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Oregon lands Top 50 prospect for the 2014-15 season

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With Ray Kasongo not accepted by the school and JaQuan Lyle yet to be be cleared, the Oregon Ducks are approaching the start of classes in need of some additional depth. Senior guard Joseph Young will once again lead the way for Dana Altman offensively but he needs help if Oregon is to return to the NCAA tournament. And the Ducks have added a player who can help them from a depth standpoint immediately.

Dillon Brooks, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Ontario, has verbally committed to attend Oregon and he will reclassify to join the program this season. Brooks was originally a member of the Class of 2015, with Rivals rating him as a Top 50 prospect. Brooks announced the news himself via Twitter Sunday evening, with the decision coming on the heels of his unofficial visit to Oregon.

Brooks attended Findlay Prep last season, and his recruitment rebounded this summer due to his play during the month of July. Brooks led all scorers at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships with an average of 25.2 points per game, and at this month’s adidas Nations it was Brooks who led the camp in scoring with an average of 19.6 points per game (47.6% FG). Brooks scored the majority of his points inside of the arc at the camp, combining with fellow Canadian Jalen Poyser to lead a team that ranked third in the camp in scoring offense and second in field goal percentage.

Brooks played with the CIA Bounce program at last month’s EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, where he scored 16.8 points per game in five contests. Last season at Findlay Prep, Brooks averaged 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game on a team that included the likes of Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre, UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn and 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton.

Brooks joins an incoming class that includes guards Lyle, Casey Benson and Ahmaad Rorie, but as noted above Lyle has yet to be cleared although he is listed on the school’s official roster. Also joining the program are sophomore Jordan Bell, who wasn’t cleared academically last season, and junior college transfer Dwayne Benjamin.

Brooks’ arrival gives Oregon another player capable of playing the three, which should help their rotation at the small and power forward positions.

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.