Cal State Bakersfield, head coach Rod Barnes agree to 2-year extension

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What’s been a good summer for Cal State Bakersfield head coach Rod Barnes became an even better on on Thursday.

Nearly a month after finding out that the appeal of the NCAA’s postseason ban due to a low Academic Progress Rate had been upheld, it was announced that Barnes and the school came to terms on a two-year contract extension.

Barnes’ contract will now run through the 2017-18 campaign, with there being no change to the financial terms of his original contract.

“Coach Barnes came here to help build a Division I championship-competitive program and in one season he has already set a new mark for Division I wins, graduated his first two student-athletes and put the Roadrunners into the postseason,” AD Jeff Konya said in the release.

“We wanted to make sure he would continue to be here for the long-haul. He has shown a dedication to this program and to this community. These are results that deserved to be rewarded.”

Barnes led the Roadrunners to a 16-15 mark in his first season at the helm, and Cal State Bakersfield also made its first postseason appearance as a Division I member.

The Roadrunners took part in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, falling to eventual runner-up Utah State in the first round.

This season can be an even better one for Cal State Bakersfield due to the return of guards Stephon Carter, Issiah Grayson and Zachary Lamb, their top three scorers from last season.

The key for Cal State Bakersfield will be who steps up inside with leading rebounders Rashad Savage (6.2 rpg) and Donald Johnson (5.5 rpg) out of eligibility.

Kregg Jones and Adam Young, with the former redshirting last season, will factor prominently into the front court rotation as will 6-7 guard/forward Tyrone White II.

“I want to thank Jeff Konya and President Mitchell for their confidence and commitment they have shown to me, my family and my staff. We are grateful to have this opportunity to continue to build this program,” Barnes said in the release.

“We are confident in our student-athletes, in this University and this community; together we can reestablish a winning tradition. We are excited about continuing to build the future of this program and developing young men both on and off the court.”

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: