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  • With the news of Andrew Wiggins' declaration for the NBA barely a few hours old, the next University of Kansas men's basketball star suggested he may not follow the same one-and-done path as Wiggins.

    During this week's McDonald's All-American Game festivities, Chicago Curie High's 6-foot-8, 240-pound Cliff Alexander told the Chicago Tribune he may stay more than one season in Lawrence. Ranked as the nation's No. 4 senior recruit by Rivals.com, Alexander is the jewel of Bill Self's 2014 recruiting class.

    "I wouldn't mind staying two years," Alexander told the Tribune. "Stay and get better. I've been talking to my parents about it. Some guys leave and they aren't ready. They rush in and they're rushed out. I just want to take my time."

    Alexander also confirmed that injured Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid has yet to make a decision about  his NBA future despite his potential as a lottery pick this June. The Curie star would obviously like to see Embiid stay, setting up the potential

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  • Police have arrested a nationally recognized strength and conditioning coach for allegedly providing an unknowing 16-year-old high school student with steroids, according to multiple reports out of Louisiana.

    Donaldsonville (La.) High strength and conditioning coach Curtis Tsuruda, 56, faces four criminal charges after he allegedly gave a student Methandienone steroids in the form of a pill he told the teen was comprised of amino acids and protein, Baton Rouge's WAFB-TV and other local television outlets reported.

    According to various online bios, Tsuruda has more than 30 years of experience in the field, including college stops at Mississippi St. (1991-92), Hawaii (1992-97), LSU (1997-2000) and Tulane (2001-04). He also worked at Reserve (La.) East St. John High before ultimately joining Donaldsonville's staff in August 2013. The Hawaii, Tulane and LSU football teams all won bowl games during Tsuruda's tenure at the schools.

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  • It's probably not a good idea to leave Cyril Langevine wide open under the basket.

    Competing for the New Jersey Roadrunners at the Super Shootout over the weekend in Manheim, Pa., Langevine made the most of being left by himself under the basket, shattering the backboard.

    Only a freshman, the 6-foot-5 Langevine averaged 7.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.7  blocks per game for a 6-19 Newark (N.J.) Christ the King Prep squad this winter, according to his MaxPreps profile. Currently, he's an unranked recruit, but that may change if he keeps shattering backboards all over the Northeast.

    And, as he gains notoriety, opposing coaches might want to remind their bigs to check him on the block.

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  • Not quite out of the Panhandle, but into the Freier, for sure.

    The national prep pole vault record now rests solely in the hands of Justin (Texas) Northwest High senior Desiree Freier. Only 5 feet tall, the University of Arkansas commit was scary good at the Texas Relays in Austin's Mike A. Myers Stadium over the weekend. Her effort of 14 feet, 3.25 inches on her first attempt broke New Iberia (La.) product Morgan LeLeux's 3-year-old mark of 14-2.75.

    “It’s pretty exciting," Freier told The Dallas Morning News. "My goal was to come out here and break the national record,” Freier said. “I was very fortunate to do it. This is one of my favorite places to jump. The crowd is amazing here. They’re always cheering you on, and it’s a blast.”

     

    The competition was merely Freier's second of the spring. She eclipsed 14 feet in a tune-up meet only a few days earlier. The Texas Relays mark the first major event of the state's outdoor season, so she has ample opportunities to continue setting new

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  • This 2001 video of Michael Phelps entitled, "Part of my interview with some 15-year-old swimmer," shot up the Reddit rankings over the weekend if only because it offers a rare look at the future Olympic legend.

    "I don't really live the normal life of a teenager," Phelps told the fledgling television producer in June 2001. "I guess I give up a lot of things, but I'm getting tons of other things that normal 15-year-olds aren't getting, so I think this is a life that anyone can dream of. I'm definitely loving it."

    Of course, Phelps wasn't just "some 15-year-old swimmer" at that point. His fifth-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Olympics made him the youngest swimmer to compete for the U.S. since 1932, and that spring he had just become the youngest male swimmer ever to set a world record.

    Still, it's pretty cool to see the clarity with which a young Michael Phelps sees his future. As he said, "I guess my long-term goal is to win the gold medal in Athens and go in

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  • In wind gusts that reached 60 miles per hour, the Page (Ariz.) High baseball team set a state record with 12 home runs — including nine inside-the-park jobs and a handful of other trips around the bases on errors — on rival Many Farms High's grassless field last week, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.

    The winds kicked up dirt and sand in a dust storm also referred to as a haboob, forcing Page's aptly named Sand Devils (better than the Haboobs, right?) to don dust masks and wrap t-shirts around their faces in "a ninja-like look," according to the game story. Page coach Alex Randel told the paper he suggested moving the game to nearby Chinle in anticipation of the storm, but Many Farms turned down the offer.

    Instead, Page defeated Many Farms in four innings, 30-1, despite multiple game delays. Senior shortstop Tyler Janes tied a state record with four home runs in addition to rounding the bases on a double that resulted in an outfielder's two-base error. Steven Christie added three

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  • All 6-foot-1 of Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen High senior point guard Corey Sanders put the jam in jamboree.

    The high school basketball season may be over, but Sanders kept the momentum going, submitting a highlight-reel dunk to begin the spring travel season at the Showtime Ballers Annual Kickoff in Orlando.

    It's unclear from the Home Team Hoops video description whether the impressive off-the-backboard alley-oop dunk came during official game action or not, since the opposing team appears to inbound the ball afterwards and continue playing. Sanders didn't seem all that concerned, though, instead opting to unleash a serious Nae Nae dance celebration, as is the basketball custom these days.

    After sitting for the first two months of the high school season due to transfer rules, Sanders apparently has fresh legs. After transferring from Bradenton's IMG Academy in November, he sank a buzzer-beater in his first game for Kathleen this past January and averaged 15.9 points for the Red Devils

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  • Miami Gulliver Prep senior Joe Dunand accomplished something even his famous uncle never could. In fact, it's tough to think of anyone anywhere matching his remarkable hitting performance.

    At this weekend's Horizon National Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dunand — the 18-year-old nephew of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez — finished 10-for-12 at the plate with nine home runs, including round-trippers on his final eight swings, according to the Miami Herald.

    If confirmed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Dunand's performance would shatter the national prep record of six straight at-bats with a home run held by six high school players.

    "It's the most unbelievable thing," said Gulliver coach Javier Rodriguez, a 2002 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim draft pick "I've never seen anything like that. It looked like a video game at one point. It didn't matter what they were trying to throw him, everything was gone. ...

    "I hope he continues what he was

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  • Earlier, Prep Rally brought you the story of Plymouth (Mich.) Salem High soccer coach Scott Duhl, who was allegedly fired over a parent complaint before the start of the season. Well, across town at Plymouth High in Canton, Mich., another complaint has the prep sports community as equally fired up.

    Six years ago, parents of Plymouth High's boys' varsity team raised money and built stadium seating so they could watch from above a black chain-link fence that made spectating difficult, according to WJBK-TV. The parents also installed a new scoreboard for the baseball field.

    Now, the school must tear it all down. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation following an anonymous complaint. Ultimately, officials demanded that the seating and scoreboard be torn down because the upgrades are superior to Plymouth's girls' softball facilities (pictured). The boys' seating is also not handicap accessible, which is a separate violation of government

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  • Somebody get Warner Brothers on the phone, because Isaac Samuel just wrote the sequel to Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher's inspirational rags-to-riches journey told in "The Blind Side," and the Clifton (Va.) Centreville High senior's story is every bit as compelling.

    After partying through the first two years of high school, Samuel's discovery of football straightened out a life derailed by his father's incarceration and spent in a homeless shelter, according to a USA TODAY feature announcing his selection as an Army National Guard Inspiration Award winner.

    Centreville football coach Chris Haddock's constant pleas to get the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Samuel to come out for the football team paid off in 2012, when he made the junior varsity team as a junior. Not until Samuel started spending every day in the weight room did Haddock discover the teen's plight.

    "The way he carries himself with the burden he has is remarkable," Centreville coach Chris Haddock told USA TODAY. "I

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