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  1. Georgia State’s RJ Hunter is a mid-major name you’ll want to remember

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:32 AM EST

    R.J. Hunter (AP photo)

    One of my favorite parts about mid-major basketball is learning about the diamond in the rough, watching the kid that wasn’t good enough to deserve a high-major scholarship grow into a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. Whether they are stars that led their team to deep NCAA tournament runs — Stephen Curry, CJ McCollum,…

  2. Kevin Ware’s status remains uncertain for upcoming season

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Kevin Ware, Rick Pitino

    During a Monday press conference to address his upcoming Hall of Fame speech, Louisville coach Rick Pitino spoke about Kevin Ware’s status regarding his offseason. While there will be no suspension for the Louisville guard best known for his horrific injury during the NCAA Tournament, it is also uncertain when the junior will return to…

  3. Michigan State basketball supports the football team (VIDEO)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Memphis v Michigan State

    Michigan State basketball has already been rated No. 1 by Lindy’s and is in the hunt to win a national championship this season as Tom Izzo’s squad returns a deep and talented group. Gary Harris injury aside, the Spartans have a ton of weapons and will be a threat to win the Big Ten and…

  4. UCLA lands commitment from 2014 wing Trevon Bluiett

    Sep 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    UCLA Introduces Steve Alford

    The UCLA Bruins landed a big commitment on Monday afternoon as Indiana native and four-star wing scorer Trevon Bluiett committed to Steve Alford’s program. A product of Park Tudor High School, Bluiett took an official visit to the Bruins over the weekend and the news was first tweeted out by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Trevon Bluiett…

  5. Has Illinois found leaders for the 2013-14 season?

    Sep 2, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

    Colorado v Illinois

    Year one of John Groce’s tenure at Illinois saw a 23-win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. But that team was led by a couple of seniors with tremendous experience as Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson were natural leaders on the floor on the wing. One of the biggest questions…

  6. Report: Former Penn State big man Jon Graham joins Maryland program

    Sep 2, 2013, 2:33 PM EST

    Jon Graham

    With three of their four scholarship front court players entering the 2013-14 season being underclassmen, the Maryland Terrapins can use some added experience inside. The lone scholarship upperclassman is Evan Smotrycz, who will play his first season in College Park after beginning his career at Michigan (senior John Auslander is a walk-on). According to multiple…

  7. Demetrius Harris goes from the court to the Chiefs practice squad

    Sep 2, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Milwaukee Wisconsin Basketball

    In recent years athletes who’ve enjoyed success on the basketball court have made the transition to the National Football League, with the tight end position being home to three of the game’s best. Tony Gonzalez (Cal) and Antonio Gates (Kent State) will wind up in Canton when they decide to hang up the cleats, and…

  8. James Madison unveils new court design

    Sep 2, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    James Madison Athletics

    After making the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the James Madison Dukes will be playing on a new court in 2013-14. During the spring the James Madison athletic department asked fans to submit their ideas for a new court design, resulting in some 65 submissions. From there the athletic department cut…

  9. Isaiah Wright becomes Utah’s second commitment of the weekend

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

    Larry Krystkowiak

    What began as a solid weekend for the Utah basketball program thanks to Kyle Kuzma’s decision to verbally commit got even better on Sunday evening, as 2014 point guard Isaiah Wright wrapped up his official visit by doing the same Sunday evening. Wright, a 6-2 guard from Boise, is the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of…

  10. Wake Forest lands a second 2014 verbal commitment

    Sep 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Jeff Bzdelik

    Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik’s found the going tough during his tenure in Winston-Salem, with the program’s struggles resulting in a disgruntled fan base that includes some who have called for his job through public channels. With one of the ACC’s better front court players in Travis McKie back for his senior season, the…

  11. Wing TeMarcus Blanton becomes South Carolina’s second 2014 commit

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:47 PM EST

    Mississippi South Carolina Basketball

    South Carolina head coach Frank Martin welcomes seven freshmen to the program this season as he looks to turn the Gamecocks into a formidable program in the SEC. One of the most important steps in making that happen is to not only bring in players, but to bring in players capable of making an impact…

  12. East Carolina lands two 2014 verbal commitments

    Sep 1, 2013, 8:27 PM EST

    CIT E Carolna Weber St Basketball

    It’s safe to say that this weekend was a productive one for East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo. This weekend the ECU head coach had two 2014 prospects on campus for official visits, and by Sunday Lebo had two verbal commitments as point guard Lance Tejada Jr. and forward Grant Bryant have both pledged to…

  13. Forward Evan Bailey becomes College of Charleston’s second 2014 commit

    Sep 1, 2013, 7:01 PM EST

    Doug Wojcik

    With two players at the small forward position out of eligibility when the 2013-14 season ends, College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik needed to land another wing on the recruiting trail. On Friday the head coach received a verbal pledge from 6-6 small forward Evan Bailey, the Cougars’ second commitment in the 2014 class. Bailey,…

  14. Virginia receives verbal commitment from 2014 forward Isaiah Wilkins

    Sep 1, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    ACC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    With the college football season underway many of the nation’s best basketball recruits are out and about, spending their fall Saturdays taking official (and unofficial) visits to some of the schools on their lists. And with that being the case, more than a few will verbally pledge to attend a school before returning home. Such…

  15. 2014 small forward Sam Logwood commits to Auburn

    Sep 1, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    Tony Barbee

    The current era of Auburn basketball hasn’t been particularly pretty, with the lack of success on the court seemingly matched by the number of players who have left the program. During Tony Barbee’s three seasons on the Plains nine players have transferred out, with three others being dismissed from the program. It goes without saying…

  16. Pat Summitt helps the New York Yankees launch Worldwide Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

    Sep 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Twitter/New York Yankees

    Before the start of the New York Yankees afternoon game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, the organization helped launch the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Worldwide Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.” The Yankees were joined by Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt and her son Tyler — who received the 2012 Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award from…

  17. Rick Pitino sounds off on NCAA denying Rakeem Buckles a waiver

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Rakeem Buckles

    This summer has provided a number of interesting rules by the NCAA, and Louisville head coach voiced his opinion on Friday in the wake of one of the NCAA’s most recent head-scratching rulings. Rakeem Buckles started his career at Louisville, but decided to follow Richard Pitino to the FIU, sat out the season, and then…

  18. Three-star guard Wade Baldwin commits to Vanderbilt

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Facebook/Reebok Breakout Challenge

    Kevin Stallings and Vanderbilt received the first commit in the Class of 2014. St. Joseph’s High (N.J.) senior shooting guard Wade Baldwin announced that he had verbally committed to the Commodores on Sunday morning. Baldwin had been on an official visit to the Nashville campus, and used his Twitter account to break the news. In early…

  19. Emmanuel Mudiay, Isaiah Whitehead shine in Elite 24 (VIDEO)

    Sep 1, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Elite 24

    Last Saturday, two dozen of the best high school prospects in the nation participated in the 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. The all-star game ended with Team Coney Island, led by Lincoln High (N.Y.) and Brooklyn native Isaiah Whitehead, topping Team Bed Stuy, led by )SMU commit Emmanuel…

  20. Illinois lands commitment from top-25 recruit Leron Black

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

    Ohio Bobcats head coach John Groce (C) celebrates with assistants as his team plays the North Carolina Tar Heels in the men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    Following an official visit to Champaign, Ill. this weekend, White Station High (Tenn.) forward Leron Black, a top-25 recruit in the Class of 2014, committed to John Groce and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette, reported the news first. “Before I came here this weekend, I knew Illinois is where I wanted to be,”…