Xavier Booker, a Prized Recruit, Shows the Shoe Circuit Isn’t the Only Path

LAS VEGAS — Few could have foreseen Xavier Booker, who as a sophomore barely got off his high school team’s bench, in his current position: being scrutinized by NBA scouts and recruited by Kansas, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and a cadre of others. Then again, who wouldn’t fancy a 6-foot-11 left-hander who … Read more

Lennie Rosenbluth, Who Led North Carolina to a Title, Dies at 89

Lennie Rosenbluth, the All-America forward who led a North Carolina team to the New Yorkers with an unbeaten season and a thrilling victory over Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas squad in the 1957 NCAA basketball tournament championship game, died on Saturday. He was 89. His death was announced by North Carolina’s athletic department, which did not cite … Read more

The Duke of June share begins

NEW ORLEANS – After coaching the last game of his storied career, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and his wife, Mikey, rode a golf cart into a hallway near the pressroom of the Superdome late Saturday night. The Blue Devils’ season came to a sudden and dramatic end after a 81-77 loss to North Carolina, their tobacco … Read more

It’s clearly South Carolina time. Here’s how Don Staley made it.

MINNEAPOLIS – Don Staley was growing up. Staley, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Famer as a player, coached at Temple, his hometown, in Philadelphia, for eight years, but the team couldn’t miss the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. So when Steele took over as coach of the South Carolina women’s basketball … Read more