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Coastal Carolina announces addition of South Carolina transfer Jaylen Shaw

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As a freshman at South Carolina, guard Jaylen Shaw didn’t seen a high amount of playing time. In 28 appearances the Hartsville, S.C. native played 9.7 minutes per game, posting averages of 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest. Shaw made the decision to leave Columbia at the end of the season, and on Friday the Coastal Carolina program announced that Shaw is now a Chanticleer.

Shaw will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, and he’ll have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. And in the school release announcing the addition, head coach Cliff Ellis noted that Shaw was a target of the program during the initial recruiting process.

“He was one of our most sought after recruits a year ago before signing with South Carolina,” Ellis said. “He fits the mold for what we look for in a combo guard. After sitting out a year he will be able to step right in and fill the void left by Josh Cameron who will be graduating. Coach (Frank) Martin spoke very highly of Jaylen and said he had the potential to be a great player and wished him luck in the future.”

Coastal Carolina, which won the Big South’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament this past season, will actually have to replace two of its top three scorers after the 2014-15 campaign. In addition to Cameron (13.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg) the Chanticleers will lose fellow guard Warren Gillis, who averaged 14.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 2013-14.

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.