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2013 point guard Travis Jorgenson decommits from Missouri

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With the fall signing period less than a month away the Missouri Tigers looked to be in good shape with four players verbally committed to attend the school.

While Frank Haith’s program is still in a good place they’re down a commitment, as it was reported by Eric Bossi of Rivals.com that point guard Travis Jorgenson has decided to reopen his recruitment.

Jorgenson, who plays at New Hampton Prep in New Hampton, New Hampshire, was one of two point guard commitments for the Tigers as Wes Clark made his decision after an outstanding summer on the circuit.

Big men Torren Jones and Johnathan Williams III are also committed (verbally) members of Missouri’s 2013 class.

Jorgenson made his decision back in September 2011, and that’s a long time to sit on a decision.

“I just think that he wanted to open it back up because he wasn’t comfortable signing right away,” KC Run GMC coach L.J. Goolsby told Rivals.com. “It’s nothing against Missouri, he loves Missouri, he grew up there.

“He committed so early that he wanted to go through the process and be sure that he made the right decision.”

The reason why Jorgenson’s decision to reopen his recruitment is that Missouri will be in need of guards come 2013.

Michael Dixon Jr. and Keion Bell are both seniors this season, and as Rock M Nation notes junior Phil Pressey could always make the decision to turn pro as well.

That happens and the Tigers suddenly would be without a point guard, making the commitments of Clark and Jorgenson very important.

There’s always the chance that Jorgenson looks around and realizes that home is where the heart is and he ultimately signs with Missouri.

But this news means that the Tigers will need to put in a little more work to make sure that indeed happens down the line.

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

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.