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Tommy Amaker to enter Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame

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On the heels of a season that featured the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament victory, big things are expected of the Harvard Crimson in 2013-14.

With guards Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard and forward Wesley Saunders all returning, not to mention a solid recruiting class (featuring power forward Zena Edsomwan) and the presence of Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey (academic issues sidelined both in 2012-13), Harvard has the pieces needed to at the very least win another Ivy League title.

Head coach Tommy Amaker won’t lack for talent, and he won’t be lacking for hall of fame honors either. Amaker will be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame on September 24, gaining membership into his fourth hall of fame.

The other halls of fame of which Amaker is a member are the Wilbert T. Woodson High School (Fairfax, Va.) Hall of Fame, the Duke Sports Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Amaker, who has an overall record of 112-66 in six seasons at Harvard, was inducted into the New England Basketball hall earlier this summer.

But this most recent honor also speaks to Amaker’s excellence as a player, as he won national Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior at Duke (1986-87 season). Amaker ranks third in school history in both steals (259) and assists (708), trailing Chris Duhon and Shane Battier in steals and Bobby Hurley and Duhon in assists.

One of the other honorees in September will be Amaker’s college coach, as Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will be the recipient of the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching award.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.