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Gonzaga incoming freshman Anton Watson not picked for final USA U19 World Cup roster

Gonzaga incoming freshman Anton Watson’s bid to make the USA U19 World Cup team came up just short.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Dynamic duo: History awaits Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke at NBA draft

Gonzaga’s starting five at the NBA draft: Projected first-round picks Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd.


Marvin Cannon, Ahmed Ali return to Washington State basketball, rounding out Kyle Smith’s roster

Ali and Cannon, junior college transfers who were recruited by former coach Ernie Kent, both entered the transfer portal and seemed intent on finding a new place to play when …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Gonzaga-bound Anton Watson makes first cut for USA U19 squad

Gonzaga incoming freshman Anton Watson is one of 18 finalists for the USA U19 World Cup team.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Former Gonzaga guard Greg Foster Jr. transferring to St. Joseph’s

Greg Foster Jr., who announced 10 days ago he was transferring from Gonzaga, has committed to St. Joseph’s.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Grad transfer Derryck Thornton, who visited Gonzaga, commits to Boston College

Gonzaga’s opening in the backcourt remains open. The Zags have been looking to add another veteran guard but it won’t be USC graduate transfer point guard Derryck Thornton. Thornton has …


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Two-sport star Jalen Suggs high on Gonzaga, and vice versa

Gonzaga is one of dozens recruiting Suggs, who also has football interest from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia. Several schools, including Tennessee, seem amenable to …


John Blanchette: Firing Don Verlin puts Idaho in contention as college basketball’s No. 1 laughing stock

This may be Idaho doing the most Idaho thing ever. So far.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Idaho fires men’s basketball coach Don Verlin after he was placed on administrative leave

Assistant Zac Claus has been named interim coach and will serve in that role through next season.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Gonzaga will host ACC power North Carolina on Dec. 18

The date is set for one of Gonzaga’s biggest home basketball games.


John Calipari signs $86 million, 10-year extension with Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special …


Report: 6 men’s basketball programs to face NCAA allegations

A key NCAA official says six schools are going to be facing allegations of Level I violations as early as next month, the next turn of the screw in the …


New-look Virginia back to work after winning NCAA title

Tony Bennett’s first offseason as a national championship coach has come with benefits on the recruiting trail. However, his first season at Virginia after winning the title will bring challenges. …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke invited to NBA draft green room

Gonzaga Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke won’t know for sure where they will go until the NBA draft on June 20, but they received a pretty good indication Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Few Good Men sidelined from The Basketball Tournament for first time in four years

There will be a few former Zags on rosters, but the Gonzaga-centric Few Good Men will not be involved in The Basketball Tournament this summer.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Gonzaga, Washington extend basketball series for four games through 2024 season

Gonzaga has dominated the men’s basketball series recently with Washington, but the rivalry grew more interesting last year when the Zags escaped with an 81-79 win in Spokane. The programs …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

NCAA clears Division II player after agent-rule mistake

The NCAA has cleared Glenville State’s Phil Bledsoe after the Division II college basketball player mistakenly used a new rule permitting only Division I players to declare for the NBA …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Point guard Greg Foster Jr. transferring from Gonzaga

Greg Foster Jr. has entered his name in the transfer portal and isn’t expected to return to Gonzaga, according to a source.


New 3-point distance could assist Gonzaga’s offense

The NCAA has approved moving the 3-point line to the international basketball distance, which probably won’t raise an eyebrow for the six international players on Gonzaga’s roster next season.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Redacted report lists three potential violations by Idaho’s men’s basketball program

The future of University of Idaho basketball was celebrated Thursday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new arena that has been on a wish list for half a century. But …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

Gonzaga takes No. 7 spot in ESPN’s ‘Way-Too-Early Top 25’

Four of Gonzaga’s opponents next season also made the list: North Carolina (No. 6), Arizona (15), Saint Mary’s (19) and Washington (21).


Ex-Arizona assistant basketball coach gets 3-month sentence

A judge has sentenced a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona to three months in prison for his role in a college hoops corruption scandal. Emanuel “Book” …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

NCAA moving men’s 3-point line to international distance

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Wednesday that the arc will be moved to 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches for the 2019-20 season, matching the international distance.


Emotional ex-USC basketball coach avoids prison after plea

Tony Bland dropped his head in relief Wednesday when he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation. Bland was the first of four assistant …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

After a season plagued with injuries, Eastern Washington men’s basketball coach Shantay Legans tears Achilles

Eastern Washington men’s basketball coach Shantay Legans can finally empathize with anyone who’s torn their Achilles tendon.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Gonzaga basketball will face Portland and Pacific once during 16-game conference schedule

Gonzaga knows it’ll play seven conference foes twice and two opponents just once under the WCC’s new scheduling system.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

Kansas’ Devon Dotson, Quentin Grimes withdraw from draft; Grimes to transfer

Kansas freshmen Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes withdrew from the NBA draft ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline, while Grimes also announced that he would transfer elsewhere for his sophomore year. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Killian Tillie’s return bolsters Gonzaga’s experience, frontcourt

Killian Tillie is coming back, a decision that gives Gonzaga a cornerstone for next season and affords the talented forward an opportunity to elevate his draft stock.


Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. to return for senior year

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. will return for his senior season after entering his name in the NBA draft. Cowan led the Terrapins in scoring last season and is a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

TCU’s Jamie Dixon says he decided to stay instead of going to UCLA

TCU’s Jamie Dixon says he made the decision to stay at his alma mater instead of going home to coach at UCLA. Dixon says UCLA was prepared to take care …