Wyoming extends Larry Shyatt’s contract through 2019

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Wyoming and its head coach Larry Shyatt agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-2019 season, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Shyatt becomes the fifth Mountain West head coach to receive a new deal this offseason behind Boise State’s Leon Rice, New Mexico’s Craig Neal, UNLV’s Dave Rice and Fresno State’s Rodney Terry, who made his extension official on Monday.

The new, five-year deal gives Shyatt a base salary of $205,008 for next season. His guaranteed compensation package for 2014-2015 will be north of $700,000. Shyatt returned to Laramie in 2011, and is 59-41 in three seasons with the Cowboys, posting two 20-win seasons in that span. He began his head coaching career at Wyoming in 1997, leaving for Clemson after a 19-9 record.

“We are pleased that we have been able to instill a winning culture, both in the way our team members perform academically and on the court,” Shyatt said in a statement. “We are certainly not satisfied with where our program is at, and our goal is to move our program into the upper echelon of the Mountain West. For us, it is about building a successful program, not simply building a winning team.”

Entering next season, San Diego State will be the Mountain West favorite followed by the likes of UNLV, New Mexico, Boise State, Colorado State with a potential darkhorse being Fresno State given its young talent. Wyoming can remain competitive in conference if senior forward Larry Nance Jr. can fully recover from an ACL tear. Without Nance — 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game — the team’s offense struggled, and its season went in a tailspin, dropping six of the last seven games of the season. In March, Shyatt said Nance was on track to be ready for the start of practice this fall.

Wyoming finished sixth in the Mountain West standings with an 18-15 (9-9 MWC) record.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

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.