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August 29, 2014 Updates
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Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to Georgetown's new athletics center. The school said Monday the amount of the gift reflects the uniform No. 33 that Ewing wore at Georgetown and in the NBA. NBA.com

August 17, 2014 Updates

Even if John Calipari had known LeBron James would eventually return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the University of Kentucky coach told The Courier-Journal he likely still would have signed his seven-year extension to stay with the Wildcats in June. He just couldn't leave more than a half-dozen players who themselves passed on the NBA draft to return to UK for another season. "They came back because it was good for them and their careers and they knew they needed more developing and coaching. That was by me. That's what they wanted," Calipari told the paper in an interview Sunday morning in the Bahamas. "So that made it a tough deal to say, 'I'm just going to leave these guys here.' With who? It may be somebody I don't know that wouldn't do the things for them that they needed to do. Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special. It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money." Louisville Courier-Journal

Despite reports that he was in serious talks with Cleveland – and ultimately turned down the Cavs earlier this summer – Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA. But James, who Calipari has said he'd love to coach, had not made his decision at that point. Would that have made a difference? "No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys. Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway." Louisville Courier-Journal

August 6, 2014 Updates

Eager to do something to wish Paul George well after the horrific compound fracture of his lower right leg he suffered at a Team USA scrimmage last Friday night, Fresno State's athletic department came up with a clever idea. They made the former Bulldogs star a life-size get-well card. Everyone from fans, to players, to coach Rodney Terry piled into the Bulldog Shop on the Fresno State campus Tuesday to sign the back of the 6-foot-9 card. School officials intend to send the card to the Indiana Pacers later this week so they can give it to George. Yahoo! Sports

July 31, 2014 Updates

After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM. Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League. RealGM

The reason didn't matter. What did were the terms of the deal he signed and who he signed it with: a $1.275 million contract to play a single 30-35 game season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That's $1.275 million, mostly tax-free, for five months of work. Moreover, the season ends in March, allowing him plenty of time to prep for next June's NBA draft. It's a lot more than tuition, room and board offered by SMU and more than enough to spin heads all over the recruiting trail. "I think the new snack money will convince kids to go to school," joked Louisville coach Rick Pitino as he watched the AAU Nationals here earlier this month, referencing the NCAA initiative to provide unlimited food to players. "We've got free Power Bars," he continued. Yahoo! Sports

"China is about new things," said Giovanni Funiciello, president of Los Angeles-based GCF Sports Management and a prominent agent and sports marketer in Chinese basketball since 1999. "You have a potential star in the making. I'm not going to put Mudiay in the category of LeBron James, but if [a team marketed] the possibility of a LeBron prior to going to the NBA … "Is that going to mean more money out of it?" he continued. "I don't know yet. The jury is out on that. But it's possible. It's definitely possible." Yahoo! Sports

Meanwhile, the trend with U.S. companies is to tie more and more of their budgets up in fewer and fewer players, mostly LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and a couple others. So looking overseas for outside income makes sense. "There's not a lot of advertising dollars left in the United States," Funiciello said. "It's not like the early 1990s when everyone was getting money. A couple guys have monopolized the endorsements." Yahoo! Sports

July 30, 2014 Updates

Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday. Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft. “I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon. RealGM

July 28, 2014 Updates

Adam Zagoria: Emmanuel Mudiay has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse but still plans to play overseas for financial reasons, source tells @SNYtv. Mudiay said he would skip SMU and play overseas for financial reasons, not because of academics at Prime Prep. Reportedly signed for $1.2M. Mudiay is still expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft & will now get paid this year as opposed to risking his health in college Twitter @AdamZagoria

July 22, 2014 Updates

Chuck Person will be the next head basketball coach at Auburn University. He boldly informed the North Alabama Auburn Club of that future fact Monday night as an example of new confidence the basketball program has created since Bruce Pearl took over last spring and hired the Auburn legend as an assistant. "I want to be head coach at Auburn," he told a gathering of about 100 people at Decatur Country Club. "That's my goal. I'm going to make it happen. It's going to happen." Birmingham News

July 14, 2014 Updates

Yannis Koutroupis: According to a source close to the situation, Mudiay's camp thinks his decision to go overseas could pay off in the millions immediately. Only league Mudiay could make millions in, though, is China - and everyone I've talked to says that would be the worst place for him. Twitter @YannisNBA

Yannis Koutroupis: From what I've heard, D-League isn't an option for Mudiay, even though he'd be taken care of financially beyond D-League salary by his agent Twitter @YannisNBA

Luke Winn: Just talked with Emmanuel Mudiay's brother Stephane, and he gave me a statement from Emmanuel: "I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA. But I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities. I am grateful for Prime Prep coach [Ray] Forsett for developing me into the player and man that I am and I am also grateful for coach Brown's guidance and his support. This has nothing to do with my eligibility in any way." Twitter @lukewinn

Mudiay, an explosive 6-foot-5 guard, has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft. The Chinese Basketball Association has been discussed as a possible destination for Mudiay, a native of the Congo. Mudiay has had ongoing conversations with SMU coach Larry Brown and university officials about his ability to become academically eligible to play his freshman year, sources told Yahoo Sports. Mudiay has wanted to play for the Hall of Fame coach at his hometown school, but there are concerns about the NCAA clearing him to play for the 2014-15 season, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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