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Report: Loyola Marymount signee Elijah Stewart requests release from NLI

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With the coaching carousel already moving, there will be roster changes to consider as well. Current college players will decide whether they want to play under a new coaching staff or transfer, and the same goes for incoming recruits who have signed a National Letter of Intent. That’s the case at Loyola Marymount, which hired alum Mike Dunlap to replace Max Good a couple weeks ago.

6-foot-5 shooting guard Elijah Stewart was one of Good’s signees, and after he put together a very good senior season at Westchester High in Los Angeles the general consensus was that Stewart was a steal for the Lions. However according to a report by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Stewart has decided to request a release from his NLI in order to reopen his recruitment.

Stewart was under recruited the first time around and when he gets his release will likely have virtually every school in the PAC-12 knocking down his door.

Stewart’s senior season at Westchester was nothing short of spectacular. Stewart is an impressive scorer from both mid-range out to the three-point stripe, but he’s also an impressive athlete that potential as a wing defender.

According to 247Sports.com’s Composite Rankings for California, just three of the top 20 players in the state (not counting Stewart) remain unsigned. And given the praise for Stewart’s ability, he’ll be a popular prospect this spring. Stewart’s Westchester High team finished the 2013-14 season with a 30-7 record, losing to undefeated Mater Dei in the Southern California Regional Open Division final last Saturday. Stewart scored 19 points in the defeat.

Stewart isn’t the only former Loyola Marymount signee looking into other options, with point guard Kyron Cartwright reportedly on an official visit to Providence according to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.

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.