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Monday / May 20.
  • Memphis to Forfeit Final Four; Wooden List

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    John Calipari will forfeit a Final Four appearance for the second time in his coaching career.

    The University of Memphis will forfeit its 2008 Final Four appearance and 38-win season, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which cited a source close to the situation. The NCAA will release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the program Thursday.

    The NCAA investigated whether someone took the SAT for former Memphis guard Derrick Rose (pictured), now with the Chicago Bulls. That made Rose retroactively ineligible. His older brother, Reggie Rose, was also found to have accumulated $2,260 in unpaid trave expenses. Memphis was notified of potential violations in January and met with the NCAA in June.

    “Honestly, I don’t care,” Antonio Anderson, a member of the ’08 team told Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com. “We know what we did. We didn’t do anything wrong, but it is what it is.”

    It would be the second time both Memphis and Calipari, who left Memphis after the season to coach Kentucky, had to vacate Final Four seasons. The Tigers were stripped of their 1985 appearance under Dana Kirk and Calipari’s Massachusetts team lost its 1996 berth because Marcus Camby took money from an agent.

    Only Memphis’ 1973 Final Four appearance will remain on the books.

    Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson, coach Josh Pastner and a spokesman for the team couldn’t be reached by The Associated Press for comment Wednesday night.

    (The AP contributed)

    WOODEN WATCH LIST

    Here is the Wooden Top 50 Preseason List released today. Freshmen were not eligible. Big East players are bolded.
    Solomon Alabi 7-1 So. C Florida State
    Cole Aldrich 6-11 Jr. C Kansas
    Al-Farouq Aminu 6-9 So. F Wake Forest
    Luke Babbit 6-9 So. F Nevada
    Talor Battle 5-11 Jr. G Penn State
    Trevor Booker 6-7 Sr. F Clemson
    Matt Bouldin 6-5 Sr. G Gonzaga
    Craig Brackins 6-10 Jr. F Iowa State
    Da’Sean Butler 6-7 Sr. F West Virginia
    Sherron Collins 5-11 Sr. G Kansas
    Ed Davis 6-10 So. F North Carolina
    Devan Downey 5-9 Sr G South Carolina
     Jerome Dyson 6-3 Sr. G Connecticut
    Devin Ebanks 6-9 So. F West Virginia 
    Corey Fisher 6-1 Jr. G Villanova

    Luke Harangody 6-8 Sr. F Notre Dame
    Manny Harris 6-5 Jr. G Michigan
    Gordon Hayward 6-8 So. G/F Butler
    Jeremy Hazell 6-5 Jr. G Seton Hall
    Robbie Hummel 6-8 Jr. F Purdue
    Damion James 6-7 Sr. G/F Texas
    Sylven Landesberg 6-6 So. G Virginia
    Gani Lawal 6-9 Jr. F Georgia Tech
    Kalin Lucas 6-0 Jr. G Michigan State
    Tasmin Mitchell 6-7 Sr. F Louisiana State
    Greg Monroe 6-11 So. C Georgetown 
    E’Twaun Moore 6-3 Jr. G Purdue
    Raymar Morgan 6-8 Sr. F Michigan State
    A.J. Ogilvy 6-11 Jr. C Vanderbilt
    Patrick Patterson 6-9 Jr. F Kentucky
    Jerome Randle 5-10 Sr. G California
    Scottie Reynolds 6-2 Jr. G Villanova
    Samardo Samuels 6-8 So. F Louisville
    Larry Sanders 6-11 Jr. F VCU
    Jon Scheyer 6-5 Sr. G Duke 
    DeShawn Sims 6-8 Sr. F Michigan
    Kyle Singler 6-8 Jr. F Duke
    Tyler Smith 6-7- Sr. G/F Tennessee 
    Isaiah Thomas 5-8 So. G Washington
     Deon Thompson 6-8 Sr. F North Carolina
     J.T. Tiller 6-3 Sr. G Missouri
    Evan Turner 6-7 Jr. G/F Ohio State 
    Jarvis Varnado 6-9 Sr. F/C Mississippi State
    Greivis Vasquez 6-6 Sr. G Maryland 
    Deonta Vaughn 6-1 Sr. G Cincinnati
    Kemba Walker 6-1 So. G Connecticut
    Willie Warren 6-4 So. G Oklahoma
    Terrico White 6-5 So. G Mississippi 
    Nic Wise 5-10 Sr. G Arizona
    Chris Wright 6-8 Jr. F Dayton

    (Photo courtesy West Virginia athletics)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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