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VCU’s Melvin Johnson ‘doubtful’ for tournament opener

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On Tuesday, VCU announced that sophomore shooting guard Melvin Johnson is “doubtful” in the team’s Round of 64 games against No. 12 Stephen F. Austin.

The official diagnosis: a sprained knee.

Johnson suffered the injury against George Washington in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament and, given the amount of pain that he was in and how ugly the injury looked, the initial reaction was that it could be quite serious.

Johnson averaged 10.5 points off the bench, but the bigger issue is that VCU will lose his three-point shooting. VCU struggles to score in the half court largely because they lack perimeter shooting. Johnson, who hit 39.5% of his triples this season, was their most dangerous deep threat.

It’s unclear how long Johnson will be out. “We’ll know more on Thursday,” head coach Shaka Smart told

Tennessee G Hubbs undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won’t practice this week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday.

The school said in a news release that Hubbs had it done “to address chronic swelling issues that have been present since the preseason.”

No timetable has been set for when Hubbs could return to action, but he is considered doubtful for Tennessee’s next game on Dec. 12 at Butler. Tennessee (4-3) is in the midst of a 13-day break from games, which marks the program’s longest layoff during a season since December 1967.

Hubbs is averaging 15.3 points per game to rank third on the team. The 6-foot-4 junior has scored at least 13 points in each of Tennessee’s seven games.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.