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Saturday / June 3.
  • Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 20 points and Seth Curry and Howard Thompkins had 12 apiece as the U.S. routed Canada 93-73 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

    Tyshawn Taylor and John Schurna added 10 points apiece for the Americans (7-0).

    The U.S. set a record for most 3-point field goals made and highest single game 3-point shooting percentage, making 14-for-26.

    PHILLY — With Joe Mazzulla and Darryl “Truck” Bryant both suspended from the West Virginia basketball program, who’s going to play point for the Mountaineers this year?

    “[Da’Sean Butler] did last year, Devin [Ebanks] can play at the point,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said Thursday night at the Reebok All-American Camp.

    Butler (pictured) is a Newark, N.J. native and Ebanks hails from Long Island City, N.Y.

    Both are wing players and both are getting invaluable experience this summer. Butler scored 12 points Tuesday when the U.S. beat Serbia 68-66 in the World University Games in Serbia.

    “Da’s playing with the World Univeristy Games and Devin’s been playing in the Nike stuff so that helps them,” Huggins said. “They both work, so they’re both going to get better.”

    PHILLY – Drove down here this morning and I’ve already eaten a Philly cheese steak at the Pour House with Dana O’Neill of ESPN.com and Brendan Quinn of Basketball Times. Quinn did the driving and did a spectacular job parallel parking in front of the restaurant, a la George Costanza in the hospital episode of “Seinfeld.”

    Here are some quick notes.


    **Chris Coleman, a 6-9 junior center from Durham (NC) Mt. Zion (pictured), has committed to Florida International and head coach Isiah Thomas, despite my previous post to the contrary.

    “I liked that [Thomas] played in the NBA, coached in the NBA and he’s got a lot of experience and stuff,” Coleman told the NBE Basketball Report. “That is where I am trying to get, so that is why I committed.”

    Darryl Bryant, a West Virginia guard and Brooklyn native who starred at St. Raymond’s in The Bronx, has been suspended indefinitely.

    Bryant was suspended because of his involvement in a traffic accident outside of Morgantown early Wednesday, after which he left the scene, according to the Charleston Gazette. He was charged with four misdemeanors, including leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured in the accident and Bryant is free on bond.

    Coach Bob Huggins didn’t specify Bryant’s violation in announcing the suspension Wednesday. Huggins didn’t respond to a text message seeking comment.