Top-5 recruit Emmanuel Mudiay will return to Prime Prep

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Deion Sanders’ Dallas, Texas charter school, Prime Prep Academy, came under scrutiny earlier this month when two of its top basketball prospects from the Class of 2013 — Jordan Mickey and Karviar Shepard — were ruled non-qualifiers by the NCAA.

Despite the recent events, that will not deter 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — ranked No. 3 overall by Rivals — from finishing his senior year at Prime Prep. During his most recent USA Today player blog, posted Monday, the five-star prospect expressed his loyalty for his school:

Oh and I want everyone to know that everything is good with Prime Prep too. We’ve met about everything and everything is cleared up so everything is fine academically. I guess there’s some source saying things, but we’re fine with the NCAA.

Trust me, my boys Jordan (Mickey) and Karviar (Shepherd) will be fine to play next season. You’ll see.

So, yes, I will definitely be returning to Prime Prep next season and everything’s fine academically there. We’re gonna do everything we can to win the national title next season. And we’ll still have some big time talent coming. Stay tuned.

Mickey, a LSU signee, and Shepard, a TCU commit, were ruled as non-qualifiers on July 11. Both had transferred to Prime Prep, following their coach Ray Forsett  from Grace Prep (Texas). One of the main issues for Mickey and Shepard appears to be a portion of PPA’s curriculum, more specifically, a digital learning system the school uses called VSchoolz.

“It’s on a laptop,” Mudiay told NBC Sports on July 13. “It’s called VSchoolz. It teaches you everything in there, and they’ve got a teacher in there in case you need any assistance.”

Mudiay later told CBT’s Rob Dauster he believes the school is going to change that next year. And according to his player blog for USA Today, he’ll be around to see that change.

The 6-foot-4 point guard is currently down to 10 schools — Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, SMU, St. John’s and Texas. He will trim that list in half at the end of July, and is already scheduled to be in Lexington for an official visit during Big Blue Madness.

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

South Carolina freshman Felder arrested, jailed for assault

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin gestures from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Columbia, S.C.  (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman guard Rakym Felder was arrested Sunday and charged with several counts, including assault, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.

Felder, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from New York, is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, according to the facility’s website.

A team spokeswoman said coach Frank Martin was aware of Felder’s arrest and was gathering more information. Per South Carolina athletic department policy, Felder is suspended indefinitely.

Felder was charged by the Columbia police with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command, a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.

#CBTtop100: Counting down the Top 100 Players in college basketball

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We’ll be counting down the top 100 players in college basketball all week long. Be sure to check back here throughout the week as the countdown continues over @CBTonNBC.

Jalen Coleman-Lands cleared to practice

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Jarrod Uthoff #20 of the Iowa Hawkeyes defends against Jalen Coleman-Lands #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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When Illinois takes on Southeast Missouri State in the opener of the 2016-17 season, the Fighting Illini should have it’s starting backcourt out on the floor.

According to Jon Rothstein, Jalen Coleman-Lands has been cleared for all basketball activities. The sophomore two-guard has been recovering from a broken bone in his right hand.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.

Coleman-Lands will team up with Tracy Abrams, a point guard who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the past two seasons due to injuries.

This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.

The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.

NBC Sports projected Illinois to finish eighth in the Big Ten this season.

Curtis Jones jumps over Tom Crean

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Indiana held its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night.

One of the highlights from the team’s dunk contest was when freshman guard Curtis Jones jumped over Indiana head coach Tom Crean.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a newcomer us his coach as a dunk contest prop. Last week, Rawle Alkins cleared Arizona head coach Sean Miller en route to a reverse jam.

Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.

WATCH: Edmond Sumner take off from the foul line

CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 03:  Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers dunks the ball during the game against the St. John's Red Storm at Cintas Center on February 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Edmond Sumner is a big reason why Xavier is likely going to be a preseason top-10 team.

On Saturday night, during Musketeer Madness, Sumner won the team’s dunk contest when he took off from the foul line.

Sumner defeated freshmen Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin. J.P. Macura, the reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year, took home the honors last year.

The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore is coming off a debut season in which he averaged 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.