Tulsa officially hires Frank Haith as its new head coach

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One day after it was reported by multiple outlets that Tulsa was closing in on hiring Frank Haith as its new head coach the school made it official, introducing Haith at a press conference Friday afternoon. Haith arrives at the school, which will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1, after spending three seasons as the head coach at Missouri.

Under Haith the Tigers made two NCAA tournament appearances, winning the Big 12 in 2011-12 and earning an at-large bid in its inaugural season as a member of the SEC (2012-13). Missouri missed out on the NCAA tournament this past season, finishing with a record of 23 wins and 12 losses.

“We are extremely pleased to have Frank Haith as our basketball coach and happy to welcome the Haith family to the Tulsa community,” Tulsa AD Dr. Derrick Gragg said. “Frank brings tremendous talent as a head coach and recruiter – qualities that will place us in an excellent position as TU basketball transitions into the competitive American Athletic Conference, a league that boasts the current national champion.”

One factor that contributed to Tulsa’s decision to hire Haith was its move to the American from Conference USA, with the new head coach having experienced two such moves during his head coaching career. Prior to coaching at Missouri, Haith spent seven seasons at Miami (2004-11), with the first year also being the Hurricanes’ first as a member of the ACC. Miami was making the transition from the Big East to the ACC.

Tulsa loses two seniors from this season’s NCAA tournament team in guards Tim Peete and Patrick Swilling Jr., but the good news for Haith is that the top three scorers all have eligibility remaining (provided they stay, of course). Guards James Woodard (15.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Shaquille Harrison (9.6, 3.9, 3.2 apg) and forward Rashad Smith (12.0, 4.9) will all be juniors in 2014-15.

Tulsa’s lone rising senior is forward Marquel Curtis, who played in just nine games in 2013-14. Haith replaces Danny Manning, who was hired by Wake Forest earlier this month.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/889947577734574085

That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?