Utah’s David Foster to have surgery, college career over

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In more news from the Twitter world, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted out that Utah center David Foster will have surgery on his foot and as a result, his season and his college career are over.

The tweet went out as so.

More bad news for Utah basketball center David Foster. He re-injured his foot, will need more surgery. College career is over.

The 7-3 senior will try for a professional career after this season, Drew mentioned in a later tweet.

Foster missed last season with the same injury and was granted a fifth year as a result. I would guess that if he wanted it bad enough, Foster could get a sixth year, being as how willing the NCAA is to give them out — Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe is the highest profile sixth-year player in recent memory.

Problem is, with most sixth-year seniors, that’s a risk that a lot of them have to really be willing to take, whether it’s for personal or collegiate pride. Sixth years can be a blessing and a curse. Players risk further injury, a dip in production that could lead to a dip in any pro aspirations or, what I see as the most hurtful result, a loss of confidence that can affect all aspects of a player’s and a team’s approach.

As a junior in 2010-11, Foster, a Lake Forest, Calif. native, averaged 2.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Utes.

From a team standpoint, losing Foster is a kick in the teeth to a team that has almost no experience in the post for the 2012-13 season.

Utah returns their leading scorer in 6-10 senior Jason Washburn, who averaged 11.4 points per game last season. The experience ends there.

The Utes brought in a slew of transfers. First, another 7-footer in Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski, a sophomore, and 6-9 junior Renan Lenz out of Arizona Western College. They also added 6-10 sophomore Harry Whitt, a transfer from Southern Illinois, and 6-7 redshirt sophomore Xan Ricketts from Simon Frazier (Utah) University (?). Two first-year players hit the roster in 6-10 redshirt freshman Jeremy Olsen and 6-6 true freshman Jordan Loveridge.

The Utes are going to have a tough time against teams with any depth in the post. Bodies can help, but bodies that are getting used to a new style of play and a new conference (or Division I in general) will have limited effectiveness. I can’t see last season’s 6-25 record getting too much better unless coach Larry Krystkowiak finds some additional eligibility for Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller.

This may be the biggest rebuilding job in Division I this season.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: