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With scoring up, only tweaks proposed to college basketball

Pleased with recent changes that have boosted offense, the NCAA basketball rules committee chose not to propose any drastic moves for next season such as breaking the men’s game into four quarters, pushing back the 3-point line or widening the lane. The committee did encourage conferences and tournaments to experiment with some of those alterations. (NBC Sports)

Dennis Smith Jr. Is NBA Ready—Just Don’t Hold His School Against Him

Not much went right for Dennis Smith Jr. in his one year at NC State. The Wolfpack were projected to be an NCAA tournament team. Instead, they went 4–15 in ACC play and finished tied for 13th in a 15-team conference. While Smith was the ACC Freshman of the Year, a point guard is supposed to make his teammates better, but NC State’s season suggests he did the opposite. (The Ringer)

SMU’s Semi Ojeleye to sign with an agent

SMU’s Semi Ojeleye officially announced on Sunday that he will be signing with an agent and remaining in the NBA Draft. Ojeleye was one of the biggest difference-makers that had yet to make a decision. He had an all-American caliber season as a junior with the Mustangs, averaging 19 points and 7 boards while shooting 42 percent from three to lead SMU to a 30-win season. (NBC Sports)

Mitch Albom's final 'The Sports Reporters' parting shot has poetic touch

Today was the final episode of "The Sports Reporters," the long-running Sunday morning TV talk show featuring columnists and pundits from across the country. Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, one of the longest-tenured panelists on the show, participated in today's series finale. One of the trademarks of the show was the parting shots. Here's video of Albom's: (Detroit Free Press)

'Our champion’: Bobsledder Steven Holcomb’s life celebrated

The sympathy cards came from places like Germany and Italy, where Steven Holcomb was their bobsled enemy. Mourners flew in from all across the country. Generations of Olympians packed a ballroom, sharing in grief. They wept. They hugged. They laughed. “Steven Holcomb was like no one else,” Olympic teammate Steven Langton said. (Associated Press)

NBA team asks former Kansas star Frank Mason a morbid question at draft combine

While Frank Mason hopes to get drafted next month, one unnamed NBA team asked his hopes for an event much further down the line. “The craziest question was probably: If I were to die, which way would I want to go out?” Mason told ESPN2. He’ll have family around at Sunday’s graduation ceremonies in Lawrence as the former Kansas superstar will walk the stage for his liberal arts and sciences degree. (Kansas City Star)

Florida’s mascot Albert shielded a kid from a baseball, got whacked in the head

During the Florida Gators’ recent baseball game against North Florida, the university’s mascot, Albert, made a huge assist in the stands. Albert was sitting two rows back along the first-base line when a Florida player hit a ball foul that began to drop toward a young fan sitting alongside the large, stuffed reptile. (FOX Sports)

Russell Westbrook's historical season was so great, it's hard for him to reflect

Russell Westbrook's Why Not? moonshot arched into the light air of the Pepsi Center that afternoon, a 36-foot hoist on its way to summing up the miles-long journey of the Thunder guard since July 4. Westbrook's game-winner against the Nuggets on April 9 might as well have been every shot, assist, rebound and opponent-crushing moment of the 28-year-old's masterpiece season. (NewsOK.com)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee Makes New Recommendations

Some of the items on the Rules Committee's agenda included whether to widen the lane to 16 feet from the current 12 feet; whether the 3-point line should be moved farther back from its current 20 feet, 9 inches; and whether to use a modified foul structure to allow more personal fouls in certain situations. The committee will encourage conferences to experiment with these concepts next season. (NCAA.com)

Baylor's Johnathan Motley Will Remain in the NBA Draft and Hire an Agent

Johnathan Motley—-perhaps the greatest Baylor basketball player ever—-plans to sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft. That news was first reported by Ashley Hodge of SicEm365. Motley capped off his junior season by winning the Karl Malone Award, which is given to the best power forward in college basketball. (Our Daily Bears)

Duke's Frank Jackson will sign with agent, remain in NBA draft

Duke freshman Frank Jackson will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA draft. Jackson announced last month that he was testing the draft waters, but left the option open to return to school for his sophomore season. He recently was projected as a second-round pick by ESPN.com. Jackson averaged 10.9 points and 1.7 assists in his only year with the Blue Devils. (ESPN.com)

Duke’s Frank Jackson turns in strong day at NBA Draft combine

If Frank Jackson needed some positive feedback from NBA personnel in order to remain in the NBA Draft, it's probably coming his way now. The Duke freshman point guard played well in the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft combine at Quest Multisport Complex and that should help his draft stock going forward. "Yeah, it was a good day, I though I competed well," Jackson said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Seth Davis Among Writers Laid Off By Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated is laying off five staffers today, a source with knowledge of the situation tells The Big Lead. Unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the source requested anonymity. Some of the names will be recognizable to readers, and will impact college sports coverage. Seth Davis confirmed to The Big Lead that he was one of the staffers laid off. Davis had been with SI since 1995. (The Big Lead)

Video: ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery surprises Pirate mom with son's scholarship

East Carolina head football coach Scottie Montgomery surprises Tia Chapman with a scholarship for her son, defensive end Kiante Anderson. View Video...

Can Kevin Keatts turn things around at NC State?

Since defeating top-seeded Villanova in the 2015 round of 32 (thereby making a certain Wildcat piccolo player weep), NC State has compiled a 31-35 record. That, not surprisingly, was judged insufficient by the powers that be in Raleigh, and coach Mark Gottfried was let go after six seasons. Now former UNC Wilmington coach Kevin Keatts is in charge. (ESPN.com)

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