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Former Texas forward Jaylen Bond transferring to Temple

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After two quiet seasons at the University of Texas, sophomore Jaylen Bond made the decision to transfer. Bond, a 6-7 forward from Philadelphia, averaged just 3.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in just under 14 minutes per game during his Longhorn career.

Friday, Bond announced his decision to transfer to Temple via Twitter and it’s safe to say that he’s looking forward to playing in his hometown.

After sitting out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules Bond will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, adding experience to a group that lost both Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (8.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Jake O’Brien (9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and Scootie Randall (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) from this season’s 24-win team.

Anthony Lee will lead the way for Fran Dunphy’s team in the front court next season and he’s capable of doing so, as he averaged 9.8 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game.

The question for Temple, as they enter their first season in the American Athletic Conference, is which young players are capable of stepping up and being a factor inside.

Daniel Dingle (ten games, 3.8 mpg) and Devontae Watson (six games, 2.0 mpg) saw little playing time as freshmen, and the same can be said for 6-10 redshirt sophomore Jimmy McDonnell (six games, 1.8 mpg).

Joining them is incoming freshman forward Mark Williams, who averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior at Montrose Christian.

Adding Bond to the mix will help prepare Williams and Watson to take on bigger roles next season, and with the Owls’ schedule including conference opponents such as Louisville (for one season), Memphis and UConn those youngsters need to be ready when league play rolls around.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.