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Former Bull Turner Battle not a finalist for UB coaching job

Turner Battle, a former player for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team, is not a finalist for the men’s basketball coaching position at UB.

The News learned through a source on Thursday that Battle was notified by UB's search committee that he did not receive a second interview for the job, which has been vacant since March 27, when Nate Oats left after four seasons to take the same job at Alabama.

UB is expected to interview finalists this weekend at the Final Four in Minneapolis.

Battle was a point guard at UB for four seasons starting in 2001-02, and is in his fifth season as an assistant on the men's basketball staff at UAB, including the last three seasons as an assistant with Robert Ehsan.

Battle was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and played professionally for two seasons in Europe, then with Fort Worth of the NBA Developmental League and the Buffalo Rapids of the American Basketball Association. He began coaching in 2007, and was an assistant on Reggie Witherspoon's staff at UB until 2013. He then joined the staff at Chattanooga for a year.

UB inducted Battle into its Hall of Fame in 2010. He is UB's eighth all-time leading scorer (1,414 points).

UB's Perkins, Massinburg to participate in Final Four events

University at Buffalo senior Nick Perkins will play in the NABC's Reeses College All-Star Game, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The NABC All-Star Game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The Reese's College All-Star Game features the top senior Division I college basketball players. The game is part of Final Four Friday, which also includes open practices for each of the teams competing in the Final Four: Texas Tech, Michigan State, Virginia and Auburn.

Perkins is one of two UB seniors participating in Final Four weekend activities in Minneapolis. UB guard CJ Massinburg is competing Thursday in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.

Niagara's Prochet to compete in 3-on-3 tournament

Niagara forward Marvin Prochet will participate in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 5-7 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Prochet will team with Fairfield forward Jonathan Kasibabu, Iona guard Rickey McGill and Saint Peter's guard Davauhnte Turner to represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The tournament is comprised of all-star teams of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, representing all 32 Division I conferences. The teams will compete for a $150,000 prize pool, with the champions taking home $100,000, double the prize money from a year ago. Additionally, the winners will earn the right to compete in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 Open National Championship later this spring.

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