Moses Kingsley got malaria?

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Sunday marked the beginning of a “recruiting period”.

For those that aren’t all that well-versed in NCAA legalese, what that means is, essentially, coaches are allowed to visit with recruits as well as evaluate them in open workouts. It’s part of the reason that we saw so many high-profile commitments happen over the weekend.

It’s also part of the reason that your twitter and your reader have become flooded with recruiting updates. What coaches are where? Which recruits enjoyed their visits with which programs? Who has eliminated what schools from their list?

Most of those updates are pretty typical, and nothing more than simply relaying information. And that is why Adam Zagoria’s update on Moses Kingsley caught me so off-guard. It starts off normal enough, with Kingsley’s high school coach — Rob Fulford — giving some updates on his schedule and timeline.

And while Kingsley had some visits this weekend, he didn’t workout for anyone. You’ll never guess why:

Fulford said Louisville assistant Wyking Jones “visited with [Kingsley]” this weekend, although Kingsley didn’t participate in workouts because he is recovering from malaria.

Kingsley was recently hospitalized for four days with the disease after contracting it in Africa.

“He went home to renew his visa in Nigeria and came back very sick,” the coach said.

I doubt I’ve ever written about a college basketball player missing time because he contracted malaria.

It is good to hear that he’s recovering, however. Malaria certainly doesn’t sound pleasant.

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

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.