Report: Massachusetts, Derek Kellogg agree to three-year contract extension

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On the heels of a 25-win season and an appearance in the Postseason NIT semifinals, much is expected of Derek Kellogg’s UMass Minutemen in 2012-13.

Led by point guard Chaz Williams and forward Terrell Vinson, UMass is one of the teams expected to be a factor in the Atlantic 10 race this season.

And just a couple weeks before UMass plays its first game of the season, Kellogg and the school came to an agreement on a three-year contract extension according to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Kellogg’s base salary is now $250,000 per year while he received a raise of $105,000 in the “other compensation” category to $415,000. The buyout should Kellogg leave for another job before the contract expires in 2017 is now $500,000.

There are also incentive clauses for accomplishments such as reaching the NCAA tournament, strength of schedule ranking and the players’ performance in the classroom.

“I just appreciate the school, (athletic director) John McCutcheon, to President (Robert) Caret, Chancellor (Kumble) Subbaswamy on down making a commitment to me and the men’s basketball program,” Kellogg said. “This is a place I want to be. I want to build the men’s basketball program into a consistent winner. This is a message that UMass is serious about men’s basketball and that the program is headed in the right direction.”

UMass was picked to finish fifth by the coaches at Atlantic 10 media day and our own Rob Dauster has them in the same slot.

Four starters from last season’s team are back with 6-9 forward/center Sean Carter being the lone departure.

Williams and forward Raphiael Putney are the two returnees who averaged double figures last season, with the point guard leading the Minutemen with an average of 16.1 points per game.

Vinson and Jesse Morgan both averaged 9.9 points per game, and the return of forwards Sampson Carter and Cady Lalanne will bolster UMass’ interior depth.

With a new contract and a talented team, Kellogg could begin to reach some of those incentives sooner rather than later.

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

VIDEO: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.

LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams

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LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.

The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.

“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”

LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”

Report: Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers

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Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.

It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.

Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.

Options drying up for top ten prospect Mitchell Robinson

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It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.

Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.

And that’s where the difficultly here lies.

He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.

“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.

That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.

However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.

VIDEO: Texas freshman Jericho Sims catches nasty alley-oop

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Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.