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Four top five recruits to announce on Friday evening

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Tuesday was arguably the biggest non-NCAA tournament day in college basketball, as the Tip-Off Marathon culminated in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Friday may be the most important day for the 2014-2015 college hoops season.


Four of Rivals top five recruits in the country remain uncommitted. That will no longer be the case as of Friday afternoon.

No. 1 Jahlil Okafor, No. 3 Stanley Johnson, No. 4 Cliff Alexander and No. 5 Tyus Jones are all planning to announce where they will play their college basketball late on Friday afternoon, and there’s a good chance that the winner of the 2015 National Title could end up being decided on this day.

Now, this class isn’t on the same level as the Class of 2013 in terms of talent, but each of those four guys are good enough to be an all-american in college and play in the NBA, but the biggest reason that these decisions will have such a major impact on the 2014-2015 season is due to the possibility that three of them could end up at the same school.

We all know that Okafor and Jones have long planned on playing their college ball together. Their great friends that just so happen to fit together perfectly on a basketball court, Okafor being a dominant low-post scorer and Jones being the truest-true point guard we’ve seen come through the high school ranks in a while.

Those two are essentially picking between Duke and Kansas at this point, and while Duke was long-considered the favorite, there’s a large population of people that think they’re now headed to Kansas.

The Jayhawks also happen to be one of the three schools still believed to be in the mix for Alexander, a powerfully-athletic four-man from Chicago. Alexander officially has Kansas, Illinois, DePaul and Memphis on his list, but the consensus seems to be that he is picking between the Jayhawks and the Illini with DePaul giving themselves a puncher’s chance.

Johnson is the only member of this foursome that is considering Kentucky, but a lot of people don’t see him ending him at UK. His list includes Arizona, Florida, Kentucky and USC, but he’s yet to make an official to Gainesville. Arizona is the favorite in this race.

By happy hour on Friday, we’ll know a whole lot more about the landscape of the 2015 title race.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.