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As the University at Buffalo's interim men’s basketball coach and as a candidate for the opening vacated by Nate Oats, Jim Whitesell knew he needed a plan. Even before he was named UB's coach April 6, Whitesell understood recruiting would be a significant challenge. In his 10-day tenure as UB’s interim head basketball coach, he had already started assembling a list of p…

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Cincinnati transfer LaQuill Hardnett will be eligible to play for the University at Buffalo this season and will have four years of eligibility, a school spokesman confirmed Monday. Hardnett, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Philadelphia, redshirted last season at Cincinnati, and needed an eligibility waiver in order to play this season. He received his release from Cincinn…

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Former University at Buffalo forward Montell McRae has signed a professional contract with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. The team is based in Ellesmere Port in England. The 6-foot-10-inch McRae averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game for the Bulls last season. “Firstly, I would like to thank the staff of Cheshire Phoen…

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Former University at Buffalo basketball star Nick Perkins is making the most of his opportunity to leave a strong first impression on the Los Angeles Lakers. Perkins started all three games in the California Classic summer league and capped the week with 20 points in a 99-97 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Perkins scored the Lakers’ first 12 points o…

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LaQuill Hardnett entered the NCAA’s transfer portal two weeks ago, and he estimates that he communicated with University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell nearly every day that he weighed joining a new program. The constant communication paid off. Hardnett announced Tuesday night on his Instagram account that he will transfer to UB after a season at Cincin…

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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…

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David Skogman, a 6-10 center with range to the three-point line, committed to the University at Buffalo men's basketball program Thursday night. He announced his decision on Twitter. Skogman, from Waukesha West High in Wisconsin, recently visited the UB campus. He averaged 18.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game as a senior. Skogman had 20 offers, but …

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When Nate Oats and his family purchased a home on Grand Island last summer, it included a dock with a boat cover that fit a 50-foot yacht and was more than enough to fit a 300-horsepower, triple-hull pontoon boat the family owned. "It's big enough, so we could have the team out," the former University at Buffalo men's basketball coach told The News last summer of the bo…

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Javan White, a 6-10 forward/center, is visiting the University at Buffalo on a recruiting trip, according to his Instagram story. White is a graduate transfer who spent last season as a grad student at Clemson, his only season with the Tigers. He entered the transfer portal in late March and has one season of eligibility remaining. White played in 31 games with two s…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball program has granted releases to three junior college players who signed National Letters of Intent last fall, The Buffalo News has confirmed. Andre Allen, a 6-foot-9-inch forward for Arizona Western; Jamestown native James Rojas, a 6-7 forward from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College; and Durey Cadwell, a 6-5 guard from Daytona…

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University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg was named an honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press on Tuesday. Massinburg, the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, averaged a team-high 18.2 points per game and set the school record with 636 points for the season. He finished his career second in school history in points at 1,990. He also made a team-…

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The University at Buffalo athletic department has spoken with at least three candidates about the school's head men's basketball coaching position. The News learned Turner Battle, a former UB player, interviewed by phone Monday with a search panel. Buffalo native Carlin Hartman spoke with UB administrators Monday, The Oklahoman reported. The Miami Herald reported that U…

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University of Miami assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo has been contacted about the opening at the University at Buffalo, the Miami Herald reported. Caputo is a high-level recruiter, and a veteran assistant coach who has worked with highly respected Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga for 17 seasons at Miami and at George Mason, where he helped Larranaga coach the Patri…

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The #HornsUp spirit was all over Buffalo on Friday leading into the University at Buffalo basketball teams' games in the NCAA Tournament. Among those wishing UB well were Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Sabretooth, Celery and Bills coach Sean McDermott, who showed some deft shooting touch in a video tweeted by the Bills. …