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Jimmy Whitt Commits To Arkansas

Class of 2015 Columbia Hickman (MO) star Jimmy Whitt has given a verbal commitment to play his college basketball for head coach Mike Anderson, and the University of Arkansas.

Whitt, a versatile 6'3 guard who can score and get minutes at both backcourt slots, is an ideal fit for Arkansas.

Whitt selected Arkansas over Missouri, SMU, Illinois and Marquette.

Whitt made the announcement at Hickman High School.

Whitt competed on the travel team circuit with KC Run GMC.

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NIU Unveils New Basketball Court

Northern Illinois University has unveiled their new basketball court at the NIU Convocation Center.

The new floor replaces the original surface that was installed when the Convocation Center opened in 2002.

The NIU basketball program is brimming with optimism for the upcoming season with several key pieces and additions set to join head coach Mark Montgomery's program in 2014-15.

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Lake Land Hires Nathan Courtney

Lake Land College (IL) has tabbed Nathan Courtney as their new head basketball coach.

Courtney has spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Highland Community College (IL) where he guided the team to a 50-15 record and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas this past season.

Courtney's job at highland was actually a part-time position.  Lake Land added the position of director of fitness at the Lake Land Laker Fitness Center to the coaching position to make it financially viable.

Courtney takes over for Cedric Brown, who was at the helm of the program for seven years including guiding the team to a share of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference title last year.  Brown left after the teaching position was eliminated to become an assistant at Mineral Area Community College (MO).

According to the Journal Gazette & Times Courier, upwards of 75 candidates applied for the job with 5 coming in for interviews.

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Jack Cooley Signs With Utah Jazz

Former Glenbrook South and Notre Dame star Jack Cooley has signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.

Cooley, a 6'9 power forward, played in Turkey last season for Trabzonspor where he averaged 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.

Cooley also showed well in July playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cooley averaged 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior at Notre Dame in the 2012-13 season.

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Illini In Final Four For Landry Shamet

Class of 2015 Kansas City Park Hill (MO) star Landry Shamet announced via Twitter that he has cut down his list to four schools.

Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State and Wichita State are the finalists for Shamet, a 6'4 guard who has seen his recruiting stock steadily climb.

Shamet took an unofficial visit to the campus of Illinois over the weekend.

Shamet will take an official visit to all four schools.

Shamet competed on the travel team circuit with the Kansas City Pumas.

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