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Kentucky lands five on McDonald’s All-American Game roster

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The rosters for the 2013 McDonald’s s All-American Games were released on Thursday afternoon.

To be honest, as most of the time, there were very few surprises. Five Kentucky recruits or signees made the team, a record for a single school.

The scary part? Or, if you’re a #BBN fan, the fun part, all four are on the West roster: Aaron and Andrew Harrison, James Young and Marcus Lee, with Dakari Johnson being the lone future Cat on the East. John Calipari may not be done, with Andrew Wiggins still to decide, along with Aaron Gordon.

The Kentucky Five highlight the game along with Gordon, Wiggins and Jabari Parker on the roster of 24 players set to take on one another at the United Center in Chicago.

This proves just how loaded Kentucky will be next year and also, I think showcases how a lot of other programs are catching up with the big boy teams in recruiting. UTEP, California, Washington, LSU and Arkansas have had solid, but not banner classes in recent years, but for them to place a recruit/signee on the roster says something about their program. Especially since a few of those teams aren’t expected to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

The rosters look like this (alphabetical order):

East Team

Players                      High/Prep School         College

Anthony Barber         Hampton Prep            North Carolina State

Keith Frazier               Kimball                        Undecided

Isaiah Hicks                J. F. Webb School      North Carolina

Kasey Hill                    Montverde Acad.       Florida

Demetrius Jackson   Marian H.S.                 Notre Dame

Ronde Jefferson        Chester H.S.                 Arizona 

Dakari Johnson         Montverde Acad.        Kentucky

Kennedy Meeks         West Charlotte H.S.   North Carolina

Wayne Seldon            Tilton School               Kansas

Noah Vonleh            New Hampton            Indiana

Chris Walker               Holmes Co.                 Florida

Andrew Wiggins         Huntington Prep       Undecided

West Team

Jabari Bird                   Salesian H.S.              California

Aaron Gordon             Archbishop Mitty       Undecided

Isaac Hamilton           John Bosco Prep         UTEP

Aaron Harrison          Travis H.S.                    Kentucky

Andrew Harrison       Travis H.S.                    Kentucky

Matt Jones                   DeSoto H.S.                 Duke

Marcus Lee                  Deer Valley                   Kentucky

Jarrell Martin              Madison H.S.              LSU

Jabari Parker              Simeon Acad.               Duke

Bobby Portis                Hall H.S.                       Arkansas

Nigel Williams-Goss  Findlay Prep                Washington

James Young               Rochester H.S.             Kentucky

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Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.

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.