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Katin Reinhardt latest in a long line of Mater Dei transfers

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On a night like this, an interesting tweet can go a long way. And we got just that from a RT from former colleague Daniel Martin at CSN.

Quite simply, @corryjoel asks, what’s up with former Mater Dei players transferring so much?

Martin added on.

So by the numbers, since King in 2007, that makes seven high-level players who played at the famed California prep sports powerhouse to leave the school they initially enrolled in. Including one, Taylor King, who went from Duke to Villanova to NAIA Concordia, though his off-the-court problems are well documented and he’s seemed to thankfully overcome them.

But the trend is something of an interesting point. Though the reasons as varied. Tyler Lamb left UCLA for Long Beach State, one of many players that became disenchanted with now-former coach Ben Howland. Max Hooper bolted from Harvard in search of better competition at St John’s.  The Wear twins, David and Travis, wanted to be closer to home after a year at North Carolina. Gary Franklin is at Baylor after parting ways with California in 2011 and now we get Katin Reinhardt bouncing from UNLV in search of a place he can play more point guard.

Maybe the most eyebrow-raising fact, only Tyler Lamb lasted more than one season at his original school.

To be clear, this doesn’t seem to be a “Mater Dei” thing. It seems like the only thing these players have in common is their high school. All had reasons, justified or not, but none have to do with where they prepped. But the irony is interesting.

And in the fickle world of recruiting, this may put a few coaches on notice in the future. If a player has legit talent, and plays at a D-1 factory like Mater Dei, it definitely won’t stop high-major programs from recruiting them, but it may make them cautious that after year one, the post-season individual player meeting might last a few minutes longer.

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Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: