Latest Tom Crean News

The Latest: Player sees if he can make preps-to-pros leap

May. 16, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA draft combine (all times local): 5:15 p.m. North Carolina State signee Jalen Lecque hopes to convince NBA teams he is ready to make the preps-to-pros jump. A gifted guard known for soaring dunks that have made him a social media sensation with 343,000 Instagram...

Georgia adds G Gresham, graduate transfer from Northeastern

May. 9, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has added Donnell Gresham, a graduate transfer from Northeastern, to its backcourt for next season. The 6-foot-2 guard started 33 games and averaged 9.7 points last season as Northeastern won 23 games and lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Gresham will add experience to...

Vitale raising millions for pediatric cancer research

May. 5, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

For all the accolades he's received as a college and professional basketball coach and an even longer career in broadcasting, Dick Vitale insists his greatest accomplishment has been raising money for pediatric cancer research. It's an obsession, he says, that one night each spring transforms his adopted home of...

Georgia sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton enters NBA draft

Apr. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Nicolas Claxton, the 6-foot-11 slender forward who led Georgia in scoring, rebounding and blocks, has declared for the NBA draft. The sophomore announced his plans Saturday on Twitter and followed up hours later by adding, "To the people doubting me I love it." Claxton has until May 30...

Kennesaw State hires Amir Abdur-Rahim from Georgia as coach

Apr. 18, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Kennesaw State has hired Georgia assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim as the Owls' men's basketball coach. Abdur-Rahim is making the in-state move after agreeing to a four-year contract. The hiring was announced on Thursday by Kennesaw State athletic director Milton Overton. For Abdur-Rahim, the new...

Guard 'Ant Man' Edwards heads Georgia's signing class

Apr. 17, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Highly recruited 6-foot-4 guard Anthony "Ant Man" Edwards has signed with Georgia, giving the Bulldogs a headliner of its top recruiting class in at least 25 years. Edwards, from Atlanta's Holy Spirit Prep School, was a McDonald's All-American rated as one of the nation's top prospects....

Michigan State's Tom Izzo may have done best job of career

Apr. 5, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the gritty Spartans back to campus. This season might be remembered as the best...

Column: Izzo's One Shining Moment was downright embarrassing

Mar. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

If this was Tom Izzo's One Shining Moment, it was downright embarrassing. Of course, the Michigan State coach felt no shame. Like so many of his brethren, he considers it well within his coaching rights to berate a young man in front of the whole world. He's got plenty of apologists, too. Izzo's former players...