RALEIGH N.C. State added junior college transfer Desmond Lee to its backcourt.
Coach Mark Gottfried said Thursday that Lee has signed with the Wolfpack. A 6-foot-4, 194-pound guard, Lee averaged 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season at New Mexico Junior College.
• N.C. State hired Gene Hill as an assistant to new women’s coach Wes Moore as well as his recruiting coordinator. Hill spent the past five seasons at Georgia Tech.
Clemson’s Tribble dies
CLEMSON, S.C. Former Clemson women’s basketball coach Annie Tribble died Thursday in Anderson after battling cancer. She was 80.
Tribble took over the Tigers in 1976, a year after the university created a women’s basketball team. She went 200-135 in 11 years with seven 20-win seasons. Tribble’s teams also made the postseason seven times including the inaugural NCAA tournament in 1982.
Arizona: Freshman Grant Jerrett, 6-10, declared himself eligible for the NBA after one season at Arizona.
Kentucky: The Wildcats added three more pieces to what is considered its greatest recruiting class with the signings of Julius Randle, Dominique Hawkins and Dakari Johnson.
Randle and Johnson are McDonald’s All-Americans.
Rutgers: University President Robert Barchi told a New Jersey Assembly budget panel he hasn’t signed a settlement agreement with recently fired coach Mike Rice and said he won’t OK a severance reported to be as high as $1 million.
Barchi said the only perk Rice left with is the right to purchase the same football tickets he’s held for 30 years.
• A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan, 58, has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach of the scandal-marred program.