Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame releases 2013 Cousy Award watch list

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Jabari Parker’s decision on where to attend schools wasn’t the only announcement made on Thursday, as the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame released its December watch list for the Bob Cousy Award.

The award is given annually to the nation’s best point guard, with North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall winning the award last season. The list released today will be narrowed down to 20 in early January.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in the statement.

“This list represents a large range of college basketball’s top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication.”

The list of players on the first Cousy Award watch list:
Trevor Releford (Alabama)
Mark Lyons (Arizona)
BJ Young (Arkansas)
Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
Kerron Johnson (Belmont)
Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Justin Cobbs (California)
Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton)
Trey Freeman (Campbell)
Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston)
Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado)
Brian Barbour (Columbia)
Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
JP Kuhlman (Davidson)
Kevin Dillard (Dayton)
Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Frantz Massenat (Drexel)
Quinn Cook (Duke)
Miguel Paul (East Carolina)
Troy Taylor (Evansville)
Kenny Boynton (Florida)
Scottie Wilbekin (Florida)
Derek Needham (Fairfield)
Montay Brandon (Florida State)
Devonta White (Georgia State)
Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga)
Siyani Chambers (Harvard)
Jordan Hulls (Indiana)
Jake Odum (Indiana State)
Korie Lucious (Iowa State)
Devon Moore (James Madison)
Elijah Johnson (Kansas)
Tyreek Duren (La Salle)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Mackey McKnight (Lehigh)
Peyton Siva (Louisville)
Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount)
Cully Payne (Loyola-Chicago)
Michael Alvarado (Manhattan)
Pe’Shon Howard (Maryland)
Chaz Williams (Massachusetts)
Shane Larkin (Miami)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Keith Appling (Michigan State)
Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
Phil Pressey (Missouri)
Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Deonte Burton (Nevada)
Hugh Greenwood (New Mexico)
Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
Juan’ya Green (Niagara)
Dexter Strickland (North Carolina)
Lorenzo Brown (North Carolina State)
Stallon Saldivar (Northern Arizona)
Eric Atkins (Notre Dame)
D.J. Cooper (Ohio)
Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Ahmad Starks (Oregon State)
Tray Woodall (Pittsburgh)
Dylan Garrity (Sacramento State)
Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis)
Mike McCall Jr. (Saint Louis)
Xavier Thames (San Diego State)
Evan Roquemore (Santa Clara)
Bruce Ellington (South Carolina)
LaShay Page (South Carolina)
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
Anthony Collins (South Florida)
Neil Watson (Southern Miss)
Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s)
Chasson Randle (Stanford)
Anthony Jackson (Stony Brook)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Kyan Anderson (TCU)
Trae Golden (Tennessee)
Johnathan Jordan (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi)
Ricky Tarrant (Tulane)
Anthony Marshall (UNLV)
Erick Green (Virginia Tech)
Abdul Gaddy (Washington)
Trey Sumler (Western Carolina)
Malcolm Armstead (Wichita State)
Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)

Five schools can claim multiple players on the list: Lehigh (C.J. McCollum and Mackey McKnight), Saint Louis (Kwamain Mitchell and Mike McCall), Florida (Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin), New Mexico (Hugh Greenwood and Kendall Williams) and South Carolina (Bruce Ellington and LaShay Page).

Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Harvard’s Siyani Chambers headline the freshmen on the watch list. Three names that stick out due to their absence are Northern Arizona’s DeWayne Russell, San Francisco’s Cody Doolin and LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman.

While Russell has been one of the most productive freshmen in the country, averaging 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, Doolin’s (11.7 ppg, 6.0 apg) play at the point is one reason why the Dons (5-4) have performed better than expected to this point in the season.

As for Brickman, the junior from San Antonio is averaging 11.0 points and 8.2 assists per game, a number that ranks fourth in the country.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.