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Wake Forest lands commitment from 2014 guard Mitchell Wilbekin

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Wake Forest and new head coach Danny Manning picked up an important late commitment for the 2014 class on Monday afternoon as Florida native and guard Mitchell Wilbekin committed to the Demon Deacons via Twitter.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Wilbekin was formerly committed to Manning at Tulsa before re-opening his recruitment once Manning took the job at Wake Forest. The younger brother of former Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, Mitchell was offered scholarships by Wake Forest and Virginia this spring and committed to the Demon Deacons after taking an official visit to the school over the weekend.

Wilbekin was scheduled to visit Virginia early this week, but cancelled his visit and re-committed to Manning at his new program.

A three-star prospect according to Rivals, Wilbekin averaged 15 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game and was the Sunshine State Independent Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season at Rock School.

The commitment of Wilbekin is big for Wake Forest because his pledge in the 2014 class helps offset the loss of former top-100 point guard Shelton Mitchell, who decommitted from the Demon Deacons last week.

While Wilbekin isn’t the floor leader that Mitchell is, he is a more well-rounded shooter and scorer and could get immediate playing time for Wake Forest if he can knock down shots while running some offense.

Wilbekin joins 6-foot-3 guard Rondale Watson in Wake Forest’s 2014 class.

Nevada coach to honor his father, Flip Saunders with unique warmup routine

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Nevada will be honoring Flip Saunders and Bill Musselman with a pregame warm-up routine they’ve been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

Bill is the father of Eric Musselman, Nevada’s head coach. He was coaching the Minnesota Golden Gophers that included Flip as a player when they used this warmup routine in the 1970s.

“We start almost every practice with this pregame routine,” Eric Musselman said. “It takes some time to get it down and we will perform it live for the first time before the Portland State home game at Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 25.”

The routine, which Eric found in a diagram after his father passed away, is similar to something you’d see the Harlem Globetrotters do.

CBT PODCAST: Indiana, UCLA, Ben Simmons and Thanksgiving sides

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New podcast!

In today’s episode, we talk quite a bit about Ben Simmons. How good of a prospect is he? Why do people insist on calling him overrated? Does LSU actually have a shot at missing the NCAA tournament?

[MORE: Why scouts are down on Simmons]

[MORE: Will Simmons be relevant in March?]

We also talk about Indiana’s disappointing showing in Maui, just how good Vanderbilt and Kansas have looked, Marquette’s ability to bounce back and whether or not we should be concerned about North Carolina and Maryland.

Oh, and Thanksgiving sides.

Do people really call stuffing ‘dressing’?

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here.