Jordan Adams broke his right foot towards the end of UCLA’s 66-64 win in the Pac-12 semifinals over Arizona. After conflicting reports saying the severity of the injury was not unknown, UCLA confirmed that the freshman guard did in fact break his right foot.
This confirmation from the school comes courtesy of Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports The Dagger. He, along with Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com originally tweeted that Adams had broken his foot, but Eisenberg tweeted UCLA’s confirmation.
“I’m so proud of Jordan not just for the way he played tonight but for everything he’s done all season,” Drew told Eisenberg. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
According to Eisenberg, Ben Howland was informed by trainers after the press conference.
This is a devastating loss for UCLA, especially after beating Arizona for the third time in as many games. Adams starred in Saturday night’s win. The freshman had a game-high 24 points including a pair of crucial steals. His missed 3-pointer set up Kyle Anderson’s game-winning offensive rebound and putback. It wasn’t just that game, Adams has been a solid contributor, especially given he was one of the forget freshman in a class with Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. Adams was second on the team in scoring with 15.0.
Goodman reported that, Adams injured it on the final play of the game, guarding Solomon Hill’s last shot. In replay, Adams, who bit on Hill’s pump fake, landed awkwardly on his right foot
At the most critical part of the season, when UCLA’s momentum is very high, this is a crashing blow to the Bruins.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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