2016 NBA DRAFT EARLY ENTRY LIST: A complete list of who’s in, who’s out and who has an agent

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There are new rules when it comes to early entry into the 2016 NBA Draft. It now works like this: Any player in the country, after their freshman season, can declare for the draft as many as three times, going through the evaluation process and, if they’re good enough, getting an invite to the NBA Draft Combine and working out with NBA teams so long as they A) Do not sign with an agent and B) remove their name from draft consideration within 10 days of the combine ending.

This season that deadline is May 25th.

Which means that we’re going to see a lot of names popping up in NBA Draft early entry lists that don’t really make all that much sense. They’re not all going to get invited to the combine, either, but it’s still the smart move for those with professional ambitions.

Think about it like this: If you’re, say, Makai Mason, Yale’s sophomore point guard, you’re within driving distance of both Boston and New York. So even if he doesn’t get an invite to the combine, if the Knicks, the Nets or the Celtics need an emergency fill-in for a workout, he’d be able to get there within 90 minutes. Then the worst-case scenario is that he’ll return to school knowing what he has to improve on to try and earn a spot in the draft the following year.

That’s a good thing for the kids, even if it does mean that some of the coaches around the country are going to be sipping their maalox on the rocks as they wait to find out if their starting point guard is going to pull their name back out draft consideration.

Don’t pity them, though. They get paid seven-figure salaries to deal with the stress that comes with ensuring that the unpaid, amateur athletes they are mentoring get the most information possible while they try and make the most important decision of their lives.

But that’s another topic for another day.

Back to my point, the only names that truly matter on this list are the ones that have signed with an agent.

So here’s our updated, unofficial list of players that have declared. If there are any additions that need to be made, tweet them to @RobDauster.


Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt, So: Vanderbilt is going to be in rebuilding mode next season. Not only did they lose Kevin Stallings, their head coach, but their star point guard is gone and, in all likelihood, Damian Jones will follow him out the door.

Cat Barber, N.C. State, Jr: Barber is an interesting prospect. He’s not projected as a superstar at the next level, but he proved about all that he could prove this past season and would have to split point guard duties next season with Dennis Smith. He’s likely a second round pick.

Malik Beasley, Florida State, Fr: Beasley was one of the best freshman in the country this past season despite entering the year as a top 50ish recruit. Part of the reason: increased efficiency. He’s a late-first round pick or an early-second round pick.

Deandre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s, Jr: Bembry is a borderline first round pick and one of the more versatile small forwards in the draft. His loss, and the graduation of Isaiah Miles, is a brutal blow for a Saint Joe’s program that reached the second round this season.

Jaylen Brown, Cal, Fr: It was only a matter of time until Brown declared for the draft. A 6-foot-6 power wing, Brown had a solid season, one where he improved greatly by the end of the season. He’s a likely top ten pick and could end up in the top five.

Kareem Canty, Auburn, Jr: Canty left school in the middle of the season and announced that he would be turning pro. I do not expect to hear is name called during the draft.

Robert Carter, Maryland, Jr: Carter had a solid-if-unimpressive junior season with Maryland, as the Terps struggled to a No. 5 seed and a trip to the Sweet 16. He’s versatile and he has good size, the question is who he’ll defend at the next level. He’s a second round pick.

Marquese Chriss, Washington, Fr: Chriss didn’t enroll at Washington as a one-and-done guy, but it became clear by the end of the season that he had a chance to be really good. He’s got all the physical tools to be a star and a long way to go to get there. He’s a prototype boom-or-bust lottery pick.

Deyonta Davis, Michigan State, Fr: Davis was a late-bloomer, not bursting onto the national scene until late in the recruiting process. He’s a physical specimen with all kinds of potential, but he’s more of a project than an instant impact kind of guy. He’s looking at getting picked in the lottery.

Kris Dunn, Providence, Jr: There was no surprise here with Dunn leaving early. Technically, he’s not even leaving early; he graduated from Providence after four years in school. He redshirted due to injury as a freshman.

Henry Ellenson, Marquette, Fr: There is no surprise in Ellenson’s decision to head to the NBA. He put up huge numbers in his one season with the Golden Eagles and is an attractive, versatile offensive talent, but there are some defensive red flags. He’ll likely end up in the top ten.

Kay Felder, Oakland, Jr: Felder was one of the most productive players in the country this past season, averaging 24.4 points and 9.3 assists. He’s only 5-foot-9 and played in a system that was conducive to massive numbers, but he’s talented enough that he’ll likely get picked somewhere in the second round.

Brannen Greene, Kansas, Jr: Greene has some potential as an NBA player given his height and his shooting ability, but I think his decision to the NBA had as much to do with the fact that he and Bill Self kept butting heads. Plus, with Kansas landing Josh Jackson, Greene would be coming off the bench as a senior.

Daniel Hamilton, UConn, So: Hamilton put up big numbers all season long but he’s a less-than-stellar athlete and a guy that never seemed to be the best player on the floor. Second round pick.

Brandon Ingram, Duke, Fr: Ingram could very well end up being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. He was never anything other than a one-and-done prospect.

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame, Jr: I think Jackson has a bright future in the NBA. He’s small but super-athletic with deep range, a nice handle and the ability to operate in pick-and-rolls. He’ll be a nice piece off the bench for an NBA team early in his career.

Stefan Jankovic, Hawai’i, Jr: I’m not sure Jankovic is going to be drafted, but it makes sense for him to move on. He spent four years on campus and will have a lucrative professional career wherever he ends up.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, Jr: Jones had a disappointing season for the Commodores in 2015-16, as he averaged just 13.9 points and 6.9 boards for projected top 15 team that stumbled their way into the First Four. He’s big and he’s athletic and he’s relatively young for a junior, but he doesn’t have much of a feel for the game or an ability to dominate on the glass.

Derrick Jones, UNLV, Fr: Derrick Jones could legitimately win the NBA dunk contest next season. That’s assuming he’s actually in the NBA. My guess? He goes undrafted.

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky, Fr: Smart move by Labissiere. The right move. I explain that here.

Thon Maker, High School: Maker is an interesting case. He’s had an incredible amount of hype surrounding him — mostly due to the fact that a few uninformed voices declared him the second-coming of Kevin Durant off of a mixtape — but he’s limited as a prospect. He’s a seven-footer with three point range, and the combination of his high-release and bald-head have inevitably led to Kevin Garnett comparisons. But Maker is not a fluid or particularly explosive athlete, and he’s got a long way to go to develop his game to the point that he can have an impact in college. Someone is going to fall in love with his potential in the mid-to-late first round.

Pat McCaw, UNLV, So: McCaw is a really intriguing prospect, with great size, length and skill for a two-guard. He was sensational early in the year but tailed off down the stretch. A border-line first rounder.

Lee Moore, UTEP, Jr: Moore averaged 14.1 points for UTEP last season. That’s good. Not good enough for him to hope for anything more than a late second round flier.

Dejounte Murray, Washington, Fr: Murray is a 6-foot-5 lead guard with a crazy wingspan that can beat a defender off the dribble, but he turns the ball over a ton and he was an inconsistent three-point shooter. He’s got a chance to be a late first round pick, but I think he gets picked in the early second round.

Jamal Murray, Kentucky, Fr: Again, the right decision here by Jamal Murray. He’s a projected top ten pick now that he’s embraced playing off the ball.

Chris Obekpa, UNLV, Jr: Obekpa sat out this past season at UNLV after transferring out of St. John’s. He’s an elite shotblocker … but that’s about it.

Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV, So: Okonoboh entered the draft after transferring out of UNLV during the midseason. He’s long and he’s athletic, but UNLV was never able to get the most out of him.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah, So: Poeltl was projected as a first round pick after his freshman season, but he returned to school for his sophomore year and turned into one of the more improved players in the country. He added a low-post game and developed his ability to pass out of double teams. He’ll likely be a top ten pick.

Tim Quarterman, LSU, Jr: Quarterman is an interesting prospect, a big wing with handle and three-point range. How much did he hurt his stock playing on a team that was as disappointing as LSU this season?

Jalen Reynolds, Xavier, Jr: Reynolds is 23 years old and already has his degree in hand, so it’s not that much of a surprise that he’s leaving school, but it doesn’t mean he’s necessarily headed to the NBA. Reynolds is a ferocious athlete that never quite developed the way that Xavier had expected him to.

Domas Sabonis, Gonzaga, So: Sabonis is an intriguing prospect. He doesn’t have the physical tools and measureables that scouts love, but he’s a tough lefty that plays hard and rebounds, which are two things that translate well to the next level. He’ll likely be a mid-to-late first round pick.

Wayne Selden, Kansas, Jr: Selden finally showed what made him a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, albeit in flashes this season. He’s a projected second round pick.

Ben Simmons, LSU, Fr: Simmons is projected as one of the top two picks in the NBA Draft and could very well end up being the first pick. He just didn’t have much interest in being in college.

Diamond Stone, Maryland, Fr: Stone entered the 2015-16 season as a top ten prospect, but a good-but-not-great freshman season has him looking like a late-first round pick. He’s big and he’s strong, but the perimeter skill he showed off in high school was non-existent at Maryland.

Isaiah Taylor, Texas, Jr: Taylor announced that he plans to sign with an agent and remain in the draft, which is a brutal blow for a Texas team that is now left with a young, albeit talented, back court that lacks a true point guard. Taylor is super-quick and has a terrific floater, but he’s small and his jump shot is lacking, which are two things that will hinder his draft stock. He’s a second round pick if he gets drafted.

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, So: In October, I would have said there was no way that Ulis would be leaving after this season. But after being named a first-team all-american as a sophomore, Ulis looks like he’s destined to be a first round pick, if not a lottery pick. With Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox coming into the program, it was time for him to move on.

James Webb III, Boise State, Jr: Webb is an intriguing prospect, given his size, athleticism and shooting ability. But his three-point percentage dipped to 22.5% this season and he doesn’t have the kind of length that makes NBA teams excited. He’s a second round pick.

Devin Williams, West Virginia, So: The Mountaineers had a shot at being a top five next team next season. Losing Williams, their best rebounder and low post scorer, is a major, major blow. It should be noted here that he is expected to sign with an agent, but it’s not official just yet.

Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV: A consensus top ten recruit, Zimm opted to stay home and play for UNLV, a team that was so bad their head coach was fired three games into league play. There are tools there to build on. I think once teams get him in workouts he’ll end up being selected higher than the late first round, which is where he’s currently projected.


Abdul-Malik Abu, N.C. State, So
Rosco Allen, Stanford, Jr
Tony Anderson, SE Missouri State, Fr
BeeJay Anya, N.C. State, So
Ian Baker, New Mexico State, Jr
V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame, So
Ben Bentil, Providence, So
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana, So
Antonio Blakeney, LSU, Fr
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson, Jr
Trevon Blueitt, Xavier, So
Amida Brimah, UConn, Jr
Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky, Fr
Dillon Brooks, Oregon, So
Elijah Brown, New Mexico, Jr
Lamous Brown, Utah State-Eastern, So
Deonte Burton, Iowa State, So
Antonio Campbell, Ohio, Jr
Conor Clifford, Washington State, Jr
Bakari Copeland, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Jr
Charles Cooke, Dayton, Jr
Moustapha Diagne, Northwest Florida, Fr
Cheick Diallo, Kansas, Fr
Tyler Dorsey, Oregon, Fr
D’Andre Downey, Stillman College, Jr
Vince Edwards, Purdue, So
Jimmy Hall, Kent State, Jr
Cedric Happi Noube, Virginia Union, Jr
Josh Hart, Villanova, Jr
Josh Hawkinson, Washington State, Jr
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, Jr
Ike Iroegbu, Washington State, Jr
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, So
Julian Jacobs, USC, Jr
Anthony January, Cal State-San Bernadino, So
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, Jr
Que Johnson, Washington State, Jr
Peter Jok, Iowa, Jr
Nikola Jovanovic, USC, Jr
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas, Jr
Travion Kirkendall, Centenary, Fr
Jermaine Lawrence, Manhattan
Dedric Lawson, Memphis, Fr
Marcus Lee, Kentucky, Jr
Emmanuel Malou, Iowa State, So
Makai Mason, Yale, So
Charles Matthews, Kentucky, Fr
Zak McLaughlin, Gadsden State, Fr
Jahmal McMurray, South Florida, Fr
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina, Jr
Dallas Moore, North Florida, Jr
Jalen Moore, Utah State, Jr
Mamadou Ndiaye, UC Irvine, Jr
Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb, Jr
Malik Newman, Mississippi State, Fr
Marc-Eddy Norelia, FGCU, So
Cameron Oliver, Nevada, Fr
Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville, So
Alec Peters, Valparaiso, Jr
Q.J. Peterson, VMI, Jr
Malik Pope, San Diego State, So
Rodney Purvis, UConn, Jr
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse, Fr
Corey Sanders, Rutgers, Fr
Ingrid Sewa, Arizona Western, So
Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State, So
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, Fr
Rakish Taylor, Anderson University, Jr
Ethan Telfair, Idaho State, Jr
Trevor Thompson, Ohio State, So
Melo Trimble, Maryland, So
Aaron Valdes, Hawaii, Jr
Mo Watson, Creighton, Jr
Andrew White, Nebraska, Jr
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall, So
Troy Williams, Indiana, Jr
Alex Wintering, Portland, Jr
Zeek Woodley, Northwestern State, Jr


Grayson Allen, Duke, So
Dwayne Bacon, FSU, Fr
Chris Boucher, Oregon, Jr
Thomas Bryant, Indiana, Fr
Monte’ Morris, Iowa State, Jr
Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas, So
Ivan Rabb, Cal, Fr
Devin Robinson, Florida, So
Edmund Sumner, Xavier, Fr
Allonzo Trier, Arizona, Fr

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Ohio State tumbles

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It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result.

The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday after losing to Iowa and Indiana, two top 10 teams, as well as Purdue. Ohio State fell two games back in the Big Ten Conference standings.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 32nd consecutive week. The Gamecocks, who were again a unanimous choice from the 28-member national media panel, have the fourth-longest streak ever atop the poll. Only UConn (51 and 34 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.

Stanford moved back up to No. 2 in the poll and the Cardinal were followed by LSU, Indiana and UConn in the top five. LSU is the only other undefeated team in women’s basketball besides South Carolina, which visits UConn for a top-five showdown on Sunday.

Iowa jumped out four spots to sixth with Utah, Maryland and Notre Dame coming in ahead of Ohio State. The Hawkeyes started the season No. 4 in the poll.

The Fighting Irish split a pair of games last week against ranked opponents, routing Florida State before falling to N.C. State.

“There’s a lot of parity right now, which is great, great for the game,” Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey said. “The game is growing, which is what you want. But yeah, I mean, every night, especially the ACC, the ACC is the strongest league and, you know, we have just a tough stretch every night.”

One week after falling out of the rankings, Texas re-entered the poll at No. 24. The Longhorns routed then-No. 14 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last week. South Florida also came in at No. 25. Colorado and Illinois fell out of the poll.


No. 25 South Florida continued its streak of being ranked for at least one week every season since the Bulls entered the poll for the first time in 2015.

“For us not being in a so-called football five conference, that’s a huge accomplishment,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. His team has won 10 consecutive games and has 20 victories this season. The team’s four losses have all come against ranked opponents (Michigan, Villanova, Ohio State and N.C. State).

“This group has been fun to coach. We always play a great non(equals)conference schedule,” Fernandez said. “We won on the road at Texas, beat Alabama, beat Arkansas. We challenged ourselves in November and December.”


Cameron Brink carried Stanford to a win over Oregon with a triple-double that included 10 blocks. It was the first triple-double in NCAA Division I women’s basketball featuring double-digit blocks since Tamari Key did it for Tennessee in an overtime win against Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.

No. 20 Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson set the all-time NCAA women’s career record for 3-pointers when she hit her 498th in a loss to Iowa State on Saturday. Robertson has 503 entering this week. The all-time NCAA record, men or women, is held by Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy, who has 534 and counting.

Purdue a unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; Vols up to No. 2

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Purdue became this season’s first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll Monday after wins over Michigan and Michigan State last week as chaos ensued behind the Boilermakers among other ranked teams.

More than half of Top 25 teams lost, including second-ranked Alabama, which was routed by Oklahoma in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. That allowed Purdue to grab the remaining No. 1 votes and tighten its grip atop the poll, while Tennessee jumped two spots to second and Houston held onto third in voting by 62 national media members.

The Boilermakers (21-1) have won eight straight since a one-point loss to Rutgers on Jan. 2.

“We’re the No. 1 team in the country because of how unselfish we are as a team,” Purdue guard David Jenkins Jr. said. “We had a lot of people doubting us in the beginning because, you know, we may not be the most talented team or whatever, but we’re close on the court and off the court and it’s really translating to how we’re winning.”

The Volunteers climbed to their highest perch since reaching No. 1 for four weeks during the 2018-19 season. They routed Georgia before becoming one of three SEC teams to beat Big 12 opponents on Saturday, knocking off No. 10 Texas 82-71 for their fifth consecutive win over a top-10 team.

Perhaps this is the year Rick Barnes finally gets the Vols through the Sweet 16 for the first time as their coach.

“We have a chance to be as good as we want to be,” he said. “It’s up to one thing: Are we tough enough to embrace the daily grind? And not worry about going to the Final Four or worry about going to the NCAA Tournament, but can we build a team that can be successful that time of year? It starts with truly embracing the grind.”

The Crimson Tide dropped to fourth after the blowout loss to the Sooners, when Alabama fell behind by 17 at halftime in an eventual 93-69 defeat. The Tide edged fifth-ranked Arizona by just two points in this week’s poll.

“It doesn’t have any effect on SEC standings, which is the only good thing to come out of this,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said of the lopsided loss. “Hopefully we’ll recover from a loss out of conference, but you know, it’s not good.”

Virginia was sixth and Kansas State, which rebounded from a narrow loss at No. 13 Iowa State by pummeling Florida on Saturday, fell two spots to seventh; the Wildcats face eighth-ranked Kansas in a top-10 showdown Tuesday night.

UCLA dropped to ninth after losing to Southern California and Texas rounded out the top 10.

Baylor continued its climb from unranked to No. 11 following wins over the Jayhawks and Arkansas. The Bears were followed by Gonzaga, Iowa State, Marquette and league rival TCU – the sixth Big 12 team in the top 15.

Xavier, Providence, Saint Mary’s, Florida Atlantic and Clemson completed the top 20, while poll returners Indiana and San Diego State joined Miami, UConn and Auburn in rounding out the Top 25.


The No. 11 Bears and No. 17 Providence made the biggest leaps, each climbing six spots from last week.

“I think our defense is better. Our turnovers are better. When you don’t give people easy transition baskets, now its five-on-five in the half court,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team had a date with the Longhorns on Monday night.

“We execute at a pretty high rate,” Drew said. “It really comes down to taking care of the ball, making sure we get shots up and when you don’t make them, you’ve got to get rebounds. And our guys are buying into that.”

Auburn took the biggest hit of those still in the poll, dropping 10 places after losses to unranked Texas A&M and West Virginia.


The Hoosiers returned to the poll at No. 21 and the Aztecs rejoined it right behind them. They took the place of Charleston, which fell out from No. 18 after losing to Hofstra, and New Mexico, which lost to Nevada in double overtime last week.


The Big 12’s dominance of the SEC in the final year of their head-to-head challenge was rewarded in the poll, where the league led the way with six ranked teams and all of them in the top 15. The Big East has four teams in the poll but none higher than No. 14 Marquette, while the SEC and ACC have three teams apiece.

College basketball broadcaster Billy Packer dies at 82

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Packer, an Emmy award-winning college basketball broadcaster who covered 34 Final Fours for NBC and CBS, died Thursday. He was 82.

Packer’s son, Mark, told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks and had several medical issues, and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

Packer’s broadcasting career coincided with the growth of college basketball. He worked as analyst or color commentator on every Final Four from 1975 to 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993.

“He really enjoyed doing the Final Fours,” Mark Packer said. “He timed it right. Everything in life is about timing. The ability to get involved in something that, frankly, he was going to watch anyway, was a joy to him. And then college basketball just sort of took off with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and that became, I think, the catalyst for college basketball fans to just go crazy with March Madness.”

Packer played three seasons at Wake Forest, and helped lead the Demon Deacons to the Final Four in 1962, but it was his work as an analyst that brought him the most acclaim.

He joined NBC in 1974 and called his first Final Four in 1975. UCLA beat Kentucky in the title game that year in what was John Wooden’s final game as coach.

Packer was also part of the broadcast in 1979 with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad in the title game. That remains highest-rated game in basketball history with a 24.1 Nielsen rating, which is an estimated 35.1 million viewers.

Packer went to CBS in the fall of 1981, when the network acquired the rights to the NCAA Tournament. He remained the network’s main analyst until the 2008 Final Four.

In 1996 at CBS, Packer was involved in controversy when he used the term “tough monkey? to describe then-Georgetown star Allen Iverson during a game. Packer later said he “was not apologizing for what I said, because what I said has no implications in my mind whatsoever to do with Allen Iverson’s race.?

Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said Packer was “synonymous with college basketball for more than three decades and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport.” McManus said. “In true Billy fashion, he analyzed the game with his own unique style, perspective and opinions, yet always kept the focus on the game. As passionate as he was about basketball, at his heart Billy was a family man. He leaves part of his legacy at CBS Sports, across college basketball and, most importantly, as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all.”

Packer was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale took to Twitter as word of Packer’s death spread. “So sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball,” Vitale tweeted. “My (prayers) go out to Billy’s son Mark & the entire Packer family. Always had great RESPECT for Billy & his partners Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they were super. May Billy RIP.”

College basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted: “We fell in love (with) college basketball because of you. Your voice will remain in my head forever.”

Packer was viewed as a controversial figure during his broadcasting days, often drawing the ire of college basketball fans, particularly on North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

“As a kid, I was a big NC State fan growing up, and I would watch a game and the next day I’d be like, `Boy you sure have it out for NC State, don’t you?’ And he would just laugh,” Mark Packer said.

The younger Packer, who is the host of ACC PM on the ACC Network, said it didn’t matter what school – most fans felt the same way about his father.

“He would cover North Carolina game and Tar Heels fans would be like, `you hate North Carolina,”‘ Mark Packer said. “Wake (Forest) fans would be like, `you hate us.’ And Billy just sort of got a kick out of that.”

Mark Packer said that while most fans will remember his father as a broadcaster, he’ll remember him even more for his business acumen. He said his father was a big real estate investor, and also owned a vape company, among other ventures.

“Billy was always a bit of a hustler – he was always looking for that next business deal,” Packer said.

Clemson starter Galloway will miss time after surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson starter Brevin Galloway is expected to miss games for the 24th-ranked Tigers after having surgery on his groin area Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Galloway has started 20 of 21 games after transferring from Boston College this past offseason.

Galloway posted on social media that he’d had the surgery. Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that Galloway had the operation.

Galloway said in his post he will be in uniform soon. He is not expected to play at Florida State on Saturday.

A fifth-year player, Galloway has averaged 10.6 points a game this season. He’s second on the Tigers with 55 assists and 18 steals.

The Tigers (17-4) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 9-1 in league play.

Clemson is already down two experienced players due to injury.

Point guard Chase Hunter, who started the team’s first 18 games, has missed the past three with a foot injury.

Guard Alex Hemenway, in his fourth season, has missed the past nine games with a foot injury. Hemenway was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (27 of 54) before getting hurt.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”


The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.


Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.


The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.


Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.