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Saturday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news in college basketball and around the NBA draft

Zion Williamson named AP player of the year, receiving 59 of 64 possible votes. No surprise that Williamson was selected as the top player in college after his dominating freshman season, and there is also no surprise that he is widely seen as a lock to go number one overall in draft.

Jamie Dixon is apparently now out of the mix to take over the UCLA job, which comes a bit out of left field after news outlets had been reporting he was finalizing a deal to head to California. The deal was apparently nixed after UCLA did not feel comfortable having to pay the 8 million dollar buyout that Dixon has as the coach of TCU.

• The Final Four begins today, with Michigan State taking on Texas Tech and Virginia facing Auburn. These are some interesting matchups, especially the Auburn offense vs. the Virginia defense. Click here to see our preview of the games.

• The Reeses All star game was last night, with Ahmad Caver and Chris Clemons taking home the MVP honors of each team. Click here to see our recap of the game, which is focused on the players that have possible professional futures.

• South Florida won CBI tournament over Depaul, in an odd but unique best of three series to determine the bracket winner. Max Strus struggled, going 2-16 from the field and 1-10 from deep. The 6’6″ senior can score with the best of them, it was just an off night which happens to shooters, and if not drafted he should have a chance to get on a summer league roster.

FBI agents visited Baton Rouge to investigate Will Wade’s involvement in the college basketball recruiting scandal. All signs point to LSU wanting to let Wade go, but if they do so they may be on the hook for 10 million dollars going forward, if the firing was deemed to be without cause.

• Vanderbilt officially hired Jerry Stackhouse, in what could work out as a genius hire, or could be a bust hire due to his lack of college coaching experience. One thing is for sure, it immediately raises your universities basketball profile when you hire a former NBA star as your head coach, and it should allow Vanderbilt to somewhat compete with Memphis down the road being coached by Penny Hardaway.

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