Aaliyah Gayles, USC recruit who survived shooting, signs LOI

Elite women’s basketball recruit Aaliyah Gayles, who was shot 10 times at a house party in Las Vegas on April 16, signed a national letter of intent Monday to USC, the school announced Monday. “Aaliyah is one of the most talented, athletically gifted basketball players I’ve known,” Trojans coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement. … Read more

SMU transfer Kendric Davis blogs with Sports Illustrated about committing to Memphis and Penny Hardaway

Kendric Davis dominated the AAC last season and won Player of the Year in the conference. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports Kendric Davis was the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year this season after averaging 19.4 points a game at SMU to lead the league. He decided to transfer when Mustangs head coach Tim Jankovich … Read more

Jay Wright retires: Villanova basketball coach ends career

Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright is retiring, according to multiple reports. The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report that retirement was likely. Wright, 60, had wrestled with the decision privately throughout the offseason, sources with knowledge of the situation tell Sports Illustrated. Eventually, the Hall of Fame coach elected to move on, … Read more

Oscar Tshiebwe returns to Kentucky basketball: What it means

Record-setting big man Oscar Tshiebwe is coming back to Kentucky for his senior season. Tshiebwe announced Wednesday he’d be returning to Lexington rather than turning pro after testing the NBA draft waters earlier this month. The defending National Player of the Year averaged more than 17 points and 15 rebounds per game in 2021–22, his … Read more

Duke basketball recruit Dariq Whitehead named Sports Illustrated Player of the Year

On April 2, Dariq Whitehead learned the true meaning of life’s peaks and valleys. Earlier in the day he collected his fourth GEICO Nationals title, leading Montverde (Fla.) Academy past Link Academy (Brandon, Mo.) 60-49. That emotional high was quelled later that night when Duke fell to rival North Carolina in the Final Four. Whitehead … Read more

Duke’s Basketball News: Duke’s newest commitment Mackenzie Mgbako blogs about decision, Jon Scheyer, Mike Krzyzewski

Mackenzie Mgbako is a consensus top five player in the 2023 class, who dominated the Nike EYBL this past summer and this high school season with Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, NJ). Mgbako wrote an exclusive blog for Sports Illustrated breaking down the thought process behind his decision to commit to Duke over Kentucky. What’s up … Read more

UNC, Armando Bacot fight through injury in bruising title loss

NEW ORLEANS – Limping, battered, exhausted, North Carolina kept coming. The Tar Heels were down, they were up — way up — and they were down again. But they refused to submit, unkillable basketball zombies. Until, in the end, their bodies finally gave out. Kansas, very good and very lucky in this tournament, prevailed 72–69 … Read more

Roy Williams backing UNC over Kansas in men’s national championship game

After sweating out UNC’s Final Four matchup against Duke from the crowd on Saturday night, Roy Williams will find himself in another difficult situation on Monday. The former Kansas and UNC coach will find himself having to choose between the two programs he spent nearly his entire career with. However, it sounds like the decision … Read more

South Carolina overpowers UConn in national championship

MINNEAPOLIS – This time there were tears of joy. South Carolina star forward Aliyah Boston made sure of it. As confetti rained down on the Target Center floor, all that Boston had worked for and accomplished this season began to sink in. In the game’s waning seconds, she bounced in euphoria on the Gamecocks bench. … Read more