Dejounte Murray gave fans a thrill at the Rose City Showcase in Portland this weekend.
The 6-5 Rainier Beach High star, who verbally committed to Washington last week, blew past a defender on the wing and soared to the rim and flushed a dunk over another defender. He led his AAU team NorthWest Xpress to a 65-63 win on Saturday, which included a game-winning steal and layup in the final seconds, according to an Oregonian report.
Murray’s team lost 68-55 to Superior Athletes (California) in Sunday’s 17-under division title game.
The Rose City Showcase is the last major northwest AAU tournament before the start of the July recruiting period.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Oregon sexual assault scandal continues as the alleged 18-year-old female rape victim released a statement a few days ago that expressed anger and frustration with the Ducks athletic department as well as gratitude to the university’s student affairs office.
— The Oregonian obtained heavily redacted records from the University of Oregon regarding its investigation.
— Interesting series in ESPN which attempts to rank the top 50 coaches. In the first installment, ESPN ranks Nos. 50-25, which includes: No. 36 UCLA’s Steve Alford and No. 34 Colorado’s Tad Boyle. Nos. 24-20 are not Pac-12 coaches. ESPN also listed 25 coaches who just missed the cut, which includes (in alphabetical order) Oregon’s Dana Altman, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak, California’s Cuonzo Martin and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek. So far, there’s no mention of Washington’s Lorenzo Romar.
— It’s got a loose basketball connection, but the USC football program’s four-year probation ends Tuesday. The gist of the sanctions focused on former running back star Reggie Bush, but improper benefits given to former basketball player O.J. Mayo led to the NCAA’s ‘lack of institutional control’ citation. Four years later, USC’s football and basketball programs are still recovering.
— ESPN’s Tom Farrey is tweeting from the Ed O’Bannon-NCAA trialthat will decide whether the NCAA must pay college athletes for its use of their likenesses in television broadcasts, video games and other consumer products.
— A few former NCAA basketball and football are going to get paid thanks to a $20 million lawsuit settlement with video game producer Electronic Arts.
— More bad news for the NCAA. One of its traditional powerhouses is once again facing allegation of academic fraud. This from ESPN: “Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.”
— And here’s Roy Williams’ rebuttal, in which he expressed “shock” and “disbelief.”