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Andrew Wiggins takes flight during scrimmage at Kansas basketball camp (VIDEO)

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Much has been made about the reaction to Kansas freshman wing Andrew Wiggins’ first workouts for his new coaching staff, with an unnamed source stating to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com that watching Wiggins was “like watching a video game.”

On Wednesday some lucky campers at the Kansas Basketball Camp got to watch Wiggins play some 5-on-5 with both new teammates and former Jayhawks. A full video recap of the proceedings isn’t available, but there is a clip of Wiggins taking flight with former Kansas center Cole Aldrich playing the role of spectator.

It’s likely safe to say that anyone who had the opportunity to watch Wiggins with either Huntington (W. Va.) Prep or the CIA Bounce grassroots program knew that he’s an elite athlete. But that dunk isn’t the most important thing to take out of the scrimmage.

Hearing positive things about Ellis and Black is certainly a positive, even though we’re still months away from teams playing games that have actual value.

With the graduation of Jeff Withey and Kevin Young, Kansas head coach Bill Self needs both Ellis and Black to be factors inside if the Jayhawks are to win a Big 12 regular season title for the tenth consecutive season (outright or shared).

As a freshman Ellis averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, with three of his best outings coming in March. The Wichita native scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 semifinal victory over Iowa State. And for an encore Ellis tallied another 12 points and six rebounds in the Big 12 title game victory over Kansas State the following day.

In regards to Black, he certainly gives Kansas a boost in the experience department but a key for him (and one that can’t be measured in a scrimmage, obviously) is the ability to remain on the floor. As a junior at Memphis, Black (8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg) averaged 3.3 fouls per game and fouled out of seven contests.

While Kansas won’t lack depth with redshirt sophomore Jamari Traylor and freshmen Joel Embiid and Landen Lucas (redshirt) also available, Black’s experience will be of value to Self’s young front court provided he avoids ending up in foul trouble on a consistent basis.

So while we can certainly enjoy the brief aerial display put on by Wiggins, the positive words regarding the play of Black and Ellis could prove to be even more important once game action begins.

h/t KUSportsTV

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Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.