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Jim Calhoun had surgery to remove cancer in May

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Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun had surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his lungs in May, Calhoun told Michael Kay while taping an episode of the YES Network’s Center Stage.

Calhoun, who retired prior to this season as coach of the Huskies, said that doctors were concerned it could’ve been related to a previous skin cancer. This surgery comes just a few months after Calhoun had surgery on his hip following a bicycle accident. he also had surgery on his spine in February.

Calhoun confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

“It was cancer-related, yes,” he told The Associated Press. “I’m not going to talk about it. I was out for a day and a half. I’m completely healthy now.”

In another interesting twist, Calhoun also said he hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching.

You’ve got to feel for a guy who has undergone three surgeries in the past year. Not a great 2012 for him. Let’s all hope the cancer is out of his system.

As far as coaching goes, he could definitely help a low-major program in need of a boost. I think Calhoun’s health will prevent him from being as committed as it takes to revamp a high-major Division I program.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.


VIDEO: Marshawn Wilson dunks over teammate

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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.

Wilson is five inches shorter.

The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.

VIDEO Ron Hunter dances at Georgia State’s midnight madness

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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.

On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.

Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.

R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.