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Report: Former Baylor guard L.J. Rose transferring to Houston

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Just over a month after making the decision to leave Baylor, 6-4 guard L.J. Rose has picked a new school. As first reported by Jason King of, the Houston native will transfer to the University of Houston.

Rose, a highly-touted perimeter prospect at the time of his arrival on campus, played an average of just 7.6 minutes per contest in 2012-13. With the presence of experienced guards such as Pierre Jackson, Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton playing time was scarce, and as a result Rose averaged just 0.9 points and 1.2 assists per game.

Rose will have three years of eligibility remaining, and according to King’s report Rose will seek a waiver to play immediately due to his mother’s health. If the waiver request is denied Rose will have to sit out the 2013-14 season.

Regardless of the outcome of the waiver request, with Houston due to lose both Brandon Morris and Tione Womack at the point guard position after this season the addition of Rose will help the Cougars on the perimeter.

Head coach James Dickey also has point guard Jaaron Simmons joining the program this summer, along with forwards Ahmed Hamdy and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles. Knowles was originally a 2012 signee but failed to qualify academically.

L.J. should already be familiar with his new surroundings, as his father Lynden played for Houston during the “Phi Slama Jamma” era of the early 1980’s. The Houston faithful is hopeful that coach Dickey and his staff can push the program in the right direction as the school begins play in the American Athletic Conference this fall.

Houston did manage to win 20 games last season, but the Cougars finished 7-9 in Conference USA play and its’ strength of schedule ranked 302nd nationally according to Houston also lost leading scorer Joseph Young, but the good news is that both Danuel House (12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and TaShawn Thomas (16.9, 9.8) return.

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VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.