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Report: Oregon’s Damyean Dotson suspended after forcible rape investigation; Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin also named in report, suspended

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Oregon announced Monday morning that sophomore guards Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis and freshman forward Brandon Austin were “not currently participating in any team activities,” and on Monday night a police report from the Eugene Police Department revealed that Dotson was investigated for an alleged forcible rape that occurred in March. The report was first shared by Andrew Grief of the The Oregonian.

Artis and Austin were also named in the police report, but the Lane County District Attorney’s office decided not to prosecute the case due to a lack of evidence. The district attorney’s office did not investigate charges against Artis and Austin and it is unknown what Dotson was being potentially charged with.

Only Dotson was listed as a suspect by the district attorney’s office when it wrote on April 14 that insufficient evidence had helped stop the office from pursuing prosecution. The office did say, “While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”

The forcible rape incident allegedly occurred sometime in the evening hours between Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th and the alleged incident was reported to police on March 13th.

You can read the Eugene Police Department report provided by The Oregonian here. (WARNING: Graphic)

Artis and Dotson played in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on March 12th and 13th and the Ducks were eliminated on the 13th in an 82-63 loss to eventual tournament champion UCLA.

The duo also played in the NCAA Tournament the next week when they helped No. 7 seed Oregon knock off BYU in the Round of 64 on March 20th before falling to Wisconsin in the Round of 32 on March 22nd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Austin didn’t play a game this season after transferring to Oregon from Providence mid-season. Austin — along with former Providence teammate Rodney Bullock — was suspended indefinitely during the season for breaking Providence’s Code of Conduct and a Wall Street Journal report in March linked Austin and Bullock to a sexual assault investigation.

Dotson was also arrested on February 22nd for using a fake ID to enter a campus bar. The sophomore guard was suspended for a game and the case was closed on April 11th as Dotson received deferred prosecution and was given a $300 fine and told to attend a class for eight hours.

These allegations are obviously disturbing and even though Artis, Austin and Dotson won’t receive any sort of prosecution, this certainly doesn’t look good for Oregon’s basketball program.

The Ducks have already lost a number of players to graduation and transfer this off-season and with Artis, Austin and Dotson suspended only senior guard Joseph Young, sophomore forward Elgin Cook and junior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit remain as scholarship players in positive standing on the team.

Auburn continues to stockpile talent, adds top 50 prospect in 2017

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Auburn’s hire of Bruce Pearl was almost universally lauded as the first step towards the return of relevance for the Tiger basketball program.

And while the results have yet to shine through on the floor, Pearl is unequivocally stockpiling the kind of talent that will allow him to push for trips to the NCAA tournament and maybe one day contend for a league crown with Kentucky.

The latest step came on Sunday, when Pearl landed a commitment from Chuma Okeke, a top 50 wing prospect out of Georgia.

“He is a versatile wing who can handle and score,” said NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips. “Coming off of a big July, Okeke could move up the national rankings and Auburn pounced on him right away.”

Okeke joins big man Austin Wiley, a top ten player in the class, and Davion Mitchell, who is likely one of the five best point guards in the country, in what is currently the nation’s best recruiting class in 2017. That’s before you consider that Pearl already has Mustapha Heron, a top 25 prospect, joining the mix this season.

“This group has the makings of a monster recruiting class for Auburn,” Phillips said.

Okeke picked the Tigers over Florida State, Georgia and a number of other programs across the southeast.

VIDEO: Watch Virginia freshman Jay Huff dunk from the free throw line

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Jay Huff is a member of Tony Bennett’s best recruiting class to date, a 6-foot-11 top 50 recruit from North Carolina.

He also happens to be pretty athletic.

Don’t believe me?

Check out this video that McDonald’s All-American Kyle Guy tweeted out on Sunday night:

Yup, that’s Huff taking off from the foul line to dunk.

Not bad, young fella.

Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon won’t pursue pro basketball to become a firefighter

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  Derrick Gordon #32 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates after hitting a basket against the Villanova Wildcats during the Big East Basketball Tournament Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2016 in New York City. Seton Hall Pirates defeated Villanova Wildcats 69-67.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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After a successful career that included stops at Western Kentucky, UMass and Seton Hall, Derrick Gordon, Division I college basketball’s first openly gay player, will not pursue professional opportunities and will instead become a firefighter.

The 6-foot-3 Gordon averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a senior for the Pirates, helping the team reach the NCAA tournament during his graduate transfer year. By making the NCAA tournament with Seton Hall this past season, Gordon became the first college basketball player to reach the event with three different teams.

A tenacious perimeter defender who could have earned a pro contract if he stuck with basketball, Gordon will instead pursue a career as a firefighter in San Francisco.

“I’ve had an amazing basketball career and want to thank everybody who has always been there supporting me every step on the way,” Gordon said via his Instagram. “But I’m making a change in my career…I will now be working towards becoming a San Francisco Firefighter!! I’m excited about this and looking forward to having a long career!!”

While Gordon likely would have never made the NBA on talent alone, his defensive prowess would have likely given him a shot overseas or in the D League. It’s hard to say why Gordon is making this decision, but given what we saw with all of the attention surrounding Michael Sam when he tried to play in the NFL, Gordon was probably going to face a lot of scrutiny wherever he decided to play.

Hopefully Gordon finds his calling as a firefighter and brings the same energy and leadership that he brought on the floor to helping other people outside of basketball.

Washington guard Markelle Fultz pulls off sick spin and dunk at FIBA U18 Americas

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Washington incoming freshman guard Markelle Fultz is going to be one of the premier players in the country next season as his unique game is going to be fascinating to watch.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently playing with the USA U18 team in Chile for the FIBA U18 Americas as he’s second on the team in scoring and first in assists as the Americans play Canada for the title on Saturday.

Against the host country, Fultz had an electric spin move in the paint and finished with an easy dunk. If you’re not willing to stay up late to watch this dude play this year, then set your DVRs, because Fultz is going to have some fun moments during the season.

(H/t: Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)

POSTERIZED: Class of 2016 forward Chris Seeley has a massive dunk on defender

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The Las Vegas AAU events are all going on this week and it’s the final event for rising seniors.

At the Las Vegas Fab 48, forward Chris Seeley of the Splash City 17U team put down one of the best poster dunks of the summer as he skied over a defender for an emphatic finish.

The Class of 2016 forward attends Central High School in Fresno, California as he’s receiving plenty of buzz for his recent play.