seeing interest from North Carolina is four-star forward G.G. Jackson.

The Columbia, South Carolina native is ranked No. 30 overall, No. 7 power forward and the No. 1 player in the state of South Carolina per the 247Sports recruiting rankings

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Yea or nay: Prominent men’s coaches in line to potentially follow Jay Wright into Basketball Hall of Fame

Villanova coach Jay Wright will be part of the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class. The honor, announced Sunday, became a strong possibility the second Kris Jenkins won the 2016 national title — and then an inevitability when Wright coached VU to its second championship in three years in 2018. 

When his enshrinement becomes official in September, Wright will join Jim Boeheim, John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Bill Self and Jim Calhoun (who’s coaching at Division III Saint Joseph) and become the eighth active Division I men’s basketball coach in the Hall. 

How many more

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Kansas basketball lands commitment from Iowa State transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands

The Kansas men’s basketball program’s busy offseason raged on Wednesday, when the Jayhawks landed a commitment from another newcomer.

Former Iowa State guard Jalen Coleman-Lands, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound senior shooting guard originally from Indianapolis, announced on social media late Wednesday morning that he was joining the Jayhawks.

Known as a shooter and a scrappy defender who can use his length and strength to guard the 1 through 4 positions, Coleman-Lands said his one year at ISU gave him a good feel for what Kansas is all about.

“I’m familiar with how they play, offensively and defensively, and I really like

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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Wednesday 5/19/21

The NBA scene changes on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and — depending on injury news — even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we’re here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy NBA is very reliant on opportunity, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re up-to-date with key injuries and COVID-19 situations. Our projections update up until tip-off to

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J. Cole’s Patriots dominate GNBC to remain unbeaten in Basketball Africa League

Steve Hagumntwari stepped up when Patriots needed him most to secure a 78-72 victory over GNBC at Kigali Arena on Wednesday, while Jermaine Cole, the U.S. rapper known as J. Cole, pulled off a big block.

Hagumntwari’s tied the game at 64-all with a mid-range jumper four minutes from time before Brandon Costner followed up with a three-pointer and the Patriots embarked on a 11-0 run to close the game and improve their Basketball Africa League record to 2-0.

GNBC stepped on the floor looking to bounce back from a 113-66 loss to US Monastir

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Alvaro Masa leads Maputo to shock win over AS Douanes in Basketball Africa League

Spain’s Alvaro Masa powered Ferroviario de Maputo to an unexpected 88-74 win over Senegalese champions AS Douanes on Wednesday night in the Basketball Africa League.

Masa, who finished a rebound short of a double-double, was instrumental in the Mozambican side’s win over the stronger, younger Senegalese side, and afterwards called it one of the greatest moments of his career.

His game-high 26 points was his second straight with 20+ points in the BAL, after recording 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 71-55 loss to Zamalek on Monday. Masa later insisted the victory “was a team effort.”

“This is one

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Dribble Handoff: Predicting how Kentucky basketball will bounce back in 2021-22 season with revamped roster

Prior to last season’s 9-16 calamity in a pandemic-shortened season, Kentucky averaged 30 wins per year in its first 11 seasons under John Calipari. The worst season in the stretch was a 21-12 finish in the 2012-13 season marked by UK’s only absence from the NCAA Tournament under Calipari until last season. 

What followed was a season of extremes. On the heels of the disappointing season, the 2013-14 team also struggled by Kentucky’s standards under Calipari by securing just a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But after entering the Big Dance with 10 losses on their ledger, the

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