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Thursday / February 20.
  • Indiana coach Tom Crean fired assistant coach Roshown McLeod and McLeod will not be with the team for this week’s Big Ten tournament.

    “There is never a good time for something like this, but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward,” Crean said in a statement.

    Crean sent McLeod recruiting on Saturday so the assistant was not with the team when it beat Northwestern 88-80 in OT at Assembly Hall.

    A Jersey City, N.J. native and former standout at Duke and St. Anthony High School, McLeod was an Indiana assistant for two seasons.

    Kyrie Irving, Michael Gilchrist and their Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick teammates could have played in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational next month had a deal been struck between St. Pat’s attorneys and the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Assocation, ZAGSBLOG has learned.

    Kevin Marino, the attorney for St. Patrick, offered to accept the NJSIAA’s penalties against St. Patrick for holding illegal out-of-season workouts if the state would let the team play in the ESPN event.

    “Before we filed the [civil law]suit — before we went before the Executive Committee — I offered to accept all of their penalties in exchange for the ESPN tournament,” Marino said.

    Marino said NJSIAA attorney Mike Herbert initially said he would recommend the deal, but came back and said it was a “nonstarter.”

    Despite rumors that Brandon Knight has committed to Kentucky, his father says there is no truth to it.

    ‘No, no he hasn’t committed to Kentucky,” Efrem Knight said Sunday afternoon by phone. “Everything’s still the same.”

    Asked when Brandon might make a decision, Efrem said, “Probably in a couple of weeks.”

    The 6-foot-4 Knight lists Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, UConn, and Miami as his final five.

     

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. –For the third straight year, Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, the league announced. The conference’s head coaches choose the all-conference teams. The coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

    Six players were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from that list. The conference will announce Player of the Year, Oppenheimer Funds/BIG EAST Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete on Tuesday, March 9. The announcement will be made between sessions of the first day of The BIG EAST Championship Presented by New York Life at Madison Square Garden. The press conference will begin after the postgame interviews of the afternoon doubleheader have been completed. The other individual awards will be announced Monday, March 8.

    The other first-team selections are: Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Dominique Jones of USF, Wes Johnson of Syracuse, Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia.