Beyond the arc: Ex-Illini Tate bound for Finland

Beyond the arc: Ex-Illini Tate bound for Finland

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

Finland bound

Former Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate parlayed a breakout first season as a pro north of the border in Canada to a roster spot in the top league in Finland. Tate was signed by Pyrintö at the end of July. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 assists and 3.1 assists last season for the Niagara River Lions in the NBL Canada.

Tell all?

Interested in what Rick Pitino has to say about his coaching career? Well, you're in luck. His memoir "Pitino: My Story" will be released next month, and, according to Pitino's publisher, he'll take on "opportunistic agents" and "predatory apparel companies." No word yet if the memoir will hit on his other scandals at Louisville.

Memphis revival

The Tigers added a trio of four-star guards this spring after Penny Hardaway was named as Tubby Smith's replacement at coach. Memphis could be in line for even higher-ranked prospects in 2019 with five-star center James Wiseman, a Memphis East and Team Penny product, and top-50 forward D.J. Jeffries available after decommitting from Kentucky.

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