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The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

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Flint explains Drexel’s scheduling difficulty (PhilaHoops)
The fight for respect has been a difficult one for Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint in regards to his program’s relationship with the other five Division I schools in Philadelphia. And in no area has that been more apparent than in scheduling, with the Dragons finding it increasingly difficult to schedule home game against solid competition. And it seems as if Flint’s had enough of making concessions in regards to home-and-home series.

Cal’s Richard Solomon brings his karate agility to the court (Sports Illustrated)
Cal was without the services of senior big man Richard Solomon for their Maui Invitational semifinal against Syracuse on Tuesday, as Solomon suffered an eye injury against Arkansas. But beyond this tournament the growth of Solomon is a key factor for the Golden Bears as they look to return to the NCAA tournament and enjoy more success once there.

Purvis can’t play this year, but UConn uses his talent (Hartford Courant)
N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis isn’t eligible to take the court for the UConn Huskies this season, but his year in residency is something that can benefit both the player and the program. With that in mind, UConn has used Purvis on the scout team as the opposition’s best perimeter player. So when there was a need to imitate a Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) or Dez Wells (Maryland), it was Purvis who was entrusted to do so.

VanDerveer remains student of the game (ESPN)
Stanford women’s head coach tara VanDerveer moved one win closer to the 900-win plateau on Tuesday night as the Cardinal beat Purdue by the final score of 86-69. Stanford will look to give VanDerveer the 900th victory of her career on Wednesday against FGCU, and a win would make the great coach the fifth in the history of women’s college basketball to reach the 900-win mark.

Missouri AD Alden ejects Antlers student fan group (Associated Press)
For the second time in as many games The Antlers, a group of college students who attend Missouri basketball games, were ejected from Mizzou Arena for inappropriate chants. The group, which is not the officially sanctioned student section (the Zou Crew is), was established in 1976 and has been known to push the envelope with some of its chants. Apparently, enough is enough in the eyes of the athletic department.

College athlete may not be able to keep $20,000 he won for hitting half-court shot (Think Progress)
23-year old Carlos Rodriguez, who hit a half-court shot to win $20,000 at an Oklahoma City Thunder game, should be thinking of ways in which to spend in his recently earned money. Instead, thanks to his being a member of the basketball team at Southwestern College in Kansas, Rodriguez may not be able to keep the money if he’s to remain eligible.

Charlotte 49ers basketball team shows potential to be special (Charlotte Observer)
One of the big winners this weekend was Charlotte, which beat Michigan in the game’s final second to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. And the early success experienced by Alan Major’s squad has some thinking that the 49ers could be in line for a special season in the first season of their second run in Conference USA.

Ole Miss closes loan on new basketball arena (Ole Miss Athletics)
Monday was a big day in the history of Ole Miss basketball, as the school closed the loan that will finance a new basketball arena. The Rebels’ current home, Tad Smith Coliseum, opened in 1966 and despite multiple renovation projects the facility lagged behind others in the SEC. The hope is to have the new arena ready to go by January 2016, and it’s something head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff will be able to sell to recruits.

Richmond’s Mooney returns to happy basketball memories at Clune Arena (Colorado Springs Gazette)
On Wednesday night the Richmond Spiders take on the Air Force Falcons in Colorado Springs, and the game marks the first time that Richmond head coach Chris Mooney has been in Clune Arena since 2005. Mooney spent four seasons as an assistant on Joe Scott’s staff at Air Force, winning a Mountain West regular season title in 2004, before taking over as head coach for one season in 2004-05.

Five-star 2017 point guard Trevon Duval down to 10 schools

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 9: Trevon Duval during the 2015  Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 9, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour)
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Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is the most electrifying lead guard in the Class of 2017. The native of Delaware dominated the Under Armour circuit this spring and is currently regarded by many as a top-five player in the class by most recruiting services.

Now he’s down to 10 schools as his recruiting is starting to become more of a focus. The 6-foot-2 Duval is down to Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and Villanova.

Things are still early in the process for Duval and it will be interesting to see if he schedules any official visits soon.

Ohio State gaining recruiting momentum with two 2018 commitments

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes claps on the sideline in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Ohio State has lost quite a few transfers and hasn’t had a lot go their way with regards to recent recruiting, but things could be changing after a good weekend.

The Class of 2018 is starting to look really good for the Buckeyes as they landed commitments from wings Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens this weekend. The two in-state products are grassroots teammates together on King James and they give Ohio State three commitments in that class.

Bazley is considered a four-star prospect on Rivals while Ahrens checks in as a three-star. They join another Ohio native, guard Dane Goodwin, in the class as this could be the group that helps bring Ohio State back in regular Big Ten contention.

Butler lands commitment from four-star 2017 forward Kyle Young

Atlanta, GA - SUNDAY, MAY 29: Nike EYBL. Kyle Young #34 of King James Session 4. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Butler picked up an important commitment on Monday as four-star forward Kyle Young committed to the Bulldogs.

A Class of 2017 stretch forward who can hit jumpers and has an improving skill set, the 6-foot-7 Young comes from Massillon, Ohio and he’s regarded as the No. 109 overall prospect.

Young was impressive in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer with King James as he averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as he shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.

This is a nice grab for Butler as Young is the type of versatile perimeter shooter that they like to utilize and he should be able to help a bit on the glass as well.

Young joins a class that includes guards Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.

VIDEO: Collin Sexton with a trick shot for the ages

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Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.

It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.

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He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:

Lonzo Ball struggled on UCLA’s Australian tour

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UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.

There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:

– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.

– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:

UCLA needs to travel with more towels.