On Wednesday afternoon, Ryan Harrow and Malik Smith both received waivers to play immediately at Georgia State and Minnesota, respectively.
Harrow was cleared because the Atlanta native’s father is sick. Smith was declared immediately eligible because Florida International is banned from the NCAA tournament this season due to APR issues and he only has one season of eligibility left.
A third transfer also got official word that he would be eligible to play immediately on Wednesday, as Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane received his degree from Marshall, making him eligible under the graduate transfer. Kane nearly committed to Pitt, his hometown program, after getting dismissed by Marshall coach Tom Herrion, but backed off during his visit to the campus. Memphis also made a strong push for the 6-foot-4 guard.
All three players will be important pieces for their new teams. Harrow was once a top 40 recruit and is talented enough that he should thrive without the pressure of Big Blue Nation bearing down on him. Smith is a talented scorer and three-pointer shooter that has spent a year in Richard Pitino’s uptempo, full-court system. And Kane is the kind of play-maker that will allow Hoiberg to once again spread the floor and play one of the nation’s most entertaining styles.
Kane averaged at least 15 points in each of his three seasons with the Thundering Herd, including 15.1 points and 7.0 assists that he posted last season. Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim are returning this year, but the Cyclones lost their top four guards from a season ago, highlighting the importance of landing Kane.
Iowa State has become Transfer U. under Hoiberg. Korie Lucious (Michigan State), Chris Babb (Penn State), Royce White (Minnesota), Chris Allen (Michigan State) and Will Clyburn (Utah) all transferred into the program. Abdel Nader (Northern Illinois) joined this April and will be eligible in 2014-2015. Tyrus McGee was a JuCo transfer, as is four of the six newcomers that Hoiberg will welcome this season.
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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.
The crowd was insane for the game:
According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.
Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:
At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:
(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)
The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.
South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.
Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.
The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:
A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:
That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.
But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?
Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.
Lansing State Journal reporter James Edwards III has been on the scene for Bridges’ games all summer as he has more dunks from the future lottery pick.