FIU’s Raymond Taylor waiting to be reinstated following NBA Draft violation

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Florida International guard Raymond Taylor was pulled from the team’s game against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday as the school looks into the matter of his eligibility after an NBA Draft snafu has left the 5-foot-6 guard’s eligibility in question.

The senior guard has explosive speed and an ability to get in the paint, but according to John Infante, his eligibility could be in question since Taylor withdrew from the NBA Draft after the April 10 deadline.

From Infante:

According to NBA press releases, Taylor withdrew from the draft sometime between May 3 and June 10 of this year. That would put him in violation of the NCAA’s “testing the waters” rule which requires basketball student-athletes to withdraw from the NBA draft by the start of the regular NLI signing period to retain their eligibility.

Losing Taylor would be a big blow for Florida International and if they’re hoping for something like a suspension, it could be waiting awhile for a hearing and an answer. For now, Taylor is out as school officials looks over his eligibility.

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.