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Teammates congratulate Duke's Grayson Allen (3) during the first half of a second round game against Yale in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Marist replaces Albany on Duke’s basketball schedule

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has filled the hole in its men’s basketball schedule.

Officials said Tuesday that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

Duke was scheduled to play Albany on Nov. 12 but officials from the State University of New York system that includes the school said that game wouldn’t be played because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order barring publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina. That came in response to a North Carolina law that opponents say can allow discrimination against LGBT people.

The Grand Canyon game was pushed back one day and Marist replaced Albany. As a private school, Marist is not subject to Cuomo’s travel ban.

Louisville lands commitment from Darius Perry

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Louisville landed their second commitment in the Class of 2017 as Darius Perry will plays for Rick Pitino in college.

Perry, a four-star, top 50 point guard, joins four-star forward Malik Williams on, who committed earlier this month, Louisville’s 2017 class.

“Darius Perry is a talented scoring guard who can really shoot,” said recruiting analyst Scott Phillips. “The way Louisville plays, Perry could play on or off the ball for the Cardinals.”

That, combined with the way Perry works defensively, makes Perry a really good fit for the way Pitino likes to play.

VIDEO: Monte’ Morris goes in on the #SoGoneChallenge

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)
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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 “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.