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Orlando Antigua adds Rod Strickland, brother Oliver Antigua, to staff at South Florida

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New South Florida men’s basketball head coach Orlando Antigua began adding pieces to his coaching staff on Monday as the former Kentucky assistant brought some familiar faces on board with him to the American Athletic Conference program.

Joining Antigua on his first staff at USF will be former NBA veteran guard and Kentucky special assistant Rod Strickland along with Antigua’s brother — and Seton Hall assistant coach — Oliver Antigua, the school announced in a release on Monday.

Strickland is a 17-year NBA veteran who spent five years as a special assistant at Kentucky under head coach John Calipari. The former point guard also spent time at Memphis under Calipari in a director of student-athlete development and director of basketball operations positions. Calipari tweeted some words of support for Strickland on Monday.

“I worked very closely with Rod for the past six years and he is ready for this next step up in his coaching career,” Antigua said in the release. “We had a chance to work together for a hall of fame coach at Kentucky in John Calipari. Rod has tremendous knowledge for the game and will be a great asset for the program.”

Oliver Antigua — the younger brother of Orlando — spent one season as an assistant coach at Seton Hall and was also previously an assistant coach at Manhattan. The two Antigua brothers have coached together before on the Dominican Republic National Team last summer.

“Oliver is a terrific recruiter and coaches with great energy and passion which will benefit us here at USF,” Antigua said in the release. “He helped assemble a recruiting class at Seton Hall that was ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big East Conference.”

Antigua also added former Pitt teammate Jerry McCullough as director of basketball operations.

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.