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. 

VIDEO: LaVar Ball gets female ref replaced after threatening to pull team from court

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A female referee was removed from a Big Ballers game after LaVar Ball threatened to pull his team from the court for the second time in a week.

The referee called Ball for a technical foul, which sparked the confrontation, but both Ball and an adidas rep told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that the reason the ref was pulled was because she and Ball had a previous issue:

Before the game was over, Ball would receive a second technical foul and the game was eventually called with two minutes left and Big Ballers losing by 10.

Western Kentucky’s five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson has left campus

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The soap opera that has been Mitchell Robinson’s tenure at Western Kentucky took another on Friday, as the five-star center and top ten prospect in the Class of 2017 has reportedly left campus.

Robinson was a massive coup for Rick Stansbury when he committed to and signed for the Hilltoppers, but it has been non-stop drama since then. Less than two weeks after his commitment, Robinson tweeted that he would be decommitting from WKU before immediately deleting the tweet and claiming that his account was hacked. Robinson did not attend the first session of summer school on campus, and he was in class in the second summer school session and reportedly practicing with the team this month for a trip to Costa Rica, but he cleaned out his dorm room and left the campus last night.

Part of the reason that Robinson opted to go to Western Kentucky was that his godfather, former UNC star Shammond Williams, was an assistant coach on the staff. Williams left the program on July 3rd, and ever since then there have been questions surrounding where Robinson will play this season. There have been rumors that he will be heading overseas for a year before entering the 2018 NBA Draft, and there is also the potential that Robinson could end up transferring to a different college.

The question, however, is whether or not Robinson will be able to transfer and play immediately without sitting out a year since he enrolled in summer school.

Robinson is a 7-foot center and a terrific defensive prospect that is projected as a first round pick next year. If he does get a waiver to transfer, he immediately becomes the best available talent on the market, along with Marvin Bagley III, who is considering reclassifying.

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.