– Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn provides today’s #ReadoftheDay, and it’s a beauty. I’m not going to waste your time explaining it, just read it. You will thank me later
– Hell yes, a “Best Of” list for the Atlantic-10. “Best Table Setter”, “Best Fantasy Player” and “Best Place to Watch a Game” are among the best categories
– UConn women’s head coach Gen Auriemma wants the NCAA to lower the rim height in the women’s game. He believes that a lower rim would help increase offensive productivity, which would make the game more entertaining. I tend to agree with coach Auriemma on this. Plus, the ball is smaller and the 3-point line is closer
– John Templon wrote a fabulous post explaining why NEC guards Velton Jones and Jason Brickman should have been included in the CBS top-100
– Indiana and Kentucky aren’t going to be playing each other in a home-and-home series any time soon. But Indiana and Louisville might be able to fill the void. I think the general public would approve of that. We like to see historical non-conference powers do battle on home and away gyms. Ballrooms in Cancun and San Juan just won’t cut it anymore
– The University of Idaho is leaving the WAC and will join the Big Sky Conference starting in 2014 The WAC is almost dead now, which has actually helped to benefit the other western mid-major conferences like the Big West and Big Sky
– Is Ben Howland aware that all major conferences are affected by early entries to the NBA? The Pac-12 Conference isn’t alone
– Things do not look good for Murray State’s Zay Jackson, who awaits the ruling on his assault charges
– The SEC released its preseason poll and all-conference teams, and Kentucky is picked to repeat as champs. Shocker, I know
– Shabazz Muhammad has yet to play a single game in college and we already know the name of his attorney. That is never a good thing
– The Mountain West also released their preseason polls and teams. The MWC should be an interesting race this year, as both San Diego State and UNLV are playing at a high-major level
– ESPN’s College Basketball Nation previews The Pac-12; NBC Sports College Basketball Talk previews The ACC, CBS Sports Eye on College Basketball previews the Ivy League
Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.
Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is the most electrifying lead guard in the Class of 2017. The native of Delaware dominated the Under Armour circuit this spring and is currently regarded by many as a top-five player in the class by most recruiting services.
Now he’s down to 10 schools as his recruiting is starting to become more of a focus. The 6-foot-2 Duval is down to Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and Villanova.
Things are still early in the process for Duval and it will be interesting to see if he schedules any official visits soon.
Ohio State has lost quite a few transfers and hasn’t had a lot go their way with regards to recent recruiting, but things could be changing after a good weekend.
The Class of 2018 is starting to look really good for the Buckeyes as they landed commitments from wings Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens this weekend. The two in-state products are grassroots teammates together on King James and they give Ohio State three commitments in that class.
Bazley is considered a four-star prospect on Rivals while Ahrens checks in as a three-star. They join another Ohio native, guard Dane Goodwin, in the class as this could be the group that helps bring Ohio State back in regular Big Ten contention.
Butler picked up an important commitment on Monday as four-star forward Kyle Young committed to the Bulldogs.
A Class of 2017 stretch forward who can hit jumpers and has an improving skill set, the 6-foot-7 Young comes from Massillon, Ohio and he’s regarded as the No. 109 overall prospect.
Young was impressive in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer with King James as he averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as he shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.
This is a nice grab for Butler as Young is the type of versatile perimeter shooter that they like to utilize and he should be able to help a bit on the glass as well.
Young joins a class that includes guards Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.
Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.
It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.
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He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:
UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.
This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.
It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.
There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:
– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.
– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:
UCLA needs to travel with more towels.