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.

  • Bronson Koenig's creative new haircut honors Native American heritage

    One of college basketball's most creative haircuts belongs to one of the sport's better point guards.

    Bronson Koenig, a key player on the past two Wisconsin teams that have reached the Final Four, posted a photo of himself Tuesday night with a fresh haircut honoring his Native American heritage. The signature element of the haircut is a feather deftly carved into the side of his head.

    The only instructions Koenig apparently gave his barber was to give him a haircut that would reflect his Native American pride. Koenig has spoken previously about his desire to learn more about his heritage and become a source of inspiration to young Native Americans.

    "I'm always curious because I didn't know all that much, and in history classes we'd only talk about it a little bit," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in February. "But I would be really interested because that is my people and we don't learn much about them."

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  • Point guard's family upset Minnesota won't medically clear him to play

    The timing of Minnesota's decision not to medically clear incoming freshman Jarvis Johnson did not sit well with the point guard's family.

    Curtis Johnson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that his son felt blindsided when university officials shared the news earlier this month.

    “We felt a little misguided in the way the recruitment went, and then the sudden decision last week," the elder Johnson said. “Under the circumstances, time didn’t allow us to make an educated decision even. We felt pressured by it.”

    Jarvis Johnson had an internal defibrillator installed in eighth grade after his heart stopped during a practice and he was diagnosed with hydropathic cardiomyopathy. Doctors cleared him to play thereafter, enabling him to emerge as one of the state of Minnesota's top recruits and lead powerful DeLaSalle High School to four consecutive state championships.

    It's totally understandable Minnesota would want to protect itself legally by having its own doctors decide whether to clear him

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  • Saint Mary's Australian pipeline again making a splash in NBA Finals

    At a time when most Bay Area basketball fans were distraught over the Golden State Warriors' 2-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, dozens of patrons at one Walnut Creek bar couldn't stop smiling.

    The Saint Mary's coaches, staff and alumni who filled this particular bar had just watched a beloved former Gaels star make a big splash on basketball's grandest stage for the second consecutive June.

    Exactly 359 days after ex-Saint Mary's guard Patty Mills erupted for 17 points in 18 minutes off the bench in the decisive game of San Antonio's NBA Finals victory over Miami, it was fellow Aussie Matthew Dellavedova's turn to thrive in the spotlight. The former undrafted free agent again filled in admirably for injured point guard Kyrie Irving, hounding league MVP Stephen Curry into a poor shooting night, hurling his body across the floor to chase down numerous loose balls and even mixing in 20 points for a depleted Cleveland team in dire need of secondary scorers.

    Dellavedova's spirited effort was one

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  • Murray State wastes no time finding Steve Prohm's successor

    Whether it's Mark Gottfried, Billy Kennedy or Steve Prohm, coaching at Murray State has proven to be an ideal springboard to a high-profile job.

    Matt McMahon will be the next to attempt to have enough success to make a similar jump. 

    One day after Prohm left to become the next coach at Iowa State, Murray State announced Tuesday that McMahon will be his successor. McMahon spent the previous four seasons at Murray State as an assistant to Prohm before leaving last month to join longtime friend Eric Konkol's staff at Louisiana Tech.

    The immediacy of the McMahon hire suggests Murray State officials had a plan in place for a while in case Prohm departed. Prohm has been linked to a few jobs the past few years including his alma mater Alabama, which ultimately chose to hire Avery Johnson instead of him earlier this spring. 

    The allure of McMahon for Murray State is surely that the first-time head coach played an integral role in the program's success the past four years.

    The Racers amassed a

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  • Proposed rule changes to increase scoring officially implemented

    The major rules changes designed to make college basketball less of a slog are now official.

    The NCAA on Monday approved a series of recommendations made by college basketball's rule committee last month including shortening the shot clock, reducing the number of timeouts allotted to each team and increasing the freedom of movement for offensive players.

    The most significant change is the implementation of a 30-second shot clock after two decades of offenses having 35 ticks to attempt a shot.

    Proponents will note the shorter shot clock should lead to more possessions per game, which should result in more points. Opponents will question whether the change will achieve its goal of a more watchable sport since a shorter shot clock favors defenses and could result in a decrease in shooting percentages.

    The other issue with a reduced shot clock is that it's a move toward homogeneity in a sport that is at its best when there's a contrast in styles among opponents.

    Whereas most NBA teams rely

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  • Iowa State selects Steve Prohm to succeed Fred Hoiberg

    Steve Prohm probably feels much better today that his alma mater Alabama hired Avery Johnson instead of him earlier this spring.

    Being snubbed by the Crimson Tide two months ago enabled Prohm to land a better job Monday.

    Instead of beginning a rebuilding job in Tuscaloosa, Prohm will inherit a top 10-caliber roster at Iowa State. The Cyclones have announced they've hired the highly successful former Murray State coach as the successor to Fred Hoiberg.

    Prohm's challenge will be making sure that Iowa State's recent resurgence doesn't end with the departure of its beloved head coach. Hoiberg left for the Chicago Bulls last week after transforming the Cyclones into a perennial Big 12 contender during his five-year tenure, leading them to four NCAA tournament bids and back-to-back conference tournament titles.

    What surely made Prohm attractive to Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard is the success he enjoyed in four seasons at Murray State.

    He compiled an impressive 104-29 record,

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  • Rysheed Jordan leaves St. John's to pursue a pro career

    The rebuilding job Chris Mullin inherited at St. John's became a little bit more difficult Friday when one of his best players announced he will not return next season.

    Rysheed Jordan, the Big East's ninth-leading scorer this past season, will forgo his remaining two years of college eligibility and pursue a professional career. The 6-foot-4 guard is ineligible for the NBA draft until 2016 because he missed last month's early-entry deadline, but he could play overseas next season or in the D-League.

    "Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine. I believe I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career and plan to work hard to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA," Jordan said in a statement released by the school. "I am thankful for the opportunities and support St. John's University has provided to me. This decision was made with my family's best interests in mind."

    The unusual timing of Jordan's announcement stems from the academic issues that he

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  • Washington adds to strong class by landing Noah Dickerson

    For a program that hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2011 and returns only three scholarship players from last season's team, Washington should enter the summer feeling at least somewhat optimistic about its future.

    The Huskies will welcome an eight-man recruiting class that could be formidable enough to one day get the program back to competing for Pac-12 titles the way it did at the apex of Lorenzo Romar's tenure.

    The latest addition is former Florida signee Noah Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 forward Rivals.com ranks No. 81 in the class of 2015. Dickerson chose Washington over Pac-12 rival Cal on Thursday after reopening his recruitment earlier this spring when Billy Donovan left Florida for the Oklahoma City Thunder.  

    For Dickerson, the appeal of Washington surely stemmed from the available playing time in the frontcourt. The Huskies don't return a single

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  • North Carolina releases NCAA's Notice of Allegations

    UNC Chancellor Carol Folt addresses the media following meeting in May. (AP)UNC Chancellor Carol Folt addresses the media following meeting in May. (AP)Almost two weeks after it confirmed it had received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, the University of North Carolina finally revealed the contents of that 59-page document on Thursday afternoon.

    The Notice of Allegations hit the Tar Heels with a lack of institutional control charge and four other potentially serious violations in the wake of the NCAA's lengthy investigation into the academic fraud that took place at the school.

    The first two allegations state that North Carolina student-athletes received impermissible benefits unavailable to the rest of the student body when their academic counselors obtained special assistance and privileges for them. The next two allegations target African American Studies department officials Deborah Crowder and Dr. Julius Nyang’oro for their failure to cooperate in the NCAA's investigation.

    The final allegation is the most serious one, the charge of lack of institutional control. It asserts that the athletic department failed to properly

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  • Indiana adds much-needed frontcourt depth with Max Bielfeldt

    The dismissal of Hanner Mosquera-Perea earlier this spring left Indiana scrambling for another big man to play behind highly touted incoming freshman Thomas Bryant.

    The Hoosiers solved that problem Tuesday night by adding a player very familiar with the rigors of a Big Ten schedule.

    Former Michigan big man Max Bielfeldt committed to Indiana, selecting the Hoosiers over Nebraska and Iowa State. The 6-foot-8 graduate transfer will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately.

    A career backup at Michigan, Bielfeldt earned playing time with all-out hustle and solid defense last season, averaging 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. He chose to transfer when John Beilein could not guarantee him a scholarship for a post-graduate season because the Wolverines were saving it for elite prospect Jaylen Brown or several other potential recruiting targets. 

    Transfer haven Iowa State was thought to be a strong contender to land Bielfeldt before coach

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