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– For those of you who haven’t been keeping track on your calendars, Memphis’s Derrick Rose-related three-year probation sentence ended on Sunday

Pete Thamel published an interesting story about Dan Dakich’s brief yet interesting tenure as head coach of West Virginia. In 2002, the current-ESPN analyst stepped down as head coach of WVU after just eight days as head coach

– Andy Glockner provides some insight on the best early season match-ups to look out for

– Bill Self does not think he will be considered as a candidate for the Team USA head coaching position for the 2016 Olympics

– An awesome list from College Hoopedia on all the schools that have reneged on conference affiliation promises

– In an ironic twist, highly touted Seton Hall freshman Aquille “Crimestopper” Carr was arrested over the weekend in Baltimore for allegedly assaulting the mother of his daughter. It looks like Mr. Carr will be in the market for a new nickname. Any ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

– This isn’t going to make Kentucky fans happy: Nerlens Noel is the most overrated prospect in the country

– Speaking of Nerlens, he officially arrived in Lexington over the weekend and can now spend the next eight months getting treated like a king

– Did you know there was a thirds Gasol brother? I certainly didn’t. Well it turns out that Adria, the younger brother of Pau and Marc, will attend UCLA as a walk-on player

– Indiana’s Assembly Hall is already sold out of student tickets for the upcoming season. But before the 2012-2013 campaign begins, Assembly hall is going to get some much-needed renovation

– It’s pretty clear that it would be “worst case scenario” if Rodney Purvis were to be declared ineligible to play for North Carolina State

– After a full week of speculation, it looks like Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious will leave in order to take the assistant position at Villanova. The position became available after Doug Martin resigned after it was revealed that he doctored his resume

– Central Florida senior Keith Clanton has decided to stay in Orlando despite the program’s upcoming postseason ban. According to Jeff Goodman,  Marcus Jordan will not return to the basketball program, along with two other member of the Golden Knights. But the program should remain somewhat competitive with the return of Clanton

– A solid-read on talented Oklahoma junior Cameron Clark, who is hoping to rebound from his “sophomore slump”

– Instead of picking between North Carolina and Kentucky, top-50 recruit Troy Williams will attend Oak Hill Academy for a postgraduate year before heading to college

– Jabari Parker, the nation’s top recruit in the class of 2013, is still recovering from foot surgery and hasn’t made any clear-cut order of potential suitors

– South Carolina recruit Michael Carrera has been ruled eligible to participate and is allowed to enroll at the university

– Incoming Wichita State freshman Deontae Hawkins will spend the year at prep school instead of enrolling at the University due to eligibility concerns

– Kansas freshman Milton Doyle is leaving the school after just a few months on campus. After attending summer school in Lawrence and playing with the team on their recent exhibition trip to Europe, Doyle has decided to leave despite not having any issues with the coaches or school or anything. Well, that’s kind of weird

– Georgia coach Mark Fox landed a solid commitment from talented shooting guard Juwan Parker over the weekend

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Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

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.