Raphael Chillious

Assistant coach Raphael Chillious returns to Washington

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After one season at Villanova assistant coach Raphael Chillious has returned to the Washington program, the Pac-12 school announced in a press release Thursday.

As a member of Lorenzo Romar’s staff from 2010-12 Chillious helped the Huskies win three conference titles (one regular season and two tournament titles), and the combination of his return and the hiring of highly regarded assistant T.J. Otzelberger (formerly at Iowa State) could be the boost that the Washington program needs.

“I’m excited to have Chills back,” Romar said in the release. “He is very familiar with our program. The fact that he was here with us once and then went away, he has an advantage this time around in that he can make an impact from day one and he really gets what it takes to be successful at the University of Washington.”

During his first stint in Seattle, Chillious played an important role in the development of the Husky guards with current Sacramento King Isaiah Thomas being one of the benefactors.

Chillious’ return will be key in that area as Washington will rely on a perimeter nucleus that features C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews and McDonald’s All-American Nigel Williams-Goss this season.

Chillious didn’t spend much time at Villanova, but he’s anticipating that coaching in a conference that has a style much different than the Pac-12 will benefit him in his second run as an assistant under Romar.

“It was a different perspective playing, coaching and recruiting in the Big East. It’s very different from the Pac-12,” Chillous said in the release. “That has given me more tools in my coaching tool box. It was hard leaving those guys last year, but now I’m back.”

Raphielle 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

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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.