Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel highlight Parade All-Americans

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Parade Magazine released its 2012 All-America Team on Sunday, and many familiar faces are on the list with the top two players in the class of 2012 leading the way.

Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel and UCLA signee Shabazz Muhammad are both on the list, as are forward Kyle Anderson (UCLA) , guard Gary Harris (Michigan State) and center Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona).

In all the list has forty players, with Arizona, Kentucky and UCLA leading the way with three commits each.

By conference, the Pac-12 led the way with nine players making the list with the Big Ten following with six. The Ivy League even had a future player make the team (guard Tony Hicks), as did the Atlantic Sun (forward John Ross Glover).

Just two players on the team have yet to commit: Davonta Pollard and Savon Goodman. According to multiple outlets Goodman, who hails from Philadelphia, took an official visit to SMU over the weekend.

Adolphus Washington Taft Cincinnati, Ohio 6’5″ F Ohio State
Alex Poythress Northeast Clarksville, Tenn. 6’8″ F Kentucky
Archie Goodwin Sylvan Hills High Sherwood, Ark. 6’4″ G Kentucky
Brandon Ashley Findlay Prep Henderson, Nev. 6’8″ F Arizona
Brice Johnson Edisto Cordova, S.C. 6’9″ F North Carolina
Bruce Marshall Fayette Fayette, Mo. 6’10” C Missouri State
Cameron Biedscheid Cardinal Ritter St. Louis, Mo. 6’8″ F Notre Dame
Deandre Burnett Carol City Miami Gardens, Fla. 6’1″ G Miami
Devonta Pollard Kemper County High De Kalb, Miss. 6’7″ F undecided
Dewayne Russell Peoria Peoria, Ariz. 5’10” G USC
Gary Harris Hamilton Southeastern Fishers, Ind. 6’4″ G Michigan State
Grant Jerrett Lutheran La Verne, Calif. 6’10” F Arizona
Isaiah Cousins Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, N.Y. 6’4″ G Oklahoma
Javion Watson San Ysidro San Diego, Calif. 6’2″ G Long Beach State
Joe McDonald Landon School Bethesda, Md. 6’1″ G George Wash.
John Ross Glover Univ. School of Jackson Jackson, Tenn. 6’4″ F Lipscomb
John Simons Cadillac Cadillac, Mich. 6’8″ F Central Michigan
Jordan Loveridge West Jordan West Jordan, Utah 6’6″ F Utah
Josh Scott Lewis-Palmer Monument, Colo. 6’9″ C Colorado
Kaleb Tarczewski St. Mark’s Southborough, Mass. 7’0″ C Arizona
Kenneth Gaines Whitefield Academy Mableton, Ga. 6’4″ G Georgia
Kris Dunn New London New London, Conn. 6’4″ G Providence
Kyle Anderson St. Anthony Jersey City, N.J. 6’8″ F UCLA
Marcus Paige Linn-Mar High Marion, Iowa 6’2″ G North Carolina
Matt Costello Bay City Western Auburn, Mich. 6’10” F Michigan State
Maurice Watson Boys Latin Charter School Philadelphia, Penn. 5’10” G Boston U.
Mike Gesell South Sioux City South Sioux City, Neb. 6’2″ G Iowa
Mitch McGary Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, N.H. 6’10” F Michigan
Nerlens Noel Tilton School Tilton, N.H. 6’10” C Kentucky
Omar Calhoun Christ the King High Middle Village, N.Y. 6’4″ G UConn
Perry Ellis Heights Wichita, Kan. 6’8″ F Kansas
Rasheed Sulaimon Strake Jesuit Houston, Texas 6’4″ G Duke
Rodney Purvis Upper Room Christian Raleigh, N.C. 6’4″ G N.C. State
Sam Dekker Sheboygan Area Lutheran Sheboygan, Wis. 6’8″ F Wisconsin
Savon Goodman Constitution Philadelphia, Penn. 6’6″ F undecided
Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev. 6’6″ G UCLA
Stefan Moody Poinciana Kissimmee, Fla. 5’10” G Florida Atlantic
Tony Hicks St. Rita Chicago, Ill. 6’2″ G Pennsylvania
Tony Parker Miller Grove Lithonia, Ga. 6’9″ C UCLA
Twymond Howard Pearl High Pearl, Miss. 6’6″ F UTEP

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Report: North Carolina won’t attend White House

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After capturing a national championship earlier this year, the North Carolina men’s basketball team will not be visiting the White House, a North Carolina spokesman said to Andrew Carter of the The Charlotte Observer.

Although the Tar Heels were invited to go to the White House from the staff of President Donald Trump, the team couldn’t figure out a date that worked.

“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” North Carolina team spokesman Steve Kirschner said to Carter. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”

According to Carter’s report, Kirschner also said that North Carolina players, “were fine with going.”

With Trump’s recent comments towards NFL players and the national anthem and his Saturday morning tweet at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the President with regards to athletes over the past 24 hours.

Although the timing of this may seem like North Carolina is making some sort of political statement, the school is downplaying any sort of politics by focusing on the bad timing.

Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer

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Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer from the program to move closer to home, according to a release from the school.

The 6-foot-7 Ridder hails from Springfield, Missouri as he was regarded as a top-150 prospect by Rivals in the Class of 2017.

“After much consideration and talking with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to move home,” Ridder said in the release.

“Jared has indicated to the coaching staff that he has a desire to be closer to home,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said. “While we are disappointed, we all want Jared to be happy moving forward. We wish him nothing but the best.”

A potent scorer and noted perimeter shooter at the high school level, Ridder helped MoKan win the Nike Peach Jam during the summer of 2016 playing alongside talented players like Missouri’s Michael and Jontay Porter and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. With a desire to move closer to home, could Ridder potentially land at a spot where one of his talented former teammates is playing?

Ridder averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his senior season of high school ball at Kickapoo as he was a first-team, All-State selection in Missouri.

Four-star 2018 forward Ian Steere decommits from Creighton

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Creighton took a big hit to its recruiting efforts late this week as Class of 2018 forward Ian Steere is decommitting from the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Steere’s decommitment was first reported by Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops.

The 6-foot-8 Steere is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals as he is coming off of a very solid spring and summer playing with Team Charlotte in the Under Armour Association. A plus athlete who isn’t afraid to bang on the interior, Steere showing an improving skill level throughout the spring and summer as he could see his recruiting soar after opening things up.

According to a report from Jon Nyatawa of the World-Herald, one of the reasons that Steere is opening up his recruitment is his desire to be closer to his native North Carolina. With so many top programs looking for quality help on the interior, it’ll be interesting to see which programs jump in and try to recruit Steere the second time around.

John Wall emotional in Kentucky Hall of Fame induction speech

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John Wall was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night as he delivered an emotional speech while talking to his mother.

The first inductee into the Hall of Fame to play for current Wildcat head coach John Calipari, Wall only spent the 2009-10 season in Lexington but he became the first national player of the year to play at Kentucky before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Thanking his mother, Calipari, his family, friends and Big Blue Nation, the Washington Wizards guard gave a very moving speech, including an emotional part directed to his mother at around 4:35.

Ohio State snags third 2018 commitment in a week with four-star guard Luther Muhammad

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Ohio State continued a strong week on the recruiting trail on Friday night by landing a commitment from Class of 2018 guard Luther Muhammad.

Regarded as a four-star prospect, the 6-foot-4 Muhammad is a tough and rugged perimeter defender who can attack the basket. Also showing some ability to play on the ball as a secondary handler, Muhammad is a very solid addition to Ohio State’s recruiting class since they need to overhaul their roster under new head coach Chris Holtmann.

Muhammad is the third player to commit to the Buckeyes in the Class of 2018 this week as he joins four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington in the current Ohio State recruiting class. Since Washington is a three-point threat and Muhammad is more of an off-the-bounce specialist, the two guards are a good start for Ohio State in this class as they will likely try to find a true floor leader to play with them on the perimeter.