More on Pastner, NIT, shooting guards, etc

2013-05-07T13:27:00Z 2013-05-07T16:54:11Z More on Pastner, NIT, shooting guards, etcBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 07, 2013 1:27 pm  • 

In a Memphis Commercial-Appeal story, Tigers coach Josh Pastner said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar "actually called me back" when he told the legendary figure he had two openings to fill on his coaching staff.

"He was very nice and very appreciative, but he said he’s got some other things he’s working on," Pastner told the Memphis newspaper.

It is the second time in three seasons that Pastner has had to hire two assistants, having added Stoudamire in 2011 along with temp hire Luke Walton during the NBA lockout.

But Stoudamire indicated that Pastner will be fine.

"Josh is a good man," Stoudamire told the Commercial-Appeal. "He’s going to do great things here at Memphis and he’s done great things, and I look forward to watching him and everything that’s going to happen here because I believe in him.”

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Another schedule note, ICYMI: Alabama, Duke and Rutgers will join Arizona as anchor teams for the 2013 NIT Tip Off.

The NIT still has not officially announced the teams, but those four have been expected to host two home games before the semifinals and finals are played in New York.

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In an ESPN analysis of Arizona's incoming freshmen, Paul Biancardi says the Wildcats will need shooting help from either Elliott Pitts or Gabe York in the rotation next season.

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Also in the ESPN Insider series, Seth Greenberg and Dave Telep take a look at the questions surrounding UCLA.

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Kevin Parrom is getting ready for graduation ceremonies.

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Andy Katz had a couple of interesting schedule notes on Colorado and Oregon.

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Cal has received a commitment from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's younger brother.

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Former UCLA recruit Allerik Freeman is heading to Baylor.

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DirecTV appears to be doing pretty well without the Pac-12 Networks.

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