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West Virginia lands junior college point guard Tarik Phillip

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With Eron Harris making the decision to transfer to a school closer to home just after the end of the season, West Virginia found itself in need of some more perimeter depth. The return of Juwan Staten and Terry Henderson will certainly help Bob Huggins as he looks to take West Virginia back to the NCAA tournament after falling just short in 2013-14, but those two will need help.

The hope is that 6-foot-3 point guard Tarik Phillip, who played at Independence CC in Kansas this past season, will provide that assistance. Phillip verbally committed to West Virginia on Sunday, with Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette being the first to report the news.

Phillip chose WVU over schools such as Memphis and LSU, and according to the story Kansas attempted to get involved just before he made his visit to Morgantown. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

In 18 games at Independence, Phillip averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, shooting 55.7% from the field and 38.6% from beyond the arc. He reached double figures in all 18 games, finishing the season with a 31-point outing in a loss to Northwest Kansas Technical College.

In addition to Phillip, West Virginia adds incoming freshmen Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles to its backcourt next season.

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


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.