Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of the Dagger. Prior to joining Yahoo! Sports in Feb. 2010, Eisenberg worked for 4 1/2 years at The Press-Enterprise covering everything from UCLA basketball, to USC football, to the Los Angeles Lakers. If he's not watching basketball, you'll usually find Eisenberg enjoying the California sunshine, sampling craft brews or cooking on the grill.

  • Marques Bolden's commitment adds to Duke's embarrassment of riches

    Duke won the latest battle in its recruiting war with Kentucky on Thursday when the top unsigned prospect in the Class of 2016 chose the Blue Devils over the Wildcats.

    Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-11 center ranked No. 11 in the 2016 Rivals rankings, made his announcement on Thursday afternoon at DeSoto High School, unzipping a black jacket to reveal a Duke T-shirt underneath.

    The addition of Bolden bolsters a Duke team that likely would have been next year's preseason No. 1 team even if he had gone elsewhere. The Blue Devils return four of their top seven players from last year's Sweet 16 team, get senior forward Amile Jefferson back from injury and add a recruiting class widely considered to be the best in the nation. 

    A long, mobile post player who runs the floor well, protects the rim and scores effectively with his back to the basket, Bolden averaged 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season and led DeSoto High to a state title. The McDonald's All-American received

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  • Eight schools with the most at stake entering the draft deadline

    Undecided prospects have only one week left before they must announce whether they're coming back to school or staying in the NBA draft. Here's a look at the eight schools with the most at stake during the next seven days:

    1. Oregon (G Tyler Dorsey, F Dillon Brooks): Oregon could have five of its top seven players back from a 31-win Elite Eight team if Dorsey and Brooks opt to return to school, a decision that might be wise for both of them after neither was invited to the draft combine. Brooks, a versatile 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 16.7 points per game last season, but he could use another year to revamp his body and improve the consistency of his perimeter shot. Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, averaged 13.4 points and shot over 40 percent from behind the arc, but he lacks prototypical size or length for an NBA shooting guard. If he returns to school, he could stand to improve his playmaking ability.

    2. Villanova (G Josh Hart): After a recent workout with the 76ers, Hart updated the

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  • Justin Jackson's return solidifies North Carolina as a top 10 team

    Twelve days after forward Kennedy Meeks elected to withdraw from the NBA draft, North Carolina received more good news.

    Forward Justin Jackson has pulled his name from draft consideration and opted to return to school.

    "After discussing it with my parents and coaches and praying over this decision, the best choice for my basketball future is to return to school and play for the Tar Heels next season," Jackson said Monday in a release from the school.

    “My dream certainly is to play in the NBA and going through the draft process this year was another step toward reaching that goal, but I’ve loved my first two years at Carolina and am excited about the upcoming season. It’s going to be a fun year. I will be another year closer to earning my degree and can continue to develop as a person and a player."

    Jackson started at small forward the past two seasons for a North Carolina team that reached the Sweet 16 in 2015 and lost at the buzzer in the national title game last month. The 6-foot-8

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  • NC State gets frontcourt help by landing prized Turkish center

    With its top two big men both entering the NBA draft last month, NC State is in need of immediate frontcourt help next season. 

    Boy did the Wolfpack find some.

    Omer Yurtseven, a coveted 6-foot-11 center from Turkey, told Scout.com on Monday that he has committed to NC State. Yurtseven chose the Wolfpack over Utah and Syracuse among others. 

    The addition of Yurtseven puts NC State in far better position to thrive next season even if forwards Abdul Malik-Abu and Beejay Anya were to remain in the NBA draft. Neither has hired an agent, leaving open the possibility either could opt to return by the May 25 deadline.

    Most scouts consider Yurtseven to be a five-star recruit and a future NBA prospect because of his strong frame, good size and impressive skill set. He can score with his back to the basket in the post, via offensive boards or off pick-and-pop jump shots out to the 3-point arc.

    Yurtseven showcased his immense potential on Sunday when he erupted for 91 points and 28 rebounds in a

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  • John Calipari takes aim at eclipsing UCLA's 11 national titles

    Before he's finished coaching Kentucky, John Calipari has a lofty goal he wants to reach.

    "Our next challenge is to chase UCLA’s 11 titles," he wrote on his website Monday.

    UCLA is the only college basketball program with more national championships than Kentucky. Calipari led the Wildcats to their eighth title in 2012 behind Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but they still need three more championships just to tie the Bruins and four to overtake them.

    "This could take more than a decade, but so what? Let’s chase it," Calipari wrote. "Can we do it? Sure, but it’s going to be really tough. The tournament isn’t a best-of-seven series and the best team doesn’t always win the title. The trick is to always be one of those teams at the end of the season that’s right there. That’s the first step."

    Kentucky has won only won championship during Calipari's seven-year tenure, but it has consistently been a title contender thanks to his ability to land a bevy of top prospects every year

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  • Tim Floyd blasts radio host during contentious press conference

    When Tim Floyd spoke to reporters in El Paso on Tuesday afternoon, it began as a typical business-as-usual news conference.

    Only after El Paso sports radio host Steve Kaplowitz asked his first question did it become clear that Floyd's true purpose was an ambush.

    Floyd pounced on Kaplowitz immediately, first turning the radio host's question about why players transfer back around on him and then calling him "uninformed" and "irresponsible." Floyd then handed out copies of a 17-page document containing data that meant to show that UTEP's high transfer rate during his tenure mirrored the trend in college basketball nationally.

    What apparently upset Floyd is Kaplowitz's on-air criticism of UTEP's struggles to retain players in recent years. This offseason alone, UTEP's leading scorer Lee Moore turned pro with eligibility remaining and three other players chose to transfer.

    The public flogging might have stopped there except that Kaplowitz opted to respond. He further angered Floyd by

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  • John Calipari's shots at Duke stoke an already smoldering rivalry

    At a time when his program is battling Duke for numerous elite prospects, Kentucky coach John Calipari has chosen to take the fight public.

    Buried in the middle of Calipari's latest blog post on his website is a thinly veiled shot at the Blue Devils and their typical sales pitch to top recruits.

    "I refuse to go in a home and paint a picture saying things like, 'If you come with us you’ll be taken care of for the rest of your life by the program and by our alums' even though you may only be in school for a year or two," Calipari wrote. "How preposterous does that sound? What if I say that same thing and the young man decides to transfer for one reason or another? Does that still hold true that we’re going to take care of them the rest of their lives?

    "Our approach is to give them the fishing rod and the lures to help them catch fish, not to just give you the fish. I want players to earn everything they get here and to feel that they’ve built their own self-esteem and confidence through

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  • Nebraska coach Tim Miles takes stomach-churning flight with Blue Angels

    Nebraska coach Tim Miles flies with the Blue Angels (via Tim Miles)Nebraska coach Tim Miles flies with the Blue Angels (via Tim Miles)

    The day one of his friends called to ask if he wanted to fly with the Blue Angels, Nebraska coach Tim Miles approached his staff with a pressing question.

    Do you think I'll die?

    "They all unequivocally said, 'You will not die,'" Miles told Yahoo Sports on Monday. They said, 'You could pass out, you could puke or you could embarrass yourself,' but I can do all three of those things on a regular basis anyhow. So I said I'm doing it."

    Last Tuesday morning, Miles indeed soared through the Nebraska sky with the U.S. Navy's most renowned flight demonstration squadron. The Blue Angels filmed Miles' 42-minute flight and used footage to promote the airshow they held in Lincoln this past weekend. 

    The pilot who took Miles up in an F/A-18 Hornet exceeded 600 miles per hour in the air and did everything from flying upside down, to barrel rolls, to loops. At one point in the flight, Miles reached for a barf bag but only dry-heaved. Later he also did several breathing exercises to make sure he

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  • Florida bolsters its offense with addition of Canyon Barry

    About five decades after Rick Barry starred at the University of Miami, the NBA hall of famer's youngest son has passed on the chance to follow in his father's footsteps.

    Coveted College of Charleston transfer Canyon Barry announced Monday that he has chosen Florida over the Hurricanes and a handful of other major-conference suitors.

    Barry, a 6-foot-6 rising senior, has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play right away for the Gators next season. He is a significant addition for a Florida program looking to rebound after missing the NCAA tournament the past two years. 

    Before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the final two months of the 2015-16 season, Barry was averaging 19.7 points per game for a College of Charleston team that was 9-4 with him in the lineup and defeated LSU last December. He never shot more than 40.2 percent from the field in his three seasons with the Cougars, however, his efficiency should improve at Florida since he will not have to shoulder

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  • Minnesota's Reggie Lynch arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

    In addition to finishing just one game out of last place in the Big Ten this past season, struggling Minnesota has another problem on its hands.

    Its players can't seem to stay out of trouble.

    Reggie Lynch became the latest Minnesota basketball player to make headlines for the wrong reasons on Sunday afternoon when he was arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. The school subsequently released a statement Sunday announcing Lynch has been suspended from all team activities indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation.

    Lynch was taken into custody at around 1:30 on Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-9 center has not been formally charged but is being held without bail in Hennepin County jail.

    An Illinois State transfer who sat out all of last season, Lynch was expected to be a key contributor next season for a Minnesota team that lost top big man Joey King to graduation this spring. Lynch averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore at Illinois

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