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The Morning Mix

Jul 30, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

- Is Oklahoma State the best team in the Big-XII? Probably not, but Kansas coach Bill Self thinks the Cowboys are the best team on paper. Florida’s Billy Donovan and Gonzaga’s Mark Few were gushing about OK-State incoming freshman Marcus Smart

- Recruiting rankings don’t always determine who ends up having the most successful career. Cracked Sidewalks explains what “value add” can determine and provides some interesting evidence

- Eric Crawford details the five steps needed towards reinventing the Big East Conference

- More fallout from the North Carolina academic scandal: athletic advisers steered players towards “no-show” classes

- Recruiting icon Sonny Vaccaro returned to the courts this weekend in order to shoot a 30 for 30 documentary

- Divorced-Syracuse fan wants visitation rights for his kids if/when the Orange make the National Championship game

- The FriarBlog provides an excellent take on the ten reasons why the NCAA should clear highly touted freshman Ricardo Ledo

- The 5-month old son of Northwest Minnesota State head coach Brad Bigler was killed last night in a drunk driving accident. Bigler’s wife and mother-in-law were also injured in the accident

- When coaches give inspirational speeches to kids at camp, they talk about guys like Corey Spence, a JuCo player who spent 30 hours on a Greyhound bus in order to make an event, then performs well enough to make the All-Star game

- Reports surfaced a few months back indicating that the 2012 London games would be the last for Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of Team USA. Now it looks like he will stay heavily involved in the program regardless of his decision to serve as the head coach

- The Olympic games could provide Mike D’Antoni with an opportunity to land a job in college hoops

- Louisville’s Kevin Ware is showing up on all sorts of “Breakout players to watch” lists, and with good reason. He scored just 20 points last year, but with some off-season help from Ray Allen, Ware is ready for a sensational sophomore campaign

- Another good-read on Kansas sophomore Ben McLemore, who has been wowing coaches during summer league games

- Kansas center Jeff Withey had a huge breakout season in 2011-2012. In 2012-2013 he’s looking to have an impact season

- With the departure of Terell Stoglin, Maryland is going to rely heavily on the legs of Pe’Shon Howard, who is “ahead of schedule” with his recovery from an ACL tear

- It’s not often that schools like Pepperdine score top-100 recruits. So it was quite a recruiting coup when the Wave landed highly regarded guard Brandon Randolph

- Croatian guard Mislav  Brzoja, who had a sensational performance against the American squad at the FIBA U-19 World Championship is being rumored as heading to Villanova

- If Wake Forest is going to get out of their current rut, freshman guard Codi Miller-McIntyre is going to have to carry some of the load

- The final four pairing for the best four teams in VCU history

- Former-Wichita State big-man Garrett Stutz got drafted No.1o in the 2012 Korean Basketball League draft

- Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein, more affectionately known as “The Goonies”, dropped another video. This one is significantly better that their first one

- Top-5 contender for Summer League Dunk of the Year

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

  1. Nerlo Rangel - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    where’s whichita state?

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