Reports: Former Clemson forward Ibrahim Djambo transferring to Hofstra

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After posting averages of 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during his sophomore season at Three Rivers CC in Missouri, 6-foot-10 forward Ibrahim Djambo was expected to be one of the players competing for significant minutes at the power forward position at Clemson last season. Things didn’t work out that way for Djambo however, as he averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds just over nine minutes per game for the Tigers.

Djambo made the decision to transfer in late June, and according to multiple reports he’ll be joining Joe Mihalich’s Hofstra program. Djambo has one season of eligibility remaining, and it’s expected that he’ll have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Djambo’s addition adds some size to a program that has just two players 6-foot-7 or taller who will have eligibility remaining during the 2015-16 season: 6-foot-9 forward Rokas Gustys and 6-foot-10 forward/center Andre Walker. Hofstra’s most experienced front court returnee is 6-foot-7 forward/center Moussa Kone, who will be a senior next season.

Hofstra, which finished the 2013-14 season with a 10-23 overall record (5-11 CAA), will have to account for the loss of high-scoring forward Zeke Upshaw (19.8 ppg) but they return graduate guard Dion Nesmith and transfers Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley (both played for Mihalich at Niagara) will be eligible to play after sitting out all of last season.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

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)