The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) The African basketball championship may lack star power – even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.

Minnesota’s Eric Curry out for season with left knee injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota sophomore forward Eric Curry will miss the upcoming season, after injuring his left knee during a pickup game.

Syracuse’s Taurean Thompson taking leave of absence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse’s Taurean Thompson, who had a solid freshman season for the Orange, is taking a leave of absence from the university, coach Jim Boeheim announced Monday in a brief statement.

Wisconsin beats NZ Breakers 85-75 in overseas opener

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Wisconsin got off to a winning start on its five-game trip to New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday, beating the New Zealand Breakers 85-75.

Jontay Porter reclassifies, joining Mizzou this year

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri announced Wednesday that prep basketball standout Jontay Porter has reclassified and signed as part of first-year coach Cuonzo Martin’s 2017 recruiting class.

FastRecruit app saves coaches time and money in recruiting

LAS VEGAS (AP) College basketball coaches have the chance to see a multitude of recruits during the July evaluation period in Las Vegas.

Clemson basketball looks to create bonds on Spanish trip

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell is hopeful his summer trip to Spain next week benefits the Tigers as much as the last overseas trip to Italy did four years ago.

Alabama gives hoops coach Avery Johnson 2-year extension

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson has received a two-year contract extension through 2023.