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Former Butler guard Elijah Brown picks New Mexico


Former Butler guard Elijah Brown has found a new school, announcing Saturday via his Twitter account that he’s committed to New Mexico. After sitting out the 2014-15 season Brown, the son of former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown, will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Brown averaged 6.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs this past season, making just one start in the 30 games in which he played. Brown scored in double figures in nine games, posting a high of 19 points in Butler’s close home loss to Villanova in their Big East opener.

With Kendall Williams out of eligibility and Hugh Greenwood being a senior next season, the addition of Brown is an important one for New Mexico head coach Craig Neal. The lone guard with Division I experience who will have eligibility remaining when Brown becomes eligible is Cullen Neal, who averaged 7.1 points per game as a freshman.

Including Brown the Lobos, who won the Mountain West tournament title in 2013-14, are adding six newcomers to the program.

Five of those players are front court prospects, and considering the losses of both Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk those additions will be important for a program looking to maintain its status as one of the best in the Mountain West.

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.