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George Mason redshirt junior forward Paris Bennett to transfer

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George Mason announced Wednesday afternoon that redshirt junior forward Paris Bennett, who is on course to graduate with a degree in sports management next month, will look to finish his collegiate career at another school.

Due to his pending graduation, the 6-6 forward from Linden, N.J. will be eligible immediately at another four-year school provided that institution offers a graduate program that isn’t available at George Mason.

Bennett averaged just over ten minutes per game in 24 contests for the Patriots, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. Bennett reached double figures just once last season, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes of action in George Mason’s 71-46 win over Old Dominion on January 10.

“I would like to thank Paris for his dedication and hard work over the last few years,” George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt said in a statement released by the school. “We wish him well moving forward.”

Bennett is the second George Mason player in just over a week to announce his intentions to transfer, as guard Vertrail Vaughns will also move on after he graduates next month.

Vaughns saw his minutes decrease by ten minutes per game in 2012-13, averaging 5.0 points per contest on 40.8% shooting from the field.

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

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.