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Deja Francis, St. Bonaventure A 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, Francis was chosen to the Atlantic 10 preseason third team after being named to the A-10 All-Rookie team. She ranked fourth among all Atlantic 10 freshmen in scoring and was second in assists. Francis averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 assists per game. Summer Hemphill, Buffalo Hemphill, a 6-1 senior forward from Cardin…

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PLAYERS TO WATCH Jayvon Graves, Buffalo A 6-3 junior guard, Graves was named to the All-MAC East Division preseason team after averaging 9.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. Graves started 35 of 36 games. He scored 13 points against Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and scored a career-high 26 points against Ohio in February. Malik Joh…

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Buffalo Bulls Arena: Alumni Arena, 175 Webster Road, Amherst (6,783 capacity). Tickets: www.ubbulls.com/tickets Coach: Felisha Legette-Jack (143-86, eighth season; 284-249, 18th season overall). Last season’s record: 24-10, 12-6 MAC. Key returnees (last season’s stats): 6-1 Sr. F Summer Hemphill 14.5 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 2.5 apg.; 5-3 Jr. G Hanna Hall 6.4 ppg., 2.…

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Former Canisius College guard Isaiah Reese was selected sixth overall in the NBA G League Draft on Saturday by the Austin Spurs and then traded to the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors acquired the rights to the 6-foot-5-inch Reese along with a 2020 second-round pick in exchange for the rights to center Kavion Pippen. Reese announced in March that he was leaving the …

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John Beilein, who arguably is the most successful men’s basketball coach in Canisius history, will be formally inducted into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural Canisius Basketball Tip-Off Reception in September. Beilein, the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Montante Cultural Center on the Canisiu…

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Former University at Buffalo star Nick Perkins made a splash during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Perkins, who agreed to play in the league for the Los Angeles Lakers before signing a contract, averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game for Los Angeles, which went 1-4 and missed the playoffs. Perkins, a 6-foot-8 forward, tied for the team hig…

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Former University at Buffalo star CJ Massinburg scored 11 points in 13 minutes of play Sunday night as the Brooklyn Nets fell 85-77 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA Summer League semifinal game in Las Vegas. Massinburg made 4 of 8 shots from the field and 3 of 4 attempts from the free-throw line. He came off the bench to contribute one rebound and one steal. T…

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A home that puts the "grand" in Grand Island is going from an owner who was at home on a court to someone at home in one. Former UB men's hoops coach Nate Oats has sold his riverfront "dream house" to noted Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. for $1.6 million in a deal that closed late Monday afternoon, public records show. Oats and his wife, Crystal, had purchased …

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Former Canisius guard Isaiah Reese announced via Twitter Friday night that he has signed with the Houston Rockets to play in the NBA Summer League. Reese is the first Golden Griffin basketball player to sign a summer league contract since 2014, when Billy Baron signed with Chicago and Jordan Heath signed with Detroit. “Thank you God for blessing me with the opportuni…

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Former University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg posted Friday night on his personal Instagram page that he will join the Brooklyn Nets as an undrafted free agent. Massinburg was honored as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in March after he led the Bulls with 18.2 points per game. He was named to the All-MAC first team after his junior season. He finish…

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Former University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as an undrafted free agent and will play for their Summer League team, according to a post Friday on the Bulls' official Twitter account. Perkins was named the Mid-American Conference Sixth Man Player of the Year for the third season in a row after he averaged 14.7 points and a team-…

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Texas Tech forward Josh Mballa has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo, the school announced Friday. The 6-8 Mballa will need to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining. His transfer was first reported by Evan Daniels of  247Sports. Mballa appeared in 17 games last season, including Tech's v…

Former Christian Central Academy and Cheektowaga High School standout Kenetria Redfern signed a letter of intent Saturday to play Division I basketball at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Redfern will become the first female basketball player from Niagara County Community College to play at the Division I level. She was an integral part of the Thunderwolves’ 31-2 season that …

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Another Miami Dade College product will join Niagara University’s mens hoops team next season. Forward Italo Cicotti has committed to play for the Purple Eagles, Miami Dade announced Tuesday night. Cicotti, a 6-foot-6 forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 22 games for the Sharks. He also logged 15 steals and eight blocks. …