Monday, April 15, 2013

Jon Scheyer to join Duke coaching staff

Jon Scheyer is coming back to Duke.

A source close to the program said Monday confirmed that Scheyer will be a special assistant next season. Scheyer is currently playing professionally in Spain and did not respond to a request for comment.

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As a member of the Duke squad from 2006-2010, Scheyer ranks 10th in school history with 2,077 career points. Scheyer also ranks fourth in the Duke record books with 297 3-pointers and third in career free throws (608) and free throw percentage (.861). Scheyer was a senior captain and starting point guard on the 2010 national championship team.

Since graduating from Duke, Scheyer has played in the NBA development league, as a reserve for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, and is currently a reserve for CB Gran Canaria this season. His best chance at the NBA was derailed in 2010 by a freak eye injury in an NBA summer league game. Scheyer was out seven months after surgery to repair a partly torn optic nerve.

CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman first reported the possibility of Scheyer returning to Duke this weekend. He would fill the position vacated by Nate James, who was promoted to assistant coach when Chris Collins left for Northwestern. The Blue Devils were expected to hire a former player.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Duke's Mason Plumlee is Big Man of the Year

Duke's Mason Plumlee received the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award at the Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Atlanta. He is the first player out of the ACC to claim the award in its 14 years of existence.

Plumlee was named second-team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He averaged 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, and he shot 59.9 percent from the field.

Plumlee was also a Capital One first-team Academic All-America selection. He is the fifth player in Duke history to earn All-America and Academic All-America in the same season.

- Observer News Services

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Video: Michigan, Louisville prep for NCAA basketball championship

Louisville's Rick Pitino discusses how he prepares his team for Michigan and coach John Beilein talks about the Cardinals. CineSport's Noah Coslov reports from inside the Georgia Dome, the site of Monday's NCAA men's basketball championship.

NCAA championship video: Michigan's Trey Burke vs.Louisville's Russ Smith

CineSport's Noah Coslov is inside the Georgia Dome with The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler to discuss the battle of the backcourts featuring Michigan's Trey Burke and Louisville's Russ Smith.

Scott's column: Michigan's Burke, Louisville's Smith hold keys in NCAA finale

Video: Michigan, Louisville reach NCAA title game

The Michigan Wolverines survived a late rally by Syracuse and Louisville held off ninth-seeded Wichita State for a trip to the NCAA title game. CineSport's Noah Coslov reports from Atlanta.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Video: 2013 Final Four storylines

SI experts Seth Davis, Pete Thamel and Andy Glockner take a look at the top matchups and storylines in the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta featuring Syracuse, Michigan, Louisville and Wichita State.

Roy Williams: 3 Tar Heels weigh NBA options

Roy Williams said Friday that three North Carolina players, James Michael McAdoo, P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock, are weighing early entry into the NBA, and that they have not yet completed that process.

Williams, during a radio interview with WFNZ-610AM’s Taylor Zarzour, said:

"I think it's still up in the air but we're much much closer to having all of them back than we were last year. They are all enjoying school, they are all still hungry to do more and there is nobody that is a guaranteed top-10 pick. We still have to continue going through the process, allowing those guys to make decisions, and in my mind some of them have already been made just about, but we're going to wait until all three are done so we can just have one announcement."

Bullock, a junior, averaged 13.9 points and shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range this season.  McAdoo, a sophomore, averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds. Hairston, a sophomore, averaged 14.6 points and shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range.

Only McAdoo is considered a first-round pick in most mock drafts.

The NBA early-entry deadline is April 28.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Davidson's Jake Cohen to play in Reese's College All-Star Game

The Davidson Wildcats' Jake Cohen will play in Friday's Reese's College All-Star Game in Atlanta.

The annual event, which features the top college basketball seniors, tips off at 5 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

Cohen led the Wildcats to back-to-back Southern Conference tournament titles and NCAA tournament appearances.

- Observer News Services

Monday, April 1, 2013

Video: Louisville coach Rick Pitino discusses Kevin Ware's broken leg

Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome broken leg during Louisville's 85-63 win over Duke on Sunday in the Elite Eight. Coach Rick Pitino discussed the emotional injury.