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Basketball: Canadian take on Murray’s choice

Here’s more on Cal recruit Emerson Murray from Howard Tsumura, who covers high school sports for The Vancouver Province.

Murray’s comments to Tsumura on why he chose Cal echoed the things he told me.

“They kind of showed up out of the blue,” he said of the Golden Bears’ late entry into his recruiting picture. “And it was 100 per cent genuine from all of their guys. Everything was so fulfilling. It was everything I had dreamt about every time I dreamt about a school.”

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Basketball: New Golden Bears recruit Murray ‘never felt so sure of something’

Cal didn’t begin recruiting combo guard Emerson Murray of Vancouver, B.C., until perhaps three weeks ago, but the courtship moved quickly.

A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Murray settled on the Bears immediately after a campus visit with his parents last weekend, calling the decision “a no-brainer.”

“I feel wonderful,” he said in a phone interview tonight. “I’ve never felt so sure of something. I signed because everything was just right from the get-go.”

Murray, 18, said he felt connected when assistant coach Travis DeCuire visited Vancouver three weeks ago, adding that after his campus visit “everything was just solidified.”  Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Bak Bak served as his player hosts and “they were just so genuine.”

“As soon as I stepped on campus,” he said, “I just fell in love.”

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Football: Draft follows

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Basketball: Sources say Ross to choose Huskies

Recruiting Web sites Rivals.com and Scout.com both are reporting that 6-5 shooting guard Terrence Ross of Jefferson HS in Portland, Ore., will announce Friday he is attending Washington. The Seattle Times reported that Ross said through Facebook he is picking the Huskies beause of his relationship with the UW coaches and players. Ross  is rated the No. 43 overall prospect in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com.

The Huskies also are hoping to land Ross’s prep teammate, Terrence Jones, a highly rated 6-9 forward, who visited Kansas last weekend.

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Basketball: It’s official — Dana Altman signs 7-year deal worth $1.8 million per with Ducks

Oregon held a press conference Monday afternoon at soon-to-be basketball home Matthew Knight Arena, introducing Creighton’s Dana Altman as its new coach.

Here are a few early details from the Oregonian.

After a search that lasted nearly six weeks, Altman understands he wasn’t the first coach to whom the Ducks looked.  Looking over at his wife, Altman joked, “I wasn’t her first choice, either.”

Oregon’s returning players are excited about the hiring. “I liked everything he said,” center Michael Dunigan told the Register-Guard of Eugene.

Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder writes that Altman may not be flashy, but brings substance to the job.

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Basketball: Ex-USF coach Mathews joins UCLA

Former USF coach Philip Mathews has joined Ben Howland’s staff at UCLA. Mathews replaces assistant coach Donny Daniels, who took a job at Gonzaga.

Mathews spent nine seasons as head coach at USF, compiling a record of 139-123 through the 2003-04 campaign. His 1997-98 team is the only USF squad to have reached the NCAA Tournament since 1982. Mathews spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Nebraska.

He made his reputation early in his career at the junior college level, compiling an impressive record of  349-73 in 12 seasons, including 298-56 with 10 league titles in as many seasons at Ventura College.