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Report: Duquesne hires LIU-Brooklyn’s Jim Ferry

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According to a report, Duquesne has hired Jim Ferry from LIU-Brooklyn to replace Ron Everhart, who was fired last month.

Ferry has spent the last 10 years with the Blackbirds, taking them to two consecutive NCAA tournaments. He’s also won the last two NEC regular season titles. Prior to 2011, the Blackbirds hadn’t won a conference title in 14 years.

LIU-Brooklyn has been one of the most entertaining teams in the country to watch during that stretch, as Ferry implemented an uptempo system that emphasized getting the ball up and down the floor. Ferry will be replaced by Jack Perri, who has spent the last seven years as a member of Ferry’s staff and the last five as the associate head coach.

The Duquesne job will not be an easy one for Ferry.

Everhart changed the culture of basketball at Duquesne. In his six years with the Dukes, he led the program to five seasons with a .500 or better record and three trips to the postseason. In the 25 years prior to Everhart’s arrival, Duquesne finished with a .500 record just twice.

Ferry will also be taking over a team that lost two starters and a third member of the team to transfer this offseason, including star point guard TJ McConnell. It will be a rebuilding process in Pittsburgh.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.