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Edwards headlines AP All-America team

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Carsen Edwards went through the NBA draft combine and multiple workouts before deciding to return for his junior season at Purdue.

The Boilermakers are sure happy he did after losing four seniors and most of their scoring.

The prolific guard was the leading vote getter in The Associated Press preseason men's All-America team released on Tuesday, appearing on 63 of 65 ballots from a national media panel. Edwards was joined by North Carolina forward Luke Maye, Duke freshman R.J. Barrett, Kansas big man Dedric Lawson, Nevada's Caleb Martin and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ.


Restocked KU No. 1 in AP preseason poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self sees big holes when he looks at his roster after losing three starters, including Associated Press All-American Devonte' Graham.

The voters in the AP Top 25 poll see something different: a roster restocked so well that Jayhawks will start the season as the nation's top team.


Report: Bazley $1M intern at New Balance

BRIGHTON, Mass. (AP) Former Syracuse recruit Darius Bazley, who opted to forgo college to work toward the 2019 NBA draft, has landed a job as an intern for New Balance.

The New York Times reports the 18-year-old Bazley signed in May with agent Rich Paul, who arranged for the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati to work for the athletic equipment company for the first three months of 2019.


Tide transfer Key can play for Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Alabama transfer Braxton Key has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible to play for No. 5 Virginia this season.

Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett made the announcement Monday. Key, a Charlotte, North Carolina, has two years of eligibility remaining.


NC State G Beverly set for hand surgery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says guard Braxton Beverly will have surgery on his broken left hand.

Team spokesman Craig Hammel said Monday that Beverly fractured his hand on Friday during practice and will have surgery Tuesday. Hammel did not say how much time Beverly is expected to miss, saying only that his status would be updated at a later date.


Jury deliberates in corruption trial

NEW YORK (AP) A jury quietly deliberated for five hours Monday on its first day considering the merits of claims by the government that three men conspired to cheat major college basketball programs by paying young athletes to sign with schools sponsored by Adidas.

Attorneys for the defendants contend their clients broke NCAA rules but no laws.


Belmont picked as preseason OVC favorite

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Coach Rick Byrd and his Belmont Bruins once again are the preseason favorites to win the Ohio Valley Conference, just edging out defending league champ Murray State.

Belmont is the preseason favorite for a fourth straight year in balloting by the OVC's coaches and sports information directors. The predictions released Tuesday before the league's media day gave Belmont eight first-place votes and 227 points with Murray State, who won both the regular season title and the tournament championship last season, receiving nine first-place votes and 221 points.


Mizzou F Porter hurts knee, out for year

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri star Jontay Porter tore ligaments in his knee during a closed scrimmage with Southern Illinois on Sunday and will miss the upcoming season.

The school said the sophomore forward tore his ACL and MCL but declined further comment.


Indiana museum to tell story of Bird

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) A planned museum will tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird and his Indiana roots.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Saturday that the museum will be part of a convention center being built in Terre Haute in western Indiana. Bird plans to donate personal items and memorabilia from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University, the U.S. Olympic team and beyond, The Tribune-Star reported.


Mack embraces challenge at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack expected big changes when he left a school coming off a NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeding for scandal-plagued program with a rich basketball tradition.

Louisville's first-year coach hit the ground running after leaving Xavier, attracting several transfers to supplement the Cardinals' reserve holdovers. Mack's challenge will be melding them into a cohesive rotation he hopes can be competitive.

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