Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - First Round

Arizona State adds transfer Brandan Kearney to roster on Saturday

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Arizona State will get an immediate boost to its rotation as Michigan State transfer Brandan Kearney is eligible to play for the Sun Devils on Saturday against Texas Tech after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Kearney averaged 2.3 points in 16.9 minutes last season as a sophomore at Michigan State, but opted to transfer last December to find more consistent playing time. The 6-foot-5 junior should give head coach Herb Sendek another body on the wing, as Kearney will compete for minutes with senior starter Shaquielle McKissic and freshman Egor Koulechov.

Doug Haller of AZ Central caught up with Sendek to get his take on how Kearney might fit into the Sun Devils’ plans.

“I don’t think we have any conclusive rotation at this point,” Sendek said of Kearney’s return. “We’re going to try and insert Brandan where we can and just kind of see how his addition affects rotation.”

Kearney was regarded as a three-star prospect coming out of high school, according to Rivals. The Detroit native was also regarded by Rivals as the 127th best player in the class of 2011.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.