Each week, I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Best wishes for a speedy recovery to North Carolina coach Roy Williams. He recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney. Doctors discovered the presence of the tumor during a physical earlier this month. Williams should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice. Roy has been an important member in the fight against cancer; I remember when we honored him and John Calipari at our Dickie V gala to raise funds for research.
• Rice suffered a major blow when All-Conference USA forward Arsalan Kazemi announced plans to transfer to Oregon. He averaged a double-double last season (more than 12 points and 10 rebounds per game) for Ben Braun's squad. He totaled 45 double-doubles in his three seasons as a starter there. The Owls have lost a number of players via the transfer route. Center Omar Oraby, who set a school record for blocks in one season (USC), point guard Dylan Ennis, who shattered the Owls mark for assists by a freshman (Villanova), forward Jarelle Reischel (Rhode Island), forward David Chadwick (Valparaiso) and forward Ahmad Ibrahim (went overseas for a professional contract) have opted to leave the team. Rice went 19-16 last season, its most wins since 2004-05.
• A.J. Davis, the 6-8 son of former NBA star Antonio Davis, has decided to attend Tennessee. He picked the Vols over Clemson. The news came after shooting guard Robert Hubbs also signed on with Cuonzo Martin's squad. The 6-5 Hubbs reportedly had Kentucky and Duke on the list of schools he considered.
• Former Harvard coach and current Northeastern AD Peter Roby has been added to the NCAA's Division I men's basketball selection committee. I like the idea of having a former coach added to the group. Roby was named to a spot vacated when former Delaware AD Bernard Muir left for Stanford.
• Northwestern suffered a blow when junior guard JerShon Cobb was suspended for the upcoming 2012-13 men's basketball season due to violations of team policy. Cobb, who appeared in 21 games, including eight starts last season, averaged over seven points per game. He remains enrolled at Northwestern and continues to be a part of the Wildcats' basketball program with two years of athletic eligibility.
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