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.

  • Calipari's extension is a preemptive strike against NBA speculation

    It's probably no coincidence that word of John Calipari's imminent contract extension at Kentucky leaked out Tuesday evening hours after a potentially attractive NBA gig opened up.

    This was likely a strategic move from the Wildcats aimed at quashing the Calipari-to-the-NBA speculation that pops up every spring.

    Many of the beat writers covering Kentucky reported within minutes of one another Tuesday that school officials were close to finalizing a one-year, $8 million contract extension with Calipari that would run his deal through 2022. Like previous contracts, this one also includes a $1.6 million bonus if Calipari is still the coach of Kentucky on July 1, an extra incentive for him to remain in Lexington.

    Whereas Calipari's previous extensions have been formally announced once they became official, word of this one came the same day as the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams despite 45 wins and a playoff appearance. That gig could be intriguing to Calipari if New Orleans

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  • Clemson lands last year's NEC freshman of the year

    Having failed in its bid to land Alabama graduate transfer Ricky Tarrant this spring, Clemson missed its best chance to address its lack of perimeter scoring in time for next season. 

    Instead the Tigers will have to settle for adding a fellow transfer who won't be eligible to play for them until the 2016-17 season.

    Ex-Robert Morris guard Marcquise Reed, last year's Northeast Conference freshman of the year, announced Monday that he will transfer to Clemson. Reed had also reportedly visited USC, UMass and Tulsa before deciding on the Tigers.

    The addition of Reed should eventually help shore up Clemson's biggest weaknesses — its inability to score efficiently and its lack of perimeter shooting.

    The 6-foot-1 Reed averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 41.3 percent from behind the arc for a Robert Morris team that lost to Duke in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. He was at his best against the toughest teams he faced too, lighting up the Blue Devils for 22 points, erupting for 24

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  • Arizona's scheduling boycott of New Mexico will end in 2016

    Sixteen years after Lute Olson vowed Arizona would never schedule regional rival New Mexico again, the Wildcats' boycott is over. 

    The two schools announced Monday they will begin a two-year series during the 2016-17 season with the Lobos visiting Tucson on Dec. 17, 2016 and the Wildcats heading to Albuquerque on Dec. 16, 2017.

    “It’s exciting to add big games like this to our upcoming schedule,” New Mexico coach Craig Neal said in a school-released statement. “I am very appreciative of Coach Miller and Arizona Director of Athletics Greg Byrne for scheduling this series and agreeing to come play us on our home court. These will be great games for our fans, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play a program like Arizona."

    Arizona's decision to revive the series reflects the fact that tension between the two programs has eased since Olson's retirement. Olson originally vowed to "unequivocally" discontinue the series in 1999 after a controversial finish to New Mexico's 79-78

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  • Louisville signee's dunk scores high marks for creativity

    Only a small percentage of players are athletic enough to pull off the dunk Louisville signee Donovan Mitchell attempted while messing around over the weekend.

    Even fewer have the creativity to conceive of it.

    Mitchell, a highly touted guard from Connecticut, began by sinking a 3-pointer from the wing. Then as the ball fall is falling through the net, he sprints to the rim, catches it in midair and throws down a ridiculous windmill slam.

    Video of Mitchell's dunk spread quickly on social media and cracked SportsCenter's top 10 plays. It even surpassed the soaring off-the-wall dunk that earned him perfect scores last month at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Night of Future Stars.

    Of course, Mitchell's dunking ability is only one reason Louisville fans are eager to see him in action next season. The dynamic 6-foot-2 guard will team with point guard Quentin Snider and Drexel transfer Damion Lee to help replace the perimeter scoring the Cardinals lost when Terry Rozier turned pro, Chris

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  • Maryland gets even stronger with addition of Rasheed Sulaimon

    When Duke captured its fifth national title last month in Indianapolis, dismissed Blue Devils guard Rasheed Sulaimon had to watch the celebration from home on television.

    Next spring, Sulaimon may have the chance to experience the joy his former teammates felt albeit while wearing a different uniform.

    Maryland announced Monday that it has landed Sulaimon, bolstering a roster that was already one of the five strongest in the nation. The 6-foot-5 Houston native will be eligible to play his final collegiate season right away assuming he is able to earn his sociology degree at Duke this summer as expected.

    Sulaimon is a high-risk, high-reward addition for Maryland because of the way his once-promising Duke career ended. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed him in January, explaining in a terse statement that Sulaimon had been "unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program."

    One month after Sulaimon's dismissal, the Duke Chronicle reported that two

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  • Austin Rivers goes from punchline to hero for the Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — At the end of the finest performance of his professional career, the NBA's most ridiculed player reveled in the sweet sound of something he hasn't heard often the past few years.

    Applause.

    They stood and roared at Staples Center when Austin Rivers scored seven third-quarter points in two minutes to snuff out Houston's last rally. They chanted Rivers' name after he punctuated a brilliant third quarter with a floater in the lane. They saluted him again with the same chant one minute into the fourth quarter when Rivers buried a step-back 3-pointer for his final basket of the game.

    Rivers earned every ovation he received Friday night because his one-man scoring barrage turned a single-digit game into a Clippers rout. Eighteen of Rivers' 25 points came during a six-minute second-half blitz in which the Clippers pulled away for a 124-99 victory that gave them a 2-1 lead over the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.

    "To be able to show people what I can do is

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  • Wichita State bolsters its frontcourt by adding Anton Grady

    Thanks to the return of stars Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, the arrival of sweet-shooting Kansas transfer Conner Frankamp and the addition of Rivals top 100 recruit Landry Shamet, Wichita State appears very well stocked on the perimeter next season.

    The bigger question for the Shockers is whether their frontcourt will be an asset or a detriment

    Wichita State took a big step toward addressing those concerns Friday when it landed a proven big man capable of filling the void left by Darius Carter's graduation. Cleveland State graduate transfer Anton Grady averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last season, earned all Horizon League honors and was also named to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive team

    Grady, who chose the Shockers over the likes of Iowa State and Xavier, will play his final year of eligibility next season. He'll likely start in the Wichita State frontcourt alongside Evan Wessell if Gregg Marshall opts to go small or Rashard Kelly or Shaquille Morris if the Shockers coach opts

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  • Michael White is a shrewd hire by Florida if not the safe one

    The simplest move Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley could have made in the wake of the departure of Billy Donovan would have been to wave $4 million a year at Dayton's Archie Miller, Xavier's Chris Mack or another established coaching star.

    Needless to say, Foley chose not to play it safe.

    In an offseason in which Mississippi State and Tennessee both hired veteran coaches who have reached the Final Four and Alabama hired a former NBA coach of the year, Foley risked the future of the Florida program on a man who has never made the NCAA tournament. He quickly zeroed in on Lousiana Tech coach Michael White, a hire that surely sent all but the most basketball-savvy Gators fans scrambling to Wikipedia once it was announced on Thursday night.

    Not bothering to interview other splashier candidates exposes Foley to criticism if the hire turns out to be a bust, but passing on bigger names in favor of White may turn out to be a shrewd gamble. The 38-year-old son of well-respected Duke

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  • Report: Caleb Swanigan backs out of Michigan State commitment

    Only a week after telling the Lansing State Journal he remained "100 percent" committed to Michigan State, five-star big man Caleb Swanigan has apparently changed his mind.

    The 6-foot-8 Fort Wayne, Ind., native has backed out of his commitment to the Spartans less than a month after he gave it, ESPN.com and other outlets reported Thursday.

    Swanigan's decision can't be viewed as a complete shock considering his initial commitment to Michigan State was a mild surprise. He also chose not to sign either a letter of intent or grant in aid document that would have made his verbal commitment binding.

    Rivals affiliate GoldAndBlack.com reported Thursday that Swanigan is "likely headed to Purdue," which is a short drive from his home and recruited him heavily. Another possible destination is Cal, which appeared to be on the verge of landing him before he chose Michigan State and has a highly touted recruiting class that includes fellow five star recruits Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.

    Why would

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  • Candidate describes rival as 'the Christian Laettner of Kentucky politics'

    A Kentucky gubernatorial debate on live radio turned vicious on Wednesday when one candidate called a rival the most loathsome name imaginable to hoops fans in the state.

    James Comer described fellow Republican candidate Hal Heiner as "the Christian Laettner of Kentucky politics."

    The jab was the culmination of verbal sparring between the two candidates over an article that appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday alleging that Comer had assaulted a woman he dated while the two were enrolled at Western Kentucky in the 1990s. Comer flatly denied the accusations and accused the Heiner campaign of being behind them.

    The Laettner reference was timely since the debate aired on Kentucky Sports Radio, a popular statewide show with a heavy emphasis on Kentucky basketball.

    Laettner became one of the most hated men in the state of Kentucky during the 1992 East Regional finals when his iconic buzzer-beating jump shot enabled Duke to oust a beloved Wildcats team. Big Blue Nation

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