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2014 center Ben Lammers verbally commits to Georgia Tech

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Less than a week after narrowing his list of possible schools to three, 2014 center Ben Lammers has verbally committed to attend Georgia Tech according to Scout.com (subscription required). Lammers, who attends Alamo Heights HS in San Antonio, chose Brian Gregory’s program over fellow ACC school Miami and Marquette.

The 6-foot-10 Lammers, considered to be a top 20 prospect at his position by multiple recruiting services, joins 6-foot-2 four-star guard Tadric Jackson in Georgia Tech’s 2014 class. With the Yellow Jackets losing both Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller after the 2013-14 campaign, adding depth to the front court is a priority from a recruiting standpoint.

In 2014 Georgia Tech will have, in addition to Lammers, East Carolina transfer Robert Sampson and current sophomore Robert Carter to call on. But with Sampson’s decision to transfer to Georgia Tech partially influenced by a desire to improve his game facing the basket, there will still be a need for interior muscle. Even with there still being a need for big men, Georgia Tech should be strong on the perimeter for the foreseeable future.

In addition to underclassmen Chris Bolden, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Solomon Poole, the Yellow Jackets are also awaiting word on the status of Tennessee transfer Trae Golden. If Golden doesn’t receive a waiver that would allow him to play immediately, he’d also be on board for the 2014-15 campaign. Georgia Tech also adds freshmen Travis Jorgensen and 6-foot-8 wing Quinton Stephens to the program this season.

If Georgia Tech can add another interior body to the group it’s expecting to have in 2014, the program has a good shot at improving its long-term standing within the ACC.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas