Kenner League rosters revealed

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Kenner League rosters revealed

It's summer time in D.C. Must mean it's time to see who's playing and for whom in the Kenner League.The annual summer basketball league - formally known as the Nike Pro-City league - opens the month long action on Friday with current and former college players taking to the McDonough Arena court on the campus of Georgetown University. The loosey-goosey nature of the event makes any type of announcement tentative, though the rosters are starting to take shape with players from Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington. Perhaps the most interesting team for Hoyas nation features Otto Porter and John Caprio playing with incoming freshmen Brandon Bolden, Bradley Hayes and DVauntes Smith-Rivera on The Tombs. The multi-faceted Porter figures to emerge as the Hoyas top player next season and one of the better players in the Big East while fans will get their first look at the incoming talent.Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's), rising sophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's); risingsophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Sophomore center MikaelHopkins will play for Team Takeover, swingman Aaron Bowen for Emery HeightsElite and junior center Moses Ayegba for Hoop Magic.CenterTyler Adams redshirt last season, was not among those listed on the statement released by the University. Regular season games will be played every weekend (there are no games on July 4) at McDonough Arena and the schedule closes out on Sunday, July 29. Patrick Holloway, named All-Met Player of the Year, headlines George Mason's participants according to a source. The former Paul VI star is expected to play for High Level along with fellow Patriots Bryon Allenand former Seton Hall transfer Anali Okoloji.Vaughn Gray (Hoop Magic), Vertrail Vaughns and Jonathan Arledge (DCX) are also expected to don the high tops.George Washington has its own intriguing group of newcomers, including Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood and five freshmen headlined by Landon's Joe McDonald, Montrose Christian's Kevin Larsen and Episcopal's Kethan Savage. The freshman plus Armwood will also play for Hoop Magic, along with rising sophomore John Kopriva. Guard Lasan Kromah (Team Takeover) and forward Dwayne Smith (Clyde's) are among the other Colonials participating, theschool announced.Click here for the entire schedule. Quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3. Semifinal games will be played at 2 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and the championship game will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. All parking for Nike Pro-City League games will be in the Southwest Garage off the Canal Road entrance to the University.

Virginia guard Marial Shayok transferring from program

Virginia guard Marial Shayok transferring from program

By Ben Brown

Following a disappointing end to a once-promising season, Virginia guard Marial Shayok and forward Jarred Reuter will transfer to another school, head coach Tony Bennett announced Wednesday. 

"Marial and Jarred informed me today that they are leaving the Virginia basketball program and are looking to transfer to other schools," Bennett said. "I thank Marial and Jarred for their hard work and contributions to our program, and wish them success in the future."

Shayok was the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game, despite playing only the fifth-most minutes and regularly coming off the bench. The Ontario product scored a career-high 23 points in Virginia's win over UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Reuter averaged 10 minutes a game and averaged 3.8 points per game. 

Shayok and Reuter transferring comes at the end of a very disappointing season for Virginia. The Cavaliers began the season in the top 10 of the AP poll, and halfway through conference play they were near the top of the standings in the ACC. But that was before the team went into a major funk as they lost four of their last seven games, which dropped them to sixth in the conference standings. 

Virginia lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Notre Dame, and then got blasted by Florida by 26 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

In addition to the losses of Shayok and Reuter, London Perrantes, the team's best player and leader, is graduating. 

After a rough regular season, Virginia's offseason is off to a rocky start as well. 

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VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Less than 24 hours after VCU saw yet another head coach in Will Wade, take off to a Power 5 school, the athletic department has already found a replacement, according to a report. 

Wasting no time, or allowing any speculation to build, the Rams have hired Mike Rhoades, the head coach of Rice, as Will Wade's replacement.

Rhoades will be the 12th coach of the men's basketball program in VCU history. 

The announcement was first reported by CBS's Gary Parrish:

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Rhoades is a former VCU assistant and associate head coach for five seasons. During his time with the Rams he helped the Shaka Smart led team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four run in 2011.

After Smart's departure to Texas, many considered Rhoades to be on the short list of coaches that VCU would contact. His familiarity with the program and the culture was exactly what VCU was looking for in order to have continued success at the school. The athletic department went on to hire a former assistant, but instead hired Wade. 

In 2014, he took on the head coaching position at Rice where he has been for the past three years. His overall record with the Owls is 47-52 with this past year being the only one to finish above .500. Receiving a bid to the CBI Tournament, it was the Owls first postseason appearance since 2012. 

If Rhoades does not work out for the Rams, there is only one more assistant remaining from the Final Four team that has yet to take over the program. Mike Jones is currently the head coach of Radford and has been there ever since that season. 

Wade's departure was yet another in a long line of talented, up-and-coming coaches using VCU as a springboard to a high-major position.

Jeff Capel began the trend in 2006, when he left for Oklahoma after returning the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time since 1996. His replacement, Anthony Grant, led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments before leaving to take the head coaching job at Alabama. Grant's replacem,ent, Shaka Smart, led the Rams to five straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011. 

Wade led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments in his two seasons and is now headed to LSU to attempt to revitalize the program.