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  1. Assigned Reading: Michael Hausfeld, the man taking on the NCAA

    Jul 27, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Ed O’Bannon’s lead attorney didn’t even know who he was when he first met him.

  2. Assigned Reading: Marvin Clark’s path to choosing Michigan State

    Jun 1, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The process that led to Marvin Clark picking Michigan State.

  3. Assigned Reading: Reliving Syracuse’s six-overtime win over UConn in 2009

    Mar 7, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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    A look at the 2009 Big East quarterfinal between UConn and Syracuse, nearly five years after the game was played.

  4. Assigned Reading: Memories of Dean Smith should continue to last

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Dean Smith, the legendary North Carolina basketball coach, who amassed 879 wins, won two national titles and reached the Final Four 11 times, celebrated his 83rd birthday on Feb. 28. Though for years now the Hall of Fame coach has endured an ongoing struggle with dementia. John Feinstein of the Washington Post published a story on Saturday,…

  5. Assigned Reading: Caris LeVert’s defining moment

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Five freshmen joined the Michigan basketball team to start the 2012-2013 season. Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas cracked the starting lineup. Mitch McGary would later join them, as he was the breakout star during the NCAA tournament. Then there was Spike Albrecht, who scored his 17 first half points in an exciting national championship…

  6. Assigned Reading: Chane Behanan’s fresh start with John Lucas and Colorado State

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Chane Behanan dunks the basketball over the North Carolina A&T's defense during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington

    As the college basketball season rolls along into mid-February, one of the forgotten players of the year is former Louisville forward Chane Behanan. Well, its not as if Behanan is forgotten, but he transferred to Colorado State after being kicked out of Louisville and now he isn’t playing until next season. But Behanan is on…

  7. Assigned Reading: Marquette’s Buzz Williams and his work with children

    Feb 7, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Throughout college basketball there are many great stories about the good deeds being done by coaches and players, with many using their stature to help those who are less fortunate. One such story is that of Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, who is using his status to help children. When hired as the head coach…

  8. Assigned Reading: Sports Illustrated’s ‘The art of the steal’

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    I really enjoyed “The art of the steal” by Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Hamilton on Thursday, which broke down many of the nation’s best at producing steals. The piece takes an in-depth look into the thought process and methodology of players such as Jordan Adams at UCLA, Briante Weber at VCU, Fuquan Edwin at Seton Hall and…

  9. Assigned Reading: Alex Barlow draws inspiration from late cousin

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Butler junior guard Alex Barlow has gone from being a walk-on who played in only 16 games as a freshmen to earning a spot in the starting lineup for 23 of the Bulldogs’ 36 games in 2012-13. This season Barlow’s started all 17 games for Butler, posting averages of 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3…

  10. Assigned Reading: St. John’s pulls together through adversity

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    St. John’s and head coach Steve Lavin have dealt with a lot of trying times in the last couple of seasons, including Lavin’s own battle with prostate cancer, the loss of Lavin’s father, Albert, as well as a number of tragic incidents that involved family members and friends of players on St. John’s. In this…

  11. Assigned Reading: Arizona’s Aaron Gordon yet to reach full potential

    Jan 9, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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    One of the freshmen who has been on the receiving end of a great deal of praise this season is Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, who’s currently averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the nation’s top-ranked team. The Wildcats visit UCLA on Thursday night in one of the day’s best games, with Arizona…

  12. Assigned Reading: Getting to know the Wiggins brothers

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Although Andrew Wiggins is one of the more popular freshman college basketball players in recent memory, he is still rather shy and — especially as a person off-the-court — we’re still getting to know the Canadian basketball phenom. In an interesting profile on the Wiggins brothers by the AP’s Dave Skretta, we get a little…

  13. Assigned Reading: Learn more about Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    You’ve probably already heard the name Jahlil Okafor. The 6-foot-10 Whitney Young Magnet High (Ill.) center is the nation’s consensus top player, and is Duke bound, staying true to his word that he would attend the same college as Apple Valley High (Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. Okafor will only continue to grab national attention…

  14. Assigned Reading: Andy Enfield looks to rejuvenate USC basketball

    Nov 22, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    USC Introduces New Basketball Coach Andy Enfield

    First-year USC head coach Andy Enfield used an entertaining brand of basketball to lead FGCU to an Atlantic Sun tournament crown and a trip to the Sweet 16 last season, resulting in his move to Los Angeles. And he’s got quite the task in front of him, as USC AD Pat Haden hired Enfield with…

  15. Assigned Reading: Austin Hatch speaks to the media about his recovery, return to practice

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

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    By now, you’ve surely heard the tragic tale of Austin Hatch. A former blue-chip recruit and Michigan-commit, Hatch has managed to survive two deadly plane crashes that robbed him of his family. In the first, back in 2003, his mother, 11-year old sister and five-year old brother perished. In 2011, to celebrate his commitment to…

  16. Assigned Reading: Andre Dawkins’ battle with depression

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Duke’s Andre Dawkins was expected to be a star. A former five-star recruit, Dawkins enrolled at school a year early and became a key member of the Blue Devil’s 2010 national title winning team. The future was bright for the sharpshooting Dawkins, but he never lived up to that potential. You see, his sister died…

  17. Assigned Reading: Orlando Antigua’s career journey to Lexington

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Given the amount of talent that’s made its way to Lexington, Kentucky, it comes as no surprise that the Kentucky Wildcats are one of the biggest stories in college basketball with the start of the season less than 24 hours away. The nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, which includes six McDonald’s All-Americans, is expected to get…

  18. Assigned Reading: Andre Dawkins returns to the court

    Nov 1, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Andre Dawkins’ college career got off to a great start. Enrolling at Duke a year earlier than expected, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard proved to be a valuable role player on a team that won the national title in 2010. But was doing this while dealing with tragedy. On December 5, 2009 his sister lost her…

  19. Assigned Reading: The insanity of following recruiting online

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth. More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is. Me? I’ve become accustomed…

  20. Assigned Reading: The cautionary tale of La Jolla Prep

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Over the years prep schools have become an attractive option for many players who hope to earn a college scholarship. Whether it’s to improve their academic standing or to play with and against some of the most talented prep players in the country, these schools have grown in popularity. But with this comes the risk…