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Saint Louis freshman Carte’Are Gordon expected to transfer

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Saint Louis freshman big man Carte’Are Gordon is expected to transfer, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

The former top-100 prospect sent out a cryptic tweet saying goodbye to Saint Louis earlier on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 Gordon is expected to officially move on from the program by the end of the week.

Gordon was one of the highest-rated Saint Louis recruits in years as he was seen as a centerpiece for head coach Travis Ford to potentially build with. Gordon has been committed to the Billikens since late in 2016. During freshman season, Gordon was averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while playing in 24.5 minutes per contest.

Saint Louis is expected to be a major factor in the Atlantic 10 race this season, as losing Gordon right before conference play is a major blow for the Billikens.

Atlantic 10 basketball returns to NBCSN for 2018-19 season

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Atlantic 10 men’s basketball returns to NBCSN for the 2018-19 season as the network will feature 33 conference and postseason matchups, the league announced.

Coverage will begin with five games during the weekend of Jan. 5-6 that concludes with a tripleheader on Sunday, Jan. 6. A quadruple-header also goes down on Saturday, Jan. 19, along with three total doubleheaders. The conference tournament will also be covered as the second round and quarterfinals will be on NBCSN for eight total postseason games.

All Atlantic 10 games featured on NBCSN will also be available for streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The A-10 featured three NCAA tournament teams in 2018 as Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure and Davidson all played in the Field of 68.

Saint Louis lands graduate transfer guard Tramaine Isabell

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Saint Louis added a quality graduate transfer guard on Friday as Drexel’s Tramaine Isabell pledged to the Billikens.

Returning to the state of Missouri after starting his college basketball career with two years at Mizzou, the 6-foot-1 Isabell had a breakout junior season with the Dragons in which he averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Immediately eligible for next season, Isabell was one of the most productive guards left on the transfer market as this is a great get for head coach Travis Ford and Saint Louis. The Billikens have a talented team coming back for the 2018-19 season as Isabell gives them a noted scorer and a much-needed perimeter shooting threat.

Contenders in the Atlantic 10 next season, Saint Louis has a lot of promising pieces returning, including Javon Bess, Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French. With the Billikens also securing a quality recruiting class — including in-state forward Carte’Are Gordon — expectations are going to be high for the upcoming season.

Heart ailment sidelines UMass G Jaylen Brantley

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Reed Tellinghuisen #23 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits fouls Jaylen Brantley #1 of the Maryland Terrapins as Keaton Moffitt #12 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits looks on in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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In his first season as head coach at UMass, Matt McCall inherited a couple players capable of aiding in the rebuilding process in guard Luwane Pipkins and forward Rashaan Holloway, and he added a transfer guard in Jaylen Brantley. Brantley, who played two seasons at Maryland before returning to his home state, was expected to be an immediate factor in the Minutemen rotation this season.

Unfortunately that will not be the case, as it was announced Tuesday that Brantley’s career is over after a previously undetected heart ailment was found during a medical exam. UMass has a medical policy in which it administers an electrocardiogram (EKG) test as part of its initial examination of incoming athletes, which is how Brantley’s heart ailment was detected.

“While knowing my basketball career will be over, the fact that I will be able to live a healthy, normal lifestyle does give me peace of mind,” Brantley said per the release. “This has been a hard process, but I am thankful for the support and guidance of Coach McCall, the medical staff at UMass, my teammates, my mother and my family.

“It’s certainly a difficult diagnosis to receive, but there is so much I want to do in life and knowing this early will help me in the long term. I thank God that this condition was detected and may have saved my life and, for that, I will be forever grateful.”

While Brantley’s career coming to an end is certainly a negative, it is good for his sake that this situation was detected. Brantley, who transferred to UMass as a graduate student, will remain on scholarship while helping the program in what was termed as a “leadership role” in the release.

As for how Brantley’s situation impacts UMass on the court, the team’s depth at the point takes a hit with Pipkins and redshirt freshman Unique McLean being the other available scholarship options. Keon Clergeot, who began his collegiate career at Memphis, will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo suffers injury in Greece

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Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks All-Star, Giannis, may have to wait for his college career to begin at Dayton.

Antetokounmpo, who missed every single game last season after the NCAA ruled him a partial qualifier, suffered a tibia fracture, according to Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time, but it occurred in Greece where he was training with his home country for the FIBA U20 European Championship, which is set to begin at the end of this week in Crete.

The 6-foot-10 forward was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, rated as the No. 89 overall prospect by Rivals. As a partial qualifier, he was allowed to practice with the team after the first semester. He did not lose a year of eligibility this past season.

If the injury isn’t anything major, Antetokounmpo will be part of a versatile set of wings for the Flyers, one that includes Josh Cunningham and Xeyrius Williams. Rising juniors Ryan Mikesell and Sam Miller are also part of a frontline that will look to make up for the production left behind by Kendall Pollard.

Since taking over his alma mater this spring, Dayton head coach Anthony Grant has praised the play of the younger Antetokounmpo.

“This is a huge summer for him,” Grant previously told the Dayton Daily News. When you think about it, the last time he played organized basketball was two years ago. You want to see him put it all together. He’s got a lot of organized basketball was two years ago. You want to see him put it all together. He’s got a lot of potential.”