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2013 twins Malcolm and Marcus Allen verbally commit to Stanford

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Stanford certainly seems to have good luck when it comes to recruiting twins.

First there were the Collins twins, Jarron and Jason, who played at the Pac-12 school from 1997-2001. Following them were the Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, who spent two seasons (2006-08) on The Farm.

Head coach Johnny Dawkins received a verbal commitment from 2013 twins Malcolm and Marcus Allen (both 6-2 guards with 4.8 weighted GPAs), who committed while on their visit to Stanford this weekend.

The twins are natives of Las Vegas, where they attend Centennial High School, which they helped lead to 24 wins and the semifinals of the Sunset Region tournament last year.

Marcus Allen averaged 20.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs while Malcolm posted averages of 15.1 points and 3.8 assists.

Both were named to the first team All-Sunset and All-Northwest Division squads by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, with Marcus also being named to the paper’s Class 4A All-State team.

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad was also a member of the first team All-State squad, with Stanford freshman (and future teammate of the Allen twins) Rosco Allen making the second team.

In the Allen twins the Cardinal get a pair of athletic guards who can make life difficult on their opposition from a defensive pressure standpoint, while also applying pressure on the offensive end with their respective skill sets.

Their commitment to Stanford adds more depth to a program that will also have Aaron Bright (senior in 2013) and Chasson Randle (junior in 2013) to rely on.

And based on the tweet below, the atmosphere at Stanford’s 21-14 win over #2 USC likely impacted the twins’ decision as well.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:

VIDEO: Buddy Hield is ‘all money’ on game-winning three vs. No. 24 Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Chris Oliver during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.

At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:

“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”

“It’s all money.”

Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.

Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .

Want to talk about coaching luxuries?

Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.