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High-scoring White ready for shot at UNC

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WILSON, N.C. (AP) No one questions whether Coby White is good enough to help North Carolina immediately as a freshman.

Rather, the pressing question as White heads to campus this week is this: can the instate McDonald's All-American who scored more points than any high school player in state history help the Tar Heels replace departed point guard Joel Berry II?

"I want to play. Who doesn't want to play?" White said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But I know it's going to take a lot to learn the offense and defense of North Carolina. ... I feel like I'm a quick learner and I have a high IQ for the game. Basketball is just reads to me. I think I always make the correct read.

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Gamecocks' Martin gets Bowen going pro

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's Frank Martin understood all along he might never get to coach Brian Bowen in a game and is just happy the 6-foot-7 forward whose name is part of the federal corruption case in college basketball had the chance to spend a few months with the Gamecocks.

Bowen gave up his college career to turn pro last month when the NCAA informed South Carolina he would miss at least all of next season - his second full year on the bench - because of his alleged involvement in the scandal.

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Kane joins Iowa State as assistant coach

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Steve Prohm has added James Kane to his staff as an assistant.

Prohm announced the hiring of Kane, a former assistant of his at Murray State, on Monday.

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Detroit hires Texas Southern coach Davis

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Mercy has hired basketball coach Mike Davis away from Texas Southern.

The Horizon League school in the Motor City announced the move Thursday, adding a coach with a 352-241 career record in college.

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Hardaway adds Mitchell to Memphis staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Penny Hardaway has finalized his coaching staff at Memphis by hiring veteran NBA coach Sam Mitchell.

Hardaway said in a statement Thursday that Mitchell is a veteran who has coached at the game's highest levels.

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Gophers lose Stockman as grad transfer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota center Matz Stockman will leave the program without playing in a game.

Coach Richard Pitino announced Thursday night that Stockman will graduate early this summer and forgo the upcoming season with the Gophers.

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Ex-W. Michigan player cleared of murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) A jury has acquitted a former Western Michigan basketball player of murder in the shooting death of a fellow student but convicted him of armed robbery and a weapons charge.

The Kalamazoo County jury deliberated two days before returning the verdict for Joeviair Kennedy. He faces a possible life sentence when he's sentenced July 16.

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GW names former Duke G Paulus assistant

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Duke guard Greg Paulus has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at George Washington.

Paulus' addition to head coach Maurice Joseph's staff was announced by GW on Wednesday.

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Texas G Jones enrolls, hopes to return

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been approved for online-based coursework for summer school and will move into a dorm, big steps toward an eventual return to the program as he continues treatment for leukemia.

Longhorns coach Shaka Smart announced the move Thursday. Jones was diagnosed in January and he spent weeks in Houston for treatment. He eventually started posting on social media videos of himself shooting baskets.

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Beilein not leaving Michigan for Pistons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) John Beilein is staying at Michigan after exploring the possibility of coaching the Detroit Pistons.

"I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men's Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!" Beilein tweeted Wednesday. "Let's go hang some more banners at "THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD.""

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