Roundball chatter

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Memphis got a major boost when guard Michael Dixon Jr. was declared eligible for the upcoming season. Dixon came over from Missouri, where he averaged almost 14 points per game off the bench two seasons ago. He sat out last season. Dixon's addition gives coach Josh Pastner a lot of depth in the backcourt.

• I loved seeing Tom Izzo telling fans at the Michigan State-South Florida football game to seek cover during a lightning storm. Izzo went back into the student section and rooted for the Spartans when the weather settled down.

• I do not understand the logic of the NCAA in disallowing Rakeem Buckles' transfer to Minnesota. You may remember Buckles from his days at Louisville under Rick Pitino. Then he went to Florida International, and wanted to go to Minnesota to join new coach Richard Pitino. The NCAA should not hurt student-athletes, they should use common sense and try to help them.

• Miami gave coach Jim Larranaga a contract extension. The additional three years puts him under contract with the Hurricanes until 2022. He led Miami to a 29-7 record, an ACC regular-season and tournament championship, and a trip to the Sweet 16 last season.

• College basketball fans had to be proud of the latest class inducted to the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. It included Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Guy V. Lewis, Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley among others.

• Congratulations to super scout Dave Telep, the recruiting guru who took a job with the San Antonio Spurs. I have so much respect for his work ethic and knowledge of the players.

• I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Rob Ades, who represented a number of college basketball coaches over the years. Rest in peace, Rob.