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Illinois’ John Groce continues to add to impressive recruiting class

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Illinois head coach John Groce continued to build on what is currently one of the nation’s best recruiting classes, as he added a commitment from Trent Frazier on Sunday.

Frazier is one of the nation’s best scoring point guards. A 6-foot-1, he’s known for his ability to get into the lane, but part of the reason that he had a breakout July is that his jump shot was better.

The Florida native ranks in the top 100 of just about every major recruiting service. He’ll join a 2017 Illini recruiting class that already includes five-star Jeremiah Tilmon, DaMonte Williams and Javon Pickett.

Louisville AD: School is waiting on NCAA investigation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says his department has to “just wait” while the NCAA investigates an escort’s book allegations that former Cardinals men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.

In a radio interview Wednesday with Louisville station WKRD 790-AM, Jurich said he doesn’t know any more about the NCAA’s investigation of Katina Powell’s allegations in “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.” Several investigations are ongoing, but the school last winter self-imposed sanctions including a postseason ban after its investigation determined that a violation occurred.

Jurich says whatever the NCAA decides and when, “We’re going to deal with it up front like we always have. We’ll take our punishment, we’ll move on and we’ll get better from it.”

Gonzaga’s Karnowski ‘ahead of schedule’ following back surgery

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Przemek Karnowski missed all but six games of the 2015-16 season with a back injury that required surgery in Dec., but the Gonzaga 7-footer told the Spokesman Review that he is “ahead of schedule” returning to the court.

Karnowski is cleared to play 5-on-5, but there’s no reason to push it at this point. Weight and getting into shape has been an issue for Karnowski throughout his Gonzaga career, and undergoing back surgery is the kind of thing that can be a major setback.

What is clear, however, is that Karnowski is a critical piece for a Gonzaga team that should be very good this season. He’s one of the best rim-protectors in college basketball and a solid low-post scoring threat. Perhaps more important, however, is the fact that the Zags just don’t have all that much size or experience on their front line. Missouri transfer Jonathan Williams III is eligible and Zach Collins will enroll this season, but Karnowski is going to be counted on to play a critical role this season.

Which is why hearing that he’s ahead of schedule is so important.

Alabama coach Avery Johnson gives supplies to flood victims

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has donated a truckload of supplies to help flood victims in Louisiana.

The New Orleans native and Southern University graduate filled a rented 18-wheeler with items such as soap, towels, clothes and water to help flood victims. The truck departed Tuscaloosa on Thursday for Baton Rouge.

Johnson says his “heart goes out to all the residents of the Baton Rouge area that have been impacted by this devastating flood.” He says he was looking for an immediate way to lend a hand to recovery efforts.

Johnson says he will keep helping the area.

Alabama says in a news release that up to 400 flood victims have sought shelter at Southern’s F.G. Clark Activity Center on a court named after Johnson.

Xavier guard facing second charge from altercation with ex-girlfriend

Xavier's Myles Davis (15) drives against Providence's Kris Dunn (3) and Kris Dunn, second from left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 85-74. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Xavier guard Myles Davis is facing a new misdemeanor criminal damaging charge following an altercation with a former girlfriend last month.

Davis is already facing criminal damaging charges from the incident, which occurred in early July. He was also given a protective order requiring him to remain 500 feet from the alleged victim and 10 feet from her at all times on campus.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Davis is accused of having destroyed two different cell phones belonging to the woman and her family in two separate incidents on the same day. He is also alleged to have dented the victim’s car and, a few days later, punched holes in her walls.

Davis’ lawyer “vehemently” denied the accusations to the paper.

The senior point guard averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 assists for Xavier, who is expected to be a top ten team next season.

Arizona State awaiting word on eligibility of top 100 prospect

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley gestures in the first half of a Legends Classic semifinal against North Carolina State in an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Bobby Hurley has himself an impressive recruiting class coming into the Arizona State program this season, but not all of those pieces have been cleared by the NCAA yet.

Romello White, a top 100 power forward from Georgia, has arrived in Tempe but is awaiting clearance from the NCAA, according to White initially signed with Georgia Tech in November, but he reopened his recruitment after Brian Gregory was fired by the Yellow Jackets in April.

White is one three top 100 recruits entering the program this summer, joining Sam Cunliffe and Jethro Tshisumpa.