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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.

Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon won’t pursue pro basketball to become a firefighter

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  Derrick Gordon #32 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates after hitting a basket against the Villanova Wildcats during the Big East Basketball Tournament Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2016 in New York City. Seton Hall Pirates defeated Villanova Wildcats 69-67.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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After a successful career that included stops at Western Kentucky, UMass and Seton Hall, Derrick Gordon, Division I college basketball’s first openly gay player, will not pursue professional opportunities and will instead become a firefighter.

The 6-foot-3 Gordon averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a senior for the Pirates, helping the team reach the NCAA tournament during his graduate transfer year. By making the NCAA tournament with Seton Hall this past season, Gordon became the first college basketball player to reach the event with three different teams.

A tenacious perimeter defender who could have earned a pro contract if he stuck with basketball, Gordon will instead pursue a career as a firefighter in San Francisco.

“I’ve had an amazing basketball career and want to thank everybody who has always been there supporting me every step on the way,” Gordon said via his Instagram. “But I’m making a change in my career…I will now be working towards becoming a San Francisco Firefighter!! I’m excited about this and looking forward to having a long career!!”

While Gordon likely would have never made the NBA on talent alone, his defensive prowess would have likely given him a shot overseas or in the D League. It’s hard to say why Gordon is making this decision, but given what we saw with all of the attention surrounding Michael Sam when he tried to play in the NFL, Gordon was probably going to face a lot of scrutiny wherever he decided to play.

Hopefully Gordon finds his calling as a firefighter and brings the same energy and leadership that he brought on the floor to helping other people outside of basketball.

Washington guard Markelle Fultz pulls off sick spin and dunk at FIBA U18 Americas

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Washington incoming freshman guard Markelle Fultz is going to be one of the premier players in the country next season as his unique game is going to be fascinating to watch.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently playing with the USA U18 team in Chile for the FIBA U18 Americas as he’s second on the team in scoring and first in assists as the Americans play Canada for the title on Saturday.

Against the host country, Fultz had an electric spin move in the paint and finished with an easy dunk. If you’re not willing to stay up late to watch this dude play this year, then set your DVRs, because Fultz is going to have some fun moments during the season.

(H/t: Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)

POSTERIZED: Class of 2016 forward Chris Seeley has a massive dunk on defender

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The Las Vegas AAU events are all going on this week and it’s the final event for rising seniors.

At the Las Vegas Fab 48, forward Chris Seeley of the Splash City 17U team put down one of the best poster dunks of the summer as he skied over a defender for an emphatic finish.

The Class of 2016 forward attends Central High School in Fresno, California as he’s receiving plenty of buzz for his recent play.

 

 

 

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt cuts list to nine

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LAS VEGAS, NV — Five-star Class of 2017 forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country since he was a freshman in high school.

The 6-foot-8 native of Houston is beginning to wind things down in the recruiting process as he cut his list to nine schools on Friday. Vanderbilt’s list includes some of the most storied programs in college basketball and plenty of schools from his home state of Texas.

“I just followed my heart. Went with the schools I liked the most and who I have the best relationships with. Thear were the schools I could see myself playing for,” Vanderbilt told NBCSports.com.

Regarded as the No. 13 overall prospect in the Rivals.com national rankings, Vanderbilt is currently recovering from a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Vanderbilt will see a doctor in three-to-four weeks as he’s currently in a boot to help his foot heal.

Report: Michigan State and Penn State will play at the Palestra

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Head coach Patrick Chambers of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has previously expressed a desire to coach a game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia and it appears he’ll get his chance in a Big Ten game this season.

According to a report from Brendan F. Quinn of MLive, Penn State will use the Palestra as its home gym for the Jan. 7, 2017 Big Ten game against Michigan State. It is the only time the two teams are scheduled to play during Big Ten season and Penn’s home gym will offer a unique setting for the game.

Since the capacity of the Palestra is 8,722, it should make for a fun atmosphere for both programs since this will be a game both fan bases will likely want to attend.

With Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers making Philadelphia a major recruiting priority for his program, a game like this in Philadelphia makes sense while Michigan State has always been open to playing games in unique settings such as aircraft carriers.

The Palestra has been a college basketball mainstay since it was built in 1927 as it hosts all Penn home games and, in the past, hosted a lot of Big 5 Philadelphia college games between La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova.

Overall, a fun idea that should make for an interesting experience for both programs. It’s not often that a team will change its home venue for a conference game, but it could be the start of something we see other schools look to do.