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Wilkins, Collins head new Hall class

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georgia standout Dominique Wilkins and Doug Collins of Illinois State headline the eight-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

Wilkins played three seasons for the Bulldogs before embarking on a standout NBA career, making nine All-Star Games.

Collins scored 2,240 points during his three-year career with the Redbirds and was the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft. He was a four-time All-Star before beginning a long career as a coach.

Joining them in this year's class are DePaul's Mark Aguirre, Kansas State's Bob Boozer, LaSalle's Lionel Simmons and UCLA's Jamaal Wilkes, along with coaches Hugh Durham and Mike Montgomery.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Kansas City.

DIXON GOES HOME: Jamie Dixon is back at TCU as coach, and the Horned Frogs are hoping their former player can provide more winning moments for a program that has struggled in the Big 12.

TCU has won eight Big 12 games since joining the league four years ago and hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998. Its last NCAA victory was in the first round in 1987 when Dixon was a senior guard.

"We are here to win, and we are here to win right now, and we are here to win the right way," said Dixon, relaying what he told TCU players. "I don't think anybody can sell this place better than I can, because everything I've gotten in my life is because of TCU."

RUTGERS INTRODUCES PIKIELL: Steve Pikiell transformed Stony Brook from an also-ran to a perennial power in the American East Conference.

Now he'll be asked to change Rutgers from the worst school in the Big Ten to one that can dance with the best of them after a 25-year absence from the NCAA Tournament.

"I've never let an athletic director down, I've never let a president down and I've never let a student body down," Pikiell said. "I'm not going to do it here at Rutgers. I embrace challenges."

MEMPHIS: The university is launching an investigation into whether athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while negotiating coach Josh Pastner's 2013 raise and contract extension.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Freshman guard Malik Newman said he will declare for the NBA draft but won't hire an agent.

PROVIDENCE: Redshirt junior point guard Kris Dunn, the Big East player of the year, said he will sign with an agent and head to the NBA.

Wilkins, Collins head new Hall class 03/22/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:10pm]
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