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Montverde Academy guard Justin Bibbs commits to Virginia Tech

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While most college basketball fans are awaiting the decisions of 2014 guards Quentin Snider (expected to announce his decision at 7 p.m. EST) and Tyler Ulis (expected to announce Friday), another 2014 guard announced his decision Thursday afternoon. 6-5 guard Justin Bibbs, a native of Dayton, Ohio who attends Montverde Academy in Florida, announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Bibbs is Virginia Tech’s first verbal commitment in the 2014 class and he’s an important one when you consider the fact that Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson doesn’t have much in the way of offensive firepower at the position.

The Hokies do add UNCW transfer Adam Smith to the rotation this season and that will help matters, as he averaged 13.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12. But outside of Smith the Hokies have a true freshman in Ben Emelogu and a junior in Will Johnston who averaged just two points per game last season. With ACC Player of the Year Erick Green out of eligibility, Virginia Tech will have to figure out how to account for his 25 points/game in a league that became tougher thanks to the arrival of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse (not to mention the improvement of teams such as Boston College and Georgia Tech).

Bibbs has played with some of the best prospects in the country at Montverde, including Florida freshman point guard Kasey Hill, Kentucky freshman center Dakari Johnson and Cal verbal commit Ahmad Rorie. With Hill and Johnson now in college, the hope for Bibbs is that he has an even larger role in his senior campaign.

And if he takes advantage of the opportunity, that can only be seen as a positive for Virginia Tech.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.