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College basketball notes: Rule changes urged for men, women

The NCAA men's and women's basketball rules committees said Wednesday they are recommending the use of a restricted-area arc 3 feet from the basket and changing the terminology of intentional and flagrant fouls next season.

The women's committee wants to extend the three-point line by 1 foot, to 20 feet, 9 inches, the same distance the men have used since 2008-09. The women's committee also wants to experiment with a 10-second halfcourt rule in closed scrimmages and exhibition games.

The changes must be approved by an oversight panel, perhaps next month, before taking effect next season.

"The committee had great conversations prior to and during this meeting about the three-point line," said women's committee chair Leslie Claybrook, senior associate athletics director at Rice. "We think this can be a game-changer for women's basketball and open up the inside play as well."

Committee members have studied the three-point line for years. They said last year's data showed more shots were being taken from longer distances and being made at a higher rate.

If approved, the arc limiting where players may take a charge would be placed 3 feet from the basket.

Recommendations also include allowing men's coaches to request replay reviews, and clarifying how double fouls are assessed. If both teams are in the bonus when a double foul is called, the team with the lesser infraction would shoot free throws first. The second team would then shoot its free throws and retain possession of the ball. Intentional fouls would be called Flagrant 1, and flagrant fouls would be called Flagrant 2, the same terms used by the NBA.

Harrow to visit UK

North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow will will start visiting schools, including Kentucky, next week, the 6-foot point guard announced on his Twitter page Wednesday. He will also visit St. John's, Texas, Georgia and Louisville, according Zagsblog.com. Harrow started 10 games as a freshman last season and averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists over 29 games.

Harrow announced he would transfer on April 26 after Coach Sidney Lowe was dismissed. One of the most highly touted high school point guards a year ago, Harrow would not be eligible to play for his new school until the 2012-13 season.

Kimbro to Georia State

Jeffersontown senior Tony Kimbro Jr. has committed to play at Georgia State, the Courier-Journal reported Wednesday. Kimbro, a 6-foot-6 guard who averaged 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, played one season for the Chargers after spending two years at a North Carolina school. He is the son of former Louisville player Tony Kimbro. He is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

■ Georgetown University sophomore forward Jerrelle Benimon will transfer to another school, making him the second Hoyas player this off-season to leave to play elsewhere in college.

■ UNLV is welcoming former NBA player and Denver Nuggets assistant coach Stacey Augmon as its new men's assistant basketball coach. The announcement Tuesday came a month after Dave Rice was named the team's new coach. Augmon played for UNLV from 1987 through 1991.

■ Michigan guard Darius Morris said Wednesday he is staying in the NBA Draft.

■ Maryland said Wednesday sophomore center Jordan Williams has signed with an agent, ending his eligibility.

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