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Five-star Californian to visit six schools before making a decision

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Five months after making a verbal pledge to attend Arizona, five-star combo guard Tyler Dorsey made the decision to reopen his recruitment in mid-June. And with Dorsey rated as one of the best guards in the country, the Marantha HS (Pasadena, California) senior was on the receiving end of a lot of attention from college basketball coaches.

Thursday evening Dorsey, who played on a St. John Bosco team that included UConn freshman Daniel Hamilton, cut his list to six schools. Dinos Trigonis, Dorsey’s coach with the Belmont Shore grassroots program, revealed the list via his Twitter account.

In an article written by CBT’s Rob Dauster during the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June, Dorsey mentioned the school’s guard situation as being an important factor in his decision.

“It’s looking at the guard situation,” he said. “Who’s going to stay, who’s leaving, who are they recruiting in my class, the system and how they’re going to use me in it, my relationship with the coaching staff.”

“Everybody is trying to get me on campus, but [I’ll do that] later, after I cut my list after the whole July season. I don’t have any plans for scheduling any visits.”

Arizona State has two seniors in its backcourt in Bo Barnes and Shaquielle McKissic, and they’ve already received a commitment from South Plains JC guard Andre Spight in the Class of 2015. Counting Spight the Sun Devils could have up to six scholarship guards in 2015-16, with Gerry Blakes and Roosevelt Scott being seniors. Cal won’t have a senior in its backcourt this season, with point guards Sam Singer and Tyrone Wallace and shooting guards Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews and Stephen Domingo (he’ll be eligible next season after transferring in from Georgetown) among the players who will have eligibility remaining in 2015.

As for the other two Pac-12 schools on Dorsey’s list, both Colorado and Oregon will lose key players at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Buffaloes will have to account for the graduation of Askia Booker, with Oregon’s high-scoring guard Joseph Young being a senior as well. Kansas doesn’t have a scholarship senior in its backcourt, with Frank Mason, Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene all being sophomores and three freshmen (including Kelly Oubre and Devonte Graham) joining the program.

UNLV, which will host Dorsey on an unofficial visit, has some questions to answer with regards to two of their senior transfers. Cody Doolin’s request for a waiver to regain his senior season was granted, but the NCAA has yet to rule on the request for a waiver that would make him eligible immediately. The same can be said for Jerome Seagears, who played his first three seasons at Rutgers.

If both receive waivers the Runnin’ Rebels would lose three seniors at the end of next season, with Jelan Kendrick being the other. UNLV’s added three freshmen to the backcourt in their 2014 recruiting class, with shooting guard Rashad Vaughn regarded as the most talented of the bunch.

Iowa State lands four-star Class of 2017 guard Lindell Wigginton

GREENVILLE, SC- July 9, 2016:  adidas Gauntlet Finale at Upward Stars Center (Jeff Hinds/adidas)
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Iowa State has its point guard of the future as four-star Class of 2017 prospect Lindell Wigginton pledged to the Cyclones on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 Wigginton is regarded as the No. 40 overall prospect on as the Canadian has spent the last few seasons at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. With an ability to play both guard spots and defend a few spots, Wigginton is a valuable addition to head coach Steve Prohm’s ballclub as Wigginton could help replace Monte Morris after he exhausts his eligibility.

Wigginton is going to need to improve his consistency on his perimeter jumper, but he’s a good pull-up scorer who can make plays for himself or others off the bounce. Iowa State’s Class of 2017 recruiting haul now includes Wigginton, four-star wing Terrence Lewis and three-star guard Darius McNeill.

This commitment is huge for Prohm as Wigginton is the most highly-regarded recruit that he has landed with the Cyclones. With Prohm’s point guard history with guys like Isaiah Canaan at Murray State and Monte Morris now with Iowa State, Prohm did a nice job of finding his next young guard to mold for the future.

Davidson star Jack Gibbs to miss a few weeks with shoulder injury

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11:  Jack Gibbs #12 of the Davidson Wildcats celebrates a basket against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center on March 11, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Davidson senior guard Jack Gibbs is one of the most under-the-radar players in college basketball as he will be among the nation’s leading offensive threats this season if he’s healthy.

But health is going to be a question for the 6-foot-1 guard as Gibbs is dealing with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks, according to head coach Bob McKillop. McKillop told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that tests came back negative for Gibbs and he’s expected to be back for the Wildcats’ season-opener. The injury for Gibbs occurred during Thursday’s Davidson practice.

As a junior, Gibbs averaged 23.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game as he became one of the nation’s premier offensive players.  Gibbs is going to be a huge key for Davidson this season as he needs to be healthy in order for the Wildcats to make it back to the NCAA tournament.


VIDEO: Dennis Smith Jr. electrifies N.C. State fans at team’s scrimmage

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N.C. State freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr. excited fans with some absurd plays at the team’s Primetime with the Pack event last night.

The highly-touted, five-star prospect is the most electric prospect to come to the Wolfpack in years and Smith had the crowd buzzing with some highlight-reel dunks during the team’s 20-minute scrimmage.

Smith made one teammate look silly by putting it between his legs and throwing down a vicious dunk during one play while he also threw an alley-oop to himself to finish another break.

(h/t: Ball is Life)

VIDEO: Kentucky freshman Malik Monk throws down vicious dunks during scrimmage

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15:  West Team MVP Malik Monk (L) (Bentonville, AR) in action during the 15th iteration of the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center on April 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Jordan Brand )
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Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk is going to be one of the newcomers to keep an eye on this season as the 6-foot-3 Arkansas native is an explosive scorer who packs vicious athleticism.

Monk showed Big Blue Nation some of what they can expect to see during Friday night’s Blue/White Scrimmage as he unleashed a ferocious dunk in some traffic and also had another good dunk in transition. While Monk has great lift off the floor, he also isn’t afraid to cock the ball back and put some authority on his dunks. He’s going to be a ton of fun to watch this season.

Xavier loses Kaiser Gates to a knee procedure

Xavier head coach Chris Mack directs his team against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Xavier announced on Friday that Kaiser Gates underwent a surgical procedure on his left knee and will be out for about a month.

“Kaiser had a scope procedure to remove small particles of cartilage in his left knee,” said Xavier Associate Head Athletic Trainer David Fluker. “We are optimistic that he can be back on the court in four weeks.”

Gates is a 6-foot-8 sophomore that played just 10 minutes per game last season. But with the Musketeers losing a handful of key front court pieces in the offseason, Gates was one of the guys expected to play a bigger role this year. We are currently less than four weeks removed from the start of the season, which means it’s likely that Gates will miss some time.