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U-18 National Team to be streamed online

Witherspoon_reggie150px The U-18 National Team's games in the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship, which begin this weekend, will  be live online at UB coach Reggie Witherspoon is an assistant.

FIBA Americas announced that it will stream live all 20 games in the June 26-30 tournament that will be played at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University. Each day¹s games will tip-off at 2 p.m. EST. FIBA Americas will also make available the play-by-play statistics for each game live online at

---Rodney McKissic


'58 Bulls to be featured in documentary

  McCoy_Sports_Johnson_UB.embedded.prod_affiliate.50 ---It's been quite a ride for the '58 UB football team and with the help from local film producer Peter Johnson, who is is producing a documentary called "Together We Stand: The Story of the 1958 UB Bulls" it could last a little while longer.

---Who is William Wesley, the man known throughout college basketball and the NBA as "World Wide Wes?" Here's a good account about Wes.

---LenDale White talks about a number of subjects, including his old school: USC.

---Cornell big man Jeff Foote could be selected in the second round of tonight's NBA draft but he's already signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

---And while we're on the subject of old school basketball scout Tom Konchalski is one of a kind.

---Butler's Gordon Hayward goes from skinny kid to potential Lottery pick.

---Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins is a risky proposition but one that might be worth it for the Detroit Pistons.

---Before his big night tonight, Kentucky's John Wall was very busy in New York on Wednesday.

---Rodney McKissic


Hayward moves up the charts

---Former Traditional star Lazar Hayward is making the transition from power forward to small forward and NBA scouts like what they see.

---This is a subscription story, but lists UB athletics director Warde Manuel as a candidate for the vacant North Carolina State AD position. Also listed are Cincinnati AD Mike Thomas and Xavier AD Mike Bobinski.

---The Big East is looking for a new TV deal. 

---How will the Big Ten expansion affect Miami (Ohio)?

---Washington QB Jake Locker is the big man on campus. 

---Rodney McKissic


Source: Adams leaves St. Bonaventure

Former NBA guard Michael Adams, who joined the St. Bonaventure staff as an assistant in May, has left the program for family reasons, a source told The Buffalo News.

Adams, a college teammate of Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt, spent the past season as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., after two seasons under Gary Williams at Maryland. The source said Adams was torn because he wanted to see his son, Michael Christian, play his senior season. An emotional Adams informed Schmidt of his decision last week.

Schmidt, however, moved quickly for Adams' replacement and will hire Central Connecticut State assistant Steve Curran, the source said. Curran worked with Schmidt at Robert Morris and with Buffalo native Rob Lanier when he was the head coach at Siena.

---Rodney McKissic


'06 was some kinda class

Gregoden---If the Class of 2006 had played four years in college - an unlikely concept for about 30 years now - Thursday's NBA Draft would have featured Kevin Durant, Buffalo native Greg Oden, pictured right, Stephen Curry, and Robin and Brook Lopez just to name a few. lists 153 players from '06 and 26 are currently on NBA roster. You'll also notice that among the top 14 players only Niagara Falls Paul Harris is not currently playing in The League. 

---The Washington Post profiled future Wizard point guard John Wall, who lost his father to cancer when he was eight years old. Despite the angst that his father's jail stint and death created, Wall reveres him.

---The so called "one and done rule" might be short changing college athletes.

---Tom Izzo is the man at Michigan State.

---Andrea Adelson asks do conference championship games make a difference in the BCS picture?

---Larry Felser writes Texas rejection of the Pac-10 puts probation ridden USC in the spotlight. And while we're on the subject of expansion, is more change coming? Also, look for an ugly divorce between Nebraska and the Big 12. And after watching the way Marshall was treated before it left the MAC, Cornhuskers fans can expect little sympathy from the refs this fall. 

---Rodney McKissic


Niagara signs recruit the hard way

Marvin Jordan was all set to attend Ball State, but was denied admission to the school. Niagara had no problems with his grades so now Jordan is a Purple Eagle.

Derrick Booth, Jordan's coach at Peoria (Ill.) Manual High, is not pleased with the bizarre set of circumstances and has chaged Ball State with unethical treatment of Jordan.

“Marvin busted his butt this whole year in the classroom and met every (academic) benchmark Ball State set for him and then some,” Booth said. “And then they pull the rug out from under him before they even have his final grades. That’s why I’m so upset.”

But Niagara gets a 5-10 point guard, who scouts say can shoot from long range and considered one of the top 50 players in Illinois. Sounds like Ball State's loss is Niagara's gain.

---Rodney McKissic


UB football receives second commitment

Jessie Back, a 6-4, 240-pound offensive lineman from Cincinnati, gave UB a verbal commitment on Saturday, according to a source.

Back, who attends LaSalle High School, was part of UB's offensive/defensive lineman camp on Saturday which featured over 70 players. Back, who committed to the school following the camp, was also being recruited by Miami (Ohio), Ohio University, Bowling Green and Akron.

Back joins Depew offensive lineman John Kling as the first two commitments to UB from the class of 2011.

---Rodney McKissic


Adegboye competes for spot on Great Britain U-23 team

---St. Bonaventure's senior Ogo Adegboye, who will start at point guard next season for the Bonnies, is playing for a chance to make England's National team, which will play together in August in the Eurobasket qualifier. More info can be found here.

---Looks like Jeff Quinn, recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones and the rest of the staff at UB pulled in another late signee in linebacker Lee Skinner.

---Rodney McKissic


Hoops doesn't seem that daunting for Turner

  Evan ---Evan Turner, pictured right and the consensus national player of the year, had to overcome plenty of adversity growing up in Chicago. Turner is expected to be drafted No. 2 by the Philadelphia 76ers during next week's NBA Draft.

---North Carolina freshman-to-be Harrison Barnes is the real deal. For all you old school folks he's like Walter Davis with some Paul Pierce mixed in. Hopefully Barnes doesn't play like the Game 7 vs. Lakers version of Pierce each night.

---UCF's Marcus Jordan says don't you dare compare Kobe Bryant to his dad. I'd have to agree with Marcus.   

---Contrary to reports, the Big East denies its prepared to expand.

---Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is surprised that this round of expansion is football driven.

---Michigan may be struggling in football and basketball, but not in the pocket book. By the way, Braylon Edwards claims this is a make-or-break year for Rich Rodriguez.

---For Irish coach Lou Holtz says it's time for Notre Dame to join the Big Ten.

---Here's a look at how the Pac-10 could be divided into divisions.

---Former Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz is now an assistant at Iowa State.

---Lost in the shuffle of Thursday's news was the fact that The Knight Commission came out with a report. Maybe the fact that it barely made a splash tells you how much power this organization actually yields.

---Rodney McKissic


Bulls add another to the mix at QB

---UB will have plenty of competition at QB when training camp begins, including 6-foot-7, 215-pound true freshman Tyler Warden from Glenbard West High School in suburban Chicago.

---Bob DiCesare writes that everything is cool in college athletics for now.

---When talk of conference expansion first began, everyone pointed to the demise of the Big East. Now there's talk about the league expanding. There's reports out of Orlando that the league will invite UCF and Memphis as early as next week. After all of the expansion talk, the Big East certainly looks like one of the winners. and its planning for a bright future.

---Now that Utah is in the Pac-10, can the Utes win? Here's a good analysis on Pac-10 expansion.

---T. Boone Pickens has no love for Nebraska and Colorado which is fine by Colorado who is trying to get into the Pac-10 sooner than later.

---The Orlando Sentinel breaks down Kent State.

---The USA U-18 team, which UB coach Reggie Witherspoon is an assistant, made its final cuts.

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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