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Harden passes on World Cup to focus on Rockets

[ad_1] James Harden has decided to withdraw from playing with the U.S. National Team at this summer's FIBA World Cup in China.Harden is the second top player to pull out of a previous commitment to Team USA in the past week, joining Anthony Davis.Harden told the Houston Chronicle on Friday that he has informed coach Gregg Popovich of his decision and that he'd use the extra time to focus on
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TBT 2019 schedule, tip times, TV info, expert picks

[ad_1] We've ranked the teams in the 2019 edition of The Basketball Tournament (TBT). We've identified the top player on each squad. Now it's nearly time to play some basketball -- the tournament tips off Friday afternoon -- but not before our TBT experts (Fran Fraschilla, Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich and Paul Biancardi) make their picks to reach this event's version of the final four in Chicago on Aug. 4.Which
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Virginia’s Tony Bennett on recruiting, transfer rules and a title’s impact

[ad_1] Now we find out whether Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers can build on their greatest success. Just after winning their first national title in April, Bennett and the Cavs had to deal with major roster attrition -- De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy were all selected in the 2019 NBA draft -- calling into question whether next season is more of a rebuilding or reloading job for
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Person avoids prison in college bribery sentencing

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Former Auburn University assistant coach Chuck Person has avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball.Person was sentenced on Wednesday to community service during two years of supervised release.Judge Loretta A. Preska said "no purpose would be served by incarceration."Prosecutors say Person accepted $91,500 in bribes to steer top players to a government cooperator posing as a
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Binghamton hoops player Anyichie, 19, drowns

[ad_1] Binghamton basketball player Calistus Anyichie drowned Sunday after an accident at a New York state park. He was 19.The school announced Anyichie's death Monday, calling it a "heartbreaking loss for our community." Anyichie was entering his sophomore year at Binghamton.Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey tweeted that the program was "devastated" by the news.pic.twitter.com/qYGbKFL8uV— Tommy Dempsey (@tadempsey4) July 15, 2019 Authorities confirmed to the Ithaca Journal that Anyichie's body was found
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Your guide to 13 early-season college basketball tournaments

[ad_1] 2:00 PM ETMyron MedcalfCloseESPN Staff Writer Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, MankatoJeff BorzelloCloseESPN Staff Writer Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware.Thirteen events comprising 84 teams across 21 conferences were revealed on Thursday, as ESPN announced its early-season tournament schedule for the 2019-20 season. Below is your comprehensive (yet handy!) guide to what and who you'll be
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Florida makes big move in Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20

[ad_1] We're starting to get a very clear picture of what the 2019-20 college basketball season is going to look like -- at least heading into the campaign. Most of the offseason personnel drama is over. Nearly every relevant graduate transfer has already made his decision, and there are zero remaining uncommitted ESPN 100 prospects.So the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 you see today is likely to look fairly similar to
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NC State hit with Dennis Smith-related charges

[ad_1] NC State received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Tuesday regarding the Wolfpack's recruitment of former star player Dennis Smith Jr.The NCAA has alleged two Level I violations against the school, the most serious violations under NCAA rules, including a failure to monitor charge against former coach Mark Gottfried, who now is coaching at Cal State Northridge.Former Wolfpack assistant Orlando Early is also accused of helping facilitate
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The top player for all 64 teams in the 2019 TBT

[ad_1] 8:00 AM ETCarmine CarcieriESPN It's only a matter of days before Overseas Elite begins its quest for a fifth straight title, while 23 college alumni teams join that squad on center stage in The Basketball Tournament.The single-elimination bracket begins July 19 on the ESPN family of networks and concludes with the winner-take-all title game in Chicago Aug. 6 (9 p.m. ET on ESPN).With every team, from the defending champs
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John Thompson’s roots still run deep at Georgetown

[ad_1] Throughout the offseason, ESPN will take a closer look at the programs that have faced the challenge of moving on from a single historically revered coach, evaluating the successes and failures they have experienced along the way. This week, the "Chasing Ghosts" series continues with the Georgetown Hoyas, a team that rose to Final Four-level prominence during the John Thompson era, but has been inconsistent in its pursuit of