UW-Green Bay center Alec Brown: ‘A lot of the stuff [that’s been] said is not true’

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Late last night, the details of the accusation that former walk-on Ryan Bross has levied against UW-Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle were made public as Bross spoke with a local paper.

The accusations are ugly.

But at this point, they are only accusations, and Wardle has plenty of supporters and defenders. Included on that list is the star of the UWGB team, center Alec Brown. Brown went on a local radio show to defend his coach, and went as far as to say that he believes that his former teammates are lying.

“Honestly, I don’t agree with the things that are being said,” Brown told the Maino and Nick Show. “I’ve been there the longest out of all the guys, and I feel like if I had recently seen any of this happening, I wouldn’t still be here. A lot of the stuff is not happening the way it’s being said.”

“The way that some players viewed certain situations, and the way they can lie about them. Some of these guys were really close to us.”

When the hosts asked him to clarify that statement, if, in his opinion, the accusers were actually lying, Brown said, “Yes, I believe so.”

“A lot of the stuff [that’s been] said is not true,” Brown added, “and it will all come out when the investigation is over.”

Keifer Sykes, the leading scorer for the Pheonix this past season, reiterated when Brown said, telling the Maino and Nick show that the accusations “came out of nowhere” and “blindsided all of us”.

“Clearly, the guys that are making these allegations are not in our program anymore,” Sykes told the radio station. “I guess when you leave they wanted to tear ir down. The truth will come out. There were 20 people that were there, and some people writing letters were never there when the allegations happened. The truth should come out.”

Sykes went on to say that while the incident where Bross soiled himself during a preseason conditioning drill did happen, the context of the interaction “is definitely skewed” in the allegation made in the paper. Sykes said that he was present for the entire incident, calling the drill “by far the hardest” that the team did all year.

“He was given the option to stop or keep going, and he decided to keep going,” Sykes said. “No one made anyone do anything. He’s a grown man. … He was being a team guy and didn’t want to quit, and I was there the whole time trying to motivate him to keep going.”

“I just remember after it happened, coach clearly stated that if anyone says anything about the situation, they will be removed from the team. So for the allegation to come out that coach made fun of it and basically cursed him out after it happened is not true. He actually protected him. Everyone knows that because there was clearly a team meeting and he asked everyone that was there that.”

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Grand Canyon lands Oregon graduate transfer guard Casey Benson

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Grand Canyon landed an important piece for its NCAA tournament push on Saturday night as Oregon graduate transfer guard Casey Benson pledged to the Antelopes.

The 6-foot-3 Benson will be eligible right away as spent the past three seasons with the Ducks as a key reserve guard, helping Oregon to multiple deep NCAA tournament runs. Benson picked Grand Canyon over Wisconsin for his final season of college basketball as Benson’s brother, T.J., is an assistant coach with the Antelopes.

Benson shot 40 percent from three-point range last season while also being a steady ball handler over the course of his career at Oregon as he has only 81 career turnovers in over 2,600 career minutes with the Ducks. While Benson wasn’t asked to score a lot for a loaded Oregon team that featured multiple bucket-getters, he could be asked to do more at Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon is eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time next season as the addition of Benson gives them an experienced guard who should be more of a factor in the WAC. The Antelopes are coming off of a 22-9 season in which they finished 11-3 in conference play.

With great facilities and a quickly-growing fan base, head coach Dan Majerle has the potential makings of a perennial mid-major conference contender if he continues to recruit well to Grand Canyon.

Colorado adds commitment from Class of 2017 point guard McKinley Wright

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Colorado landed one of the best available point guards for next season on Friday as Class of 2017 floor general McKinley Wright committed during an official visit.

A former Dayton commit who opted out of his recruitment after former head coach Archie Miller took the Indiana job, Wright was one of the best available point guards left as he played last weekend on the adidas Gauntlet in front of college coaches with D1 Minnesota.

The 6-foot-0 Wright gives the Buffaloes another ball handler and distributor as he was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball during this past season. As a senior, Wright averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.

It’s always hard to say if spring recruits who elevate a level in recruiting after decommitting are making the correct decision, but Wright looked the part of a high-major lead guard last weekend, and Colorado wasn’t the only high-major program that was pushing hard to add Wright at this late stage.

Oral Roberts to hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills

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Oral Roberts has found its new head coach as they will hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills, as first reported by NBCSports.com’s Rob Dauster.

Mills had been on staff with the Bears since 2003 as he’s been a big factor in why head coach Scott Drew has been able to turn around that program. A graduate of Texas A&M, Mills has been a full-time assistant at Baylor since the 2009 season.

“I am honored to accept this role of representing this historic institution, its students and its mission,” Mills said in a release. “Making this commitment today is a highlight of my career and I look forward with excitement to the basketball season directly ahead. Go Golden Eagles.”

Mills will replace former head coach Scott Sutton, who was relieved of his duties this offseason after 18 years at the helm.

 

Iowa commit Connor McCaffery to redshirt in basketball to pursue baseball

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Iowa commit Connor McCaffery is in a unique spot when he starts his freshman year in Iowa City next year.

Not only is the 6-foot-4 guard the son of basketball head coach Fran McCaffery, while being a four-star national basketball prospect, but Connor also has a bright future in baseball.

There was a lot of speculation as to what Connor might do for his future in athletics and he gave more clarification on what he might be looking to do on Friday.

McCaffery has decided to redshirt in basketball next season to focus on the beginnings of his baseball career at Iowa. A walk-on for both sports, the move enables Connor McCaffery to potentially play three years of basketball with his younger brother, Patrick, who is also a heralded basketball recruit for Iowa. This move also gives Connor the best chance to pursue both sports while he’ll also help out a young Iowa basketball team with its tough scholarship scenario.

Butler, Chris Holtmann agree to a contract extension

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Butler has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Chris Holtmann, the school announced on Friday, that will keep him under contract through 2025.

“Butler truly is a special place, and my family and I are thankful to be part of a great academic institution and an athletics department that is a source of pride for those who embrace Butler and The Butler Way,” said Holtmann. “Our student-athletes, our staff, and so many throughout our campus are remarkable at what they do, and I’m excited to continue to work alongside them.”

Holtmann was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record and a spot in the Sweet 16. In three years with the program, Holtmann has a record of 70-31.

“Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “This commitment – both by our university and by Chris – allows the momentum within our program to continue.”

Holtmann was in the mix for a couple of jobs this spring, including N.C. State and Missouri.