SPOKANE, WA - JANUARY 14:  Josh Perkins #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives against defender Nick Emery #4 of the BYU Cougars in the first half of the game at McCarthey Athletic Center on January 14, 2016 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins faces misdemeanor after arrest

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Gonzaga starting point guard Josh Perkins is facing a misdemeanor after being arrested early morning last Sunday for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

The school confirmed Perkins’ arrest on Friday, as head coach Mark Few released a statement on the matter. The release didn’t mention the penalties the school might potentially put on Perkins.

“We take this situation very seriously and we will give Josh the support that he needs to help him learn from this,” Few said in the release. “He understands the serious nature of the charge and has made a commitment to the process within the University.”

The 6-foot-3 Perkins was cited last Sunday and the case was filed on Oct. 10. He appeared in Spokane County District Court on Oct. 11 as the judge set a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 10.

It is unclear in the initial court records whether Perkins was parked or driving the car when he was cited, according to a report from Thomas Clouse of The Spokesman-Review.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Perkins averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game as the former top-100 prospect had a strong showing following

BYU lands top 150 Class of 2017 point guard Christian PoPoola Jr.

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BYU kept up some momentum on the recruiting trail on Wednesday night as they grabbed a commitment from Class of 2017 point guard Christian PoPoola Jr.

The 6-foot-2 lefty guard is athletic and can make plays with the ball in his hands as Rivals rates PoPoola as the No. 143 overall prospect in the Class of 2017.

One day after landing a Class of 2016 commitment from shooting guard Colby Leifson, the Cougars added another talented perimeter option to its future.

PoPoola attends basketball powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and he’s a good start to BYU’s Class of 2017 recruiting efforts. BYU landing top 150 prospects is important for them maintaining in the WCC as they try to keep pace with programs like Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s at the top of that league.

BYU adds late Class of 2016 guard commitment

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BYU added another piece to its roster for next season on Tuesday night as Class of 2016 guard Colby Leifson pledged to the Cougars.

The 6-foot-4 lefty is regarded as a perimeter shooter as he attended North Gwinnett High School in Georgia before playing this summer in front of college coaches during the July live evaluation period. Leifson was originally planning on going to Brazil for a mission trip after this summer, but he’ll play the 2016-17 season as a freshman before taking his two-year mission trip. He had some low-major offers this summer, but BYU came in late to land the commitment.

Leifson should have three years of eligibility remaining and he gives the Cougars another perimeter threat and practice body.

Beehive Classic features Utah, BYU, Utah State, Weber State

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State will play in a December basketball tournament called the Beehive Classic starting this season and running through 2019. The event will be held at the home of the Utah Jazz.

Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, the ownership branch of the Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena, announced the tournament Thursday.

It will feature one night of two games each year with every team playing the other two over the span of three years.

BYU will play Weber State and Utah State faces Utah on Dec. 9, 2017. On Dec. 8, 2018, it’s Utah State vs. Weber State followed by Utah vs. BYU. On Dec. 14, 2019, it’s Weber State vs. Utah and BYU vs. Utah State.

Former Cal guard Mathews headed to Gonzaga

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When shooting guard Jordan Mathews announced in late May that he would be leaving California as an immediately eligible transfer, Gonzaga was one of the schools first mentioned as possible destinations. Thursday night Mathews announced via his Twitter account that he has indeed committed to Mark Few’s program, giving the Bulldogs another quality perimeter option in a rotation that was already loaded.

Mathews will be one of two Pac-12 transfers on the Gonzaga roster next season, with former Washington point guard Nigel Williams-Goss eligible after sitting out last season. They join returnees such as Josh Perkins and Silas Melson, and one of the top perimeter shooters in the Class of 2016 in Zach Norvell in Gonzaga’s perimeter rotation.

Mathews averaged 13.4 points per game at Cal last season, shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. Adding him to a rotation that will not only have talent on the perimeter but in the post as well, with Przemek Karnowski being joined by Missouri transfer Jonathan Williams III and freshmen Zach Collins and Killian Tillie, makes Gonzaga an even tougher team to slow down offensively.

Already the preseason favorites to win the WCC, Gonzaga’s chances of making a national splash (which they were already expected by many to do) are even greater with the addition of Mathews.

h/t Jeff Goodman, ESPN.com

Illinois, Northwestern part of State Farm Chicago Legends event

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Thursday afternoon another in-season event was announced, with Big Ten programs Illinois and Northwestern being two of the four participants. The State Farm Chicago Legends event will be played for the first time December 17 at the United Center, with BYU and Dayton making the trip to Chicago as well.

The Cougars facing Illinois in one game and Dayton playing Northwestern in the other matchup.

Of the four teams only Dayton reached the NCAA tournament last season, and with most of their rotation returning Archie Miller’s Flyers are expected to do so once again in 2016-17. BYU, even with the loss of Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer, should also be an NCAA tournament team with Nick Emery returning for his sophomore season and he’ll be joined by the likes of forward Eric Mika and guard T.J. Haws (both return from LDS missions).

Illinois will look to rebound from a disappointing season that included injuries (Tracy Abrams’ ruptured Achilles) and disciplinary issues. Malcolm Hill, one of the Big Ten’s top scorers, will be back to lead the way. And Northwestern will continue its quest for the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament bid, with a promising rotation that includes point guard Bryant McIntosh, small forward Vic Law IV and forward Dererk Pardon.