Charles O’Bannon Jr. committed to USC on Friday afternoon.
A top 50 prospect in the class, this isn’t the kind of news that will likely get much play two days before Christmas.
The difference here is that O’Bannon isn’t just any recruit. He’s the son of former UCLA star Charles O’Bannon and the nephew of Ed O’Bannon, who was the National Player of the Year in 1995 when UCLA won a national title. Ed was also the face of a lawsuit against the NCAA’s use of player likenesses.
“They want what’s best for me and my future,” O’Bannon said of his Bruin family. “They totally support me going to USC.”
Kentucky landed their fifth commitment in the Class of 2017 as 6-foot-7 wing Jarred Vanderbilt pledged to the Wildcats.
Vanderbilt picked Kentucky over Oregon, TCU and North Carolina. He’s a consensus top 25 prospect and five-star recruit.
Vanderbilt if the fifth member of Kentucky’s recruiting class and the fourth five-star prospect, joining Nick Richards, Quade Green, P.J. Washington and Shai Alexander.
Lost in the hullaballoo that was Grayson Allen and the Trip Heard ‘Round The World was that North Carolina released the third Notice of Allegations that they received from the NCAA regarding the academic fraud case that has seemingly been hanging over the head of the program since Michael Jordan headed to the NBA.
Yes, a third Notice of Allegations.
The first was received in May of 2015. The second came a year later, but it was significantly less worrisome for Tar Heel fans: removed in that Notice was any reference to the men’s basketball team and any allegations prior to the 2005 national title.
Not only did it specifically mention both the men’s basketball and football teams, but it extended the timeframe of violations back to 2002. That 2005 national title? It is squarely in line to be vacated.
“Many at-risk student-athletes, particularly in the sports of football and men’s basketball, used these courses for purposes of ensuring their continuing NCAA academic eligibility,” the notice read.
This process isn’t going to come to an end any time soon. The school had 90 days to respond to this latest notice and the NCAA has 60 days to respond to the response. And that’s if you assume that this is the final Notice the NCAA will be handing out; that hasn’t been a safe bet yet.
But the bottom line is this: the latest Notice is much more strongly worded and much more concerning for the men’s hoops program.
Bracketology is now officially a word.
The latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary will include bracketology for the first time, according to the New York Times, with the official definition being “the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament).”
Here’s how it was determined that the word would be added:
In the case of bracketology, Ms. Martin said, an automated process that scans publications first detected the word’s use in 2002 in The Sporting News. In 2007, it was noticed in The New Yorker by a human being, a “professional reader” who combs through all manner of publications looking for new words and usages. In April 2015, a formal suggestion was made to include bracketology in the dictionary.
The first mention of Bracketology that the OED could find was in The Montgomery Advisor in 2000.
I brought Gary Parrish of CBS Sports onto the podcast on Thursday because I wanted to talk with him about this story he wrote on Steve Alford and UCLA.
Then on Wednesday night, all hell broke loose in college basketball. So I chatted with GP about Grayson Allen, Kentucky-Louisville and Syracuse before we finally got to our chat about UCLA.
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski joined the show on Thursday to discuss Grayson Allen and the suspension that was handed down for Allen’s third tripping incident in 2016.
Coach K also discussed the suspension on his Sirius XM radio show: