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UConn greats expect program to climb back to elite status

Don’t tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program. Calhoun says the program inherited by Dan Hurley is still the same one that has won four national championships over the past 20 years. The Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 over the past two seasons. UConn is currently under NCAA investigation and is in a $10 million contract dispute with former coach Kevin Ollie.

Gonzaga among final eight for 2019 guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Gonzaga has made the final eight for standout guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis. Ellis, ranked No. 94 in ESPN.com’s Top 100 in the 2019 recruiting class, tweeted Tuesday that he’s considering Gonzaga, Oregon, Arizona, USC, San Diego State Memphis, Oklahoma and Georgia Tech.

NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal. The NCAA announced that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a “series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally.”

Gonzaga-bound Petrusev helps Serbia win European Championships

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Gonzaga-bound Filip Petrusev scored 29 points as Serbia outlasted host Latvia 99-90 Sunday to win the FIBA U18 European Championships. France, led by Gonzaga redshirt freshman Joel Ayayi’s 22 points, took third place with a 79-70 win over Russia.

Tar Heels to name playing floor in coach Roy Williams’ honor

North Carolina is honoring Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams by putting his name on the playing floor. UNC says it will dedicate “Roy Williams Court” on Aug. 24. Williams has 842 career victories as head coach at Kansas and UNC. He led the Tar Heels to three NCAA championships.