Leon Rice, Derrick Marks

2014 guard Chandler Hutchison commits to Boise State

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Boise State head coach Leon Rice has two of the best perimeter players in the Mountain West in Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, two players some believe are capable of making the Broncos a contender for the conference title in 2013-14. What’s even better for Boise State fans is the fact that both are juniors, meaning that they’ve got another year of eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming campaign.

But with two guards being seniors (Thomas Bropleh and Jeff Elorriaga) the Broncos have room for some more talent on the perimeter. Saturday night the Boise State program received its first verbal commitment in the 2014 class, as 6-4 guard Chandler Hutchison made his pledge. Like more than a few of the players who have verbally committed to schools this month, Hutchison made his decision after taking his official visit to Boise State.

According to Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman, Hutchison chose Boise State over offers from UC Irvine, Santa Clara, San Diego and Saint Mary’s. Hutchison may not be the marksman that Drmic, Elorriaga and Marks have proven themselves to be, but his versatility could potentially be an asset to the program according to his AAU coach.

“Just a ton of upside to him,” said Hutchison’s AAU coach, Perry Webster. “He’s long, rangy and can defend multiple positions. He can really improve as a shooter, and the coaches at Boise State are a great fit for that.”

The good news for Boise State is that with Drmic, Marks and Mikey Thompson all having eligibility remaining when the 2014-15 season rolls around, they can afford to take their time with Hutchison. Boise State brings in freshman Dezmyn Trent this season, a 6-2 guard from Tacoma, Wash. who averaged nearly 27 points per game as a high school senior.

Reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time as a member of the Mountain West last season was an important step for the Boise State program. The question now is whether or not coach Rice’s program can build on that momentum and become a consistent conference contender.

Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

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Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.

Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

“The University of Louisville Police Department, in consultation with the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, is reviewing allegations regarding the men’s basketball program,” University police chief Wayne Hall said Tuesday in a statement.

It was the first confirmation that police are looking into the allegations. When contacted last week, a campus police operator said they weren’t aware of the book allegations, and it was unclear at that time if an investigation had been launched.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has said that McGee denied Powell’s allegations.

McGee left in 2014 and is currently an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City, which has put him on paid leave.

Pitino said Saturday that he hasn’t read Powell’s book titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” and doesn’t plan to. The 104-page book was published by an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal and is scheduled for hardcover release Oct. 12.

The woman said that she and three of her daughters, along with other women, danced and stripped for Louisville recruits and players and performed sex acts with them, according to the book. Powell, 43, also said McGee offered recruits alcohol at those parties.

Upon hearing of the allegations, Pitino said he did some investigating on his own before being told by the school’s compliance department not to talk to players. But the coach said he talked to other assistants about the allegations and all of them denied knowing of the activities outlined in Powell’s book.

“I’m going through 15 people who worked here, and not one person even had a premonition of something wrong,” Pitino said. “Not one person living in the dorm had even the slightest premonition. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Louisville has hired Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA cases, to review the allegations.

McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City under Kareem Richardson, who was a Cardinals assistant from 2012-13. He was placed on paid administrative on Friday and has been unavailable for comment. McGee’s Louisville attorney, Scott Cox, didn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing.

St. John’s hires Mitch Richmond as a special assistant

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St. John’s added its second Hall of Famer to the coaching staff on Tuesday, announcing Mitch Richmond had been hired as a special assistant to first-year head coach Chris Mullin.

Mullin and Richmond, along with Tim Hardaway, made up Run TMC, the short-lived, high-scoring offense the Golden State Warriors played from 1989-91.

Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2011. Three years later, he was a presenter to Richmond’s enshrinement in Springfield.

“Mitch is committed to helping us build this program and develop an environment for sustained success at St. John’s,” Mullin said in a statement. “He has tremendous basketball insight, a vision for the game and a passion to share his knowledge. Obviously, his experience in different roles throughout his career as a player, scout and mentor will have an impact in many areas.”

Earlier this summer, Mullin bolstered his coaching staff with the additions of associate head coach Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih. Greg St. Jean was hired later in the summer.

The Red Storm open the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Wagner.