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Georgia Tech junior guard Brandon Reed to transfer

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On the same day that former Georgia Tech forward Julian Royal announced his decision to transfer to George Mason, the Yellow Jackets announced the departure of another player from the program.

6-3 junior guard Brandon Reed has made the decision to transfer, and he will do so after completing his degree during summer school. The hope is that as a result Reed will be eligible to play immediately at his next school.

“We appreciate everything Brandon has done for our program,” head coach Brian Gregory said in a statement released by the school. “He has been an integral part of this team over the last two years. We’re excited that he will be earning a Georgia Tech degree and wish him success in his final year of eligibility.”

Reed began his collegiate career at Arkansas State, where he averaged 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest during the 2009-10 season. After earning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors Reed made the decision to return to his home state and play at Georgia Tech.

Reed started 43 games in two seasons at Georgia Tech but saw his playing time decrease to 16.6 minutes per game as a redshirt junior. Last season Reed shot just 35.9% from the field and averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Georgia Tech was a young team on the perimeter last season despite the presence of Reed and Mfon Udofia, with Chris Bolden and Marcus Georges-Hunt seeing plenty of minutes.

There’s also the presence of Solomon Poole (who joined the program mid-year) and 2013 signee Travis Jorgenson to be accounted for, and that likely meant that Reed would have a tougher time earning minutes in 2013-14.

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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.