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Sunday / July 12.
  • Western Kentucky freshman guard Derrick Gordon will transfer, according to WKUHerald.com.

    Gordon, who starred alongside Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, wants to move closer to his home in Plainfield, N.J., the paper reported.

    Gordon is considering Dayton, Seton Hall, Penn State and Virginia Tech, St. Patrick coach Chris Chavannes told SNY.tv.

    UConn’s appeal to the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance’s subcommittee on appeal was denied, so the school will not participate in the NCAA Tournament or the Big East Tournament in 2013.

    Here is the release from UConn:

    The University of Connecticut has been informed by the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) that it has denied the school’s final appeal of a postseason ban on its men’s basketball team for the 2012-13 season because of the team’s past cumulative Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores.

    Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, has committed to Xavier.

    He will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2013.

    “I think it came down to his relationship with Coach [Rasheen] Davis the past few years,” Chipola (Fla) College assistant Pat Blake told SNY.tv . “With all the moving around that Chris has done, I think Coach Davis had been the consistent presence and consistent coach in his life.

    “To me, there wasn’t really ever another school in the picture.”

    Thomas is currently at Chipola but he sat out this season after making previous stops in his home state of Colorado, Bowie (Md.) Princeton Day, Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep and South Kent (Conn.). He will suit up next season.

    Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is headed to the NBA.

    After guiding the Buckeyes to the Final Four, the sophomore opted to end his college career and declare for the draft.

    Sullinger is the No. 6 prospect among the Top 100 on DraftExpress.com.

    “Going to the Final Four with a team that many people said we weren’t good enough, weren’t strong enough, weren’t mentally tough enough, and still being able to get to the Final Four with all the ups and downs we had, I think that was tremendous for this basketball team,” Sullinger said, flanked by his parents and coach Thad Matta in Columbus, Ohio, according to the AP.

    Despite much conventional wisdom that Nerlens Noel will land at Kentucky to replace Anthony Davis, the Georgetown Hoyas are in a strong position with the 6-foot-10 shot-blocker, multiple sources told SNY.tv.

    “I don’t know why everyone’s saying Kentucky, it’s definitely premature I can guarantee you,” one source said.

    “Georgetown is way deeper than people give them credit for.”

    Noel is down to Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse and will announce April 11 on ESPN, along with Shabazz Muhammad.