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Report: Desmond Simmons transferring from Washington

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Washington will lose redshirt junior Desmond Simmons to transfer, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

The 6-foot-7 Simmons took to Twitter and Instagram on Friday night to notify fans of the move. Washington has yet to release anything official on the transfer.

On Simmons’ Instagram account he wrote: “Appreciate all the support I’ve received over the last four years while being a Husky. I’m very grateful for my experience. Thanks for all the love dawg fans.”

The redshirt junior spent the past four years at Washington as he battled knee injuries throughout his Huskie career. Simmons missed the first 10 games of this season due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and upon return he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. The junior appeared in 22 games and started 10 for the 17-15 Huskies.

Simmons is also set to graduate this spring, which would make him immediately eligible next season as a graduate transfer. It will be interesting to see which schools pursue an experienced forward like Simmons.

Washington also loses more frontcourt depth for next season with the departure of Simmons. C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell are graduating and junior Shawn Kemp Jr. is the most accomplished returning big man at 15.4 minutes a contest.

Jernard Jarreau, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, had season-ending knee surgery and sophomore center Gilles Dierickx only averaged 5.2 minutes a game this season.

The status surrounding Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw is also uncertain as he’s been away from the team for unspecified reasons.

Washington will likely pursue a transfer or spring recruit to fill the frontcourt void.

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.