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Where will Justin Coleman, Jelan Kendrick be in ’12-’13? Not on TV

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Everyone loves a success story.

There’s nothing that makes the heart feel warmer than hearing the story of an athlete that overcame insurmountable odds to turn their life into something meaningful and successful, whether it be on the court, on the field or in the classroom. It is valuable and important to highlight the fact that putting in hard work can pay off in the long run.

But it’s just as important to highlight what happens when someone gets lost on the path to success. It may not be as good of a read, but cautionary tales need to be told.

We’ve got two of them today, as Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com dug up the destinations of two misfits from the Class of 2010.

The first is Justin Coleman. Coleman was a top 50 recruit that originally committed to Louisville but was declared academically ineligible for the 2010-2011 season. He ended up enrolling at Marshall, which is in the same West Virginia town as Huntington Prep, where Coleman spent his final year of high school. But Coleman didn’t last long there. He was suspended in late December for texting while on the bench during a loss to Belmont (seriously) and was eventually booted from the team a month later, just 19 days after being reinstated to the team.

Coleman will be spending next year at Midland Junior College in Texas.

The other name in the news is Jelan Kendrick. Kendrick was a McDonald’s All-American in 2010 and initially enrolled at Memphis. But after a series of issues during his limited time with the Tigers, Kendrick was eventually kicked off the team before ever suiting up for a game. He wound up enrolling at Ole Miss in December of that year, becoming eligible to play for the Rebels at the semester break last season. Things were going OK when Kendrick decided to leave the arena during warmups for a game against Alabama. He eventually returned midway through the first half, but never left the bench — not for timeouts, for second half warmups, for anything.

As you might imagine, Kendrick and Ole Miss parted ways. He’ll be spending next season at Indian Hills JuCo in Iowa.

Kendrick was a McDonald’s All-American, a top 20 recruit nationally that had the talent to one day play in the NBA. Coleman wasn’t quite as highly-regarded coming out of high school, but he was a top 50 recruit. It stands to reason that, given the question marks they had in high school, the recruitniks that put out those rankings had Kendrick and Coleman slotted lower than where their talent level should have gotten them.

Junior College basketball is a long way from Marshall and Ole Miss, let alone Memphis and Louisville.

Remember this. Success is never guaranteed.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Top-25 guard trims list to six

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One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.

Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.

The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.

Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.