Northwestern’s James Montgomery III awarded a scholarship (VIDEO)

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James Montgomery has made an impression on first-year Northwestern coach Chris Collins.

The long-time Duke assistant accepted the head coaching job at Northwestern in March. He ostensibly knew of Northwestern’s top players from afar, but not on a personal level. Collins almost certainly did not know of James Montgomery prior to coming to Northwestern.

Calling Montgomery, who is embarking on his senior season, a role player would be generous. He’s seen just 124 total minutes of action and scored 17 points in his career.

Despite that, Collins couldn’t be asking anything more of Montgomery during the early season practices. He’s been so impressed with Montgomery, that he awarded him a scholarship for his senior season.

During his freshman year at Northwestern, Montgomery served as a practice player for the Northwestern women’s basketball team.

Going from practicing with the women’s team to earning a scholarship to play Big Ten basketball — job well done.

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PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.