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Report: Domantas Sabonis, Arvydas’ son, leaning towards leaving Spain for Gonzaga

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Gonzaga appears to be close to landing center Domantas Sabonis, according to his father, the legendary Lithuanian Arvydas Sabonis.

It’s still unclear whether or not the younger Sabonis will turn pro, but according to a quote given by Arvydas to a couple of different foreign news outlets (here and here), Domantas is leaning towards heading to the States. According to his dad, Gonzaga is the leader if he does make the choice to go to college.

Sabonis is just 17 years old and spent this past season playing with Unicaja in the Spanish ACB, the highest level of basketball in the country. Sabonis is the youngest player in the league, but he’s yet to sign a professional contract in order to keep his NCAA eligibility alive. He averaged 14.0 points and 11.4 boards in the FIBA U-18 tournament in 2013.

Sabonis would be a nice addition to a Gonzaga front line that isn’t going to be terribly deep for the 2014-2015 season. Przemek Karnowski is back and they’ll add Kyle Wiltjer to the mix, but Ryan Edwards, a seven-footer from Montana, could really you a year of seasoning as a redshirt.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.