Rice basketball player stabbed to death in bar fight
Washington C Hawes to enter NBA draft
Wildcats' sophomore Williams goes pro
Big East/SEC hoops invitational set for next season
HOUSTON - A Rice University basketball player was stabbed to death early Thursday outside a bar in College Station, police and schools officials said.
Jonathan Bailey and his twin brother, Janson, were involved in a fight inside the bar, located about 100 miles northwest of Houston. Those involved in the fight were asked to leave the bar but the altercation continued outside.
Police found the Bailey brothers at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. They had been stabbed multiple times. The brothers had turned 22 years old on Wednesday.
Both were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in nearby Bryan. Jonathan Bailey was later pronounced dead. His brother was listed in fair condition late Thursday. Janson Bailey had attended Texas A&M University in College Station, but was not enrolled at the school this semester officials said.
Police questioned two people about the stabbings Thursday and arrested Ronald Andrew Johnson Jr., 23, of College Station, on a murder charge in Jonathan Bailey's death.
Jonathan Bailey, a transfer from Texas State University, was a walk-on sophomore basketball player for Rice.
SEATTLE - Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes said Thursday he will declare for the NBA draft but won't hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Huskies.
The 7-footer led the Huskies in scoring, averaging nearly 15 points even though he was slowed by injuries and illness for part of the season. Hawes was named to the Pac-10 Conference all-freshman team.
"Everyone has kind of offered their advice, but no one has tried to sway me in one direction or the other," Hawes said. "I think it's just kind of been me sitting down and thinking about and focusing on my situation and the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong goal."
TUCSON, Ariz. - As expected, Arizona sophomore Marcus Williams announced Thursday that he will leave college to become eligible for the NBA draft.
Williams considered the NBA last year, but decided it was best for him to stay for another season in Tucson. This year, the 20-year-old said he will hire an agent and will not return.
"I think I'm ready," Williams said. "It's going to give me a lot of opportunities to give back to my community. I felt like it was time. It was a hard decision, but the coaching staff has been great. I've had a lot of support from them."
The 6-foot-7 forward made the all-Pac-10 team after leading Arizona in scoring last season at 16.6 points per game.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Big East and Southeastern Conference will match up for men's basketball games each of the next four years.
The Big East/SEC Invitational will start in December with four games over two nights at two sites, all televised by either ESPN or ESPN2, the leagues and ESPN Regional Television announced.
In this year's games, West Virginia will play Auburn on ESPN2 and Georgetown faces Alabama at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center on Dec. 5. ESPN will televise the second game. The following night, South Carolina meets Providence on ESPN2. LSU and Villanova will follow in an ESPN game.comments powered by Disqus