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Delaware hires Martin Inglesby as head coach

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Delaware has finally hired a head coach, a little more than two months after Monte’ Ross was fired.

The man that earned the right of taking over a program with just four returning scholarship players is Martin Inglesby, a Notre Dame assistant that has been under Mike Brey’s tutelage for more than a decade. A source confirmed the news with NBCSports.com. Brey spent his first six seasons as a Division I head coach in Newark.

The reason that the search for a new basketball coach took so long is that the university was in the midst of looking for a new athletic director. Chrissi Rawak was hired as AD on May 13th, and one of her first orders of business was finding a replacement for Ross.

CBS Sports was the first to report Inglesby’s hiring.

Report: UCLA signs record apparel deal with Under Armour

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The latest arms race in the collegiate ranks centers around apparel deals, and UCLA has reportedly signed the largest in the history of amateur athletics.

Under Armour will pay the university $280 million over the next 15 years, according to ESPN.com, in exchange for their athletes to work as unpaid models, turning Pauley Pavilion and the Rose Bowl into a runway for the athletic apparel company to hawk their wares.

Here are the details from ESPN:

At those numbers, the deal would be the largest in college football history. In January, Ohio State said its 15-year deal with Nike was worth $252 million. Texas signed a 15-year deal with Nike worth $250 million in October, and Michigan signed an 11-year deal, with a four-year option, that could be worth up to $173.8 million.

Landing UCLA only furthers Under Armour’s presence on the west coast. Their most famous client is Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

Kentucky-Kansas headlines the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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The Big 12 and the SEC announced the matchups for the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Tuesday, and the highlight is, of course, Kansas and Kentucky.

The two schools, who played an instant classic in Phog Allen Fieldhouse last season, will square off in Lexington this season. If that wasn’t enough, Kentucky and Kansas are currently sitting second and third, respectively, in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25.

So that should be fun.

The game will be played on January 28th along with the rest of the matchups in the series. Those matchups are:

Texas at Georgia
Texas A&M at West Virginia
Florida at Oklahoma
Baylor at Ole Miss
Iowa State at Vanderbilt
Kansas State at Tennessee
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
Auburn at TCU
LSU at Texas Tech

To be frank, the rest of that schedule is not all that enticing. West Virginia should be a top 25 team, and they host a Texas A&M team that is talented but young. Florida and Georgia are arguably the two best non-Kentucky teams in the league, but they face off with a rebuilding Oklahoma and a young Texas squad, neither of whom are guaranteed to make the tournament.

The problem here?

Both the SEC and the Big 12 are likely going to be down this season, which puts a damper on just how excited we can get about this challenge.

Purdue forward to return to school, withdraw from NBA Draft

Purdue center A.J. Hammons (20) celebrates with forward Vince Edwards (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Purdue defeated Michigan State 82-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue announced on Tuesday that forward Vince Edwards will be returning to school for his junior season.

Edwards declared for the NBA Draft without signing with an agent and went through the process to gauge his value at the next level.

“After getting the NBA experience and going through the evaluation process, I have talked with my family and Coach Painter and decided it is best for me to return for my junior year,” Edwards said in a statement. “Although the NBA is still a dream for me one day, I am coming back to Purdue to make next year a special one. Thank you to all the organizations who gave me the chance to not only showcase my talents, but also the chance to know me as a young man and not just an athlete.”

Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 boards last season.

Purdue now has to wait to hear from Caleb Swanigan, a rising sophomore that was a top 20 recruit in the Class of 2015. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Wednesday.

Xavier star to return to school for junior year

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Xavier forward Trevon Bluiett will return to school for his junior season.

Bluiett did not receive an invitation to the NBA Draft combine, but he did get a few workouts with NBA teams after declaring for the draft in March. He did not sign with an agent, meaning he can withdraw his name from consideration without losing any eligibility.

This is big for the Musketeers. Bluiett, a 6-foot-7 combo-forward that gives Xavier some lineup versatility, averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 boards while shooting 39.8 percent from three last season. With Bluiett back in the fold, the Musketeers return their top four perimeter scorers and may have the best 1-2 punch in the league with Bluiett and point guard Edmond Sumner.

Stay Or Go: The 13 NBA Draft decisions that we’re waiting to hear

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The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is this Wednesday. There are still 13 players whose decisions could have a major impact on college basketball next season.

Here they are:

Josh Hart, Villanova: Hart could be a first-team all-american next season on a Villanova team that will be in the preseason top five as they look to become the first team in a decade to repeat as National Champions. He’s also good enough that there is a shot that he could end up being a first round pick, or, at the very least, be a second rounder that earns a guaranteed contract. That’s not an easy decision to make.

Melo Trimble, Maryland: Trimble was a potential first round pick after his freshman season. A dreadful close to his sophomore year has him as a question mark to even get picked. He needs to go back to school for his junior year and prove that he can shoot and wants to put in the effort on the defensive end.

Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, Oregon: Oregon is coming off a terrific year and looks to be a top five team heading into next season. Brooks and Dorsey are arguably their two best scorers heading into next year, and neither of them were invited to the NBA Combine. In an ideal world, both would make the trek back to Eugene to try and improve their draft stock, but it wouldn’t be that surprising to see either one of them ditch school to pursue the professional route, even if that is overseas.

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin: Hayes did not have a good junior year. He really struggled shooting the ball down the stretch and did not adjust to life on the perimeter as well as many hoped. But if he returns to school, he could end up being the third-best player on Wisconsin. It’s not an easy decision, but if Hayes truly wants to be a draft pick, he needs to go back to school.

Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall: Whitehead was unbelievable down the stretch of his sophomore season, but he’s a volume scorer that is inefficient with the basketball and a bit undersized to be a two-guard in the NBA. He’s a second round pick, but he may be a second round pick next season given the glut of point guards projected to be in that draft. I’d bet that he’s gone.

Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr., Indiana: Blackmon should absolutely return to school. He’s coming off of an injury, he’s undersized and he’s not a guy that will be able to defend at the next level, but there’s questions about just how well he fits with what Tom Crean is looking to do with the Hoosiers next season. Williams is more of a question mark. He’s undoubtedly an NBA athlete and, at times, he looks like a guy that could be a starter in the NBA. But he’s so inconsistent that there are times that he looks like he should never set foot on a basketball court again. Decision-making and shooting are the keys for Williams, and those are things that can be taught in the NBA. I think he’s gone.

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: Swanigan is more versatile than people realize, but he’s still a Land Warrior, a strong and stocky power forward that averaged 10.3 points and 8.2 boards. His guardian is an agent, so he’ll have the best information possible, the question is whether or not he’s OK heading to the next level as a likely second round pick.

Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee, Kentucky: Lee seems to want to head to the professional ranks, but the problem is that he’s just not quite good enough to get to the NBA. That’s at least what NBA minds believe, so the question is whether or not Lee will kickstart his pro career or return and try to improve enough to get picked next season. Briscoe is a more interesting case. He was a terrible shooter as a freshman and likely wouldn’t get picked this season. But he’ll play behind both De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk if he returns to Kentucky, so his chances to showcase his improvement will be limited. Is he OK with potentially being a three-year player for the Wildcats?

Malik Newman, Mississippi State: Newman looked to be a surefire one-and-done player for Ben Howland. Then he got to college and he wasn’t even the best freshman guard on his own team. He’s a second round pick at best if he opts to remain in the draft, and the safe bet is that is what he’ll end up doing.

Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville: The standard belief is that Onuaku would head to the NBA this season. He’s got a chance to be a first round pick this year, but the process is drawing out. There’s still a shot, but if I’m a Louisville fan, I wouldn’t expect to see him in the Yum! Center anytime soon.