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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson likes to use his reserve players liberally and in the last three games, the second unit is producing significant numbers.

On Sunday afternoon, the Nets visit the Chicago Bulls and Atkinson is hoping to get continued production from his reserves.

Brooklyn (19-21) heads into the halfway point hovering near .500 because of its performance in the last month. Since an eight-game losing streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 5, the Nets are 11-3 in their last 14 games.

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Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 30, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) plays the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Garrett Temple (17) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Before the Brooklyn Nets embarked on a hot streak, collapsing down the stretch was a key aspect of several losses.

One of those instances was at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 30.

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Nothing went well for Joakim Noah with the Knicks, and on Thursday he finally revealed why.

"I'm too lit to play in New York City," Noah said on The Ringer's "The Chris Vernon Show," referring to his penchant for partying. "I was too lit. Memphis is perfect for me. Chicago was lit, too, but I was younger. You can recover faster."

Well, that settles it then.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter knocks the ball away from Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter knocks the ball away from Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter and Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks to their third straight win as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-98 on Sunday at FedEx Forum. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Kanter recorded a double-double of 21 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, while Mudiay scored 17 points, including a thunderous dunk over Memphis' Garrett Temple off a Trey Burke steal.

2. New York trailed 91-89 before Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer that gave it a 92-91 lead. After Mike Conley's 11-foot shot made it 93-92, Burke hit two free throws that made it 94-93. Mudiay's and-one dunk pushed the lead to 97-93 with 1:35 remaining, and the Knicks led by at least three the rest of the way.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Joakim Noah may be close to finding a new home after his exile from New York.

The Knicks bust is reportedly in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies about a potential contract, sources told the New York Times.

The Grizzlies have held "extensive discussions" with Noah's camp, per the report, and may come together on a deal in time for the center to suit up against the Knicks Sunday in Memphis.

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Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 24 points, Trevor Booker added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday night with a 98-88 victory over the struggling Memphis Grizzlies.

Joe Harris finished with 13 points for the Nets, who used a third-quarter spurt to put away the Grizzlies, who have lost eight straight.

Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans scored 18 points apiece for Memphis, although Gasol did not play at all in the fourth quarter as a smaller Grizzlies lineup made a dent in Brooklyn's 19-point, second-half lead. Chandler Parsons scored 12, but did not play in the second half after tweaking his right knee.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Toney Douglas during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Toney Douglas during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, including nine straight in a fourth-quarter Brooklyn rally, Sean Kilpatrick added 23 and the Nets won for only the second time in 20 games with a 122-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Isaiah Whitehead scored 15 points, while Randy Foye and Caris LeVert added 14 apiece as Brooklyn shot 53 percent in snapping a two-game losing streak.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 32 points and Marc Gasol added 18 as Memphis lost its third straight and fifth in the last seven.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)

While the Brooklyn Nets are just trying to survive an eight-game, 16-day, 8,100-mile cross-country trip, the Memphis Grizzlies are fighting for a coveted spot in the postseason in the Western Conference.

With a little more than a month to go in the regular season, the Grizzlies are in a dogfight with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder for the fourth seed. After losing to Houston on Friday, it would seem a perfect time for Memphis to get back on the winning track with the Nets coming to FedExForum on Monday.

The NBA's version of the Road Warriors, Brooklyn has the worst record in the league at 10-51 and has won only once on its current road trip. The Nets have lost 18 of 19 games, but the Grizzlies are taking nothing for granted -- and rightly so.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Conley scored 32 points, Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the hapless Brooklyn Nets 112-103 on Monday night.

Brandan Wright added 17 points and Vince Carter had 14 as the Grizzlies won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Brook Lopez and Spencer Dinwiddie each had 17 points as the Nets lost their 13th straight overall and 15th straight at home to set a new franchise record for futility.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Memphis has won its last four games against the Nets, by an average of 12.3 points. The teams are meeting tonight for the first time in 2016-17.
  • The Grizzlies gave up a season-high 122 points in Friday's 122-107 home setback versus the Warriors. Memphis is 1-12 this season when allowing 110 or more points.
  • Brooklyn dropped its 12th straight game -- and 23rd of its last 24 -- with Friday's 108-99 loss versus the Heat. It is the franchise's longest losing streak since the Nets lost their first 18 games of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Trevor Booker is averaging career highs of 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, while his 15 double-doubles are 10 more than he had in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
  • Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol are two of five NBA players with at least 75 blocked shots and 75 three-pointers this season. The others are Kevin DurantKristaps Porzingis, and Serge Ibaka.
  • Mike Conley is averaging 20.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting in road games this season, compared to 17.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting at home.
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Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) reacts after the play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-98. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) reacts after the play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-98. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

In Game two of the regular season the Knicks welcome Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies to town for the home opener at Madison Square Garden. The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Conley's 24 points. The Knicks are looking to bounce back off of their blowout loss in Cleveland Here are TKB's "3 Keys to Victory."

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NEW YORK -- Through the first two days of practice here at the Jordan Brand Classic, Harry Giles has been one of the largest cheerleaders you will ever see.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward has been sitting on the bench, rooting on the East team, which includes his future Duke teammate Jayson Tatum. The East will meet the West on Friday at 8 p.m at Barclays Center (ESPN).

"I've accepted it now because I've been through it from the [beginning of the] season, from November when I got hurt," Giles said of tearing his right ACL on Nov. 4 while playing for Oak Hill Academy in a game that Kentucky coach John Calipari watched while scouting Giles before he committed to Duke.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol battle for a rebound during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol battle for a rebound during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USATSI)

Jeff Green scored 16 points, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, to help the Memphis Grizzlies hold off the New York Knicks 91-85 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

Matt Barnes had 12 points and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each had 10 for Memphis.

Jose Calderon led the Knicks with 18 points. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles past center Robin Lopez and Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles past center Robin Lopez and Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)

Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas will be unavailable for Friday's Knicks-Grizzlies game due to injuries.

Anthony will be unavailable as he has battled a left knee injury that has forced him to miss four of New York's last 12 games.

Thomas suffered a mild concussion and will be out until at least Tuesday while he's in the league's concussion protocol. In addition to Friday's game, Thomas will miss Sunday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

New York hosts the Washington Wizards on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta/USATSI)

The New York Knicks host the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Grizzlies defeated the Knicks 103-95 in Memphis on January 16. It was their fifth straight victory in this series; the Grizzlies have held the Knicks to 95 or fewer points in each game during this streak.
  • Memphis has scored 100 or more points in nine straight games, which is tied with the Thunder for the longest active streak in the NBA. Memphis has gone 8-1 in those contests.
  • The Knicks have shown solid improvement on the boards, going from grabbing 40.4 per game last season compared to 43.8 so far in 2015-16; that +3.4 improvement is second best in the NBA (Mia, +3.9)
  • Jeff Green has scored 20 or more points in each of his last four games, coming off the bench in each of these contests. That is a franchise record for a bench player.
  • Marc Gasol had 37 points in the Grizzlies' January 16 win over New York; 24 of the 37 points came after halftime (11 in the fourth quarter).
  • Of Robin Lopez's 330 total rebounds this season, 147, or 44.5 percent, have come on the offensive glass; that is the highest percentage in the NBA (minimum 200 total rebounds). He has 17 offensive rebounds in his last two games.
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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Raj Mehta)

The reeling New York Knicks had no answer for Marc Gasol last month and will face him Friday night after a difficult loss in the first of back-to-back games. They're looking to avoid a sixth straight loss in this series and deny the visiting Grizzlies their longest winning streak in a year.

The Grizzlies have a chance to extend their surge against a New York team that has allowed 107.9 points over its last 13 games. The Knicks (23-29) rallied from 27 points down and took the lead with 2:14 left Thursday before running out of gas in a 111-105 loss at Detroit.

"We dug ourselves the kind of hole where everything has to go right for you to have a chance," coach Derek Fisher said.

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New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USATSI)
New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USATSI)

The New York Knicks look to rebound from a loss to the Brooklyn Nets when they travel to face the Memphis Grizzlies on the road Saturday at 8 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Grizzlies have won the last four games in this series, holding the Knicks to 93 or fewer points in each contest. This is the first meeting between these teams in 2015-16.
  • New York is shooting 45.4 percent in the first three quarters of games this season, but just 39.8 percent in the fourth quarter.
  • Memphis has forced opponents into 15 or more turnovers in each of its last 15 games. That is the longest active streak in the league.
  • Jose Calderon is shooting 55.4 (36/65) percent on field-goal attempts from 12-18 feet from the basket. Entering this weekend, that ranked second in the NBA (minimum 50 FGA from 12-18 ft).
  • Kristaps Porzingis has 22 games with 2+ blocks; that is tied with Karl-Anthony Towns for the most by any rookie this season.
  • Mario Chalmers has started the last four games for the Grizzlies. He is averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals over this stretch (3-1).
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Charlie Moore, a 5-foot-10 point guard out of Chicago Morgan Park, has committed to Memphis.

"After further consideration, I have decided that I will attend the University of Memphis," Moore said in a press conference Thursday.

Moore is ranked the No. 15 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com.

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Craig Randall, a 6-foot-4 left-handed lead?guard from Phoenix (AZ) Shadow Mountain, committed to Memphis on Sunday, his father told SNY.tv.

At one point the Class of 2015 guard was a target of then St. John's coach Steve Lavin.

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After initially being denied a release from Memphis, junior forward Austin Nichols was granted a conditional release.

"I spoke with Austin Nichols this morning and informed him the University of Memphis will grant to him a conditional release from his National Letter of Intent," said Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen, according to CBSSports.com. "While we are disappointed in this outcome and the timing of this situation, we respect his wishes to pursue other opportunities. We appreciate Austin's contributions to the Tigers and wish him well in his future endeavors."

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Memphis Tigers forward Austin Nichols (4) wants to transfer but has been denied a release. Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Junior forward Austin Nichols wants to leave Memphis but the school has not granted him a release.

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Memphis sophomore forward?Kuran Iverson?will transfer after this semester.

The 6-foot-9 cousin of Allen Iverson?has been suspended from the team twice, including for the last three games, according to Grant Milner, who first reported the transfer news.

?Kuran and I visited and he will be transferring at the end of the spring semester,? coach Josh Pastner said in a statement. ?We thank Kuran for his contributions to the program and wish him well in his future academic and athletic endeavors.?

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Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-10 center from Lexington (TN), committed to Memphis Tuesday.

?I am committing to [be a ] student athlete at the university of Memphis," he Tweeted.

Marshall also considered?Auburn,?UConn, Indiana, Tennesse, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

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By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.-?Memphis hired?Keelon?Lawson as an assistant coach on Wednesday, and on Sunday his middle son, Dedric Lawson, is expected to announce for the Tigers.

Dedric Lawson is a 6-foot-8 2016 power forward from Memphis Hamilton who is down to Kentucky and Memphis. Memphis TV anchor?Doc Holliday Tweeted Dedric would announce Sunday.

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One of the worst blowout loses in UConn history didn't knock the Huskies out of the top 25.

UConn checks in at No. 21 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll this week despite an 81-48 loss to Louisville on Saturday.

The Huskies (24-7) are one of five AAC teams in the top 25 this week, the most of any conference in the country heading into the AAC tournament on Wednesday in Memphis. UConn plays No. 19 Memphis in the 4/5 game on Thursday night. ?The Huskies were No. 19 last week.

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JaQuan Lyle?enjoyed his weekend official visit to Memphis and a decision on his college choice is expected later this month when he takes his spring break March 15-23.

"The visit went well," Lumecha Garrett,?Lyle's mother, told SNY.tv by phone. "He's supposed to decide over spring when he's at home."

The 6-foot-4 Huntington (W.V.) Prep guard was on hand when Memphis beat SMU, 67-58, on Senior Day on Saturday.

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Tonight, the Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center, as they attempt to climb over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

After bottoming out at 11 games under .500 at the end of December, the Nets' 19-8 start to the 2014 calendar year has them back at .500 with a 29-29 record overall entering tonight's game, good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, in the much tougher Western Conference, the Grizzlies currently find themselves on the outside looking in, just on the cusp of a playoff spot, half a game out of the eighth seed despite a 34-25 record, better than all but two East teams.

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The drama was real. The rivalry is real.

Memphis and UConn showed that their is life after the Big East on Saturday as Shabazz Napier's career-high 34 points led the Huskies to an 86-81 win before a sell-out crowd of 16,294 fans at the XL Center in Hartford.

It was a crucial game in the American Athletic Confernence as the Huskies picked up their 20th win of the season and improved to 20-5, 8-4 in the AAC with two wins over Memphis.

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UConn hung on against Maryland. UConn escaped against BC and Indiana. That win over Harvard? The best player wasn't on the floor.

How about that great win over Florida? It was lucky, and the best player of Florida wasn't on the floor the last five minutes.

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.?

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NEW YORK -- In four years of coaching Memphis in Conference USA, Josh Pastner amassed a record of 106-35.

During that span, Pastner led the Tigers to win totals of 24, 25, 26 and 31.

Yet during that same era, Memphis was never seeded higher than No. 6 in the NCAA Tournament.

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Memphis capped a huge weekend by garnering honors for Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols on Monday.

Goodwin was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, while Nichols earned Rookie of the Week honors.

Goodwin was named MVP of the Old Spice Classic after he led Memphis to three wins in the tournament, including a 73-68 victory against No. 5 Oklahoma State in the championship game.

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Memphis landed JUCO guard Avery Woodson on Saturday.

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Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander enjoyed his weekend visit to Memphis, and will trip to Illinois next weekend in what could be his final visit.

"It was great, I had a great time in the three days we were there," ?Alexander's mother,?Latillia Alexander, told SNY.tv. "We visited family there."

Latillia said that Memphis coach Josh Pastner spoke about how he would use the 6-foot-9 Alexander if he came to school there.

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Memphis on Sunday landed a pledge from 6-foot-7 junior college forward Trahson Burrell, an Albany, N.Y. native who attends Lee Community College in Texas.

Burrell committed following an official visit to campus for Midnight Madness. He also considered Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama and USF, he said. He will have two years of eligibility at Memphis.

"I love coach P [Josh Pastner] and Memphis," Burrell told SNY.tv. "The way they play fits my style completely. I can bring offense and defense. I'm a motor guy."

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K.J. Lawson, a 6-foot-6 2015 small forward from Memphis Hamilton, has verbally committed to Memphis, sources told SNY.tv.

Lawson reportedly also held offers from Texas, Stanford, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Arkansas, among others.

He is the No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2015, per Scout.com.

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Dominic Magee, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard from Harvey (LA) Helen Cox, committed to Memphis early Sunday morning.

"Yeah, I committed to Memphis?at 7:30 this morning," he told SNY.tv by phone.

"It's a great school and I have a great relationship with the head coach [Josh Pastner]. I have great relationships with the whole staff. I?feel very welcome and very wanted."

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Memphis will get homecourt advantage in the inaugural American Athletic Conference basketball championship next March, but will it matter if they meet Louisville in the final?

Syracuse had a huge homecourt advantage this past March when playing Louisville in the Big?East Tournament championship at Madison Square Garden.

They even had Derrick Coleman, Pearl Washington and Billy Owens sitting courtside.

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Former Missouri shooting guard Michael Dixon has committed to Memphis on a visit, according to CBSSports.com.

The 6-foot-1 Dixon left Missouri last November after two sexual assault claims became public, although he never faced criminal charges. He will apply for a waiver to play for Memphis this season, CBSSports.com reported.

Dixon averaged 13.5 points as Missouri's sixth man in 2011-12.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ask Kuran Iverson about Memphis's incoming recruiting class and he'll tell you it's better than Kentucky's historic No. 1-ranked group.

"We can be great," the 6-foot-9 cousin of Allen Iverson told SNY.tv after scoring 12 points as Team Perseverance lost to to Team Courage, 116-110, in the Mary Kline Senior Game on Sunday.

"Everybody talking about Kentucky hype, but there ain't really gonna be no Kentucky hype. There's gonna be some Memphis hype."

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The addition of former Baylor commit Dominic Woodson?to Memphis' 2013 recruiting class bolsters an already strong group for coach Josh Pastner.

Memphis now has five of the Top 100 players in the ESPN.com rankings for the Class of 2013 as it heads into the new American Athletic Conference (see list below).

Memphis adds No. 15 Austin Nichols, No. 33 Kuran Iverson, No. 37 Nick King, No 90 Woodson, No. 95 Rashawn "Pookie" Powell, as well as shooting guard Markel Crawford and 6-8 George Washington transfer David Pellom.

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Josh Pastner has agreed to an extension at Memphis, with ESPN.com reporting it will be a minimum of a five-year deal.

Both Pastner and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon had been mentioned as possibilities at Southern Cal, but both have now signed extensions at their current schools.

Pastner led the Tigers to a 31-5 mark this season and garnered his first NCAA Tournament win in four years.

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On Sunday night, the Nets were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 76-72.

The Skinny: Marc Gasol scored the first eight points for Memphis to help the Grizzlies open a 10-point lead. But the Nets then went on a 15-2 run to take the lead, aided by two three-pointers from Deron Williams. Brooklyn led by three after the first quarter.

The Grizzlies went back in front on an Austin Daye three-pointer in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Keith Bogans later drained a three to put the Nets back on top. A 12-4 run then helped Memphis regain a seven-point lead late in the quarter, and the Grizzlies led by five at the break.

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Today is the last day of the NCAA early signing period and the Big East team leading the pack in recruiting for 2013 isn't even in the Big East yet.

That's right, folks.

Josh Pastner's Memphis outfit is ranked No. 3 behind Kentucky and Kansas by ESPN.com in the Class of 2013 rankings.

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Memphis is loading up for its entrance into the Big East in 2013.

The Tigers scored big-time Monday when they landed a verbal commitment from Austin Nichols, a 6-8, 215-pound power forward from Memphis Briarcrest Christian.

"I put on for my city!! Go Tigers!," he Tweeted.

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Kuran Iverson, a 6-foot-9 small forward from Fishburne (Va.) Military Academy, has verbally committed to Memphis.

Iverson, a Connecticut native, had also previously considered UConn and Florida, among others.

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Arkansas on Saturday landed 6-foot-9 Huntington (W.V.) Prep big man Moses Kingsley, according to reports.

Huntington coach Rob Fulford has compared Kingsley, who committed on his visit to Arkansas and was also being courted by Louisville, to Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng.

?They?re very similar,? Fulford told the Louisville Courier Journal. ?Gorgui was probably a better shot-blocker at this stage, but Moses is a little better offensively at this stage.?

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Nick King, a 6-foot-6 wing from Memphis (Tenn.) East High, verbally committed to the hometown Tigers Monday morning.

The Rivals No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2013, King chose Memphis over Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas.

He is Memphis' second commit in the Class of 2013, following Markel Crawford, a combo guard from Memphis Melrose.

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