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  1. Dan Patrick Show: Has the student-athlete become extinct? (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Ever since the NBA changed its rules regarding early entries, requiring prospects to be at least one year removed from high school before being eligible to enter the NBA Draft, many have debated whether or not these prospects are “truly” student-athletes. Dan Patrick discussed the topic on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, just hours…

  2. Luke Fischer’s offseason development key for Indiana in 2013-14

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There’s no denying the fact that Cody Zeller was one of the best players in college basketball last season, as the 7-footer averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on an Indiana squad that won the Big Ten regular season title and reached the Sweet 16. But he’s gone now, as are Victor Oladipo,…

  3. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett leads CBT’s Freshman of the Year rankings

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    A hearty welcome to those of you just now joining the rest of us in following college basketball now that football season has ended. We’ll be running a series of posts to get all you football fans caught up on the season at-large. To read through them all, click here. There have been a number of…

  4. Cross off chemistry issues as a Duke pitfall

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    If you’re still not sold on Duke this season, here’s another reason to slot the Devils as the team to beat in 2011: Chemistry won’t be an issue between backcourt mates Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving. That’s not a small thing, either. Smith’s a junior senior who was instrumental in Duke’s title run, yet the…

  5. Pastner can't afford to rush Kendrick's return

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Might a “personal matter” derail Memphis’ season? It all depends on how Tigers coach Josh Pastner handles Jelan Kendrick. The 6-6 Kendrick, a Top 25 freshman recruit who’s one of three five-star prospects on the Tigers’ roser, is dealing with a “personal matter” and isn’t currently with the team. A CBSSports.com report says it’s essentially…

  6. Jones has no regrets about switch from UW to UK

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Terrence Jones’ college switcheroo caused a small furor back in May. Committing to Washington, then immediately having second thoughts and eventually committing to Kentucky will do that. Huskies fans cried foul, some casted UK coach John Calipari as a talent poacher and Jones was seen as a kid who couldn’t make up his mind. Months…

  7. Irving passes first (easy) test for Duke

    Oct 24, 2010, 10:04 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving’s skills are no secret. Scouts rave about the freshman point guard’s skills. Coach K’s already handed him the reins to the offense. His new teammates at Duke feel the same way. Jim R. Bounds/AP “[Coach] isn’t saying anything about Kyrie that we don’t know,” senior Kyle Singler told the Raleigh News & Observer.…

  8. Returning minutes lacking at Kentucky

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    AP Kentucky may not go 35-3 this season. It may not reach the Elite Eight or tear through the SEC schedule. But John Calipari’s team is gonna be good. There’s too much talent on the roster for a seasoned coach like Calipari not to turn in a winner. And when he does, keep in mind…

  9. Kanter's dad rails against Turkish club

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    While Kentucky continues to await an NCAA ruling on freshman center Enes Kanter – he’s currently unable to practice with the team until further notice – his dad has plenty to say about the subject. No surprise, he’s more than a little unhappy with Fenerbahce Ulker, the Turkish basketball club standing in the way of…

  10. Memphis' mission statement: Be bold. Win titles.

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    When the NCAA cleared Will Barton to play for Memphis this season, he promised to make the most of the opportunity. And by the most, he means a national title. Cue the bold statement: “We’re going to win the national championship this year,” Barton said. “I’m guaranteeing it!” That’s from a story by Dan Wolken…

  11. Hold off on North Carolina as a contender

    Oct 3, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Big things are expected out of North Carolina freshmen Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock in 2010-11. Namely, to prevent the Tar Heels from another lackluster season that ends with a spot in the NIT. Jay Laprete/AP It’s an idea hoops pundits are embracing, too. Most preseason predictions have UNC somewhere in the Top…

  12. Kentucky takes 'Free Enes' to next level

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:14 AM EDT

    The “Free Enes” movement has taken a life of its own. Kentucky coach John Calipari is confident the Turkish center and freshman recruit will be declared eligible to play this season, but the NCAA isn’t rushing it – which is driving the Big Blue Nation crazy with anticipation. They’ve made t-shirts and hung a giant sign…

  13. Your must-read hoops story of the day

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    Will Barton may be the player most amped for the 2010-11 season, and with good reason. When the NCAA cleared Memphis’ star freshman last month, it opened up an opportunity that he wasn’t sure he’d get. “There was a time when it looked like I may never get to play at Memphis, but my faith…

  14. Whom to believe in Kanter eligibility drama?

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    The report that Enes Kanter, one of Kentucky’s prize freshman recruits for 2010, was paid more than $100,000 by his Turkish club team, Fenerbahce Ulker, was met with more than a a few raised eyebrows Tuesday. Seems everyone has an opinion on what should happen to Kanter this season. It’s tough to argue with well-reasoned…

  15. Tense two weeks ahead for Kentucky

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Kentucky hoops is awaiting word on a pair of investigations. One will affect last season, while the other will influence this season. And at this point, it’s hard to say what either outcome will be. Ed Reinke/AP First, the 2009-10 season. The law firm that investigated Eric Bledsoe‘s high school academic record is expected to…

  16. It may be a while until Kentucky has Kanter

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Kentucky re-loaded for the 2009-10 season with another stellar freshman class, including point guard Brandon Knight, wing Doran Lamb and forwards Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole. But John Calipari’s team is still waiting on one more guy: Turkish center Enes Kanter, who still hasn’t been cleared by the NCAA. So what’s the holdup? According to…

  17. Turns out Tigers will have Barton after all

    Aug 22, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    OK, Memphis. Let’s see what you’ve got. After weeks of appealing (with the NCAA) hand-wringing (by fans), Josh Pastner’s squad found out Friday it’ll have prized freshman recruit Will Barton for the 2010-11 season. The NCAA reversed its decision on declaring Barton an academic nonqualifier – a new rule requiring players to graduate high school…

  18. Knight passes first test in post-Wall era

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

    It’s impossible to replace players like John Wall. In his lone season at Kentucky, the lightning-quick point guard led the Wildcats to 35 wins, was a consensus first-team All-American and the SEC player of the year. But Brandon Knight seems up to the challenge. Sure, his UK debut was an exhibition Sunday against the University…

  19. Barton may sit, then play for Memphis in 2011-12

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

    This was going to be Memphis’ breakout season under Josh Pastner. With all their incoming talent, perhaps the Tigers could stage a deep NCAA tournament run, even to the Final Four. The NCAA ruled shooting guard Will Barton ineligible for the 2010-11 season last week because of a new rule relating to when athletes must…

  20. Way too long until Barnes, Irving get on court

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving will enter the season as two of the most-talented and most-hyped freshmen in the country. That they’ll play for North Carolina and Duke will only add to the coverage. So if you’re the Raleigh News & Observer and you’re doing a series of stories on the incoming recruits at UNC,…

  21. Don't stop recruiting those one-and-dones

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    There’s a simple question facing college basketball teams today: Is recruiting a potential one-and-done player worthwhile? In a word: Yes. The guys over at Rush the Court crunched the numbers from the last four seasons and determined that of the 35 one-and-dones during that time, 14 players weren’t worth the trouble, and one – Ohio…

  22. An elite freshman no one's talking about

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    The class of 2010 just finished high school, but we’re already treating some as one-and-dones. That’s college hoops today. Credit Fran Fraschilla with some forward thinking. The ESPN analyst breaks down the top 10 one-and-done freshmen for 2010-11 (apologies to those who don’t have an ESPN Insider account) and there’s no surprise at the top:…

  23. Irving's on his way to being a household name

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You’re going to be sick of hearing about Kyrie Irving next season. Duke’s incoming point guard got the AP feature treatment a few days ago, which usually takes until midseason for most players. (That’s when casual sports fans start paying attention to college hoops; the rest of us can’t get enough.) In other words, he’s…

  24. Duke's dream backcourt? Irving and Rivers

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a thought to delight Duke fans: Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers in the same backcourt. Irving, an incoming freshman, may be perhaps the most talented Devils guard since Jason Williams. He’s expected to step into Jon Scheyer’s starting spot and play alongside Nolan Smith, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry next season. And if he…

  25. Can Barnes' polish elevate North Carolina?

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    If there’s one word to describe Harrison Barnes – the jewel of North Carolina’s 2010 recruiting class – it’s “polish.” The 6-7 swingman out of Ames, Iowa, carries himself like royalty, speaks without any of the usual clichés and is focused on his intended major, Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. His game? It’s…