Author: Rob Dauster


Reports: Jamal Murray ‘not expected’ to play for Team Canada this fall

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It’s looking less and less likely that incoming Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray will have a chance to play for his country at the FIBA Americas tourament. quoted a source close to Team Canada as saying that the likelihood of Murray’s participation is ‘not looking good‘, while TSN’s Toronto Raptors beat writer tweeted that Murray is ‘not expected’ to be a part of the team.

The issue at hand is a drop-dead date that head coach John Calipari has referred to regarding Murray. He has to be on campus an in class by that date — which has not been specified — in order to attend Kentucky for the first semester. Team Canada’s training camp is this week, but the tournament itself won’t take place for another two weeks, as it will be held from Aug. 31-Sep. 12 in Mexico City.

The first day of classes at the University of Kentucky is Aug. 26th, and the final day to add a class is on Sept. 1st, which also happens to be the last day that students are allowed to withdraw and still receive a refund.

If Murray does manage to find his way onto the Team Canada roster, it’s unlikely that he’ll start at the point guard spot; that honor is expected to go to Cory Joseph. But after the performance he had for Canada at the Pan-Am Games, it’s understandable that the team would be trying to get him involved in the program as much as possible.

Arkansas dismisses one of three players accused of forgery

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Anton Beard, Dustin Thomas and Jacorey Williams (Washington County Jail)

Arkansas announced on Wednesday that Jacorey Williams has been dismissed from the program stemming from a series of incidents this offseason.

Williams was one of three players that was arrested and charged with forgery stemming from a series of incidents where the players were alleged to have been caught using counterfeit money. He was also linked to a pair of assaults that happened two weeks apart. He is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and, 13 days later, knocking out the bouncer that tried to separate the two of them as retaliation.

Williams has not been arrested for either assault.

“Members of our program carry a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the expectations we have established for our student-athletes both on and off the court,” head coach Mike Anderson said.

“We wish him the best as he pursues his future away from Razorback Basketball.”

Williams averaged 4.8 points off the bench as a junior.

The next question for Anderson will be the status of sophomore Anton Beard and junior Dustin Thomas. According to the police report stemming from the counterfeit arrest, Beard was not only caught using fake $20 bills, but he also asked for change for six fake $50 dollar bills and three fake $100 dollar bills. Thomas was only charged with using fake $20 dollar bills.

Beard and Thomas remain suspended indefinitely from the program.

Coastal Carolina witnessed US Embassy flag-raising in Cuba

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For the first time in more than 50 years, an American flag is flying at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

The flag was raised in a ceremony in Havana last week, marking the end of a freeze in diplomatic relations that dates back to the Cold War, more than half-a-century ago. Notable visitors included Secretary of State John Kerry, three of the Marines that helped lower the flag in 1961 and the Coastal Carolina basketball team.

You see, head coach Cliff Ellis decided in December that when president Barack Obama decided to end our economic isolation of Cuba that he would be the first men’s basketball team to take their foreign tour to the island nation. And they just so happened to be on hand in Havana when the flag was raised.

From the Sun Herald:

The team got a chance to view history on their final day of the tour last Friday, first content to watch outside the gates before being invited inside.

Ellis said tears welling up in his eyes “became a trickle down my face,” with three Marines who lowered the American flag in 1961 on hand to watch it rise up again last week.

“This was a life changer,” Ellis said Tuesday. “I told the team, this is bigger than anything you’ll do in basketball.”

No one on that Coastal Carolina roster will ever be wearing the red, white and blue in the Olympics, but I’m not sure they will ever have a bigger moment in which to represent the United States.