Basketball

Would Michigan State basketball benefit from Rocket Watts return?

It’s been a few weeks since Rocket Watts his the transfer portal. After a disappointing sophomore season with Michigan State basketball, he decided to look for a change of scenery.

Right away, he received interest from some of the top programs in the country and other under-the-radar ones like Xavier and Connecticut which seemed like good fits for him. But since he entered the portal and received all of this immediate interest, everything has been quiet. We haven’t heard about any leaders and he hasn’t committed elsewhere yet.

So what’s the hold-up?

Are teams telling him that they want him

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Girls, Boys State Basketball will happen on same week in 2022

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Girls and Boys State Basketball tournaments usually happen on separate weeks in March, but not in 2022.

The championships will be held Monday, March 7 through Saturday, March 12 in Lincoln.

The reason for the change is because the University of Nebraska will be hosting the 2022 Big Ten Conference Wrestling Championships March 5 and March 6 in Lincoln at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The NSAA, Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena and Lincoln Public Schools say they are committed to providing a championship experience for

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Kentucky basketball recruiting: Daimion Collins will be special for Wildcats

Chet Holmgren is projected as the No. 1 draft pick in the 2022 draft. He is the top player in the 2021 class, and he will play his college basketball at Gonzaga.

However, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony believes that Kentucky commit Daimion Collins is in the same conversation as Holmgren.

“(Collins is) an absolute freak physically, and some of the things he does on the perimeter — I don’t think the gap between him and Chet Holmgren is that big, honestly,” Givony told KSR this weekend. “They have a lot of similarities.”

Kentucky has a big man transfer in Oscar Tshiebwe

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Hayden names new head boys basketball coach

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Hayden High has named their next head boys basketball coach.

Dwayne Paul will lead the Wildcats next season. He called the decision to accept the position a “no-brainer.”

“I always wanted to coach and play against some of the best in the state,” Paul said. “I feel within the Centennial League, it doesn’t get much better than that. You have some of the best coaches in the state, some of the best players in the state — and so what better way than try to step up and challenge your self and hopefully continue the tradition

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Illini eyeing DIII transfer three-point specialist

With a couple of spots on the roster to fill, the Illinois basketball team is continuing to eye transfers across the nation.

Two transfers have already been added to the roster in Omar Payne and Alfonso Plummer. Payne is going to help solidify the No. 5 spot while Plummer will help on the wing. But I wouldn’t mind adding another scoring guard to the mix who can light it up from three-point range. That seems to be the mindset for the Illini as well.

According to Jake Lieberman of Pro Insight, Illinois is one of the many schools to be

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Chris Beard makes arrogant remark about return

For at least the better part of a century, people in West Texas have felt as if there were a pervading arrogance that emanated from the University of Texas.  Now, Texas Tech basketball fans are seeing former Red Raider head coach Chris Beard take on the arrogance that his new employer is reviled for around the nation.

Speaking to Jon Rothstein on the College Hoops Today podcast, Beard made a rather conceited remark concerning his return to Lubbock.

“Texas Tech is going to make a lot of money that night,” Beard said Tuesday. “But you know me — I’m

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Harvard-Westlake basketball team completes first round of Mission League 6-0

The Hinton brothers, freshman Robert, left, and senior Adam, have helped Harvard-Westlake to a 6-0 start in the Mission League. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Despite not being at full strength, Harvard-Westlake’s basketball team has made it through the first round of Mission League going 6-0. And just wait until Trumann Gettings gets healthy and some of the Wolverines’ young players develop even more experience.

On Wednesday, it was strong defense that resulted in St. Francis going scoreless for large amounts of time in the second and third quarters, leading to getting outscored 9-0 and 16-0. The Wolverines’ locked

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Arizona basketball hires three staffers with Gonzaga ties to work under Tommy Lloyd

The Arizona Wildcats retained assistant coaches Jack Murphy and Jason Terry to work under Tommy Lloyd, but his latest staff additions have ties to Gonzaga.

TJ Benson will serve as special assistant to the head coach/recruiting coordinator, Ken Nakagawa will be the director of advanced scouting and Rem Bakamus is joining as the director of player development.

Here’s more about each of them, courtesy of the UA press release:

TJ Benson

Benson, a native of Tempe, Arizona, arrives in Tucson after serving as the Coordinator of Basketball Administration at Gonzaga for the 2020-21 season. At Gonzaga, Benson was responsible

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15 uncommitted women’s college basketball prospects to watch this summer

After an inconsistent and tumultuous girls’ high school basketball season across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, spring and summer club basketball is right around the corner.

With the NCAA recently announcing it will lift the recruiting dead period and return to a more normal recruiting calendar, it has given a special anticipation to the July recruiting periods.

We take a look at some players in the Classes of 2022, ’23 and ’24 that have our attention and whose recruitment is still open.

Class of 2022

W Darianna Littlepage-Buggs
Classen High School (Oklahoma)
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Littlepage-Buggs has continued

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