Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball Notebook

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Drew reportedly Vandy-bound

Bryce Drew is set to become Vanderbilt's next men's basketball coach, according to multiple reports Monday, including si.com and cbssports.com.

He has been leading Valparaiso the last five seasons and compiled a record of 124-49, guiding the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament twice and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament including this year, when they made it to the title game before losing to George Washington to finish at 30-7.

The Commodores have been looking to replace Kevin Stallings, who last week accepted the coaching job at Pittsburgh after 17 seasons with Vanderbilt.

Drew's father, Homer Drew, is from Webster Groves and coached Valparaiso for 22 years, retiring after the 2010-11 season with a record of 640428. That's when Bryce Drew took over. Bryce's brother Scott is the coach at Baylor.

Illini's Black gets legal deal * Prosecutors and an attorney for Illinois' Leron Black have agreed to a deal that would place him in a diversionary program and potentially see his felony aggravated assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid jail time, Champaign County state's attorney Julia Rietz said. Black was accused of threatening a bouncer at a campus bar with a knife on Feb. 19.

He initially pleaded not guilty. Under the deal, Black would have 90 days pay a $200 fine and perform 25 hours of community service, Rietz said. If the 20-year-old sophomore does both, he would be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and face a year of unsupervised probation. The deal still must be approved by a judge.

Black's arrest was the first of three involving Illinois basketball players this year. All three players have been suspended from the team.

Former Indiana standout dies * Archie Dees, the first two-time Big Ten Conference most valuable player, died Monday at age 80. Dees led Indiana to back-to-back conference titles in 1957 and 1958, finishing his senior season with averages of 25. …

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