Duke Dismisses Rasheed Sulaimon From Program

Duke v LouisvilleOne day after losing at Notre Dame, Duke announced that junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon has been dismissed from the program.

Houston and Texas are among the possible landing spots for the former Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit star, sources told SNY.tv.

Duke says Sulaimon remains in good academic standing and is expected to finish the spring semester.

“Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who on Sunday won his 1,000th career game at St. Johns’. “It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program.” To read more of this story, click here

Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell Now Projected No. 2 in NBA Draft

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at IowaAs evidence of how much is stock is soaring, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is now projected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpess.com.

The 6-foot-5 freshman sensation trails only consensus No. 1 pick Jahlil Okafor of Duke.

Emmanuel Mudiay, playing in China, is No. 3, followed by Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 4 and Arizona freshman wing Stanley Johnson at No. 5.

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein is No. 6 and 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia is No. 7.

Minnesota, Philadelphia and the Knicks are jockeying for the NBA’s worst record.  To read more of this story, click here

Kansas-Bound Carlton Bragg Hopes to Recruit Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown at McDonald’s Game

The McDonald’s All-American game is always fertile ground for committed players to recruit uncommitted players to join them on campus.

This year figures to be no exception with nine uncommitted players chosen Wednesday night to the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center.

Kansas commit Carlton Bragg plans to use the forum to recruit fellow forwards Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram to join him with the Jayhawks.

“I think there is a chance I can get them to come to Kansas with me,” Bragg told SNY.tv contributor Chip Miller on Wednesday.

Asked if he was working on a package deal, he said, “Yes.”

“He said that by participating in the McDonald’s Game with them this gives him the opportunity to recruit those two guys,” added Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor.

Both Brown and Ingram are uncommitted and considering Kansas, among others. To read more of this story, click here

Seton Hall’s Whitehead Could Return Saturday Against Xavier

Whitehead headSeton Hall freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead is making “good progress” on his stress fracture following a morning meeting with the doctor and could return Saturday for the Xavier game, head coach Kevin Willard told SNY.tv.

“We will see how he does today [Thursday] and [Friday] and then make that decision,” Willard said by text.

Whitehead on Thursday Tweeted: “God Is Good”

The Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year, Whitehead is averaging  11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He has missed nine games and hasn’t played since a Dec. 21 loss at Georgia.

Seton Hall is 14-6, 4-4 in the Big East following Wednesday’s road win at Marquette.

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St. John’s Rysheed Jordan Suffers Patella Injury in Creighton Loss

Rysheed JordanSt. John’s sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan suffered a strained patella tendon during Wednesday’s 77-74 loss at Creighton.

“With Rysheed injured it put us in a tough spot yet the team fought hard and rallied from down double digits in a tough environment,” coach Steve Lavin wrote on Twitter.

Jordan will be evaluated by doctors “when he gets back to campus,” Lavin said post-game, and his status for Saturday’s home game against Providence is questionable.

The Johnnies, once ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, have lost 6 of 8 and are 2-5 in the Big East.

“Our focus turns to Providence,” Lavin wrote on Twitter.

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Following Tai Wynyard to Kentucky, NBA’s Steven Adams Says More American Schools Should Recruit New Zealand

Tai WynyardNEW YORK — Following Tai Wynyard’s commitment to Kentucky on Sunday, fellow Kiwi Steven Adams says more American colleges should recruit New Zealand.

“We got talent down there,” the 7-foot Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder told SNY.tv before his team played the Knicks Wednesday night. “I’ve been saying that the whole time, we definitely do got a lot of  talent down there.”

Adams was the first New Zealander selected in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was chosen No. 12 in 2013 .He said he’s not very familiar with Wynyard, a 16-year-old 2016 power forward who also considered Villanova and Texas before choosing the No. 1 Wildcats. To read more of this story, click here