Latest Men's college basketball News

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Hillcrest Prep's Makur Maker (20) controls the ball against Sunrise Christian Academy during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Highly touted prospect Maker picked Howard University over UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN began tracking such things in 2007. Maker is a 6-foot-11 center who declared for the NBA draft in April before opting to consider college basketball. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Top prospect Maker picks Howard over UCLA, Kentucky, Memphis

Jul. 3, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highly touted prospect Makur Maker verbally committed to Howard University on Friday, picking the Bison over college basketball powerhouses UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis. The five-star recruit is the highest-ranked player to commit to a Historically Black College or University since ESPN...

Kathy D'Antoni retiring from WVa Department of Education

Jul. 2, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Department of Education Associate Superintendent Kathy D’Antoni is retiring. The department announced her retirement Wednesday. D'Antoni spent her entire career serving students, including a decade in leadership roles with the department. She was a three-time...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma talks with Connecticut's Anna Makurat (24) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Auriemma is asking for help from Congress to get foreign students, including athletes, back to campus. The Huskies have three foreign players on their roster this year: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from Poland; Nika Muhl, a freshman from Croatia, and Aaliyah Edwards, a freshman from Ontario, Canada. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

College athletes from overseas might be stuck at home

Jul. 1, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has asked for federal help in getting his team back to campus this summer. The Huskies, who are scheduled to gather in Storrs for summer workouts on July 26, have three foreign players on their roster: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from...

NCAA case against Kansas hoops taken for independent review

Jul. 1, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA's infractions case against the University of Kansas men's basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. The Infractions Referral Committee said Wednesday that the case against...

Records: Suspect in radio host's death had been drinking

Jun. 30, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged in a crash that killed longtime radio host and Wichita State University basketball announcer Don Hall had an empty alcohol bottle in his vehicle and told officers who asked him how much he had to drink that it was “probably too much," according to court records. An...

Prep hoops star Emoni Bates commits to play for Michigan St

Jun. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan high school basketball standout Emoni Bates has committed to play at Michigan State for the class of 2022. Bates announced his decision Monday on ESPN to play for the Spartans and coach Tom Izzo. In April, the 6-foot-9 guard was named Gatorade’s national player of...

West Virginia basketball player tests positive for virus

Jun. 29, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A men's basketball player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the athletic department said Monday. The player, whose name was not released, has entered a 14-day isolation period, West Virginia said in a news release. Men's basketball players who test negative...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, then-East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes applauds his team during an NCAA men's college basketball championship game against Wofford in the Southern Conference tournament, in Asheville, N.C. Forbes is now the head coach at Wake Forest. Forbes has five Division I transfers joining the program, with three added since he took over in April. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

Some new college hoop coaches turn to experienced transfers

Jun. 29, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Mark Byington has spent more than three months as the men’s basketball coach at James Madison without being able to take a recruiting trip or meet personally with the eight players joining his program during the coronavirus pandemic. But he takes some comfort in that five of the newcomers have Division I...

Washington makes cuts to athletic budget

Jun. 26, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is reducing its overall athletic department operating budget by 15% for the 2020-21 fiscal year and all the school’s head coaches have agreed to minimum 5% pay reductions. Athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the moves Friday and said they will save the school around...

Oregon, Oregon State drop 'Civil War' name for rivalry

Jun. 26, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

Oregon and Oregon State have agreed to drop the name “Civil War” for their rivalry games. The move Friday was made after discussions between officials at both schools and current and former student-athletes. Oregon State President Ed Ray said the Civil War name "represents a connection to a war...