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Can Nerlens Noel still be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft? (VIDEO)

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Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk takes an early look at the 2013 NBA Draft, including whether Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has a chance to be selected No. 1 overall despite tearing his ACL earlier this season:

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

NCAA tournament instant replays come to Twitter

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Twitter has grown into the go-to platform for instant breaking news and updates. Now on the eve of the NCAA tournament, it is about to launch a major innovation in real-time sports highlights. The innovation would allow users to view short clips in near real-time through the handle @marchmadness.

“Instant replay plays to Twitter’s strength of news in real time and on mobile,” says Glenn Brown, director of promoted content and partnerships at Twitter, as reported by USA Today.

A similar concept was used this season during college football bowl season, but will now be adapted for the viral-friendly world of college basketball buzzer beaters and other March Madness happenings. The clips will be supported by advertising from companies like Coke Zero and AT&T.

“This is very significant, since not much video is viewed on Twitter now,” says social media analyst Greg Sterling. “There is an opportunity for them to attract new categories of advertisers, with promoted tweets.”

The replays will debut with Tuesday night’s First Four games in Dayton of NC A&T vs. Liberty and Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Julian Royal will transfer from Georgia Tech

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Georgia Tech sophomore Julian Royal will transfer from the program and continue his education elsewhere at the conclusion of the spring semester, the program announced in a release Tuesday.

“I appreciate everything that Julian has done for our program the last two years and the work he has put in,” said Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory in a statement. “He’s a fine young man, and he has done well in school. He’s done a great job representing our program on and off the court, and we wish him all the best.”

Royal averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets this past season in just under seven minutes per game. His best game of the year came Dec. 22 when he had eight points and three rebounds in a win over The Citadel. He also had five points and three rebounds in a conference win over Wake Forest on Feb. 16.

Coming out of high school, Royal was a Top 100 recruit and chose Georgia Tech over schools that included Alabama, Georgia, Northwestern, and Wake Forest.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_