The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

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Patience needed to appreciate new college basketball rules (Fayetteville Observer)

At this point in the season most people tend to fall on one of two sides in the argument regarding the enforcement of the new rules on freedom of movement: the rules are the worst thing ever or it’s a necessary move for a sport that’s become too physical. Patience is a virtue, and the hope is that the early growing pains will lead to an improved product in the long run.

Ex-college basketball star now a convicted felon after puzzling crime (Macomb Daily Crime)

Former Saint Joseph’s guard Tyrone Barley was sentenced to 10-to-20 years in prison after being convicted on charges of armed robbery and starting a reckless police chase. And many of those to Barley are still struggling to figure out what led to Barley’s criminal behavior.

Pitino embraces dad’s legacy (Galesburg Register-Mail)

Many would struggle to deal with the expectations that come with being in the same profession as their famous father but not Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino, who embraces his father Rick’s legacy.

Arizona State’s faith in Jahii Carson is rewarded (USA Today)

It’s safe to say that the arrival of Jahii Carson in Tempe has paid dividends for Arizona State. Now playing his second and final season, Carson’s hope is to reward that faith with a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Division II Metro State upsets Elon (Associated Press)

It’s one thing to beat a Fairleigh Dickinson program that lost 15 straight to end last season, but it’s another to knock off the preseason favorites to win the SoCon. That’s what Division II program Metro State, which lost by a point in last season’s national title game, pulled off on Monday night.

KU basketball tickets lead nation in resale price (Kansas City Star)

If you’re looking for a ticket to a game at some of the nation’s top programs it’s going to cost you quite a bit, especially if buying those ducats on secondary markets. The most-expensive tickets based on resale price can be found at Kansas, apparently.

Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson’s penalty ends (Louisville Courier-Journal)

The show cause that former Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson was hit with due to violations of NCAA rules has expired, meaning that a school would not have to explain why it wants to hire him to the NCAA’s committee for infractions. Sampson’s currently an assistant with the Houston Rockets.

Alford brings breath of fresh air to stagnant UCLA basketball program (Fox Sports)

More than a few people were shocked when UCLA hired Steve Alford to replace Ben Howland, but so far so good in Westwood. UCLA’s undefeated, and the attitude both within and outside of the program has changed.

Report: North Carolina not attending the White House after winning national title

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After capturing a national championship earlier this year, the North Carolina men’s basketball team will not be visiting the White House, a North Carolina spokesman said to Andrew Carter of the The Charlotte Observer.

Although the Tar Heels were invited to go to the White House from the staff of President Donald Trump, the team couldn’t figure out a date that worked.

“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” North Carolina team spokesman Steve Kirschner said to Carter. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”

According to Carter’s report, Kirschner also said that North Carolina players, “were fine with going.”

With Trump’s recent comments towards NFL players and the national anthem and his Saturday morning tweet at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the President with regards to athletes over the past 24 hours.

Although the timing of this may seem like North Carolina is making some sort of political statement, the school is downplaying any sort of politics by focusing on the bad timing.

Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer

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Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer from the program to move closer to home, according to a release from the school.

The 6-foot-7 Ridder hails from Springfield, Missouri as he was regarded as a top-150 prospect by Rivals in the Class of 2017.

“After much consideration and talking with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to move home,” Ridder said in the release.

“Jared has indicated to the coaching staff that he has a desire to be closer to home,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said. “While we are disappointed, we all want Jared to be happy moving forward. We wish him nothing but the best.”

A potent scorer and noted perimeter shooter at the high school level, Ridder helped MoKan win the Nike Peach Jam during the summer of 2016 playing alongside talented players like Missouri’s Michael and Jontay Porter and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. With a desire to move closer to home, could Ridder potentially land at a spot where one of his talented former teammates is playing?

Ridder averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his senior season of high school ball at Kickapoo as he was a first-team, All-State selection in Missouri.

Four-star 2018 forward Ian Steere decommits from Creighton

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Creighton took a big hit to its recruiting efforts late this week as Class of 2018 forward Ian Steere is decommitting from the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Steere’s decommitment was first reported by Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops.

The 6-foot-8 Steere is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals as he is coming off of a very solid spring and summer playing with Team Charlotte in the Under Armour Association. A plus athlete who isn’t afraid to bang on the interior, Steere showing an improving skill level throughout the spring and summer as he could see his recruiting soar after opening things up.

According to a report from Jon Nyatawa of the World-Herald, one of the reasons that Steere is opening up his recruitment is his desire to be closer to his native North Carolina. With so many top programs looking for quality help on the interior, it’ll be interesting to see which programs jump in and try to recruit Steere the second time around.

VIDEO: John Wall gets emotional talking to his mom during Kentucky Hall of Fame induction speech

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John Wall was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night as he delivered an emotional speech while talking to his mother.

The first inductee into the Hall of Fame to play for current Wildcat head coach John Calipari, Wall only spent the 2009-10 season in Lexington but he became the first national player of the year to play at Kentucky before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Thanking his mother, Calipari, his family, friends and Big Blue Nation, the Washington Wizards guard gave a very moving speech, including an emotional part directed to his mother at around 4:35.

Ohio State snags third 2018 commitment in a week with four-star guard Luther Muhammad

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Ohio State continued a strong week on the recruiting trail on Friday night by landing a commitment from Class of 2018 guard Luther Muhammad.

Regarded as a four-star prospect, the 6-foot-4 Muhammad is a tough and rugged perimeter defender who can attack the basket. Also showing some ability to play on the ball as a secondary handler, Muhammad is a very solid addition to Ohio State’s recruiting class since they need to overhaul their roster under new head coach Chris Holtmann.

Muhammad is the third player to commit to the Buckeyes in the Class of 2018 this week as he joins four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington in the current Ohio State recruiting class. Since Washington is a three-point threat and Muhammad is more of an off-the-bounce specialist, the two guards are a good start for Ohio State in this class as they will likely try to find a true floor leader to play with them on the perimeter.