Maryland freshman point guard Roddy Peters will not wear Juan Dixon’s old number

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As the top local recruit in a solid recruiting class coming to College Park in the fall, Roddy Peters didn’t need to do much to endear himself to Maryland fans.

A 6’4″ point guard from Suitland High School in District Heights, Maryland, Peters comes to the Terrapins with a lot of hype as Rivals regarded him as the No. 48 player in the 2013 national class and he also comes to College Park from the D.C. Assault’s highly-renowned point guard pipeline.

But for the last few weeks on Maryland’s athletics website, Peters was listed as wearing No. 3 for his upcoming freshman season. While wearing No. 3 as a new Maryland player might elicit a shrug from the common fan, it hasn’t been worn since Terrapin legend Juan Dixon helped lead Maryland to the National Championship in 2002 as the ACC  Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in his senior season.

But according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore, Peters has reversed course on wearing No. 3 for the upcoming season. Instead, he told Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun that he’ll wear No. 2.

“As of today, Peters is listed as No. 2 and according to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, it was Peters’ choice to pay respect to Dixon by switching,” Martin said.

This is a smart move for Peters, who now doesn’t have to shoulder the additional unwarranted expectations that surely would have come as the first guy to rock Juan Dixon’s old number.

If Peters can give the Terrapins consistent offense as a scorer and distributor this season — and stay around for a few years like Dixon did — I’m sure Maryland fans will be more than grateful.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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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)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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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.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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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:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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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?