N.B.A. Draft 2018: Live Picks and Analysis of Round 1

• It has been fairly common in recent years for players to use a Jr., or even a III or IV with their name regardless of whether their fathers were professional athletes, but even with that in mind this year’s top picks seems to have an abundance of players who use a suffix, what with Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., Michael Porter Jr. and Lonnie Walker IV all being projected to be top-15 picks. • One-and-done college careers may be coming to an end should a…

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C.M. Newton, Hall of Fame Coach and Athletic Director, Dies at 88

C. M. Newton, the Hall of Fame athletic director and coach who helped restore Kentucky as a national basketball power after it was sanctioned by the N.C.A.A., integrated two college programs and oversaw the United States Olympic “Dream Team” in 1992, died on Monday. He was 88. Officials at Alabama and Kentucky announced his death. They did not say where he died. Newton was involved with college basketball for more than 50 years, beginning as a member of Kentucky’s 1951 N.C.A.A. championship squad. As a coach, he compiled a record…

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Investigation? N.C.A.A. Scrutiny? Business as Usual in Grassroots Hoops

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Russell Westbrook sat at the end of Team WhyNot’s bench next to the final reserve, his legs extended courtward and his eyes tracking the ball. “Good D! Let’s go, let’s go!” the N.B.A. star shouted, fulfilling his role as patron saint of the youth basketball team named after his personal mantra. He seemed to live and die with every call, standing and cheering as his players did and scowling when things went against them. His eyes always followed the ball; he hardly seemed to blink. It was…

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Career Turn: From N.C.A.A. Star to Grammy-Nominated D.J.

He was able to manage the fatigue well enough to return to Brown in the fall of 2012 for his junior season, but he soon realized he was just a shadow of himself. A heartbreaking epiphany, after the best game that he ever played, pushed him even further into music. In a nationally televised matchup that December against Providence, Mr. Halpern hit the winning shot, his eighth 3-pointer of the night, to upset the Friars. “I sat down and cried,” he said. “I was so exhausted I couldn’t celebrate. I…

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N.C.A.A. Panel Proposes Reforms, Including End to ‘One and Done’

INDIANAPOLIS — N.C.A.A. leaders endorsed a series of broad recommendations they received Wednesday from a commission chaired by the former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in the latest attempt to clean up men’s college basketball and fix a system mired with corruption. But while the proposed changes would alter the texture of the sport, they stopped well short of challenging the longtime requirement that the college athletes remain amateurs, uncompensated beyond a scholarship and a stipend for their talents and efforts. “The levels of corruption and deception are now at…

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Darius Bazley Charts Yet Another Path to the N.B.A.: The Development League

A consensus top-20 player in the 2018 class, Bazley averaged 17.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists for Princeton. In the high-school all-star game, he scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Can he do that next year against bigger, stronger adults? “I’m not going to say it’s more physical than the N.B.A., but I just feel like it’s tough in the G League because everybody is trying to get to the next level,” said Fuquan Edwin, a 26-year-old from Paterson, N.J., who plays for the Toronto Raptors’ development affiliate,…

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Kansas and North Carolina State Named in New Federal Charges

But when it comes to college basketball, the biggest fish in the Adidas pond is Kansas, the consummate blue blood. The Jayhawks’ head coach, Bill Self, just completed his 15th season, leading them to the Final Four in the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament. He is also in the Hall of Fame, and is under contract through the 2021-22 season. Descriptions of the players newly identified in the new indictment match those of three top players: Smith, who played one season for North Carolina State before being drafted ninth overall by the…

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On College Basketball: Donte DiVincenzo Is Villanova’s Newest Star. Next Year It’ll Be Someone Else.

SAN ANTONIO — The last time Villanova reached the Final Four, in 2016, the Wildcats had a date in the national semifinals with Oklahoma and its senior superstar Buddy Hield, a 3-point-shooting guard who was college basketball’s player of the year that season. Drafted to play as Hield for Villanova’s practice scout team was Donte DiVincenzo, a freshman who had appeared in eight games but then fractured his right foot and was redshirted. On Monday night, after DiVincenzo led Villanova to its 79-62 victory over Michigan in this year’s N.C.A.A.…

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Juggernaut Villanova Crushes Michigan to Win N.C.A.A. Championship

Michigan did have answers for five of Villanova’s top players, but not its sixth: Donte DiVincenzo, who came off the bench and scored 31 points. He fueled a comeback in the first half and put on a show in the second, scoring 11 straight points midway through the half to build Villanova’s lead to 16. Photo DiVincenzo had 31 points and helped fuel Villanova’s comeback from an early deficit. Credit Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Michigan Coach John Beilein sat on his stool with a puzzled look. If it…

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How a College Basketball Reporter Keeps Up With the Madness

There are few dull moments during the N.C.A.A. tournament, and therefore few opportunities for a dulled mind. But on a Friday night last month, I chanced a beer at a restaurant in Pittsburgh. I sat at a cafe and did some work. I also kept an eye on the games, which I streamed to my laptop. Virginia was trailing — a novel departure from No. 1 seeds’ rote first-round games. Since the tournament expanded in 1985, these top-seeded teams had not lost once. I congratulated myself on having prewritten a…

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