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Gill seeks to boost Kansas

---After a rocky first season, former UB coach Turner Gill hopes to jump start Kansas, while new coach Darrell Hazell is trying to do the same at Kent State.

---Here's a 2011 preview on Central Michigan.

---Although coaches and administrators here expressed varying degrees of optimism on the future of college athletics, the consensus was that in order to change the sport’s polluted culture, the NCAA needs to adopt stiffer penalties for its cheaters.

---Rodney McKissic

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UB recruits invited to all-star classic

Licata ---Three UB recruits will be part of the upcoming Empower New York State High School Football Classic. The second annual all-star game matching upstate players against downstate players is scheduled for June 5 in the Carrier Dome. In all, five players from Section VI high schools are scheduled to play in the game. UB recruits Joe Licata, pictured left, (Williamsville South), Dale Stewart (Niagara Falls) and Bob Blodgett (Honeoye Falls-Lima) are scheduled to play.

---Rodney McKissic
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Regan sets up visit to UB (update)

Sp-bball_reagan-TB-137x300 ---Will Regan, the former Nichols standout who is transferring from Virginia, will make an official visit to UB on May 31-June 2, according to a source. Regan's visit was originally scheduled for May 23-25, which is during the NCAA's dead period.

Regan, a two-time Buffalo News Player of the Year, will have to sit out the 2011-12 season and have three years of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-8 freshman forward, Regan played in 20 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 25 points with 18 rebounds.

UB offered Regan a scholarship as an eighth grader and he made an unofficial visit to UB before selecting Virginia. Regan also plans on visiting Niagara University.

---Rodney McKissic

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Heath joins brother at Canisius

Jordan Heath, the older brother of Canisius signee Josiah Heath, is transfering to the school from NAIA Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, according to a source.

Heath must sit out the 2011-12 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The 6-10, 225-pound Heath averaged a team-high 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for Roberts Wesleyan, who finished 21-14 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the NCCAA Tournament. They lost to eventual national champion Dallas Baptist in the semis. Heath was named to the all-tournament team and was also an honorable mention All-American.

Josiah Heath signed with the Golden Griffins last month as part of a seven-man recruiting class.

---Rodney McKissic

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Schmidt on Williams retirement

Schmidty ---St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt played for Gary Williams for three seasons at Boston College during the early 80s. Schmidt shared his thoughts on Williams, the former Maryland coach, who retired on Thursday:

He’s leaving a tremendous legacy and his biggest legacy is he won doing it the right way. He didn’t cheat and he did the way you’re supposed to do it. He didn’t cut corners, he did it the blue collar way.

He’s a great Xs and Os and he’s always the underdog. He didn’t have everything that Carolina and Duke had but he was a fighter. I heard someone say one time that he’s a coach’s coach. He epitomized everything that’s in a good coach. The passion that he had, the commitment, the drive. It’s a tremendous legacy especially at Maryland where he took over a program that was on probation and it wasn’t a great situation but he built it into a national champion.

He wasn’t into AAU coaches, he did it his way and he didn’t always have the best players. He didn’t always have the highly recruited players but he coached them and most of those guys maximized their abilities under his tutelage. He’s one of the coaches who has been very successful for a long time that didn’t bend the rules. That’s hard to say in today’s world. You can never say he cheated. He did it the right way. He won the right way.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bona signs two guards (update)

---St. Bonaventure added a pair of guards today in 6-5 Chris Johnson from Nova Scotia and 6-3 Jordan Gathers from Los Angeles.

Johnson played at Kilgore (Texas) College for two seasons before signing with Liberty last April but he never played for the school. He sat out last season to concentrate on academics and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Johnson averaged 18.9 points in 11 games despite a foot injury which caused him to miss much of the 2009-10 season at Kilgore.

Gathers, the nephew of the late Hank Gathers, attended Rise Academy (Pa.) last season and committed to the Bonnies Thursday night.

Also, The Buffalo News has learned St. Bonaventure is no longer recruiting Kansas City, Kan. guard Tra'Vaughn White, who reportedly gave a verbal commitmedto the Bonnies last month.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Gift wrapped for St. John's

ACHIUWA+NWORA ---Opportunity brought God's Gift Achiuwa, pictured left with his coach Alex Nwora from his home in Nigeria to ECC and that's what will take him next year to St. John's. Here's more stories about Gift from the New York Post and Daily News. Meanwhile, Washington is scrambling after losing out on Gift.

---Adam Zagoria expects Iona's Mike Glover to have a breakout year.

---Jonathan Givony, evaluates all of the early entrant decisions, while Andy Katz reacts to the new names released on the NBA draft list.

---Kevin Ware has decomitted from UCF.

---Gary Parrish believes that despite the addition of Colorado and Utah, the Pac 12 will remain the weakest power-six conference.

---John Rothstein provides a list of teams on the rise next season.

---Rodney McKissic

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Gift picks St. John's

---God's Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-8 forward at ECC, officially signed a national letter of intent with St. John's this aftertoon. 

Achiuwa, who also considered Cincinnati and Washington, was one of the top remaining big men in the country. His decision to attend St. John's has been rumored since Monday after he returned from an official visit. In the process St. John's coach Steve Lavin beat out close friend Lorenzo Romar for Achiuwa's services. Lavin and Romar were assistants under Jim Harrick during the 90s at UCLA.

"Gift' is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill," Lavin said in a statement released by ECC. "He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play. The maturity Gift gained from two years of junior college basketball with a combined 55-6 record will make him a nice complement to what will be the youngest roster in the country next season. He is fundamentally sound and comes from a program with a tradition of winning, where a strong work ethic, playing hard and discipline is demanded on a daily basis."

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

God's Gift plans to announce decision Thursday

---ECC's God's Gift Achiuwa will announce his college choice at 2 p.m. Thursday at the school.

"He's going to announce his decision based on the three schools he visited: St. John's, Cincinnati and Washington," ECC coach Alex Nwora said.

Kentucky also expressed interest in Achiuwa, a 6-foot-8 forward, who visited St. John's last weekend.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Bulls land verbal from Cotton

---Jaden Cotton, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from Depew, has given a verbal commitment to UB, according to sources. Cotton is the second member of the Bulls’ 2012 recruiting class, joining Canisius offensive guard Corey Madlock. Cotton and Madlock were two of UB’s primary targets from Western New York along with St. Francis tailback Akeel Lynch and St. Joe’s quarterback Chad Kelly.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

@RodneyMcKissic | rmckissic@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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