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Rosters released for the Nike Big Man and Point Guard Skills Academy

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On Tuesday morning, the official rosters for the Nike Point Guard and Big Man Skills Academy were released. Run by John Lucas, the Skill Academies are a chance for some of the nation’s best college and high school players to work out together along side some of the NBA’s best young players.

The Big Man Academy will be headlined by Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, while Kyrie Irving, Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams will be working with the guards.

I’ll be heading up to New Jersey tomorrow morning to watch the workouts, but for now, here are the rosters:

Point Guards:

College

  • Marcus Foster, SO, Kansas State
  • Chad Frazier, SR, UAB
  • TJ McConnell, SR, Arizona
  • Kevin Pangos, SR, Gonzaga
  • Chasson Randle, SR, Stanford
  • James Robinson, JR, Pitt
  • Terry Rozier, SO, Louisville
  • Juwan Staten, SR, West Virginia
  • Isaiah Taylor, SO, Texas
  • Fred VanFleet, JR, Wichita State
  • Isaiah Whitehead, FR, St. John’s
  • Delon Wright, SR, Utah
  • Joe Young, SR, Oregon

High School

  • Jawun Evans, 2015, Kimball (TX)
  • AJ Harris, 2015, Dunbar (OH) OHIO STATE
  • Kendall Small, 2015, Mayfair (CA) OREGON
  • Corey Sanders, 2015, Kathleen (FL)
  • Levan Alston, 2015, Haverford School (PA)
  • De’Aaron Fox, 2016, Cypress Lakes (TX)
  • Stevie Thompson, 2015, Bishop Montgomery (CA)
  • Aaron Holiday, 2015, Campbell Hall (CA) UCLA
  • Bryant Crawford, 2015, Gonzaga (DC)
  • Jalen Adams, 2015, Cushing Academy (MA)
  • KeVaughn Allen, 2015, North Little Rock (AR)
  • Malik Monk, 2016, Bentonville (AR)
  • Jalen Coleman, 2015, La Lumiere School (IN)
  • Shake Milton, 2015, Owasso (OK)
  • Kenny Williams, 2015, LC Bird (VA)
  • King McClure, 2015, Triple A Academy (TX) BAYLOR
  • Nick Noskowiak, 2015, Sun Prairie (WI) MARQUETTE
  • Eric Davis, 2015, Arthur Hill (MI)
  • Justin Simon, 2015, Temecula Valley (CA) ARIZONA

Big Men:

College

  • Darius Carter, JR, Wichita State
  • Shawn Long, JR, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Robert Carter, JR, Maryland
  • Jordan Mickey, SO, LSU
  • Perry Ellis, JR, Kansas
  • Jonathan Holmes, SR, Texas
  • Jaleel Cousins, JR, South Florida
  • Jarell Martin, SO, LSU
  • Cliff Alexander, FR, Kansas
  • Larry Nance, SR, Wyoming
  • Alan Williams, SR, UC-Santa Barbara
  • Bobby Portis, SO, Arkansas
  • Georges Niang, JR, Iowa State
  • Przemek Karnowski, JR, Gonzaga
  • Sebastian Saiz, SO, Ole Miss

High School

  • Marcus Derrickson, 2015, Paul VI (VA) GEORGETOWN
  • Donta Hall, 2015, Luverne (AL) ALABAMA
  • Noah Dickerson, 2015, Montverde (FL) GEORGETOWN
  • Henry Ellenson, 2015, Rice Lake (WI)
  • Deyonta Davis, 2015, Muskegon (MI) MICHIGAN STATE
  • Moustapha Diagne, 2015, Pope John XXIII (NJ) SYRACUSE
  • Cheick Diallo, 2015, Our Savior New American (NY)
  • Makol Mawien, 2015, Granger (UT)
  • Jeremy Miller, 2015, New Hampton (NH)
  • Tyler Davis, 2015, Plano West (TX)
  • Jesse Govan, 2015, Wings Academy (NY) GEORGETOWN
  • Daniel Giddens, 2015, Wheeler (GA)
  • Doral Moore, 2015, Luella (GA)
  • Caleb Swanigan, 2015, Homestead (IN)
  • Ted Kapita, 2015, Huntington Prep (WV)

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.

South Dakota State gets two commits

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Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.

The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.

Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.

The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.

South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.