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Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:02 AM
Updated: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:02 AM
USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday and is expected to name South Carolina women’s coach Dawn Staley to direct the women’s national team, the Post and Courier reported.
Staley won three gold medals as a player and two more as an assistant. Staley would succeed Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who has led the U.S. women’s teams for the past two Olympics. Staley was an assistant to Auriemma in Rio de Janeiro and also assisted Anne Donovan on the gold-winning team at Beijing in 2008.
According to USA Basketball, the news conference will be to announce the head coach who will lead the U.S. women’s national team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, if necessary the 2019 Olympic qualifying tournament, and the 2020 Olympics.
“I think it is the perfect person for our game and for generations to come," basketball television analyst Debbie Antonelli told the Post and Courier. "There’s no better competitor. There’s no greater ambassador for our game. Dawn has embodied the full patriotic experience. She gets it.”
The United States has won the gold medal in women’s basketball in six consecutive Olympics. The American women have won 49 straight games and are 66-3 since beginning play in 1976.
Staley played on U.S. Olympic teams that won gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies before her final games in Sydney.
As a head coach, Staley has led U.S. women's teams to gold medals three times: at the 2007 Pan-American Games, the 2014 under-18 FIBA Americas Championship, and most recently the 2015 under-19 FIBA World Championships in Russia, where Gamecocks star A'ja Wilson was named MVP.
Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 6:33 PM
FAIRBORN — Wright State coach Scott Nagy prefers to go straight to questions instead of making an opening comment in his postgame press conferences, but he was so excited by what he saw against Kent State on Saturday that he interrupted the media’s first query.
“I’ll start with a statement if you want me to,” he said.
The Raiders were abysmal on offense, especially from the 3-point line. But they were the tougher, scrappier, hungrier team — flashing the traits Nagy has tried to instill in his players from the first practice.
“All the things that go into who we want to be, we did all those things tonight,” he said after the 63-54 win before 3,448 fans.
“Obviously, we’d like to be better on offense, and we’ll get there. I’m less concerned about that and more concerned about staying at this level that we were defensively — and the hustle plays. We saw kids on the floor making plays. I’m really pleased with the guys.”
The Raiders forced a whopping 24 turnovers and held the visitors to 19-of-52 shooting (36.5 percent).
While Nagy’s system isn’t designed to create havoc — he puts an emphasis on protecting the rim instead of extending the defense — they’re generating 17.5 turnovers per game.
“We’re not a team that forces a lot of turnovers,” senior wing Grant Benzinger said. “That’s just not how our defensive style is. But it’s always good when you do that because it makes offense easier.
“You get in transition more and have a lot more open looks. Even though we didn’t shoot it well, we had a lot of open shots that will fall eventually.”
The Raiders (6-4) made only 4-of-22 three-pointers and were just 20-of-52 from the field (38.5 percent). But they were able to get 18 points off turnovers, which was a big reason they won their sixth straight game at the Nutter Center — their longest streak since 2007-08.
Benzinger had 13 points to lead a balanced attack. Junior center Parker Ernsthausen had a season-high 11 points, while freshmen Jaylon Hall and Everett Winchester had 11 and 10, respectively.
The Raiders were in control most of the game. Hall’s inside bucket capped a 6-0 run that made it 29-19 with 2:49 to go in the first half. They led, 31-24, at the break.
The Flashes (5-5), who won the MAC tournament title last season, cut the deficit to five early in the second half, but Benzinger made a 3-pointer and then scored inside to make it 40-28 with 15:34 to go.
Kent State whittled the deficit to 41-35 with 11:58 left. But the Raiders built the lead back to 12 with 8:27 to go on a pair of three-point plays by Winchester.
Point guard Justin Mitchell chipped in six points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
The Raiders just had too many scoring threats for the Flashes to keep up.
“I like that,” Nagy said. “I mentioned when we played Western Kentucky that they have six players averaging in double figures in scoring, and I had never seen that. But we’re very, very close to having that.”
Going into the game, Benzinger was averaging 14.0, Mark Hughes 10.6, Winchester 10.2, Justin Mitchell 10.1, Louden Love 9.8 and Hall 9.6.
Wright State at Toledo, 2 p.m., 106.5
Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 4:16 PM
— LaVar Ball pulled his son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA weeks after the Bruins basketball player and two of his teammates were arrested in China for stealing a pair of sunglasses.
LiAngelo Ball was indefinitely suspended alongside teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after they were accused last month of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel in Hangzhou, China. If convicted, the trio would have faced 10-year sentences.
"I'm not sitting back and waiting," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they're in jail here."
The trio apologized to their teammates, friends, families and the government – including President Donald Trump – at a news conference after they were returned to the U.S. on Nov. 14.
According to ESPN, Riley, Hill and LiAngelo Ball were subject to review for possible violations to UCLA’s Student Conduct Code. The code includes a section on theft.
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford announced last month that the trio would be suspended indefinitely. ESPN reported that the players have not been allowed to suit up, travel or practice with the UCLA basketball team.
"These are good young men who exercised an inexcusable lack of judgment," Alford said at a news conference last month. “At some point, they may be permitted to join team workouts, practices and meetings, but that timeline has yet to be determined. They will have to earn their way back."
Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
— The three UCLA basketball players previously detained by Chinese police on shoplifting allegations were being allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday, according to a report by The Washington Post.
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned and arrested by police after being accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel in Hangzhou, China. The three players were released on bond Wednesday and did not play in Friday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China.
The report of the players’ release comes hours after President Donald Trump said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the players’ case.
“They’re working on it right now... Hopefully everything is going to work out,” Trump told reporters on his tour of Asia, according to the Washington Post.
Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:41 PM
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga said his legal team believes he is “Coach-3,” as noted in the Department of Justice report about the FBI investigation into college basketball’s underbelly.
“I am grateful we have come to that conclusion,” said Larranaga, “as I know I did nothing wrong, and it is comforting to know none of my assistants are connected in any way.” He added that the U.S. attorney’s office has not confirmed the identity of “Coach-3.”
In a news conference at the Watsco Center, Larranaga addressed the media for the first time since the Sept. 26 complaint was unveiled in New York. Uncharacteristically, he read from a prepared statement. He fielded questions afterward from reporters about the emotional impact, but referred all inquiries about the investigation to his statement, which said he appreciated that the media had a job to do, but that he would not offer comment.
Larranaga’s full statement:
Jim Larranaga reads from a prepared statement on his involvement in the FBI investigation into college basketball's underbelly.Posted by Post on Miami Hurricanes on Monday, October 23, 2017
“I cannot state more emphatically that I absolutely have no knowledge of any wrongdoing by any member of our staff and I certainly have never engaged in the conduct that some have speculated about,” Larranaga said, holding a piece of paper with both hands.
“I have tried to live every single one of my 68 years on this earth with integrity, character, and humility. … To have those values that I cherish so dearly even questioned, is disheartening and disappointing.”
“Coach-3,” in the FBI report, was said to know about an Adidas executive and others conspiring to funnel some $150,000 to a 2018 recruit, later learned to be Orlando-based five-star wing Nassir Little. Little and his father signed statements, provided to The Post by Larranaga’s legal team, saying they accepted no money, never discussed payment with any of the men charged, and they and Miami did nothing wrong.
Asked about his relationship with former Adidas executive Jim Gatto, who was one of 10 men indicted by the FBI on conspiracy and fraud charges, Larranaga declined to comment, referring to the statement.
“It’s been a strain, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” Larranaga said. “It’s something that’s there. I have to deal with it. I have the support of my wife and a wonderful family. I have the support of the university, my staff and players.”
Both Ja’Quan Newton and Bruce Brown, the two players Miami made available to the media, said they were not aware of the details of the investigation. They said practice has been as usual, and they’ve noticed no change in their coach.
“Around us, ‘Coach L’ isn’t going to show he’s hurt,” Newton said. “He’s so happy to be around us.”
Larranaga said he briefed his players on Sept. 26, along with UM Athletics Director Blake James.
“They have nothing to do with this,” Larranaga said. “It hasn’t been talked about since.”
Asked how the investigation has affected recruiting, Larranaga said it has been a negative, but his staff is “very strong and resilient, and we’ll figure out a way to recruit successfully.”
UM does not have a verbal commitment for 2018. It had an official visit set up the weekend of Sept. 9 with five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, but it was canceled when Hurricane Irma forced UM to evacuate the campus.
Asked if he has received messages of support from colleagues, Larranaga answered, “Yes.”