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Report: Houston transfer Joseph Young taking visits

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After announcing his transfer from Houston a few weeks ago, former Houston guard Joseph Young is taking a pair of visits to Pac-12 schools, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Young — a 6’3 guard — averaged 18 points per game for the Cougars last season, but left Houston after his father Michael Young — a member of Houston’s legendary Phi Slama Jama and the Houston Athletics Hall of Fame — refused re-assignment under head coach James Dickey’s staff after previously serving as a director of basketball operations for seven seasons. Michael Young spent 16 years working in the University of Houston’s athletic department before his departure.

Per a source in Goodman’s report, Young is currently taking a visit to Oregon and also plans to see Arizona. The report also mentions that the Young family will request a waiver from the NCAA to allow Joseph to join his new team immediately without sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Joseph Young has one season of eligibility remaining, and sources told that the family will likely request a waiver from the NCAA for him to play this season. Although, the sources said, it’s more likely he’ll have to sit out next season.

If Young is granted the waiver and allowed to play, then his scoring punch and shooting ability will certainly help any team immediately. Young shot 42 percent from three-point territory last season and would give Oregon or Arizona — or any other school he could end up at — a much-needed boost in that department.

Scott also writes for NY2LA Sports and can be followed on Twitter @sphillipshoops

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.