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The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

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There’s more about the man behind the Skip Prosser Classic (CBS Sports)
On Saturday Xavier hosts Wake Forest in the fourth edition of the Skip Prosser Classic, a game that brings together the last two programs coached by the late Skip Prosser. But the game is about more than Prosser’s impact on the college game, and Prosser himself was about more than just basketball.

Tyler, Dylan Ennis drop brotherly love for one day (City of Basketball Love)
The matchup of Top 10 teams at the Carrier Dome on Saturday will also be a matchup of siblings, as older brother Dylan (Villanova) takes on younger brother Tyler (Syracuse). Both have been successful in their first season on the court for their respective programs, with Dylan eligible at Villanova after beginning his career at Rice.

Haith talks about Tigers’ upcoming trip to N.C. State (Columbia Daily Tribune)
One of the bigger games of the weekend is Missouri’s trip to Raleigh, where they’ll take on an N.C. State team that seems to be finding its stride. And sophomore forward T.J. Warren represents a major challenge for Frank Haith’s team, and the high-scorer was one of the topics that the head coach discussed on Thursday.

Mayes trying to stay positive as role shrinks (Arizona Daily Star)
No. 1 Arizona essentially has a seven-man rotation when healthy, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Gabe York being the two reserves seeing action. That means senior guard Jordin Mayes is an odd man out so to speak, and he’s doing his best to remain positive (and prepared) despite a lack of playing time.

All-Bay Area men’s college basketball so far? Argue away (San Francisco Chronicle)
With teams diving into conference play this weekend, Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle made his picks for his All-Bay Area team through the non-conference portion of the schedule.

For big hoops programs like Washington, a check can yield an easy win (Seattle Times)
Washington has paid $420,000 for five of their home games this season, and thus far the Huskies have won three of those games. This weekend Lorenzo Romar’s program will play Mississippi Valley State, which will collect an $80,000 check for agreeing to the game. And it isn’t as if Washington’s doing something rare, as such games have been commonplace in college basketball for years.

Louisville-Kentucky trumps Duke-North Carolina in rivalry debate (WDRB)
With the two Bluegrass State rivals meeting on Saturday in Lexington, the winner will enjoy bragging rights for the next year. And while more than a few have placed the Duke/North Carolina rival atop college basketball, that feeling isn’t shared by those who have experienced Louisville/Kentucky.

Lobo standouts adjust their games (Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico’s “big three” of guard Kendall Williams, forward Cameron Bairstow and center Alex Kirk have done much of the heavy lifting offensively, and that will continue to be the case. But if the Lobos are to win another Mountain West title that trio will need help, and in recent games Cullen Neal and Deshawn Delaney have stepped up. With this being the case, the stars have needed to adjust some.

VIDEO: Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson throws down under-the-legs dunk after making 3-pointer

"CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 9: Terrance Ferguson during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 9, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour)"
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Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.

Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.

It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.

VIDEO: Manute Bol’s 6’11” son Bol Bol throws down in-game under-the-legs dunk

McPherson's Jacob Loecker attempts to steal the ball form Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege's Bol Bol during the first quarter of the boys' Class 4A Division I state championship basketball game Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Salina, Kan. (Travis Morrise/The Hutchinson News via AP)
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Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.

The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.

Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year

Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long defends Buffalo guard Jarryn Skeete during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 84-63. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Iowa State got a boost to its roster for next season as senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12 conference.

“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”

The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.

CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law

Protesters rally against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.

The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.

The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.

 

VIDEOS: Stephen Curry’s personally invites athletes to his select camp

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, holds the championship trophy and Andre Iguodala holds the series MVP trophy as they celebrate winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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As he did last year, the NBA’s MVP is sending out personal invites to Under Armour’s SC30 Select Camp for some of the best high school and college point guards in the country.

It’s a pretty cool thing for the kids. Can you imagine how you would feel as a high school junior getting a personalized invitation to a camp from Stephen Curry himself?