Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame releases 2013 Cousy Award watch list

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Jabari Parker’s decision on where to attend schools wasn’t the only announcement made on Thursday, as the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame released its December watch list for the Bob Cousy Award.

The award is given annually to the nation’s best point guard, with North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall winning the award last season. The list released today will be narrowed down to 20 in early January.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in the statement.

“This list represents a large range of college basketball’s top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication.”

The list of players on the first Cousy Award watch list:
Trevor Releford (Alabama)
Mark Lyons (Arizona)
BJ Young (Arkansas)
Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
Kerron Johnson (Belmont)
Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Justin Cobbs (California)
Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton)
Trey Freeman (Campbell)
Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston)
Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado)
Brian Barbour (Columbia)
Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
JP Kuhlman (Davidson)
Kevin Dillard (Dayton)
Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Frantz Massenat (Drexel)
Quinn Cook (Duke)
Miguel Paul (East Carolina)
Troy Taylor (Evansville)
Kenny Boynton (Florida)
Scottie Wilbekin (Florida)
Derek Needham (Fairfield)
Montay Brandon (Florida State)
Devonta White (Georgia State)
Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)
Siyani Chambers (Harvard)
Jordan Hulls (Indiana)
Jake Odum (Indiana State)
Korie Lucious (Iowa State)
Devon Moore (James Madison)
Elijah Johnson (Kansas)
Tyreek Duren (La Salle)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Mackey McKnight (Lehigh)
Peyton Siva (Louisville)
Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount)
Cully Payne (Loyola-Chicago)
Michael Alvarado (Manhattan)
Pe’Shon Howard (Maryland)
Chaz Williams (Massachusetts)
Shane Larkin (Miami)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Keith Appling (Michigan State)
Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
Phil Pressey (Missouri)
Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Deonte Burton (Nevada)
Hugh Greenwood (New Mexico)
Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
Juan’ya Green (Niagara)
Dexter Strickland (North Carolina)
Lorenzo Brown (North Carolina State)
Stallon Saldivar (Northern Arizona)
Eric Atkins (Notre Dame)
D.J. Cooper (Ohio)
Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Ahmad Starks (Oregon State)
Tray Woodall (Pittsburgh)
Dylan Garrity (Sacramento State)
Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis)
Mike McCall Jr. (Saint Louis)
Xavier Thames (San Diego State)
Evan Roquemore (Santa Clara)
Bruce Ellington (South Carolina)
LaShay Page (South Carolina)
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
Anthony Collins (South Florida)
Neil Watson (Southern Miss)
Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s)
Chasson Randle (Stanford)
Anthony Jackson (Stony Brook)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Kyan Anderson (TCU)
Trae Golden (Tennessee)
Johnathan Jordan (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi)
Ricky Tarrant (Tulane)
Anthony Marshall (UNLV)
Erick Green (Virginia Tech)
Abdul Gaddy (Washington)
Trey Sumler (Western Carolina)
Malcolm Armstead (Wichita State)
Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)

Five schools can claim multiple players on the list: Lehigh (C.J. McCollum and Mackey McKnight), Saint Louis (Kwamain Mitchell and Mike McCall), Florida (Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin), New Mexico (Hugh Greenwood and Kendall Williams) and South Carolina (Bruce Ellington and LaShay Page).

Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Harvard’s Siyani Chambers headline the freshmen on the watch list. Three names that stick out due to their absence are Northern Arizona’s DeWayne Russell, San Francisco’s Cody Doolin and LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman.

While Russell has been one of the most productive freshmen in the country, averaging 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, Doolin’s (11.7 ppg, 6.0 apg) play at the point is one reason why the Dons (5-4) have performed better than expected to this point in the season.

As for Brickman, the junior from San Antonio is averaging 11.0 points and 8.2 assists per game, a number that ranks fourth in the country.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Kansas lands second commitment in the Class of 2018

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Kansas landed their second big man in the Class of 2018 on Sunday, as David McCormack, a top 50 prospect, announced that he will be a Jayhawk when he plays his college ball.

The 6-foot-10 center picked Kansas over Xavier, NC State, Oklahoma State and Duke.

A product of the famed Oak Hill Academy, McCormack averaged 15 points and 10 boards on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit this spring. He joins fellow four-star big man Silvio de Sousa in the 2018 class for Bill Self, although the Jayhawks will get three players eligible after they sit out the 2017-18 season as transfers: Dedric and K.J. Lawson, who transferred in from Memphis, as well as Charlie Moore, a point guard from California.

Report: North Carolina won’t attend White House

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After capturing a national championship earlier this year, the North Carolina men’s basketball team will not be visiting the White House, a North Carolina spokesman said to Andrew Carter of the The Charlotte Observer.

Although the Tar Heels were invited to go to the White House from the staff of President Donald Trump, the team couldn’t figure out a date that worked.

“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” North Carolina team spokesman Steve Kirschner said to Carter. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”

According to Carter’s report, Kirschner also said that North Carolina players, “were fine with going.”

With Trump’s recent comments towards NFL players and the national anthem and his Saturday morning tweet at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the President with regards to athletes over the past 24 hours.

Although the timing of this may seem like North Carolina is making some sort of political statement, the school is downplaying any sort of politics by focusing on the bad timing.

Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer

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Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer from the program to move closer to home, according to a release from the school.

The 6-foot-7 Ridder hails from Springfield, Missouri as he was regarded as a top-150 prospect by Rivals in the Class of 2017.

“After much consideration and talking with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to move home,” Ridder said in the release.

“Jared has indicated to the coaching staff that he has a desire to be closer to home,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said. “While we are disappointed, we all want Jared to be happy moving forward. We wish him nothing but the best.”

A potent scorer and noted perimeter shooter at the high school level, Ridder helped MoKan win the Nike Peach Jam during the summer of 2016 playing alongside talented players like Missouri’s Michael and Jontay Porter and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. With a desire to move closer to home, could Ridder potentially land at a spot where one of his talented former teammates is playing?

Ridder averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his senior season of high school ball at Kickapoo as he was a first-team, All-State selection in Missouri.

Four-star 2018 forward Ian Steere decommits from Creighton

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Creighton took a big hit to its recruiting efforts late this week as Class of 2018 forward Ian Steere is decommitting from the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Steere’s decommitment was first reported by Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops.

The 6-foot-8 Steere is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals as he is coming off of a very solid spring and summer playing with Team Charlotte in the Under Armour Association. A plus athlete who isn’t afraid to bang on the interior, Steere showing an improving skill level throughout the spring and summer as he could see his recruiting soar after opening things up.

According to a report from Jon Nyatawa of the World-Herald, one of the reasons that Steere is opening up his recruitment is his desire to be closer to his native North Carolina. With so many top programs looking for quality help on the interior, it’ll be interesting to see which programs jump in and try to recruit Steere the second time around.

John Wall emotional in Kentucky Hall of Fame induction speech

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John Wall was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night as he delivered an emotional speech while talking to his mother.

The first inductee into the Hall of Fame to play for current Wildcat head coach John Calipari, Wall only spent the 2009-10 season in Lexington but he became the first national player of the year to play at Kentucky before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Thanking his mother, Calipari, his family, friends and Big Blue Nation, the Washington Wizards guard gave a very moving speech, including an emotional part directed to his mother at around 4:35.