Buffalo lands junior college guard Rodell Wigginton

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In need of a player to add depth to his perimeter rotation heading into the 2014-15 season, Buffalo head coach Bobby Hurley landed a verbal commitment Saturday from College of Central Florida guard Rodell Wigginton. Wigginton announced his decision via his Twitter account.

Wigginton, who committed to Ohio back in October, became available when former head coach Jim Christian moved on to accept the open head coaching position at Boston College. As a sophomore at College of Central Florida, Wigginton averaged 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He shot 52.8% from the field, and his best offensive performance of the season was a 34-point outing in a win over Florida State College at Jacksonville in late-January.

Buffalo loses three of its top five scorers from last season’s MAC East title team led by forward Javon McCrea, who averaged 18.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game and earned MAC Player of the Year honors. The Bulls also lose guards Joshua Freelove (13.5 ppg) and Jarod Oldham (8.5 ppg, 5.3 apg), with the former being an Honorable Mention All-MAC selection.

Forward Will Regan (10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and guard Shannon Evans (8.5, 3.3 apg) return, but with the personnel losses listed above there’s certainly room for other players to step forward. Wigginton will look to be one of those options and he’s the sixth commitment in Buffalo’s 2014 recruiting class, with center Raheem Johnson being the other junior college transfer.

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

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That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?

VIDEOS: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges puts on another show at local summer Pro-Am

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Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.

Lansing State Journal reporter James Edwards III has been on the scene for Bridges’ games all summer as he has more dunks from the future lottery pick.

Minnesota keeps in-state three-star 2018 guard Gabe Kalscheur at home

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Minnesota is keeping a big-time shooter at home as Class of 2018 shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur pledged to the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 Kalscheur is the third in-state prospect to pledge to head coach Richard Pitino in the Class of 2018 as he joins three-star forward Jarvis Thomas and four-star big man Daniel Oturu. The three-star Kalscheur gives Minnesota a valuable floor spacer and a winner as he’s a three-time state champion at DeLaSalle. All three of these commitments also played together with Howard Pulley in the Nike EYBL.

During this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL, Kalscheur averaged 14.9 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as he made 61 treys in 21 games.

Pitino has certainly done a nice job of keeping local players home as he’s hoping that trend continues with upcoming in-state five-star prospects like 2018 point guard Tre Jones and 2019 forward Matthew Hurt. The Golden Gophers will have to win national recruiting battles to keep those guys home, but they’ve done a nice job of getting the other guys that they need to keep home.