CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson’s leading scorer Jaron Blossomgame has filed paperwork for the NBA draft, although he won’t hire an agent to keep his options open for returning to school.
Blossomgame announced his intentions Wednesday. He led the Tigers with 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game this season and was voted to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
Blossomgame has until May 25 to withdraw his name from consideration. He is allowed under NCAA rules to attend team workouts and the NBA draft combine in May before deciding whether to give up his senior season. Blossomgame said if he does not get positive feedback about his draft chances, he will return to school.
Blossomgame would be the second Clemson player in three seasons after K.J. McDaniels to leave early for the NBA.
The scandal involving former Cal assistant Yann Hufnagel took another turn on Wednesday, and this time it involves his former boss, Cuonzo Martin.
Hufnagel was fired on Monday following an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a reporter that covered the Cal basketball team. The complainant says that Hufnagel went as far as to feed her bad information, which she reported, to get back at her for turning down his advances.
It’s an ugly situation on both sides.
And it could get uglier, because according to emails obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, head coach Cuonzo Martin knew about the harassment for two months before he reported it.
In a statement to UC investigators, in which he was not named but called “Witness 1,” Martin said that when the accuser contacted him in May, she did not provide details or descriptions that constituted sexual harassment. The woman told investigators that she told Martin in May that she was being sexually harassed by Hufnagel.
There’s some important context to be added here as well. For starters, Martin, who has been the head coach for two seasons now, has not yet signed a contract. He’s still working off of his offer sheet. But perhaps more troubling for Martin is that Cal is embroiled in a university-wide sexual harassment scandal. In the past year, the former Law School Dean, a former astronomy professor, and a former head of research have all lost their jobs due to their inability to follow sexual harassment guidelines.
On Tuesday, Cal’s athletic director released the following statement: “To dispel any doubts about Coach Martin’s role, the university will be initiating a review of all of the documents and communications related to his actions. We firmly believe the results will support our confidence in Coach Martin.”
Damon Stoudamire has agreed to be the next head coach at Pacific.
Currently an assistant on the Memphis coaching staff, Stoudamire is a former NBA Rookie of the Year that spent 13 seasons playing in the NBA.
He’s been an assistant with both Memphis basketball teams — the Grizzlies and the Tigers — as well as the Arizona Wildcats, where he spent four seasons playing for Lute Olson.
Stoudamire will replace Ron Verlin at Pacific, who left the program during the season due to an NCAA investigation into the program.
This will be Stoudamire’s first head coaching gig. He becomes the fifth member of Josh Pastner’s staff to become a head coach.
President Obama filled out his final NCAA tournament bracket as President Obama, and, if we’re being honest, he made some strange picks.
Duke to the Elite 8? I guess he’s been too busy presidenting to realize that Amile Jefferson’s injury. Texas A&M to the Final Four? Someone get a message to POTUS that Oklahoma’s got a kid named Buddy Hield who has been OK.
And what about … well, actually, those are the only two real beefs I have with his picks.
So maybe he hasn’t been doing all that much presidenting. Sounds like all the people on twitter with egg avatars yelling about Donald Trump making America great again were right!
Anyway, here is his bracket:
SB Nation has put together a couple of impressive video features on two of the most popular Cinderella picks in this year’s tournament in Northern Iowa and Chattanooga.
The stories are titled ‘Chasing Cinderella’ and they’ll give you an in-depth look at the two programs.
CLICK HERE: For an inside look at Northern Iowa as they prep for Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
CLICK HERE: For a behind-the-scenes feature on Chattanooga as they head into tournament play.