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 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.

VIDEOS: Villanova team bus stuck on icy roads trying to leave campus

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Villanova’s road to the Sweet 16 hit its roughest patch yet on Wednesday as the team attempted to leave campus for the team’s flight to Boston.

Since the Philadelphia area has been slammed with a snowstorm, the Wildcat team bus had issues leaving to get to the team’s chartered flight.

A struggle between team bus and ice ensued. The bus was delayed by 30 minutes before finally being able to leave.

Villanova continues its NCAA tournament journey on Friday when the No. 1 seed Wildcats play No. 5 seed West Virginia in Boston.

Wake Forest guard Keyshawn Woods to transfer or go pro after graduation

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Wake Forest will be down a key player next season as the school announced that guard Keyshawn Woods will either transfer or go pro after graduation.

The 6-foot-3 Woods was the team’s second-leading scorer this season as he put up 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Woods shot 43 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range for the 2017-18 campaign.

Also a key member of last season’s NCAA tournament team for the Demon Deacons, Woods transferred to Wake Forest after spending his first season at Charlotte.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Manning gave me to be a part of this program and to graduate from this great university,” said Woods in the release. “I am proud that I was able to help the coaches change the culture of the program and build a foundation for the future.”

The loss of Woods won’t be easy for Wake Forest, but the team is scheduled to return some talented guards like Bryant Crawford and Brandon Childress next season. Incoming freshmen like Jaime Lewis and Sharone Wright Jr. are also signed to add to the perimeter depth.

David Padgett not retained as Louisville coach

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Louisville announced on Wednesday afternoon that interim head coach David Padgett would not be retained.

Padgett, who is 32 years old, stepped in and took the program over in the wake of a scandal that cost Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino his job.

“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to David for his leadership and poise this season,” said U of L Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He took over during incredible circumstances, has handled himself respectfully throughout the season and I believe he has a bright future in coaching. We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”

Pitino was fired because an FBI complaint contained an allegation that he and his staff had arranged for a $100,000 payment to be funneled to Brian Bowen from Adidas.

In his one season with the Cardinals, Padgett went 22-14 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Louisville will now conduct a search for their next head coach, and current Xavier coach Chris Mack has long been considered the favorite to take that job.

Kansas State’s injured star hoping to play Thursday

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One of the most surprising parts about Kansas State’s run to the Sweet 16 is that they have done it without the services of their leading scorer, Dean Wade.

Wade injured his foot prior to the Big 12 tournament loss to Kansas. He did not play in that game or in either of Kansas State’s first two tournament games, but it is looking more and more like he’ll be on the floor on Thursday night when they play Kentucky.

“I don’t play percentages very well, but I’m feeling good,” Wade said, via SEC Country. “I’m very positive about it. It’s getting better every day and today I felt great out there, doing a little more than usual. It felt good.”

Wade averaged 16.5 points per game, but the big question is going to be whether or not he is actually healthy when he takes the court. Just because he’s on the floor doesn’t mean he’s at 100 percent.

“Really just trying to get it out of my mind that it’s not hurt,” Wade said. “Just more of a mental thing, just getting out there and running around. I think I got moved past that and it’s feeling better.”

Arizona’s Sean Miller: ‘I am not a candidate’ at Pitt

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With speculation mounting about who Pitt will hire to replace Kevin Stallings as their new head coach, current Arizona head coach Sean Miller released a statement saying that he is not in the running to fill the opening.

“I am not a candidate for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball head coaching vacancy. I wish them well in their search for a new coach,” the statement read.

Miller is a native of Pittsburgh and an alumni of the school — he’s the guy that had the assist on Jerome Lane’s famous dunk — and with the issues that are currently swirling around him and the Arizona program, there was speculation that he was looking for an escape plan.

Maybe he wasn’t.

Maybe he was and the Pitt administration decided they couldn’t risk hiring someone who had an assistant coach arrested in the FBI’s sweep of college basketball and who himself may be on wiretaps talking about who knows what. Releasing this statement would then be a way for him to save face and say he was never interested.

And then maybe there’s option No. 3: Pitt has won the Dan Hurley sweepstakes.

As it stands, both the Panthers and UConn are in the process of chasing after the Rhode Island head coach, and it’s not uncommon in coaching searches for a coach to announce that he is not a candidate for the job after the job decides they want someone else. Call it a professional courtesy.

But that’s neither here nor there.

What we do know now is that Sean Miller will not be the next head coach at Pitt.