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Four-star forward L.J. Peak commits to Georgetown (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday, John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas landed a commitment from four-star small forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney High/Gaffney, S.C.).

The 6-foot-5 Peak picked the Hoyas over offers from Florida State and his home state of South Carolina.

As seen in the video above Peak and Gaffney High star wide receiver Shaq Davidson made their college choices. Peak toyed with the crowd by putting a South Carolina hat on just as Davidson did, only to throw it to the ground and put on a Georgetown cap instead.

“Georgetown is a school that will help me get to the league. It’s a better fit for me,” Peak told reporters.

The Hoyas add another wing, who provides Thompson with a great athlete and scoring option when he reaches the nation’s capital in the fall of 2014. Peak joins point guard Tre Campbell (St. John’s College High/Washington, D.C.) and forward Isaac Copeland (Brewster Academy/Raleigh, N.C.) as current members of the Hoyas Class of 2014.

As a junior, Peak spent the year at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, playing alongside the top prospect in the Class of 2014 Jahlil Okafor. Peak decided to transfer back to his former high school, Gaffney, back in April, for his final high school season.

Peak had originally trimmed his list to five in late May with Ohio State and UConn on the short list with eventual finalists South Carolina, Georgetown and Florida State. Less than a month later, Peak announced he was down to the Seminoles, Hoyas and Gamecocks.

Rivals ranks Peak No. 82 overall in the Class of 2014.

This summer Peak has been running with the CP3 All-Stars, averaging 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the EYBL circuit. His CP3 All-Star teammates include North Carolina-bound wing Theo Pinson and future Wake Forest point guard Shelton Mitchell.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Auburn suspends leading scorer Canty indefinitely

Auburn guard Kareem Canty (1) screams in pain after being fouled during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 75-70.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Prior to Auburn’s game at Georgia Saturday evening, head coach Bruce Pearl announced that leading scorer and starting point guard Kareem Canty has been suspended indefinitely.

Canty’s currently averaging 18.3 points per game and his abilities as a scorer and distributor have been key for the Tigers offensively. When Canty returns to the court remains to be seen, with Pearl noting that Canty may be able to return before the end of the season.

“Kareem has had some strong moments for our team this season,” Pearl said. “He has demonstrated that at the highest level of competition, he can win his matchup.

“However, his effort and attitude have been extremely inconsistent, which led to actions and behavior that are unacceptable. He will step away from the team for a while and may return later in the season. He is suspended indefinitely.”

According to the release Cinmeon Bowers will move into the starting lineup for Auburn, which is currently 9-12 overall and 3-6 in SEC play. Auburn’s lost four straight and seven of their last nine games, with their most recent defeat being an 80-68 home loss to LSU. Canty played 29 minutes in that game, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Without him more minutes may be available to freshman New Williams, who played four minutes against LSU and has played sparingly this season. Bryce Brown, who’s been a rotation player, and Patrick Keim will figure more prominently for Auburn on the perimeter as they look to account for Canty’s absence.

Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis go crazy, No. 20 Kentucky beats Florida by 19

Kentucky's Jamal Murray (23) shoots near Missouri's Ryan Rosburg during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Jamal Murray scored a career-high 35 points and became the first Kentucky player to hit eight threes in a game since 2010.

Tyler Ulis had 18 points and 11 assists.

As a result, No. 20 Kentucky bounced back Tuesday’s loss to Tennessee — when the Wildcats blew a 21-point lead — as they blew out a good Florida team, 80-61. The final score doesn’t really do the beat down justice, either. Kentucky was up 24-5 seven minutes into the game. The Gators, who look like they may end up being seeded as high as the No. 6 line on Selection Sunday, never had a chance.

If Kentucky was trying to prove a point, they did. I’m not sure if Murray and Ulis make up the nation’s best back court in college basketball, but on Saturday, they looked like the best back court in the entire world. They were awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that they were responsible for 64 of Kentucky’s 80 points tonight.

And that’s where this win can be a bit concerning.

Look, the issue with Kentucky is that they don’t get near enough production out of their front court, and if the knee injury that kept Alex Poythress out of the lineup on Saturday ends up being at all serious, than UK’s most productive big will be out of commission. On Saturday, Kentucky’s front court — minus Derek Willis, who is more of a wing that’s been slotted at the four — finished with a grand total of 10 points, 15 boards and 12 fouls.

That issue isn’t going away just because Ulis and Murray played an unbelievable game against one of the nation’s top five defenses, according to KenPom.com. You don’t buy a house with termites just because you love the way that it’s furnished.

But what this performance shows you is what Kentucky’s ceiling is, what they are capable of on the night’s when their two stars play like stars.

If they get hot at the right time, they can beat anyone in March. Hell, this could be enough to carry them to the Elite 8, maybe further.

When those two can play that well in a season where there is no dominant team, you can’t really count anything out.

But it also means that Kentucky is capable of losing to anyone on any given night, and all it takes is one cold shooting night for Kentucky’s run in March to come to an early end.