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  1. Mike Krzyzewski expects NBA one-and-done draft rule to stay

    Andy Katz

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expects the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to continue the one-and-done draft rule because he isn't convinced the players' union would be in favor of moving the draft rule to two years out of high school whe

    Story | Conversation | October 29, 2014
  2. Kevin Ollie is on the verge of signing a contract extension worth...

    Andy Katz

    UConn coach Kevin Ollie and the university are on the verge of finalizing a new five-year contract that will pay Ollie close to $3 million a year, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN Monday.

    Story | Conversation | May 19, 2014
  3. Position battles: Centers

    Andy Katz

    CHICAGO -- Julius Randle is gone, but he wouldn't mind watching the Kentucky big men battle in the fall. "Yes, there's going to be some competition," Randle said at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. "But Coach [John Calipari] will figure it out." ...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  4. Players to watch: Centers

    Andy Katz

    Traditional centers were once a fading fad. It was almost as if they weren't growing that way anymore. But that is no longer the case. Suddenly, centers are plentiful. And while 5-men today must be able to score facing the basket, the centers ...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  5. Five things on UConn's last-second win over Florida

    Andy Katz

    STORRS, Conn. -- Shabazz Napier hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper to beat Florida 65-64 in a thriller Monday at Gampel Pavilion. Here are five observations for the Huskies and Gators. 1. UConn and Napier came through late, agai...

    Blog | Conversation | December 02, 2013
  6. Top draft choices in 2014

    Andy Katz

    If the 2014 NBA draft lives up to its hype, the upcoming college basketball season could rival or supersede any since the turn of the century. That's a big if. But the buzz isn't going away and won't unless the returning and incoming talent takes a d...

    Blog | Conversation | October 30, 2013
  7. Slowed Jerry Tarkanian hopes to "make a good showing" during Hall...

    Andy Katz

    While Rick Pitino shows no signs of slowing down, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian just hopes to "make a good showing" during this weekend's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2013
  8. Rick Pitino in their own words -- Walter McCarty, David Padgett -...

    Andy Katz

    The voices who can chime in on this weekend's Hall of Fame induction of Rick Pitino are many, spanning the spectrum from various levels of college basketball to the NBA. Walter McCarty has one of the more unique perspectives on Pitino. He was recrui...

    Blog | Conversation | September 04, 2013
  9. Jerry Tarkanian's loyalty lasts a lifetime -- college basketball

    Andy Katz

    Jerry Tarkanian is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his innovative style, his transformative program at UNLV and his overall dominance for long stretches of his wildly successful career. But it is his loyalty -- his unshakable loya...

    Blog | Conversation | September 03, 2013
  10. After an interesting journey, Reggie Theus back in the college ra...

    Andy Katz

    Editor's Note: All week ESPN.com is taking a look at new faces in new places. As part of our coverage, Andy Katz will be diving into the mid-major ranks to profile a different first-year coach each day. Finally, Reggie Theus can talk about a team aga...

    Blog | Conversation | August 26, 2013
  11. UCLA transfer Joshua Smith needs to stay on the court to make an ...

    Andy Katz

    Joshua Smith's ability to get on the court in his new role at Georgetown and be productive, to play a full season without any issues, is not simply about his weight. This is about his commitment to working, finding cardiovascular endurance and believ...

    Blog | Conversation | August 08, 2013
  12. Jahii Carson desperate to lead Arizona State Sun Devils back to N...

    Andy Katz

    No team heading off on a foreign trip needs it more to be a springboard than Arizona State. The Sun Devils travel to China on Thursday, and if this trip works well for them, they may just be a Pac-12 top-four team this season -- bound for the NCAA to...

    Blog | Conversation | August 07, 2013
  13. 3-point shot: For the sake of seeding

    Andy Katz

    1. The selection committee's tweaks to the bracketing principles seems like such an obvious response that the committee should be applauded for actually realizing the mistake. Seeding should never have been sacrificed for the sake of avoiding early-t...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  14. 3-point shot: Jeter, Hamilton still searching

    Andy Katz

    1. Sheldon Jeter and Isaac Hamilton are still searching for places to play next season. Jeter was initially blocked by Vanderbilt from transferring to Pitt, but a source said that is still where he'd like to land. Jeter still hasn't found a home. The...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  15. 3-point shot: Coach K and retirement

    Andy Katz

    1. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he thought about retirement a little bit a year ago after winning Olympic gold in London, according to reports from the Las Vegas USA Basketball minicamp. But those thoughts of leaving Duke and not coaching the...

    Blog | July 24, 2013
  16. 3-point shot: Can Wiltjer pull an Olynyk?

    Andy Katz

    1. Not all redshirt transfers are created equally at Gonzaga. And that's why it would be unfair to expect Kyle Wiltjer to come back as thick and strong as Kelly Olynyk -- an All-American and the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft -- after Wiljter redshirts...

    Blog | July 23, 2013