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CBT Quotables, Part III: Ben Simmons, Josh Jackson and Diamond Stone

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Over the course of July’s live recruiting period, we at College Basketball Talk will be posting anonymous quotes from coaches about the prospects that they are watching and recruiting. With coverage from the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam and the UA Finals, the second open period of the month has provided coaches more opportunities to see their recruiting targets in competitive settings.

Here’s what the coaches had to say, with quotes cobbled together from a handful of conversations we had:

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PF Ben Simmons, No. 1 2015: “He’s more of a four in college, but I think he’s a three in the pros. His vision is tremendous. No need for an outlet pass when he gets a defensive rebound, he takes it himself. Run offense through him, don’t let him just be a facilitator in college. He’s too good for that.”

SG Josh Jackson, No. 1 2016: “Josh Jackson is really talented, but I think three or four guys are better than him in 2016. He makes too many careless mistakes and takes too many bad shots to be the guy in that class.”

SF Jaylen Brown, No. 3 2015: “If Jaylen Brown is hitting shots from the perimeter, it’s over. Good luck stopping that dude in transition because he’s powerful and great with a full head of steam.”

C Diamond Stone, No. 6 2015: “Diamond Stone is tough to handle on the inside. And he’s a heck of a passer, too. He’s just settled into a routine, lately, of settling for too many jumpers.”

C Sedee Keita, No. 46 2016: “I saw him two years ago and said there’s no player there. I saw him last year and he was better. Now, you can see it coming. Needs to learn how to score, but he will be good.”

PF Tomas Murphy, 2017: “I just don’t think he’s gotten better in the last year. Players are catching up to him in size and he’s not dominating. Soft touch, decent post moves, needs to add strength and grow into his body. Think he’s closer to Alex than Erik.”

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas