Wesley Witherspoon

Charges against Wesley Witherspoon dropped

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Wesley Witherspoon had an interesting Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 combo-forward graduated from the University of Memphis early in the day, a ceremony that was attended by head coach Josh Pastner, who Witherspoon had not always seen eye-to-eye with. And as any kid would do, Witherspoon celebrated that night, apparently by heading out on Beale Street.

How do we know that? Because at 4:30 am on Sunday morning, Witherspoon was arrested by MPD. He apparently was outside BB King’s Blues Club at Second and Beale when a fight broke out. Witherspoon was in the street, and the cops apparently did not like that. He was arrested and charged with obstructing a highway or passageway. He was still in jail on Sunday afternoon.

But during Witherspoon’s court appearance on Monday, the charges were dismissed because, as his defense attorney argued, Witherspoon’s actions were not a criminal act and an arrest “was not called for under the circumstances.”

At least he still has his diploma.

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

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.