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Sunday proves fruitful on the recruiting trail for Harvard

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On the heels of the most successful season in the history of the program, reaching the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and upsetting New Mexico in the Round of 64, the Harvard Crimson are expected to build on that success in 2013-14. Point guard Siyani Chambers, shooting guard Laurent Rivard and forward Wesley Saunders are all back in Cambridge, as are veterans Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey after they had to sit out last season.

Add to those returnees a talented recruiting class and it’s clear that Tommy Amaker’s program is well-positioned to continue its run of success. Recruits have certainly noticed, with the Crimson landing verbal commitments on Sunday from 6-foot-5 shooting guard Andre Chatfield and 6-foot-9 power forward Chris Egi.

Both players made their decisions after taking official visits to Harvard this weekend, and they join 6-foot-6 wing Zach Yoshor in Harvard’s 2014 class with Sunday’s news.

Chatfield attends Norcross High School in Georgia, where he played on a team that won the Georgia Class 6A state title and finished the 2012-13 season with a 30-4 record. Egi, who attends Montverde Academy in Florida, is an four-star big man who made news in another regard Sunday: instead of remaining in the 2015 class he’s reclassified to 2014. With that news it’s difficult to blame any Harvard fans who are imagining Egi playing alongside Saunders and freshman Zena Edsomwan next season.

While Harvard will lose Casey, Curry and Rivard after the 2013-14 campaign, players such as Chambers, Edsomwan and Saunders will be back, as will forwards Steve Moundou-Missi, Kenyatta Smith and Jonah Travis.

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

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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.