Former Utah State guard Riley Bradshaw will transfer to Montana

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It didn’t take 6-2 freshman guard Riley Bradshaw very long to realize that Utah State wasn’t the place for him, as he decided after one exhibition game (eight minutes of action) to leave the program at the end of the fall semester.

Bradshaw, one of Montana’s best high school players, decided on Saturday to transfer to Montana and the news was confirmed by NBCMontana.com on Wednesday.

Bradshaw will have to sit out a season before being eligible to play, meaning that he won’t play for the Grizzlies until December 2013. But that’s of little consequence to a player who’s simply happy to join the Montana program.

“I feel so blessed that [head] coach [Wayne] Tinkle was great about everything giving me a second chance,” Bradshaw said to Vince Bagby of NBCMontana.com.  “The Griz obviously have a winning tradition going on and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Bradshaw, who was a three-time all-state selection at Corvallis (MT) High, will be able to step in and help Montana immediately in the backcourt.

The Grizzlies will lose Will Cherry after this season, opening up one starting start on the perimeter. Kareem Jamar will be a senior in 2013, and sophomores Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory will be juniors.

DeShields and Gregory will have even bigger roles than expected before the season began due to the broken foot suffered by Cherry, an injury that could keep him out until December.

Bradshaw, who has already had the opportunity to practice against a very good guard in Utah State’s Preston Medlin for a couple weeks before leaving the USU program, will be able to learn from the likes of Cherry and Jamar during his transfer season.

While Bradshaw is excited to be able to return home and be a part of his home state program, the same can be said for his family, friends and fans who watched him play in high school.

“The feedback I’ve had already has been really exciting,” said Bradshaw on taking his talents back to the Treasure State.  “Not just from my friends and family but all the people who watched me throughout high school.  It’s been great the support back home that’s what made me come back home in the first place.”

Bradshaw’s future teammates open their season on Friday night at Colorado State, one of the opening day’s match-ups of teams that reached the NCAA tournament.

h/t Big Sky Basketball

Photo credit: Utah State University

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

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

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.