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Former Murray State guard Zay Jackson headed to Southeastern Louisiana

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Former Murray State guard Zay Jackson is headed to Southeastern Louisiana, confirmed. Jackson’s hometown — Hammond, LA — is the same city where Southeastern Louisiana is located and his former high school coach, Errol Gauff, is on the new coaching staff there.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of

Jackson has an interesting back story. As a freshman with the Racers in 2011-2012, he averaged 4.9 points in 18.4 minutes on a team that made it until mid-February before suffering their first loss of the season and was expected to be a key component of Murray State’s life after Isaiah Canaan.

That all evaporated prior to the 2012-2013 season when Jackson ran over two people with his car after a confrontation in a Walmart parking lot. He eventually served 60 days in jail for the crime and was reinstated to the program prior to the 2013-2014 season. But in October of 2013, Jackson suffered a torn ACL and LCL, which ended his season and, eventually, his Murray State career.

He finished up the semester and left the program.

According to NCAA transfer rules, Jackson will have to spend a year in residency at Southeastern Louisiana before becoming eligible in 2015-2016. In that scenario, he’d have one season of eligibility remaining. But since he’s missed the last two seasons — one because of his criminal actions and one because of a knee injury — he may be able to apply for the same waiver from the NCAA that was given to Memphis guard Michael Dixon this 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.