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Memphis adds Keelon Lawson to coaching staff (Yahoo Sports)
Memphis has added former high school coach Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach on Josh Pastner's staff. Lawson is the father of 2015 recruit K.J. Lawson and 2016 prospect Dedric Lawson. Lawson had coached Hamilton High School in Memphis since 2003. The 247Sports Composite, which measures rankings of all the major recruiting services, rates K.J. Lawson as the No. 43 prospect in his class and rates Dedric Lawson as the No. 7 prospect in the 2016 class.
Top NCAA hoops official retiring after 2015 season (Yahoo Sports)
John Adams started refereeing basketball games for grocery money. On Thursday, the 65-year-old Adams said he will retire following April's national championship game. ''Since I've been out of the military I've only had six jobs,'' said Adams, who served in the Indiana and New York Air National Guard from 1971-77. ''I told the first (NCAA) committee I worked for that I felt like I was living the dream, and I told the committee yesterday that I was still living the dream.
Oklahoma AD to chair hoops committee in 2015-16 (Yahoo Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione will chair the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee for the 2015-16 school year.
Pinson could bolster Tar Heels' perimeter defense (Yahoo Sports)
Theo Pinson knows how to guarantee himself a significant role as a freshman at North Carolina - play defense. The 6-foot-6 swingman arrived this summer to help fill the Tar Heels' need for backcourt depth and bolster UNC's defense on the perimeter, where opponents blistered the Tar Heels in last season's final two games. ''You just have to worry about making the right play and playing defense at all times,'' Pinson said. ''That's Basketball 101, basically.'' Pinson joins fellow McDonald's All-Americans Joel Berry at point guard and swingman Justin Jackson in a touted recruiting class.
Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change (Yahoo Sports)
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. ''There's a lot of change coming.'' During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the ''strange environment'' that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools.