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To celebrate Father’s Day, a look at notable father-son combinations in college basketball

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Sometimes the best recruiting tool isn’t a beautiful campus or the promise of playing time or the possibility of playing in the NCAA tournament.

Sometimes one person makes the decision easy: dad.

We’ve seen a number of father-son combinations over the years at the collegiate level, two of which made the NCAA tournament this past season.

To celebrate Father’s Day, takes a look at some notable father-son combinations in college basketball today.

Greg and Doug McDermott, Creighton

McDermott was originally committed to play for Northern Iowa, where his father once coached, but was released from his letter of intent to have the opportunity to play for his dad. It paid off.

McDermott averaged nearly 23 points per game this past season and was named a First Team All-American.

Ray McCallum Sr. and Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit

McCallum Jr. had the opportunity to play at a number of high-major programs, including Arizona, Florida, and Kansas, but chose to head to Detroit to play for his father.

In his sophomore season this past year, McCallum averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, leading the Titans to a 22-14 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Ernie and Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan

The elder Ziegler was fired after the season, making for one of the more interesting rulings by the NCAA, which will allow the younger Zeigler to transfer to Pittsburgh and play right away.

The 6-5 guard averaged 15.8 points per game during his sophomore season and could be a shot in the arm for Pittsburgh’s offense next season.

Dan and Bob Hurley, Rhode Island

Now, these two are brothers, not father and son, but they come from a family with rich basketball tradition. Their father, Bob Hurley Sr., is the legendary coach of St. Anthony High School (N.J.) which continues to produce state and national titles, along with a consistent stream of Division I players.

Dan moved to Rhode Island from Wagner this off-season, bringing his brother, Bob, on the staff with him as an assistant. Both brothers played college basketball, Bob at Duke and Dan at Seton Hall.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: