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Iowa State forward Abdel Nader pleads not guilty to OWI charge

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Less than a month after being arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Iowa State forward Abdel Nader pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday according to the Des Moines Register. Nader was arrested on April 12, with head coach Fred Hoiberg suspending him from the team the following day.

Nader’s court date has been set for June 24, and with the departure of Melvin Ejim in the front court the Northern Illinois transfer will be needed alongside returnee Georges Niang. In two seasons at Northern Illinois Nader averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

In addition to Ejim the Cyclones, who won the Big 12 tournament title and reached the Sweet 16, will have to account for the loss of guard DeAndre Kane. One of Iowa State’s new additions is former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, who will be eligible immediately after completing his undergraduate studies at UNLV.

With the losses of Ejim and Kane, Nader and Dejean-Jones will be important players in 2014-15..

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.