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Villanova's Wright elected to HOF

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Jay Wright used to sell tickets to games in the long-defunct United States Football League. Ben Wallace was passed over by every NBA team, some of them twice. Yolanda Griffith got a job repossessing cars so she could take care of herself and her infant daughter while playing community college basketball.

For all of them, those days are long gone. Basketball's highest honor has come their way.

Wright, Wallace and Griffith were part of a 16-person class that was announced Sunday as the 2021 inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime standout NBA forwards Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber were among those selected, along with former coaches Rick Adelman and Cotton Fitzsimmons and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.


Pac-12 picks MGM exec as commissioner

The Pac-12 hired George Kliavkoff to be the conference's next commissioner on Thursday, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider and charging him with rebuilding the league's football brand.

Kliavkoff has been the president of MGM Sports & Entertainment in Las Vegas since 2018.


St. John's Anderson gets 6-yr. extension

NEW YORK (AP) St. John's has given Big East Conference coach of the year Mike Anderson a six-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season.

The university announced the deal on Thursday after Anderson delivered consecutive winning seasons in his first two years. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Texas F Brown entering draft with agent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas forward Greg Brown announced Thursday he is turning pro and won't return to the Longhorns for his sophomore season under new coach Chris Beard.

Brown was a top-10 recruit when he signed with Texas and former coach Shaka Smart. He was projected as a first-round draft pick and few expected him to stay with the Longhorns more than one season.


NC State extends AD Corrigan 2 years

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State athletics director Boo Corrigan has received a two-year contract extension through April 2026.

The school said its board of trustees approved the deal Friday, a little more than two years after Corrigan left Army to begin work as Debbie Yow's successor.


Top recruit to play for dad at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) Patrick Baldwin Jr., one of the nation's top recruits in his class, will play college basketball for his father at Milwaukee.

The forward is rated as the nation's No. 4 senior prospect according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. An ankle injury caused him to miss most of his senior season at Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin.


Arkansas adds IU great Smart to staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas hired former NBA coach and Indiana University basketball star Keith Smart as an assistant coach on Wednesday.

Smart is best known for hitting the game-winning shot for Indiana in the 1987 national championship game against Syracuse. He played for Arkansas coach Eric Musselman with the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers and Florida Beachdogs and was an assistant on Musselman's staff with the Golden State Warriors.


Willis transfers to Minnesota again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Payton Willis, the latest transfer to join Minnesota's revamped roster, will return for his second stint with the Gophers.

Minnesota announced Wednesday the addition of Willis, a 6-foot-4 guard who played last season at the College of Charleston. He averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range, both career highs.


New Northwestern AD Polisky steps down

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Mike Polisky resigned as Northwestern's athletic director Wednesday amid mounting criticism following his promotion last week to replace Jim Phillips.

Polisky said in a statement he is stepping down as AD and leaving the school after 11 years because "current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department" and he does not want to be a "distraction."


Oral Roberts' Abmas declares for draft

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oral Roberts basketball star Max Abmas has declared for the NBA draft but has not hired an agent, making him eligible to return to school if he withdraws.

Abmas made the announcement on Twitter.

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