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Report: DePaul’s Donnavan Kirk headed back to Miami

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Donnavan Kirk is headed back to Miami, where he will take part in his fifth season as a college hooper and, in all likelihood, end his career as one of the NCAA’s biggest headaches.

Kirk’s had one of the more interesting careers that you’ll come across.

A top 100 recruit in the Class of 2009, Kirk began his collegiate career as a Hurricane, but only managed to play in four games during the 2009-2010 season due to injury. He was given a medical redshirt for the year, and suited up in 2010 as a freshman in the NCAA’s eyes.

But midway through the season, Kirk decided to leave the program, transferring to DePaul after averaging just 2.7 points in 9.5 minutes. Since DePaul is on a weird academic schedule — they use quarters instead of semesters — Kirk was able to weasel his way through an NCAA loophole and become eligible just two games into the 2011-2012 season. The requirement for sitting out during a transfer is either two full semesters or three full quarters, and Kirk was able to enroll early enough that his finished his third quarter in November.

He essentially spent two full years in Chicago, where he averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 boards this past season.

But Kirk wants to go back south, and according to multiple reports, he’s settled on … Miami.

Since Kirk has graduated, he’ll be eligible to receive a graduate transfer exception, which is why he’ll be allowed to play his final year of eligibility in Coral Gables.

It’s not exactly like Jim Larranaga is adding a future lottery pick, but the ‘Canes had some pretty good luck with veteran front court players last season, and with Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson and Julian Gamble all gone, they need all the front court pieces they can get.

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Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.