Report: WVU center Pat Forsythe transferring to Akron to be closer to home

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Another West Virginia player has decided that it would be best for them to continue their career elsewhere.

6-11 center Pat Forsythe, who played in just seven games before suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle, has decided to leave the program in hopes of landing somewhere closer to his hometown of Brunswick, Ohio.

Forsythe was originally thought to be the primary backup to Deniz Kilicli, but the injury robbed him of his freshman campaign and Bob Huggins of some needed front-court depth.

According to reports Forsythe is headed to Akron, where he will have four seasons of eligibility given the fact that he was granted a medical hardship waiver.

The interesting thing about the Akron news is that it was Akron head coach Keith Dambrot who delivered the news to WVU head coach Bob Huggins and not Forsythe himself.

Forsythe averaged 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers in seven games last season, scoring four points in consecutive games and grabbing seven rebounds in a win over Alcorn State.

Tommie McCune left the program for Oakland, and given the incident these two were involved in back in late March one has to wonder if the disciplinary issue played a role in their decisions to leave.

If Forsythe is in fact headed to Akron that would be a nice addition for the Zips in regards to their front-court situation.

Zeke Marshall, the school’s all-time leading shot blocker, is entering his senior campaign and to be able to slide in another player with size would benefit coach Dambrot and his staff.

Luckily for West Virginia La Salle transfer Aaric Murray is now eligible, because they would be extremely thin inside if that weren’t the case.

Highly-touted prospect Elijah Macon, originally a 2012 commit, will spend this year in prep school and join the program for the 2013-14 campaign.

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Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: