Sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. became the third Gonzaga basketball player this week to declare for the NBA draft. Norvell made his announcement Saturday afternoon in a school release.
Although it has three practices next week focused on specific opponents in the upcoming season, Idaho, for the most part, culminated spring ball with its annual Silver and Gold game Friday.
Left guard Will Gram has been the freshest face on the first-team offense this spring.
Nathaniel James, a 6-0, 250-pound defensive tackle from Avon, Indiana, pledged to Washington State’s football team Friday night, giving the Cougars their first defensive lineman commit in the class of 2020.
Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not be required to testify in next week’s federal basketball corruption trial. U.S. District Court judge Edgardo Ramos ruled Miller and Wade were not relevant to the bribery trial that starts Monday. The two coaches had been subpoenaed in the trial of aspiring agent Christian Dawkins and former amateur coach Merl Code.
Washington State brought its spring scrimmage home this year, hoping to pipe in the same atmosphere the Cougars get six or seven times at Martin Stadium every fall.
Here are five Washington State players for fans to keep an eye on during Saturday’s Crimson and Gray Game (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) at Martin Stadium.
Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is staying for his senior year. Teammate Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career. Winston was the Big Ten player of the year. He averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior and broke a Big Ten single-season record with 291 assists. Ward averaged nearly 13 points and six-plus rebounds per game in a season stunted by a broken left hand.
A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team’s scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.
There has been plenty of coaching turnover around the Southeastern Conference this offseason. It just didn’t involve the men in charge. The 2019 season shapes up as the first time since 2006 that the SEC will open a football season without any new head coaches. But there are a host of new offensive and defensive coordinators.
After a meandering search, St. John’s finally settled on Mike Anderson as its new basketball coach. Anderson was hired by the Red Storm after getting fired at Arkansas last month. He also had head coaching stints at Missouri and UAB before leading the Razorbacks to five postseason appearances and a 169-102 record in eight seasons.
A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall
Seven of the 14 Big Ten teams are coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. Incumbents Peyton Ramsey at Indiana and Arthur Sitkowski at Rutgers are facing challenges. Northwestern must replace four-year starter Clayton Thorson and Clemson backup Hunter Johnson is expected to have the inside track. Any question about Georgia transfer Justin Fields being the starter at Ohio State was answered when Matthew Baldwin announced he would transfer.
When spring camp opened, coaches ran an interesting concept by Kassidy Woods, an outside receiver who played sparingly on special teams in 2018, but preserved his redshirt by appearing in only four games. With the “X” and “Z” positions essentially clogged up, Woods got a trial run at the “Y” slot position.
Football and basketball coaches may be less likely to add graduate transfers to their teams under a change being considered by the NCAA.
Iowa State should have one of the most talented teams in school history. The Cyclones will also be without two of the most gifted players they’ve ever had in wide receiver Hakeem Butler and running back David Montgomery, and replacing their production will be paramount to their success next season. But the Cyclones should finally have enough depth to withstand those blows.
Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin has signaled his intention to transfer. A school spokesman confirmed the redshirt freshman has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. He was competing for the starting job in spring practice with Georgia transfer Justin Fields, who was the favorite to win the job. Baldwin’s transfer will leave graduate transfer Chris Chugunov as Fields’ only backup.
Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after two standout seasons at Texas Tech. Culver helped lead his hometown Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history. Culver’s announcement came 10 days after Tech lost in overtime to Virginia in the national championship game. The Red Raiders went to their first Elite Eight last year when Culver was a freshman.
Julian Strawther, a talented wing ranked in the top 40 in the 2020 class, celebrated his 17th birthday Thursday by announcing on Twitter he’s “110% committed” to Gonzaga.
Kansas has officially appealed the two-year suspension of forward Silvio De Sousa arising from an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball. The school says De Sousa was suspended for most of the 2018-19 basketball season and all of the 2019-20 season “for alleged violations that he was unaware of and from which he did not benefit.” The appeal now goes to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. That committee’s ruling is final.
Most read stories
- Do nurses spend time ‘playing cards’? Washington senator’s remarks spark outrage …
- Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell Jr. becomes third Zag to declare for NBA draft …
- Spokane climber Jess Roskelley missing and presumed killed by avalanche in Canadian Rockies; David Lama, Hansjorg Auer also presumed dead …
- Heavy snowfall delays search for Spokane climber Jess Roskelley and partners, but weather shows signs of improvement …
- Spokane judge sentences woman to 31 years for Bret Snow killing …