USC forward’s father missing since last week

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The father of USC forward Evan Smith has been missing since Tuesday.

Gavin Smith was last seen driving his black mercedes sedan (California plate number 6EKT044) near the family’s home in Oak Park, CA, about 35 miles from Los Angeles. He’s spent the last 18 years as an executive at 20th Century Fox. Gavin was an athlete in his own right. He was on UCLA’s national title teams in 1975 and 1976 before transferring to Hawaii for his senior season.

According to reports, there is no evidence of foul play. Since Tuesday, Evan has taken to twitter to help the search for his father. Here’s a physical description of Gavin from the USC website:

6 feet, 6 inches tall, 210 pounds, with green eyes and gray hair and blond highlights. Sheriff’s officials say he has a four-inch scar on the inside of his right wrist and a five-incher on one of his calves.

If you’ve seen Gavin Smith (pictured above), call detectives at 323-890-5500.

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

Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.