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Spencer Dinwiddie’s season is over, but he’s still looking at NBA draft

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On Jan. 12, Spencer Dinwiddie went down with a knee injury in Colorado’s loss to Washington. A day later, he was sidelined for the remainder of the season as the MRI revealed the junior guard had torn his ACL.

He won’t suit up again this year, and according to a report from Brian Howell of the Boulder Daily Camera, Dinwiddie may not wear a Buffaloes uniform again.

“It’s still my dream to go (to the NBA), and that’s no secret,” Dinwiddie said. “Everybody knew that if I hadn’t gotten hurt, I was going to leave.

“If I can be confident that it’s going to be a first-round type of thing, then I’d leave. If they’re not sure and talking second round or middle of the second round, I’ll be back (at CU).

The 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for Colorado, including a 23-point, seven-rebound, four-assist performance in a 100-91 win over then No. 10 Oregon, handing the Ducks their first loss of the season.  He was the team leader in minutes, points, assists, steals, and both his field goal and 3-point percentage increased from his sophomore season.

At the moment, Dinwiddie is not listed on DraftExpress latest 2014 NBA mock draft. Though, he is slotted as a first round pick in 2015. In Tad Boyle’s four-year stint at Colorado, he has seen two of his guards — Alec Burks and Andre Roberson — selected in the first round.

Dinwiddie has until April 27 to make a decision. If he does declare he’ll be in a pool with other point guards such as Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Deonte Burton and then potentially other floor generals like Jahii Carson, Tyler Ennis and Andrew Harrison.

“It’s all about making the smart decision,” Dinwiddie said. “I’m not going to jump out there on a blind leap of faith.”

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, CBSSports.com reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.