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– Your #ReadoftheDay comes via Bruce Pascoe at the Arizona Daily Star, who explains how Wildcat senior Kevin Parrom was able to cope with the pain and tragedy he suffered before during and after the 2011-2012 season

– Kansas will begin “Boot Camp” this week and Bill Self can’t wait

– An excellent story detailing a recruiting trip Jim Calhoun once made to Israel

– Kevin Ollie has exactly one season to prove to UConn that he should be kept on as head coach. But based on Ollie’s NBA career, he’s familiar with this type of situation

A fantastic rundown of the nine possible candidates to replace Billy Gilispie at Texas Tech

– John Calipari was a guest speaker on a livestream for the Clinton Global Initiative

– Mike Waters from the Post-Standard takes a look at the top-5 most challenging non-conference games on Syracuse’s schedule. Only one of the five is a true road-game (@ Arkansas 11/30)

– If you’re looking for a good place to find fresh content pertaining to the College of Charleston Cougars, the King Kresse blog is where to go. In their most recent post, they discuss the possibilities of CoC leaving the SoCon for the CAA

– In case you missed it, Saint Mary’s is being investigated by the NCAA for possible recruiting violations

– In case you missed it, four of the top players on LIU-Brooklyn were suspended on Friday for their involvement in an on-campus fight. We are still waiting to see what the long-term punishment will be, but it could be the program’s worst case scenario

No NCAA violations were found in the travel and hiring records of North Carolina fundraising agent Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former-Tar Heel Tyler

– Rhode Island is certainly a team you will want to keep an eye on the next few seasons. Former-Wagner coach Danny Hurley is reeling in quality recruits and has nabbed a few solid transfers, including Northeastern’s Alwayn Bigby

– Rice-transfer Arsalan Kazemi has decided to attend Oregon. It is not clear if the all-conference forward will be eligible to play right away, but Oregon’s late start for classes does improve his chances

– Highly touted big-man Karl Towns shared some details about his exciting summer. The 6-10 St. Joseph-Metuchen (NJ) star spent the off-season as a member of the Dominican national team and had the chance to play against the U.S national team before  the start of the  2012 Olympics in London

– Twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson verbally committed to Oregon to play both football and basketball

– Speaking of twins, Aaron Harrison the father of the highly heralded Harrison twin duo (Aaron Jr. and Andrew) denied reports that he and his sons are in disagreement on college preference

Some eligibility updates on the highly touted freshman class at North Carolina State

Remember, if you find an article that is worthy of being in The Morning Mix, be sure to use the #ReadoftheDay hashtag on Twitter. 

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.