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Yale’s Brandon Sherrod to join prestigious a cappella group, will miss 2014-15 season

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Given the amount of talent due back for the 2014-15 season, Yale is seen by some as the biggest threat to Harvard’s current reign as the class of the Ivy League. One of those players returning was supposed to be forward Brandon Sherrod, who averaged 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

But Sherrod won’t be a member of James Jones’ program next season, thanks to the opportunity to join a prestigious group that has been in existence since 1909. On Tuesday it was announced that Sherrod is one of 14 Yale students to be named a member of the “Whiffenpoofs,” an all-male a cappella group that takes its senior year off to perform all over the world.

While Sherrod did lament the fact that he won’t be able to help his teammates in their quest to win the Ivy League, he didn’t lose sight of just how much of an honor it is to embark on this new journey.

And the opportunity to do such things is something Sherrod’s head coach sees as a positive.

“That’s one of the things we talk about when we recruit kids, is what is available at Yale and the different opportunities they’re going to have,” he said. “Brandon’s going to take advantage of one of them, and I understand.”

Sherrod played an average of 21 minutes per game last season, starting 14 of Yale’s 33 contests. Losing Sherrod will hurt some, but the Bulldogs have depth in the front court with junior Justin Sears (16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg) leading the way. And with Javier Duren (13.6, 3.9, 3.1 apg) and Armani Cotton (8.5, 5.4) back on the perimeter, Yale has the look of a team capable of challenging Harvard for Ivy League supremacy.

Sherrod will retain his final season of eligibility, as he’ll be able to rejoin the program for the 2015-16 campaign when he re-enters school.

Given the way in which revenue sports at the Division I level are discussed, a decision like Sherrod’s will befuddle some. But clearly he’s an example of an athlete who isn’t on campus solely to play basketball.

Another interesting note about Sherrod: according to the Associated Press he hopes to one day become mayor of his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

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