Why did Keith Rendlemen stay at UNC-Wilmington?

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Keith Clanton was, briefly, the hottest topic in college basketball.

You see, Clanton is a senior this year at Central Florida. But back in late July, Central Florida was ruled ineligible for this year’s postseason thanks to their affiliation with a runner named Ken Caldwell. The NCAA has rule that allows a player to transfer if the remainder of his eligibility is to be played under a postseason ban. It’s why Alex Oriakhi is currently at Missouri, not UConn.

Many expected Clanton to transfer as well, especially considering that he was getting looked at by the likes of Kentucky, Ohio State and Florida State, but Clanton surprised the nation by deciding to play out his final collegiate season without the possibility of a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Clanton wasn’t the only rising senior that had a chance to transfer, however.

Last year, UNC-Wilmington’s Keith Rendlemen was one of the most productive players in the CAA. He averaged 15.3 points, 10.0 boards, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals. But, with UNCW failing to reach the necessary APR standards, Rendlemen’s senior season with the Seahawks will be played under a postseason ban.

Instead of transferring, however, Rendlemen decided not only to remain at UNCW, but to play instead of redshirting. He told Brian Mull of the Star News Online why:

“I just made this my home. I love all the fans here, everyone treats me well,” he said. “The coaching staff, they look out for me just as much as anybody. They care about me. Also, my teammates, I have a great relationship with them, this coming up team is closer than it’s ever been in any of the years I’ve been here.

“I felt like I have a pretty good thing going here, rather than going somewhere else, and having to get treated differently.”

“He knew I wanted to play,” Rendleman said. “And he wanted me out there. Even though we can’t go to the postseason, we can still go win a regular season conference championship. That’s the way I look at it.”

There’s something to be said for that kind of loyalty. The 6-foot-7 Rendlemen could have been a valuable addition to just about any program in the country. He could have made the leap to a high-major program with a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.

In this day and age, where more than 500 players transfer during one offseason, Rendlemen is a breath of fresh air.

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

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.