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Thursday, December 1, 2011
3-point shot: Colangelo says Boeheim fine

By Andy Katz

1. Jerry Colangelo, who is the chair of USA Basketball’s board of directors and the essential general manager of the USA national team, said he believes Jim Boeheim will be fine. He said the current crisis at the school will have no bearing on Boeheim being the top USA Olympic assistant to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for the 2012 Olympics in London. “I am following the story just as everyone else is,’’ Colangelo said. “He’s a personal friend and a terrific individual. He’s part of USA basketball and from what I know at this point, I think he’ll be fine. The university is standing behind him. It has no impact on USA basketball. We’ll continue to monitor everything coming down the pike here.’’ Boeheim is the chair of the junior national program and helps select the teams that consist of college-aged players every summer.

2. When the lockout started Krzyzewski was legitimately concerned about whether or not the Olympic roster would be affected since the NBA is so enmeshed with USA basketball. But apparently Colangelo wasn’t fretting it one bit. “I never had any concern about the Olympics,’’ Colangelo said. “We are quite independent of the NBA as an entity and we were moving forward with all our plans as if there was or there was not a season. I didn’t think it would affect us.”

3. Baylor coach Scott Drew said Perry Jones III, who was suspended for the first give games of the season, looked “great” in his first game back. Jones III scored 27 points in the win over Prairie View. “He was able to hold his position in the post,’’ Drew said. “We’re very, very pleased. The first four minutes he was tentative and then after that that he was great.’’ As well as the Bears are playing this season, they aren’t whole. The Bears will get Cal transfer guard Gary Franklin eligible for the Dec. 17 game at BYU. The Bears have their toughest game to date when they go to Northwestern on Sunday. “We still haven’t had a chance to play with everyone together. We’ll have to find a rotation and the right combinations.’’