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TCU guard Michael Williams (2) defends as Iowa State guard Monte Morris (11) leaps to the basket for a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. Morris had 18 points and six assists and No. 19 Iowa State followed a win over top-ranked Oklahoma with a 73-60 victory over TCU on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

VIDEO: Monte’ Morris goes in on the #SoGoneChallenge

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The #SoGoneChallenge, a viral sensation this week, was started when Chance The Rapper when he posted a video of himself freestyling over the intrumental beat of ‘So Gone’, a song written by Monica and Missy Elliott 13 years ago.

Monica RT’d that video, challenging her followers to better it. And here we are.

I bring this up because Monte’ Morris, a potential preseason first team all-American, posted his #SoGoneChallenge on Tuesday, and it’s not bad. He probably shouldn’t quit hooping to try and make it as an artist, but I respect his flow. The Flint native references the water crisis in his hometown, among other things:

Jordan Butler commits to … Butler

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Butler landed the second member of the 2017 recruiting class on Friday as the aptly named Jerald Butler committed to the Bulldogs.

Butler is Butler’s second commitment in the class, joining Cooper Neese. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Florida, Butler is ranked 145th in the class in 247 Sports’ composite ranking.

The Bulldogs hope to use Butler in a role similar to what Roosevelt Jones played from them. From Corey Evans’ scouting report at HoopSeen.com: “The strong and thick bodied forward is more in your play making variety. He is an unbelievable passer of the ball and someone that can be used at various spots on the playing floor. While he does need to shoot it more consistently, he does hit when given the time and spacing where his motor is never in question.”

Top PG prospect Quade Green down to nine schools

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Quade Green announced late on Friday night that he had trimmed his list to nine schools.

The players still left in contention: Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Louisville, Arizona, Villanova, Xavier and Temple.

Green is a top 20 player in the class and, along with Trae Young, considered the best point guard that isn’t expected to end up at a Under Armour-affiliated program (ahem, Trevon Duval). As I wrote over the summer, the point guard position is the most interesting in the Class of 2017, as Duval is the only one-and-done prospect on the board but he isn’t considering the two or three schools generally associated with amassing one-and-done players.

In other words, it is going to be very interesting to see which point guard commits first and where he ends up going.

Travis Ford lands major recruit at Saint Louis

NORMAN, OK - FEBRUARY 24: Head coach Travis Ford of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts as the Oklahoma Sooners pull ahead during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center on February 24, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Travis Ford landed his first major commitment at Saint Louis, as Jordan Goodwin, a top 60 back court prospect, committed to the Billikens on Friday afternoon.

This commitment came a week after Ford hired Corey Tate away from Missouri. Tate was formerly a coach in the same AAU program that Goodwin played for.

“He’s a monster,” said NBC Sports recruiting analyst Scott Phillips. “One of the toughest players in the class who has been favorably compared to Marcus Smart.”

Goodwin picked the Billikens over Illinois, who many believed had the inside track in his recruiting process.

VIDEO: Dayton’s Josh Cunningham with a vicious poster in Spain

Dayton head coach Archie Miller reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton won, 76-74. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
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Dayton fans are right to be excited about forward Josh Cunningham, a former top 100 recruit that transferred into the program from Bradley.

In a game on their foreign tour of Spain, Cunningham finished with an estimated 19 points and 12 boards in about 22 minutes. I say estimated because there were some issues with the computer scorebook in the first half.

At least that’s the official story.

If you talk to those around the Dayton program, the conspiracy theory is that Cunningham broke the computer system with this dunk:

Austin Nichols, Kyle Guy shine for Virginia in Spain

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think that Austin Nichols is going to have a mammoth season for Virginia, and through Virginia’s first two games of a foreign tour in Spain, that prediction looks prescient.

Nichols is averaging 15.5 points in the two wins, leading the ‘Hoos in scoring. He’s a perfect fit for what Tony Bennett wants out of his big men. He’s a shot blocker and a good positional defender that can score in the post and will help on the glass. He’s also had a year to acclimate to Virginia’s defensive system and he’ll enter this season as a redshirt junior.

He’s going to be a monster, and he’ll be a major reason why Virginia is going to once against compete for an ACC title.

Also of note from Virginia’s first two games:

  • McDonald’s All-American freshman Kyle Guy had 17 points in the second game. I’ve thought Guy’s transition to the college level will be slower than some anticipated, but if he’s already scoring 17 points in exhibitions with this group, maybe he’ll have a bigger impact that expected.
  • When Ty Jerome committed to UVa, many thought he had a shot to be the next London Perrantes for Tony Bennett. If the first game of the tour, Jerome hit two threes in the final minutes to give the ‘Hoos a 78-76 win. That sounds exactly like something London would do.