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Hoops panel: Ban cheats, end 1-and-done

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life.

The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed 60-page report Wednesday, seven months after the group was formed by the NCAA in response to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. Ten people, including some assistant coaches, have been charged in a bribery and kickback scheme , and high-profile programs such as Arizona, Louisville and Kansas have been tied to possible NCAA violations.

"The members of this commission come from a wide variety of backgrounds but the one thing that they share in common is that they believe the college basketball enterprise is worth saving," Rice told the AP Tuesday night, before addressing NCAA leaders on Wednesday morning. "We believe there's a lot of work to do in that regard. That the state of the game is not very strong.


Kentucky to play in Bahamas in August

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky will play in the Bahamas for the first time since 2014 during an eight-day August trip featuring four games against professional teams.

The Wildcats will arrive Aug. 6 at Atlantis on Paradise Island to train before facing the Bahamas' national team and San Lorenzo de Almagra on Aug. 8-9 respectively. They will also play Mega Bemax and Team Toronto on Aug. 11-12. It will mark their first preseason foreign trip since going 5-1 in the islands before winning their first 38 games and reaching the Final Four.


South Carolina's program in flux

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin's responses to questions about next year's roster seem to change daily.

Transfers, the NBA draft and one dismissal has left Martin's program in flux with as many as seven players from last year's roster who might not return. The scenario has Martin a little frustrated with the system.


Colorado St. G Nixon headed to Iowa St.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has added Colorado State transfer Prentiss Nixon, a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged a team-high 16.2 points per game as a junior last season for the Rams.

Nixon also hit 152 3-pointers in three seasons at Colorado State. He will sit out next season and be eligible to play in 2019-2020, coach Steve Prohm said Tuesday.


3 top scorers leaving Milwaukee program

MILWAUKEE (AP) The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is losing its three top men's basketball players after coach Pat Baldwin's first year.

The leading scorers this season, junior guards Brock Stull and Jeremiah Bell and sophomore forward Bryce Nze, have received releases in order to transfer and play elsewhere.


Draft deadline gone - now time to wait

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The deadline has passed for college players to declare early for the NBA draft. Now it's time to wait for the draft entries who didn't hire an agent to decide whether they're staying in or heading back to school.

The early-entry deadline was Sunday night. The next date to watch is May 30 - 10 days after the conclusion of the NBA draft combine - as the last day for draft entrants who didn't hire an agent to withdraw and return to school to keep their remaining eligibility.


UNC F Maye declares for draft, no agent

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina junior Luke Maye has declared for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent.

The 6-foot-8 forward was a third-team Associated Press All-American after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's most improved player after increasing his scoring average by 11.4 points from his sophomore to junior seasons.


Vitale's cancer research set to hit $25M

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Dick Vitale's voice cracked as he discussed his self-described obsession with raising money for pediatric cancer research.

"It's the best thing I've ever done in my life," the longtime college basketball television analyst said.


Memphis F Azab has leukemia lymphoma

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis forward Karim Sameh Azab announced Saturday that he has been diagnosed with cancer and has started treatment.

"I found out a few weeks ago that I had developed leukemia lymphoma (AML, ALL)," Azab wrote in a Twitter post Saturday morning. "I have since started treatment and am working through the process, but I wanted to spread the word and ask for prayers to help strengthen me in this journey."


Michigan's Matthews into draft, no agent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan standout Charles Matthews is taking a step toward playing professional basketball without giving up on the option of staying in school.

Matthews said Friday he is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

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