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Zion referenced in NCAA corruption trial

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NEW YORK (AP) The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial Thursday as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help from an aspiring agent.

The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before entering the draft scheduled for June.

His name surfaced as video recordings of meetings with college coaches were played at the criminal trial of the aspiring agent, Christian Dawkins, and an amateur basketball coach, Merl Code, who are charged with paying bribes to assistant basketball coaches to help secure NBA-bound players as customers.


LSU's Wade to forfeit $250K in bonuses

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Will Wade will forfeit $250,000 in incentive bonuses and new athletic director Scott Woodward will receive a six-year, $8 million pay package under contracts recommended for approval by the university's board of supervisors.

Wade is paid about $2.5 million annually and his contract includes a $50,000 bonus for winning the Southeastern Conference regular season title, and $100,000 bonuses each for qualifying for the NCAA Tournament and advancing to the round of 16. However, Wade was suspended for LSU's regular season finale and the entire postseason after a leaked transcript of an FBI wiretap quoted Wade discussing recruitment offers in a way that raised questions about whether he violated NCAA rules.


North Carolina G Woods plans to transfer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina point guard Seventh Woods plans to transfer.

In a post on social media Thursday, Woods says "it's time for a change" for his final season of eligibility. The 6-foot-2 junior from Columbia, South Carolina, battled nagging injuries through his first two years at UNC, then averaged 2.5 points playing behind freshman Coby White last season.


Pippen's son keeps Vanderbilt commitment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse's first signee as Vanderbilt's head coach is the son of a Hall of Famer.

Vanderbilt announced Thursday that Scotty Pippen Jr, the son of six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Commodores.


Oklahoma adds Molinari as assistant

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has added Jim Molinari as an assistant basketball coach.

Molinari has more than three decades of college coaching experience, including 20 seasons as a Division I head coach with stops at Northern Illinois, Bradley, Minnesota (interim) and Western Illinois. He compiled more than 300 victories and claimed three conference titles and nine postseason appearances.


Witness at hoops trial paid footballers

NEW YORK (AP) A key prosecution witness at a trial highlighting corruption in college basketball testified for a second day Wednesday about money he paid to college football players to secure them as clients as he described how vulnerable young athletes become prey for vulture-like agents and managers.

Testimony by Louis Martin Blazer also presented an increasingly sinister angle on bribes paid to college basketball coaches, suggesting that the practice was more widespread than previously described in Manhattan federal court.


Kansas extends Adidas deal through 2031

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The University of Kansas and Adidas announced Wednesday an extension of their contract through 2031, despite an FBI investigation centered on the footwear and apparel company that cast a negative light on the Jayhawks' athletic programs.

The Jayhawks have worn Adidas gear since 2005. The original eight-year agreement was extended by six years through 2019, then another extension was put on hold last fall amid the investigation. The new deal is worth $14 million annually.


Atlanta selected to host 2020 Final Four

ATLANTA (AP) The return of the Final Four to Atlanta in 2020 also will bring the Division II and III championships back to the city.

Atlanta hosted all three championships in 2013, the last time it was the site of the Final Four. It's the only other year all three divisions held their championship games in the same city.


Illinois lands Jamaican big man Cockburn

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has signed prized big man Kofi Cockburn to a national letter of intent.

The Fighting Illini announced Wednesday the addition of the 7-foot, 290-pounder from Kingston, Jamaica - the highest rated post player to join the program since Meyers Leonard in 2010.


Michigan State adds F Marble

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State has added a third player to its basketball recruiting class.

Julius Marble signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play for coach Tom Izzo next season. The 6-foot-8 forward will be a relatively unheralded freshman along with highly touted guard Mark Watts and forward Malik Hall on a talented and experienced team .

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