Aussie league: LaMelo Ball’s bid to buy club not a done deal

LaMelo Ball’s bid to be a club owner before making his NBA debut isn’t a done deal, yet. Australia’s National Basketball League issued a statement Friday in response to reports overnight that Ball had bought the Illawarra Hawks, the club south of Sydney where he played 12 games last season.

Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Michigan State student Brayden Smith was with basketball player Brock Washington on the night a female student said Washington forcibly groped her. When police interviewed Smith, he said he had already been contacted by Izzo and assistant coaches Dwayne Stephens and Mike Garland.

Former Wake Forest basketball coach Carl Tacy dies at 87

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former Wake Forest and Marshall basketball coach Carl Tacy has died. Tacy's son, Carl Jr., told The Associated Press his father died early Thursday. Tacy spent a year as Marshall's head coach before 13 seasons with the Demon Deacons from 1973-85, compiling a 222-149 record for the third-most wins in school history.

Patrick Tapé decommits from Duke

Graduate transfer Patrick Tapé has decommitted from Duke just 10 days after offering Mike Krzyzewski his pledge. The former Columbia power forward averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 66.

DePaul coach Dave Leitao’s contract extended through 2023-24

DePaul and coach Dave Leitao on Thursday agreed to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons went 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The Blue Demons won 12 of their first 13 games and beat NCAA runner-up Texas Tech.