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Report: Colorado State guard Jon Octeus transferring to UCLA

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UCLA picked up a valuable graduate transfer on Friday afternoon as Colorado State rising senior guard Jon Octeus committed to the Bruins and head coach Steve Alford. The news of Octeus’ commitment was first reported by’s Jon Rothstein.

The 6-foot-4 Octeus started all 32 games for Colorado State last season, posting averages of 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and the guard is on track to graduate this summer. Octeus shot 40 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line in 2013-14.

Octeus joining UCLA should help offset the loss of guards Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine. LaVine was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night while Adams went 22nd overall to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Bruins won the services of Octeus over his other two finalists of Cincinnati and Missouri.

With Bryce Alford and Norman Powell returning and former McDonald’s All-American Isaac Hamilton starting his college basketball career next season, UCLA has some talent and depth in the back court with the new addition of Octeus.

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.