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adidas Unrivaled Camp Day 2: Chase Jeter outplays Carlton Bragg in a battle of five-star big men

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CHICAGO — Day 2 of the adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago was headlined on Friday by a battle of five-star big men as a who’s who of blueblood college basketball head coaches looked on.

Thursday was all about the matchup of Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown on the wing, but five-star big men Chase Jeter from Las Vegas and Carlton Bragg from Ohio took center stage in an afternoon game on Friday.

Chase Jeter plays up to his top-ten status: A 6-foot-10 big man from Bishop Gorman High School, Jeter has been consistent on both ends of the floor and playing with a high motor throughout the week.

Rivals recently elevated Jeter to the No. 8 spot in the Class of 2015 national rankings and that might even be a tad low. Jeter possesses a really good go-to move with his right hook, he utilized counter moves in the post and also has a good feel around the basket such as using the rim as protection against shot blockers.

In the matchup with Bragg, who checks in right behind Jeter at No. 9 in the Rivals 2015 rankings, Jeter went for an impressive 18 points and seven rebounds on 6-for-9 shooting. Bragg was also held to 2-for-10 shooting and only five points as Jeter often defended him as a primary or help defender near the basket.

Bragg’s only two baskets of the game came while Jeter’s teammate, four-star 2016 forward T.J. Leaf was defending him.

Duke has been in the picture for Jeter for a long time and Coach K was flanked by two assistant coaches to watch Jeter on Friday.

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Carlton Bragg needs to be more consistent: Cleveland native Carlton Bragg is a top-ten talent in the 2015 class. But when it comes to consistent production and intensity, Bragg has been all over the map the times I have seen him play this spring and summer.

For a few minutes, Bragg will mix in a combination of size, athleticism and skill that is unstoppable, only to revert back to bad shot selection and lackadaisical play. It can be incredibly frustrating to witness.

As the No. 9 player in the 2015 class, Bragg has one of the biggest targets on his back this July and it would be nice to see him to come out and play focused and intelligent basketball each time out. Too many times he’ll take a difficult and contested look, miss it badly, and not play as hard as he can for a few possessions. Top ten players in the country can’t afford to do that.

I’m hoping Bragg has a strong last few days of camp and practices better shot selection.

Ray Smith is out with a torn ACL: After going down untouched and grabbing his left knee on Thursday night, it looked like Ray Smith had been seriously injured.

Those fears were realized on Friday as Smith told NBCSports.com that he has a torn ACL. The No. 10 prospect in the 2015 class was going to be one of the marquee players to watch in July, but the 6-foot-7 small forward will have to focus instead on rehabbing his knee and getting better.

Smith seemed to be in positive spirits on Friday, however. Even on crutches, Smith attended the camp all day, hung out with his camp team and did some form shooting on a side basket.

Hopefully this knee injury is only a small derailment in Smith’s career and he’s able to return healthy.

Five-star 2017 forward Porter Jr. releases top five schools

Father Tolton Catholic's Michael Porter, Jr. (1) celebrates after sinking a basket and drawing a foul during the first half of the Missouri Class 3 boys high school championship basketball game against the Barstow Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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As one of the top players in the Class of 2017, 6-foot-8 small forward Michael Porter Jr. has been on the receiving end of attention from many high-major programs. Monday night Porter, a native of Columbia, Missouri who’s ranked second in the class by Rivals.com, revealed his top five schools at this point in time.

The five schools that made the cut (in alphabetical order): Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington.

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Of the five schools on Porter’s list Missouri and Washington may be the most interesting given the family connections. Not only is Missouri the hometown school, but Porter’s older sisters Bri and Cierra are members of the women’s basketball team.

And one of the assistants on that coaching staff was Porter’s father, who earlier this spring joined Lorenzo Romar’s staff at Washington. The elder Porter isn’t the only Washington connection either, with Michael’s younger brother Jontay being a commit in the Class of 2018.

Texas A&M lands Spanish forward Eric Vila

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With the loss of all-conference forward Jalen Jones, Texas A&M was in a position where they could afford to add another front court body alongside the likes of Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos. Thursday afternoon head coach Billy Kennedy and his staff managed to do just that, as 6-foot-9 forward Eric Martinez Vila made his pledge to the SEC program.

News of Vila’s commitment was first reported by TexAgs.com, and the FC Barcelona Lassa (that’s the club’s basketball program) product took visits to Texas A&M, Missouri and Wake Forest earlier this spring. Vila’s viewed as more of a combo forward, with the ability to step away from the basket and hit perimeter shots, giving the Aggies some added versatility in the front court.

Vila has plenty of experience playing for both FC Barcelona’s B team (however he did appear with the A-team during the 2014-15 season), and he represented Spain in the 2014 FIBA U16 EuroBasket and 2015 FIBA U18 EuroBasket events. Vila is the fifth member of Texas A&M’s 2016 class, joining guards J.J. Caldwell and J.C. Hampton, wing DeShawn Corprew and forward Robert Williams.

Nevada forward Cameron Oliver to return for sophomore season

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: Angelo Chol #3 of the San Diego State Aztecs drives to the hoop against Cameron Oliver #0 of the Nevada Wolf Pack during a semifinal game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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With the deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the NBA Draft set for Wednesday, some college basketball teams will receive important news as it pertains to the 2016-17 campaign. One of those teams was Nevada, which surprised many last season by winning 24 games in Eric Musselman’s first season at the helm. And with one of the key contributors from that team deciding to withdraw from the NBA Draft, the Wolf Pack will be well positioned to be even better in 2016-17.

Forward Cameron Oliver, who was one of the Mountain West’s best freshmen this past season, will return to Reno for his sophomore season with Musselman making the news official Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-8 Oliver averaged 13.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for Nevada, shooting 50.8 percent from the field in his debut season. Oliver was named third team All-Mountain West while also earning conference All-Defensive team honors.

Oliver and wing D.J. Fenner (13.7 ppg) are the team’s top two returning scorers, with guard Marqueze Coleman (15.1 ppg) out of eligibility, and they’ll lead the way for a team that can contend in the Mountain West next season.

In addition to Oliver and Fenner, Nevada adds two talented transfers in Leland King and Marcus Marshall, with the latter averaging 19.5 points per game at Missouri State in 2014-15.

Georgia’s Juwan Parker granted medical redshirt

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Juwan Parker #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs shoots under Joey King #24 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.

Parker, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in Georgia’s exhibition game against Armstrong State but missed the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting 14 games.

Parker will be a junior in the 2016-17 season.

Georgia also announced that forward Osahen Iduwe will transfer after averaging 0.5 points in 18 games.

Iduwe, from Nigeria, attended Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2012-13 and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, in 2013-14.

Xavier star to return to school for junior year

Xavier's Trevon Bluiett celebrates after scoring in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Xavier forward Trevon Bluiett will return to school for his junior season.

Bluiett did not receive an invitation to the NBA Draft combine, but he did get a few workouts with NBA teams after declaring for the draft in March. He did not sign with an agent, meaning he can withdraw his name from consideration without losing any eligibility.

This is big for the Musketeers. Bluiett, a 6-foot-7 combo-forward that gives Xavier some lineup versatility, averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 boards while shooting 39.8 percent from three last season. With Bluiett back in the fold, the Musketeers return their top four perimeter scorers and may have the best 1-2 punch in the league with Bluiett and point guard Edmond Sumner.