Five-star forward D.J. Jeffries announced Monday he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.
Jeffries, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch High School (Mississippi), committed to Kentucky back in March, choosing the Wildcats over Alabama and Mississippi State.
Jeffries was coached on the AAU circuit by Penny Hardaway last spring and summer, and played for the same AAU program this past grassroots season. When Hardaway took over for Tubby Smith at Memphis, there were rumors that Jeffries could decommit and flip to the Tigers, but he stuck with his commitment at the time.
Michigan coach John Beilein, who led his program to its second national title game in five years last season, has undergone a successful heart procedure, the school announced Tuesday.
Beilein is expected to recover fully after he's released from the University of Michigan's Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, where his scheduled double bypass procedure was performed by Dr. Francis D. Pagani.
Per the school, he'll be ready for the 2018-19 season.
But Beilein, 65, will miss the team's exhibition trip to Spain later this month. Assistant Saddi Washington will lead the team as Beilein recovers.
"I feel grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at the University of Michigan," Beilein said in a statement. "Kathleen, and our family appreciate all of the world-class care that was provided for us. Dr. Kim Eagle, Dr. Francis Pagani, Dr. Stanley Chetcuti and all of their staffs at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions over this past week. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time practice begins for this upcoming season."
After he was contacted by the Detroit Pistons over the summer, Beilein signed an extension to stay at Michigan through the 2022-23 season. It includes an annual rollover clause that will automatically add a year to the deal if Beilein decides to stay beyond the length of his current contract.
"Coach Beilein underwent a two-vessel coronary bypass graft surgery Monday morning," said Pagani, program director for the Michigan Medicine Center for Circulatory Support and surgical director of the adult heart transplant program. "The procedure is designed to improve blood flow to the heart by taking a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body and grafting it to the obstructed coronary artery. The operation went well, and we expect him to make a full recovery and be back to his usual activities within a few weeks."
Kahlil Whitney, a five-star prospect and 14th-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100, has verbally committed to Kentucky.
Whitney chose Kentucky over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown. He plays high school basketball at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey), where his team went 24-0 last season.
Five-star ESPN 100 prospect Armando Bacot (No. 21 overall) committed to North Carolina. He selected the Tar Heels over Duke, Georgia, Oklahoma State and VCU.
5-Star SG Prospect Bryan Antoine Commits to Villanova over Duke, Kansas
Jim Calhoun has officially been named the head coach at Division III University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.
The Hall of Famer had already announced he would be taking the job and has been working for a year to establish a men's basketball program at the small Catholic university, which was an all-women's school until this fall.
The Bruins will be without one of their top recruits this season.
Freshman forward Shareef O’Neal announced that he will miss the entirety of the 2018-2019 season due to medical concerns, TMZ reported. He will redshirt and said that he will possibly return to play in 2019.
O’Neal said that UCLA doctors discovered a heart issue during a routine check and stated that the issue will require surgery.
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