Gonzaga’s Perkins Out Indefinitely With Broken Jaw (UPDATED)

NEW YORK — Gonzaga freshman guard Josh Perkins is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after being kicked in the head near the end of the No. 10 Bulldogs’ 88-76 win over Georgia Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

He will have his jaw wired shut due to the fracture and is ruled out indefinitely. There is no timetable for his return.

Gonzaga will meet St. John’s Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game at Madison Square Garden.

“We are praying for a speedy recovery for Josh,” head coach Mark Few said. “He’s a tough kid, and in good spirits today. We know he’ll be eager to get back on the court as soon as he can be.” To read more of this story, click here

Big East Now 39-3 With Wins Over 5 Ranked Teams

NEW YORK — The Big East has a lot to be thankful for.

Through Wednesday’s action, the Big East is now 39-3 on the season with wins over five ranked teams: Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, VCU and Oklahoma.

Late Wednesday, Georgetown beat No. 18 Florida, 66-65, to advance to the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, where they will face No. 2 Wisconsin on Thanksgiving.

Earlier Wednesday night, St. John’s got past Minnesota, 70-61, to advance to the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off, where they will meet No. 10 Gonzaga on Friday. To read more of this story, click here

Harrison’s 4-Point Play Lifts St. John’s to Résumé-Building Win Over Minnesota

D'AngeloBy JOSH NEWMAN

NEW YORK – D’Angelo Harrison has boldly stated that this season is a “complete failure” if St. John’s doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament, and that Wednesday’s NIT semifinal against Minnesota is one of the biggest games of his career. 

St. John’s did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, but if it is to do so for the first time in the careers of Harrison and the rest of this senior class, Wednesday was a step in the right direction.

Harrison’s 4-point play from the right corner with 2:22 to play in the game highlighted an 12-0 run late in the second half as St. John’s picked up a quality non-conference win, 70-61 over head coach Richard Pitino and reigning postseason NIT champion Minnesota. To read more of this story, click here

Malik Newman to Announce After NBA Deadline in April

Malik NewmanMalik Newman could turn out to be this year’s Andrew Wiggins.

At least in terms of when he makes his college decision.

Newman won’t decide until after April 15, the NCAA deadline for college players to declare for the NBA, his father told Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.

The NBA has its own deadline for college players to declare, which follows the NCAA deadline.

The 6-foot-4 Newman is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State and N.C. State, among others. To read more of this story, click here

Mizzou Transfer Biedschied to Iona

CameronMissouri transfer Cameron Biedschied is headed to Iona.

The 6-foot-7 Biedschied will arrive at the MAAC school at the semester break and will apply for a hardship waiver.

“[They have] great teammates and staff and [it’s a] real brotherhood,” Biedschied told SNY.tv. “It’s a new great opportunity to showcase my talent and help us win games.”

The Gatorade 2012 Missouri High School Player of the Year, Biedschied transferred to Missouri from Notre Dame but never played a game for the Tigers. To read more of this story, click here

ESPN Announces High School Hoops Schedule

LR- Jaylen Brown - Adidas Gauntlet Indy (Day 1)-1ESPN has announced its high school basketball schedule.

ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas.

Two appearances by ESPN 100’s No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons (Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, and Wake Forest.

2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Highlights:
Number 1: No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, who plays for No. 1 Montverde, Fla., will be televised twice: Friday, Dec. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and January 19 (3 p.m. on ESPNU). To read more of this story, click here

Coach K Says Tanking is ‘Stupid,’ But His Players Sure Seem Worth Tanking For

NEW YORK — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had just finished praising his potential one-and-done players Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones when he climbed down off the podium at Barclays Center and told me tanking for star players like them is “stupid.”

“It’s stupid to have it because one, you don’t know if you are going to get somebody and it’s a disservice to your fans,” Coach K told me after his No.-4 ranked Duke team beat Stanford, 70-59, to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Some 50 NBA personnel, including Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge and Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough, were in attendance.

About three miles away at Madison Square Garden, the dreadful Philadelphia 76ers had just fallen to 0-13 by losing to the Knicks,  a 4-10 outfit.

The Sixers players like Michael Carter-Williams may not be tanking themselves, but their front office has put them in a situation where they are threatening the NBA’s all-time record for futility.

“It’s a very murky puzzle at times,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, according to the New York Times. “But I do think, despite our record, that I feel very good about where we’re at. I know that might sound funny when you look at the win-loss record. But the foundation of the system is in place.” To read more of this story, click here

Minnesota Assistant Kimani Young Getting it Done on Recruiting Trail

NEW YORK — When New York City guard Dupree McBrayer picked a college this past August, one of his primary reasons for choosing Minnesota over both Seton Hall and St. John’s was his relationship with Gophers assistant Kimani Young.

“[It was] very important,” the 6-foot-4 McBrayer told SNY.tv. “He was a straightforward person with me. We had a close bond from the beginning, from when he first started recruiting me. The fact that my mother and grandmother loved him was important, too.”

A Queens native who joined the Minnesota staff in 2013, Young not only helped land McBrayer, who is spending a postgraduate season at Sunrise (KS) Christian, but Maryland point guard Kevin Dorsey and New York big man Jonathan Nwankwo as well. To read more of this story, click here

Michigan’s Beilein Rips ESPN For Late Start

NEW YORK — John Beilein was more upset about ESPN’s start time Tuesday night than he was about losing to Villanova, 60-55, in the Legends Classic championship game.

“Was anyone else bothered with us moving back (the tip-off) 10 minutes to accommodate ESPN?” Beilein said in quotes transcribed by MILive.com. “I mean, I love ESPN, guys, I love it, but when they told me that game was being moved back 15 minutes — something is wrong. We have a whole bunch of guys with 8 and 9 o’clock classes tomorrow morning and we move that game to 10:15 so that a football game could be finished.” To read more of this story, click here