As signing period ends, possible sleepers ink

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While there is no doubt that most recruiting junkies have their eyes on the blue chip prospects that haven’t made their intentions known, many D1 colleges have been active in filling out their roster over the last week or so. An eclectic group of junior college players, international prospects and sleepers are inking across the landing, and could emerge next season. A sampling of such additions includes:

·  ·         Whatever time frame that fans gave Danny Hurley to get the ship righted at Rhode Island could be too much. He’s already scored important prospects via transfer and the recruiting trail in rebuilding the Rams program. In addition to productive Rutgers big man, Rhode Island added another player that was on Hurley’s team at St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) in junior college guard Xavier Munford. While junior college player rankings are not as readily available as high school ratings, Munford is considered at least a top-50 player in the two-year ranks.

·  ·         Vanderbilt snagged bouncy wing Sheldon Jeter away from his home state of Pennsylvania. He has the kind of athleticism and fluidity that made him sought-after by many high-major schools, and has the potential to develop over time. He’s a name that could come back to haunt the schools that missed on him.

·  ·         While there seems to be the case for an impeding implosion at UConn with mass roster exodus as coach Jim Calhoun ages, rim-devouring big man Phillip Nolan could be a huge late pick-up for the Huskies if he’s able to get initial eligibility. There aren’t a lot of interior options for the Huskies on a depleted roster, and a fast and athletic interior player like Nolan is likely to be used early and often next year.

·  ·         Assistant coach Chris Harriman is noted as an international recruiter, and Nebraska’s addition of Sergej Vucetic is one that Husker fans should file in the back of their minds. While not the prospect that Gonzaga’s recent addition Przemek Karnowski is, Vucetic could be a nice one down the line at Nebraska.

·  ·         In the case of point guard Michael Orris heading to Kansas State, what was expected to be an eventuality came true. Orris inked to play for Bruce Weber at Illinois, but will instead head with Weber to Kansas State. With good size and skill, Orris was definitely worth keeping in the fold for Weber.

·  ·         The focus for many schools is adding a player to complete 2012 recruiting efforts, but Missouri and Missouri State both added players for 2013 last week. The former is 6-7 forward Zach Coleman, who is somewhat of an unknown player, though he runs with a noted grassroots team in the Dallas Mustangs. Missouri State was able to secure a commitment from in-state shooting guard Austin Ruder, an absolutely superb outside shooter who has been filling up nets for the Kansas City-based Spiece Mokan team.

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Dana Altman: “No idea” if Dillon Brooks will be ready for season opener

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks dunks the ball in the first half while taking on the Duke Blue Devils in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at the Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Oregon enters the 2016-17 season as a projected top-5 team. A lot of those lofty expectations are dependent on the health of Dillon Brooks, an All-American caliber forward heading his junior year.

Brooks had surgery on his foot this offseason and is still not back at practice yet for the Ducks. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports spoke to Oregon head coach Dana Altman on Thursday. Altman is uncertain if he’ll have his star forward on the floor when the season tips in a few weeks.

“I have no idea,” Altman told FanRag Sports on Thursday when he was asked if Brooks would be ready for the season opener. “He’s out of the boot and he’s doing some non-contact stuff, but we still don’t know. He has another meeting scheduled with the doctor next week and we’ll go from there.”

The Ducks graduated Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin, but retained four starters, including rim protectors Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell, as well as Tyler Dorsey, who was third on the team in scoring as a freshman. They also add another ball handler in Dylan Ennis, who missed all but two games last season with a foot injury of his own.

But with a healthy Brooks, a nightmare matchup at a physical 6-foot-7, Oregon is a legitimate national championship contender.

Oregon begins the season on Nov. 11 against Army. Then after that, a meeting with arguably the best mid-major, Valparaiso, is sandwiched in between a pair of games with two potentially dangerous high-major teams in Baylor and Georgetown. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Pac-12 favorite, minus its star forward, could be slow out of the gates in 2016-17.

Mark Turgeon receives an extension from Maryland

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Turgeon of the Maryland Terrapins looks on against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The University of Maryland announced on Thursday that Mark Turgeon’s contract would be extended through the 2022-23 season.

This adds four years to his previous deal. Turgeon is entering his sixth season at Maryland.

“I want to thank President [Wallace] Loh and [Director of Athletics] Kevin Anderson for their continued commitment and support of our program,” Turgeon said in a statement. “I am in this position because of the talented coaches and student-athletes that I have had the opportunity to work with over the past five years. Their commitment to our program is why Maryland Basketball continues to have an exciting and bright future.”

Once on the hot seat, Turgeon has gotten the Terrapins to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, the latter resulting in a spot in the Sweet 16. It was the first time in a decade he had reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, previously leading Wichita State to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

Maryland, a preseason top-25 team, lost four starters — Robert Carter Jr., Jake Layman, Diamond Stone and Rasheed Suliamon — from a season ago. But the Terps do retain Melo Trimble, one of the top lead guards in the nation, for his junior year.  Trimble will be surrounded by Damonte Dodd, Dion Wiley, Jaren Nickens, Duquesne grad transfer L.G. Gill and a quartet of four-star freshmen.

NBC Sports projected Maryland to finish sixth in the Big 10 this season.

RIP Vine: The best college basketball vines
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Today, Twitter announced that they are sending Vine – the six-second, looping videos that made so many people famous and so many things viral – into hospice care.

The social media service that helped usher in an era of Instagram videos, SnapChat and FaceBook live will not be a thing for much longer.

And that’s a shame.

Because there really was nothing better than a well-executed vine.

In remembrance, we are offering up the most memorable college basketball vines for your viewing pleasure (if we’ve missed any, leave a link in the comments or share it with us @CBTonNBC):

Kris Jenkins winning a title

Tony Parker kicking game at Allie LaForce

A quadruple ball-screen

Marshall Henderson is confused


The Wall of Distraction getting it done

Bill Self breaking his own watch

Dyshawn Pierre getting pantsed

You may never see a better dunk than this

Tom Crean doing Tom Crean things

Thad Matta being thrilled to see Tom Crean

Speaking of Coach Matta, what’s he been on, Amir?

Sterling Brown knew this shot was good

I still have no idea what Stephen Zimmerman is doing here

He mad

That time Jamal Murray murdered his teammate

That time Willie Cauley-Stein murdered a defender

That other time Willie Cauley-Stein murdered a defender

Georges Niang blowing a kiss to the Iowa student section

And not everyone likes him for it

That time Jarmal Reid tripped a ref

A world class flop from Armani Moore


Motor-Boatright Me

Florida walk-on Jacob Kurtz tipping in a buzzer-beater for … Florida State?

VIDEO: Listen to Tom Izzo speak at the funeral of Detroit columnist

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Drew Sharp, a longtime columnist for the Detroit-Free Press, died suddenly last week after attending Michigan State’s media day.

His funeral was on Thursday, and Tom Izzo, one of the people that Sharp covered, spoke at his funeral. The coach’s words were touching and sincere and worth listening to:

VIDEO: Markelle Fultz makes 3/4 court shot for all his HATERS

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Last week, Markelle Fultz did this:

Yup, that’s an over-the-head half court shot.


But it seems as if there were people that were not impressed with this.

So Fultz made a three-quarter court, over-the-head shot … for the HATERS: