The Morning Mix

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Another busy news day. Here’s what you need to know: The entire Kentucky Wildcats basketball program is going pro, and if you have thought about transferring, Don’t. Why? Because your school won’t let you transfer anywhere except Trans-American Conference and Big-Eight schools.

All five starters from Kentucky’s National Championship team are turning pro. Along with senior Darius Miller, who was the team’s sixth man, there is a decent possibility that six Wildcats get taken in the first round of the NBA draft.  Just how much is UK losing. As we know now, the one-and-done works, and we shouldn’t blame Kentucky.  Regardless of your opinions about Coach Calipari, this team was really easy to like, and we probably won’t see another like it in a long time. As you would expect, the 2013 ‘Cats will have a completely different look

– Myron Medcalf  provides a must-read re-ranking of the Coach of the Year Awards

– Wisconsin-transfer Jarrod Uthoff isn’t allowed to transfer to any Big-Ten school, any ACC school, Marquette or Iowa State. Does anybody else have a problem with that?

– Speaking of transfer-blocking, South Carolina refuses to budge on the decision to block Demontre Harris’ transfer to North Carolina State

– Danny Manning’s job at Tulsa just got a lot more difficult: Jordan Clarkson, a high major talent, has decided to transfer. And sticking with our theme of the day, the school has allowed him to talk with just three other schools

– Gabe Moton has been granted his release from Boston College. If everything goes according to plan, he won’t be allowed to transfer to any school within the 13 original colonies

– Hey, remember when we thought the C-USA and the MWC were going to merge? Yeah, it’s turning in to a mess

– according to sources, Bob Huggins was drunk as a skunk during a speech he gave at a Nike clinic over the weekend. Is anybody else shocked by these claims? Didn’t think so

– SMU has officially hired 71 year-old Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. But is it really as bad as people are making it out to be? Well, yeah. It’s about as big of a gamble as a school can make. Even if I were a gambler, I still wouldn’t touch this bet. Kentucky assistant “Hot” Rod Strickland will join Brown’s staff. Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich will also join as the “coach in waiting” and Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard will come a board as well

– To have an Ivy League Tournament or not to have, that is the question

– Mike Huguenin expects big things from these sophomores

– Mike Krzyzewski would like to see the NBA take rule over the NCAA, so to speak

– It looks like the 2013 Big East Tournament could see some slight changes

– The NCAA is once against tackling academic reform in the wake of heated debate regarding the APR ranking. But could there be negative side effects caused by theses changes? Absolutely. JuCos, take note of this

– Indiana head coach Tom Crean offered a scholarship to an eighth grader. But it wasn’t just any eighth grader, it was Eron Gordon, the younger brother of former-Hoosier and current-Hornet Eric Gordon

– UT-Arlington and Florida Atlantic have given their head coaches contract extensions

– Florida head coach Billy Donovan will coach the United States U-18 team this summer at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. VCU’s Shaka Smart will serve as an assistant coach

– Virginia Tech is on the verge of rekindling an interesting rivalry with West Virginia

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/889947577734574085

That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?