Duke big man Sean Obi underwent knee surgery on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, a Duke spokesperson told NBCSports.com.
A 6-foot-9 transfer from Rice, Obi was used in a very limited role as a sophomore with the Blue Devils. He played in just 10 games and scored a total of five points. As a freshman at Rice, Obi averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 boards.
Obi tweeted out this picture early on Thursday morning after the operation:
Arizona head coach Sean Miller announced in a statement released on Thursday that incoming freshman Terrance Ferguson will not play for Arizona this season.
“Terrance Ferguson informed me earlier this week that he has decided to pursue professional opportunities instead of attending the University of Arizona this fall,” Miller said in a statement released by the school.” I hope this next chapter of his basketball career goes well, and his goal of one day becoming an NBA player is realized.”
Ferguson spent his high school career at Prime Prep, the high school that Emmanuel Mudiay attended, and API, which is the remnants of Prime Prep. Like Mudiay, there was a real doubt that Ferguson would ever end up finding a way to get himself eligible for college basketball.
A 6-foot-6 sharpshooter, Ferguson has the length and athleticism to have been a real asset for Arizona. The team is loaded with talented perimeter players — Allonzo Trier, Kobi Simmons, Ray Smith, Rawle Alkins — but Ferguson is the only member of that quintet that was known for his ability to known down perimeter jumpers. He was a valuable piece for the Wildcats.
Ferguson will play for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian professional league.
Shaq says he wants his son to attend one of three schools
The good news when you’re Shaquille O’Neal’s son is that doors are going to be opened for you as a basketball player that wouldn’t be opened for many other kids.
Like — oh, I don’t know — working out with Kobe Bryant.
The downside is that it creates expectation. How often does a borderline top 50 recruit heading into the summer before his junior year end up on TMZ?
Shareef was back in the news this week thanks to his dad, who said on The Big Podcast With Shaq that there are only three schools he would want his son to attend.
“I would like my son to play for a coach that’s going to teach him next-level stuff,” he said. “I have three in mind: Johnny Jones, LSU, because I know him personally, Calipari and the coach from Michigan State, Tom Izzo. I’ve told my son many times, it’s your decision and it is (his) decision.”
But that’s not the only reason Shaq has his eyes on those three.
“I need somebody that’s gonna curse him out, treat him like a man. Those three guys are the ones I would like him to play for.”
Donnie Tyndall has requested that the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee overturn the penalties that were levied against him by the Committee on Infractions.
Tyndall’s reasoning, according to CBSSports.com, is that the Committee on Infractions “relied near exclusively on the testimony of Adam Howard” when they hit him with a 10-year show-cause penalty earlier this year. According to Tyndall, more than 40 witnesses were interviewed by the committee and Howard, a former Tyndall assistant coach at Morehead State, Southern Miss and Tennessee, was the only one that said Tyndall was involved. Howard also cut a deal with the NCAA.
Tyndall’s punishment stems from a scandal that emerged from his two seasons at Southern Miss. Among the things that Tyndall was accused of: Having staff members do coursework to help get potential student-athletes eligible, paying out of pocket for kids that did not qualify academically to remain in school and lying to the NCAA while covering his tracks. Here’s how deep the scandal allegedly went: Tyndall hired two staffers specifically to help with the academic fraud, going as far as to send those staffers to the towns that the players lived in to make sure IP addresses added up, while using burner phones and an old Morehead State address he had access to in order to hide communications.
And he lied about all of it to the NCAA, which, as we’ve learned, is the quickest way to get the harshest punishment possible.
Tyndall does have a point in his appeal. If the NCAA’s evidence is all coming from a guilty party that’s singing to lessen his own sentence, that’s not exactly the most reliable witness. But the Committee on Infractions isn’t a court of law, meaning I have a hard time seeing the NCAA overturn anything when the point of Tyndall’s punishment was to make an example out of him.
Incoming UCLA freshman Kobe Paras has withdrawn from the university, the school announced.
According to the release sent out by the university, Paras was admitted to UCLA upon condition and withdrew after the “academic conditions of his admission were not met.”
Paras is a 6-foot-6 wing that attended high school in southern California. Rivals rated him as the 126th prospect in the Class of 2016. Kobe was born in the Philippines. His father, Benjie Paras, is a two-time MVP of the PBA.
Four teams to play in event in Hawai’i on 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Four college basketball teams will take part in the 75 anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a two-day, four-game event that will take place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.
The games will be played in Bloch Arena, which survived the attacks on Dec. 7th, 1941, and which hosted a top ten battle between Oklahoma and Villanova last season.
This season’s iteration of the Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational will feature Cal, Seton Hall, Princeton and Hawai’i and will be played on Dec. 6th and 7th.
“The 75th Commemoration is about acknowledging all the men and women who have answered our nation’s call to duty including our ‘greatest generation’ World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors,” said Committee Chairman Adm. (ret) Tom Fargo. “We’re excited to have FOX Sports return here to raise awareness about our veterans, as well as our active duty service members and civilians, and their tremendous contributions to our nation and to the world.”