Missouri head coach Kim Anderson and his program admitted to NCAA violations and self-imposed a postseason ban. (Denny Medley / USA Today)
Missouri head coach Kim Anderson and his program admitted to NCAA violations and self-imposed a postseason ban. (Denny Medley / USA Today)

(AP) -- The University of Missouri admitted NCAA violations in its men's basketball program dating to 2011 and banned itself Wednesday from the postseason this year and vacated all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.

The NCAA is still investigating and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions, which includes the SEC tournament.

"We have faced this issue head-on," athletic director Mack Rhoades said. "These are not decisions we took lightly. We really felt like it was the right thing to do, and it will help put us in position to move this program forward."

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Terrence Phillips, the 5-foot-11 2015 Oak Hill Academy (VA) point guard,?tells SNY.tv he has trimmed his list to two, despite not currently holding an official offer from either.

"Right now it?s down to two schools, Missouri and Loyola Marymount," Phillips told SNY.tv. "So those are the two schools that I am really looking at and the two schools that are really looking at me"

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Isaiah Briscoe enjoyed a "great" visit to Missouri this weekend along with Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant, and is planning on attending St. John's Midnight Madness on Friday, his father told SNY.tv Sunday evening.

"The visit went great," George Briscoe said. "There are a lot Nike kids that played for the EYBL on Missouri's team, so he knows a quite a few of them. And then he was with Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant, so whatever they were talking about, they had a football game with 80,000 people shouting, 'Briscoe, Blakeney, Bryant.'"

The Tigers lost to Georgia, 34-0, in SEC football action, but the basketball visitors apparently had a great time. Briscoe and Blakeney, who have discussed playing together in college, took the above picture wearing Missouri uniforms in their media room.

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Thomas Bryant?enjoyed his weekend official visit to Missouri and is eyeing a springtime decision, coach Oz Cross told SNY.tv Sunday.

"They're going to go to Indiana next weekend and then him and his mom just gotta talk it out," said Cross, who now works with New Heights but remains close with Bryant from his time with the PSA Cardinals. "They're not in a rush?to make a decision. They're taking everything in right now."

Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man from Huntington (W.V.) Prep, has now visited Syracuse and Missouri, with Indiana still left on the schedule Oct. 17-19. He is focusing on those three schools.

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Despite a weekend visit to Syracuse, Thomas Bryant says Missouri is recruiting him the hardest and he plans to make his college decision?during the spring.

"I?would say mostly Missouri is recruiting me the hardest," the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Bryant said Monday by phone from Huntington (W.V.) Prep. "Syracuse is recruiting me but Missouri has been recruiting me real hard the latest."

Missouri hired former Huntington coach Rob Fulford over the summer, and that hire paid immediate dividends when the Tigers landed Canadian star Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar, who reclassed to 2014 and signed on with the Tigers.

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Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar has often been compared to Andrew Wiggins.

Now the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Canadian wing from Huntington (W.V.) Prep has one more thing in common with Wiggins.

He has reclassed ahead one year to the Class of 2014 and is headed to college.

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Torian Graham's?official visit to Missouri on Thursday went well, sources told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Chipola (FL) College also took an official visit to UNLV in mid-December and has been courted by Kentucky.

Graham previously committed and de-committed from N.C. State on several occasions before going the JUCO route.

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Namon Wright, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles Pacific Hills School, committed to Missouri on Saturday.

"Mizzou!!!!!!!" he Tweeted.

"It's a family environment," he told SNY.tv by text. "I feel I can become a better person and player coming here. The academic support for student-athletes is amazing. Everything seems to be perfect."

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Missouri picked up a commitment Sunday from 6-foot-8, 199-pound forward JaKeenan Gant of Springfield (Ga.) Effingham County.

"It was a nice fit, it felt like home," Gant told SNY.tv by phone after taking an official visit to the campus.

Gant is ranked No. 37 overall by ESPN and No. 7 at his position.

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Former Rutgers commit Shane Rector didn't need more than one visit to pick his next destination.

The 6-foot-1, 176-pound point guard from South Kent (Conn.) verbally pledged to Missouri on Saturday.

"Yeah, I did," he told SNY.tv by phone. "I?felt like it was a good fit for me. The coaches, they explained well how I would fit in and be able to contribute to the team right away.

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Missouri junior point guard Phil Pressey is the latest underclassmen to announce for the NBA Draft.

Pressey will reportedly hire CAA to represent him, closing the door on a return to campus.

Pressey, who averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 assists and 3.5 turnovers this past season, is projected as a mid-second round pick by DraftExpress.com.

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In Rotoworld analyst Josh Norris' latest mock draft, the Giants nab former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 19th selection in the first round.

Richardson, ranked as the No. 2 player at his position by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, sits only behind Florida's Shariff Floyd in terms of the best interior defensive linemen.

According to Norris, the addition of Richardson to Big Blue improves the team's interior pass rush. Though with his stock rising, it is not out of the realm of possibility Richardson is gone, in which case Norris expects the Giants to target UCLA's Datone Jones.

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Garland Owens, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward from Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy, pledged to Boston College Sunday, choosing the ACC school over Seton Hall after visiting the Pirates this weekend.

"The coaching staff made me feel like I was a part of the family," Owens, a Maryland native, told SNY.tv after it was previously reported by several outlets.

"They have something special in store for me. And it's in the ACC, arguably the best conference in the world."

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Four-star power forward?Johnathan Williams III?is headed to Missouri.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Memphis Southwind announced for the Tigers over Georgetown, Michigan State ?and Tennessee during a press conference Thursday night.

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St. John's and Wagner combined to get three of the top six plays on the SportsCenter ?Top 10 Friday night -- all on dunks -- but Mizzou's Keion Bell took the No. 1 spot with the above dunk over six people courtesy WMOUSports.

Wagner senior?Josh Thompson?came in at No. 2 with this ?dunk over two people -- his parents, Josh and Diane.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kim English is no longer a Missouri Tiger but he has supreme confidence in his old team.

"I can say this now that I'm gone but I expect them to win a national championship without a doubt," the 6-foot-6 English said following a workout Thursday with the Knicks.

"We should've at least went to the Final Four this past year and it definitely left a sour taste in a lot of guys' mouth out there, but they should win a national championship. They're the best team in the nation heading into next season."

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Sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson is transferring to Missouri from Tulsa,?CBSSports.com reports.

"I'm comfortable with Coach [Frank] Haith and the team," Clarkson, who averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists, told CBS. "Coach Haith's had a lot of success with transfers and it just felt like the right place for me."

A first-team All-Conference USA first-team last season, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Clarkson also considered ?UCLA and Illinois.

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UConn power forward Alex Oriakhi will spend his final year of eligibility at Missouri.

He will be eligible right away because UConn is banned from the postseason for the 2012-13 season.

"Missouri needs a center, and I'm going to be the center," he told the Kansas City Star. "It's a perfect match."

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Over the last couple of days, UConn junior power forward Alex Oriakhi?met at his Lowell, Mass., home with Kentucky coach John Calipari, Xavier coach Chris Mack and Missouri coach Frank Haith.

Oriakhi later confirmed a report by CBSSports.com that he plans to visit Missouri next weekend (April 13) and Kentucky the following weekend.

Kentucky, Xavier and Missouri are offering major playing time next season, Oriakhi told SNY.tv, and he is also considering North Carolina and Duke.

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Jabari Brown is the latest addition to what could be a very strong Missouri team going forward.

The 6-foot-5 California shooting guard officially pledged to the No. 9 Tigers (11-0) Monday. As SNY.tv first reported earlier Monday, Georgia Tech pulled out of of the Brown sweepstakes.

"Jabari Brown to Mizzou as of today,"?David Brown, Jabari's father, told SNY.tv by text. "This has been a tough, tough time for him. He went to Oregon with every intention of making it work. He's grateful for the opportunity?they gave him. And he regrets that it didn't work."

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NEW YORK -- Before Tuesday night, Missouri hadn't played in New York since the Preseason NIT in 1988.

Nearly a quarter century later, the No. 10 Tigers made an emphatic statement on the national stage by handling Villanova, 81-71, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

"The Missouri brand was on the national scene tonight," said Tigers coach Frank Haith, a Queens native. "The lights are bright, very bright here in New York. We had an opportunity to play on national TV against a really good team."

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Huntington (West Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford may be the only high school basketball coach in the country with players committed to both Missouri and West Virginia.

"I think so," he said.

In 6-foot-9 power forward?Stefan Jankovic?and 6-6 small forward?Negus Webster-Chan,?Huntington has two players who will sign with Missouri Thursday during an event at the school.

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Aaron Scales, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, N.C., decommitted from Missouri over concerns about head coach Frank Haith's future.

Haith faces allegations of impropriety stemming to his time at Miami.

?Actually, he?s been thinking about it for the last few weeks. It?s just a tough situation,? John Jordan, Scales's high school coach, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. ?He really likes Coach Haith. He?d love to play for him, but with these allegations pending, it?s a situation where we just can?t gamble on this kind of situation.?

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Missouri landed a pair of 2012 recruits on Friday.

Stefan Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 power forward from Huntington (West Va.) Prep, verbally pledged to the Tigers, as did Domonique Bull, a?a 6-4 shooting guard from the Tilton School (N.H.).

"Been a long process, but its finally over. I will be taking my talents to ..........Missouri !" tweeted Jankovic, who also considered Florida State.

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Former Louisville commit Negus Webster-Chan is headed to Missouri.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Scarborough, Canada and Huntington (W.V.) ?Prep committed to Mizzou coach Frank Haith over Iowa. He is Mizzou's fifth commit for the Class of 2012.

"He's an extremely versatile guard,? Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told PowerMizzou.com ?He can play the one through the four in a four-guard set. He can have games where he can have 20 plus, but he's more of an eight point, eight rebound, six assist, three or four steals. He can do everything. He's a good defender too.

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Ishmail Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward in the Class of 2013 from Missouri and consensus top-50 player, has officially re-opened his recruitment.

Late Thursday night, he made a life changing call to new Mizzou coach?Frank Haith and staff to inform them of his decision.

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Rodney Purvis is a free agent on the recruiting front and he took his latest unofficial visit to Missouri over the weekend.

"It was great, had a great time," Purvis said Wednesday by text. "The players are great people and it's a great atmosphere. The people and the coaches are very good people."

The 6-foot-3 Purvis, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 out of Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian, maintains a close relationship with Tim Fuller, an assistant to new Mizzou coach Frank Haith.

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HOUSTON -- Former Miami coach Frank Haith is the new coach at Missouri, according to multiple reports.

Haith, 45, replaces Mike Anderson, who departed last month to take the Arkansas job.

As of late Sunday night, Haith had not informed his staff of his decision to move to the Big 12 from the ACC.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ben McLemore will announce his college choice during the NeXt All-American Classic on April 3 at Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.

The 6-foot-5 McLemore is now at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center after having been kicked out of Oak Hill Academy for a violation of team rules.

"The reason it took me so long to decide was I had three really great schools (Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee) to choose from and I needed my family's help to decide which was the best fit for me," he said in a statement. "At the moment I'm down to UM or KU. However, I'm not leaning one way or the other."

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Since leaving Oak Hill Academy and enrolling at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, Ben McLemore remains in a holding pattern.

The No. 4 shooting guard in the nation is attempting to get qualified while still considering the same two options.

"It's just still basically a two-horse race between Kansas and Missouri," Christian Life coach Carlos Wilson said Friday by phone.

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Keon Lawrence remembers the games as if they were yesterday.

He was a sophomore at the University of Missouri and the Tigers played a pair of Big 12 contests against perennial national power Kansas.

In the first game in Columbia, Mo., Lawrence managed just four points in a 76-70 loss.

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Oak Hill guard Ben McLemore will wait until the spring to name his college, according to one of his AAU coaches.

"Ben stated he's waiting to [the] spring," said Roy Pierce of the St. Louis Eagles. "That's the last word."

McLemore previously told Kansas reporters he would verbally commit Saturday to either Kansas or Missouri.

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Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith has coached a few pretty good point guards in his day.

Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Marcus Williams and Brandon Jennings have all come through the Virginia powerhouse in the last decade or so.

The latest stud point guard at Oak Hill is Quinn Cook, who transferred from DeMatha (Md.) Catholic for his senior year but is now rehabbing from torn meniscus cartilage in his knee.

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Just got back from the Federer-del Potro U.S. Open final and I'm still a little shocked at what transpired...also a little sad that the Open is over. I'm a big tennis guy and these are two of my favorite weeks of the year.

Props to my boy Chris Chaney, the former Patterson (NC) School coach, who predicted del Potro earlier Monday (maybe before that). Someday I plan to cover Wimbledon and maybe even the Australian Open. So stay tuned for that...

Anyway, here are the hoops highlights of the night:

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NEW YORK -- Four of the most sought after players in the Class of 2010 are C.J. Leslie, Josh Selby, Roscoe Smith and Phil Pressey.

Leslie, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, listed North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Maryland as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

"I haven't made [any] dates" to visit yet," said Leslie, the No. 14 player in the Class of 2010.

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NEW YORK -- During a hearing Monday morning in Brooklyn Criminal Court, the sexual assault case involving Lance Stephenson and Darwin "Buddha" Ellis was adjourned until July 15.

Attorneys for both sides huddled briefly before Judge Alexander Jeong said, "We will meet on July 15."

Jeong had previously adjourned the case once, to Monday from May 19.

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Lance Stephenson is currently on an official?visit to the University of Cincinnati, a program that up until this point has not been involved in his recruiting process.

"He got here yesterday [Friday]," said a player on the team. "We just got through playing open gym. [He played] with the whole team and a couple old players.

"He was doing good. I guarded him. He played good. We could use him. If we get him we'll be good."

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Fairleigh Dickinson fired head coach Tom Green last week.

The story was first reported by the New York Post.

"For 26 years I was the coach of this team and an ambassador for this university," Green told the newspaper. "I called this place home. For them to treat me this way shows a complete lack of respect for me as a person, as a coach and as a loyal employee."

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After South Florida head coach Stan Heath visited with recruit Jarrid Famous Sunday night, the news is that Famous is still planning on attending the school.

"There didn't have to be any smoothing over," Westchester Community College coach Tyrone Mushatt, who also attended the meeting, told Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times. "There won't be any confusion about this. He's going to South Florida."

WCC assistant Mickey Carey had previously said the 6-foot-11 Famous wanted to get out of his Letter of Intent because he hadn't heard from Heath in some time and hadn't been informed of the departure of assistants Dan Hipsher and Byron Samuels.

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that one of Derrick Rose's former? Chicago Simeon teammates may have taken his SAT for him.

?? [The NCAA] thinks that [former Simeon player Kevin Johnson] took [the SAT test] for him," Luther Topps, who coached Rose?s club basketball team with Derrick?s brother Reggie, told the newspaper.

Topps said he and Simeon coach Robert Smith don't know anything firsthand.

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Jarrid Famous wants out of his Letter of Intent to South Florida, multiple sources said Tuesday.

"Jarrid Famous is trying to get out of his letter," one source with direct knowledge said.

The 6-foot-11 Famous chose South Florida last month over Arizona, Missouri and Seton Hall and could end up at one of those places if he gets out. Arizona appears to be a likely destination.

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There is a great deal of news coming out of the basketball office at Westchester Community College, and some of it is very sad.

Head coach Winston Nicholas passed away Monday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to assistant coach Mickey Carey.

"Coach Nicholas passed away this morning," he said Monday by phone.

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NEW YORK - Daniel Orton will play for Kentucky next year, and he believes there's no telling how far the 'Cats can go.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound center from Oklahoma City (OK) Bishop McGuinness said Thursday at the Jordan Brand Classic practice that he would remain at Kentucky despite the recent coaching change.

"I'm still at Kentucky, I'm still at Kentucky," said Orton, the No. 4 center in the Class of 2009. "I'm going to stay here."

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Jarrid Famous will announce his college decision April 22 at Westchester (N.Y.) Community College.

The 6-foot-11 Famous will have his jersey retired that night and will then announce his school during the celebration.

As first reported here, Famous will take an official visit this weekend to Arizona. Arizona recently named Sean Miller its new head coach and Arizona assistant Book Richardson of New York recruited Famous while he was at Xavier with Miller.

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DeJuan Blair will announce Thursday afternoon at a press conference that he will declare for the NBA Draft.

Among others who will declare for the NBA Draft are Chase Budinger of Arizona, James Johnson and Jeff Teague of Wake Forest and Demar Derozan of USC, according to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com.

Blair, the Big East-Co Player of the Year and a first-team All-America pick,? averaged 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. He is also one of three finalists for the Naismith Award, along with Blake Griffin (Oklahoma) and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina). Blair is projected to go in the mid- to late-first round. If he performs well at the workouts, his status could improve.

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Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 center out of Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, visited South Florida this past weekend and is on the brink of cutting down his list.

He said he plans to visit Xavier the weekend of April 10 and could decide after that.

"I think after that I might just make my decision," Famous said Wednesday by phone.

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Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 center out of Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, plans to visit South Florida later this month.

"I'm visiting South Florida on the 27th [of March] for the weekend," Famous said.

Famous visited Seton Hall last fall and recently made his first official visit of the spring to Missouri, where he stayed with junior guard and Staten Island native Zaire Taylor.

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