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The Forgotten Little Big Man of College Basketball (Deadspin)
With the Wooden and Robertson award midseason lists being released over the last two days, there has been a great amount of discussion regarding who made the cut and who didn’t. One player not on either list is USCB big man Alan Williams, who has been highly productive amidst little national fanfare this season. Ken Pomeroy aims to change that.

Creighton’s Grant Gibbs talks about life on the injury list (USA Today)
Creighton senior guard Grant Gibbs is currently sidelined due to a knee injury, with the hope being that he’ll be able to return to the court in the next two weeks. In his most recent diary entry Gibbs discussed topics such as how he’s dealing with the injury and the Bluejays’ incredible offensive performance in their win over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.

Kansas, Florida slide into top five, but Ethan Wragge wins the rankings (Sports Illustrated)
Luke Winn’s released his latest power rankings, with one of the many tidbits focusing on the three-point shooting of Creighton forward Ethan Wragge. According to Winn’s research Wragge’s made 11 of his three-pointers from the right elbow, converting those shot at a 64.7% clip.

The new king of the West (Sports on Earth)
Now in his fifth season at Arizona, Sean Miller has a program that lacked stability when he took over sitting atop the national polls and looking like the favorites to win the national title. And to think, the man who’s now the “new king” of west coast hoops originally turned down the job when offered.

Longtime college basketball coach inspiring even rival teams in his fight against cancer (Yahoo! Sports)
Akron’s had to navigate conference play without a key figure on its bench, as director of basketball operations Dan Peters has left the team to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer. But even with a bleak prognosis Peters continues to fight, and that has motivated many including those who compete against the Zips.

Louisville basketball needs Chris Jones, if a different Chris Jones (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Despite not having the injured Chris Jones the Louisville Cardinals have played very well, with freshman Terry Rozier and senior Russ Smith displaying good on-court chemistry. But while Rick Pitino may have stated that the connection between Jones and Smith isn’t quite as strong, the Cardinals will still need the junior college transfer if they’re to make a run at another national title.

Murdock files motion seeking to compel former Rutgers officials to testify in suit (
After claiming that his contract wasn’t renewed in June 2012 due to his bringing attention to the behavior of then-head coach Mike Rice, former Rutgers director of player development Eric Murdock filed a wrongful termination suit against the school. However according to his representation Rice and former AD Tim Pernetti haven’t made themselves available to be deposed, resulting in the lawyers filing a motion to get the ball rolling.

Florida freshman will miss the season with stress fracture

GAINESVILLE, FL - JANUARY 19: Head coach Mike White of the Florida Gators gestures during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Florida freshman forward Dontay Bassett is out for the season with a stress fracture, according to a release from the school.

Bassett will require surgery in his right foot and his projected recovery time will be four-to-six months. The injury will force Bassett to redshirt the 2016-17 season.

A three-star recruit coming out of Oldsmar Christian in Florida, the 6-foot-9 forward wasn’t expected to be a big contributor during his first year with the Gators, but his loss does hurt some of the team’s frontcourt depth. With John Egbunu, Devin Robinson, Justin Leon and Kevarrius Hayes all returning, the Gators should have plenty of players to use in the frontcourt this season without Bassett.

Once Bassett is healthy and able to play next season he showed good athleticism and an ability to hit the glass hard while he was in high school. Bassett should be able to join Florida’s rotation as an energy defender and rebounder right away.

Iowa State lands four-star Class of 2017 guard Lindell Wigginton

GREENVILLE, SC- July 9, 2016:  adidas Gauntlet Finale at Upward Stars Center (Jeff Hinds/adidas)
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Iowa State has its point guard of the future as four-star Class of 2017 prospect Lindell Wigginton pledged to the Cyclones on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 Wigginton is regarded as the No. 40 overall prospect on as the Canadian has spent the last few seasons at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. With an ability to play both guard spots and defend a few spots, Wigginton is a valuable addition to head coach Steve Prohm’s ballclub as Wigginton could help replace Monte Morris after he exhausts his eligibility.

Wigginton is going to need to improve his consistency on his perimeter jumper, but he’s a good pull-up scorer who can make plays for himself or others off the bounce. Iowa State’s Class of 2017 recruiting haul now includes Wigginton, four-star wing Terrence Lewis and three-star guard Darius McNeill.

This commitment is huge for Prohm as Wigginton is the most highly-regarded recruit that he has landed with the Cyclones. With Prohm’s point guard history with guys like Isaiah Canaan at Murray State and Monte Morris now with Iowa State, Prohm did a nice job of finding his next young guard to mold for the future.

Davidson star Jack Gibbs to miss a few weeks with shoulder injury

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11:  Jack Gibbs #12 of the Davidson Wildcats celebrates a basket against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center on March 11, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Davidson senior guard Jack Gibbs is one of the most under-the-radar players in college basketball as he will be among the nation’s leading offensive threats this season if he’s healthy.

But health is going to be a question for the 6-foot-1 guard as Gibbs is dealing with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks, according to head coach Bob McKillop. McKillop told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that tests came back negative for Gibbs and he’s expected to be back for the Wildcats’ season-opener. The injury for Gibbs occurred during Thursday’s Davidson practice.

As a junior, Gibbs averaged 23.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game as he became one of the nation’s premier offensive players.  Gibbs is going to be a huge key for Davidson this season as he needs to be healthy in order for the Wildcats to make it back to the NCAA tournament.


VIDEO: Dennis Smith Jr. electrifies N.C. State fans at team’s scrimmage

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N.C. State freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr. excited fans with some absurd plays at the team’s Primetime with the Pack event last night.

The highly-touted, five-star prospect is the most electric prospect to come to the Wolfpack in years and Smith had the crowd buzzing with some highlight-reel dunks during the team’s 20-minute scrimmage.

Smith made one teammate look silly by putting it between his legs and throwing down a vicious dunk during one play while he also threw an alley-oop to himself to finish another break.

(h/t: Ball is Life)

VIDEO: Kentucky freshman Malik Monk throws down vicious dunks during scrimmage

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15:  West Team MVP Malik Monk (L) (Bentonville, AR) in action during the 15th iteration of the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center on April 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Jordan Brand )
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Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk is going to be one of the newcomers to keep an eye on this season as the 6-foot-3 Arkansas native is an explosive scorer who packs vicious athleticism.

Monk showed Big Blue Nation some of what they can expect to see during Friday night’s Blue/White Scrimmage as he unleashed a ferocious dunk in some traffic and also had another good dunk in transition. While Monk has great lift off the floor, he also isn’t afraid to cock the ball back and put some authority on his dunks. He’s going to be a ton of fun to watch this season.