Roundball Chatter for May 27
• After landing top recruit Andrew Wiggins, Bill Self got an added bonus when Tarik Black announced that he will transfer from Memphis. The 6-9 Black will have one year of eligibility left, which will happen next season. He received his bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Memphis earlier this month. Black averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting an impressive 58.9 field goal percentage. It's nice to add a seasoned player this late.
• Malik Smith is following coach Richard Pitino to Minnesota. Smith joins the Golden Gophers after he averaged 14.1 points per game as a junior starter for Florida International IU last season. He will be eligible to play immediately because FIU is banned from postseason play next season thanks to poor academic performance under prior coach Isiah Thomas.
• Baylor coach Scott Drew had to be happy with the addition of University of Denver transfer Royce O'Neale, a 6-5 swingman. O'Neale earned third-team 2013 All-WAC honors as a sophomore at Denver. He started all 32 games and averaged points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35.3 minutes per game while leading the Pioneers to a 22-10 record and a share of the WAC championship in 2012-13.
• There are some big names in a new tipoff event in the Southwest. The matchups for the four-game event in Dallas that will tip off the 2013-14 season at the American Airlines Center on November 8th include a lot of local flavor: Texas-LSU, Baylor-Colorado, Oklahoma-Alabama and TCU-SMU.
• Stanford, Pittsburgh, Houston and Texas Tech headline the 2013 Legends Classic in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The championship game will be played on November 26th. The remainder of the eight-team field will participate in subregionals held at a campus site.
• The University of Washington will have an interesting alumni basketball event on June 23rd. There will be a Legends Game, a contest featuring more-recent graduates now in the pros, plus a three-point shootout and slam dunk event. Could we see NBA dunk winners Terrence Ross and Nate Robinson hooking up? I would pay to see that showdown, baby!
• Thanks again to those in the college basketball community that participated in the Dickie V. gala. The event raised $1.7 million for the V Foundation for cancer research. We are now at $10.3 million raised for the V Foundation over the years through the Dickie V gala. Thanks so much as we must beat the dreaded disease.
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