The Morning Mix


Another busy news days in the world of college hoops. The lengthy list of transfers continues to grow, and the NBA draft could get five new entrants

– Five Kentucky underclassmen will announce their NBA futures later today in a press conference. ESPN’s Chad Ford wonders if all five, along with senior Darius Miller, can get drafted in the first round

– Speaking of Kentucky, officials attempt to explain the typos that appeared on Key to the City John Calipari received in Pikeville

– Jeff Eisenberg provides his thoughts on three instant impact transfers that just chose their landing spots

– It is about nine months too early to see a bracketology breakdown

– Mike Huguenin breaks down the off-season coaching hot-seat list, and the Pac-12 is thoroughly represented

– An interesting-read on the exaggeration players do on their proper height, and a look at the actual height of Portsmouth Invitational Tournament participants. More news and notes from The P.I.T

– Mississippi State–transfer Rodney Hood is being courted by Duke

– JuCo phenom Trency Jackson will attend Texas Tech. The high-flyer had a legitimate “dunk of the year” candidate in 2012

– Alabama forward Tony Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft. The high-flying junior was suspended for the alst two months of the season, and will not return to Tuscaloosa for his senior year

– After initially announcing his intentions to return to North Texas, it’s being reported that sophomore forward Tony Mitchell will turn pro following the departure of head coach Johnny Jones

– Michigan-transfer Evan Smotrycz has officially announced his intentions to transfer to Maryland

– Trevor Mbakwe is returning to school for his sixth year of eligibility and will be able to receive a scholarship thanks to the transferring of Chip Armelin

– Kansas forward Merv Lindsay has decided to transfer in search of more playing time

Vermont lost their second transfer of the off-season in the form of freshman Chris Santo

– Reserve guard Jordan Sibert and reserve forward J.D. Weatherspoon have decided to transfer from Ohio State 

– bespectacled big-man Matt Stainbrook is transferring from Western Michigan and will attend Xaiver

– Junior guard John Hart will transfer from Purdue in search of more playing time for his senior year

– San Francisco-transfer Perris Blackwell, one of six Dons to transfer out this off-season, will attend Washington

– Larry Brown is expected to be named the new head coach at SMU and is in the middle of contract talks. But is this a colossal mistake by SMU?

– Buzz Petersen will not be joining SMU as the “coach-in-waiting” and will stay at UNC-Wilmington

– A pretty cool look at Rick Pitino’s coaching tree

– Johnny Jones was officially introduced as the new head coach at LSU on Monday. The former North Texas head coach replaces Trent Johnson, who bolted for SMU

– Five-star Michigan recruit Mitch McGary is eager to prove all the critics wrong. If he’s a five-star recruit attending a top-15 school, how many critics can there possibly be?

– Four reasons why the Kentucky Wildcats are the favorites to cut down the nets in 2013

– Eloy Vargas won’t be declaring for the NBA draft, but he did attend a HS prom

– Former-Michigan State forward Delvon Roe made a tribute video to Trayvon Martin