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Deuce Bello transfers to East Tennessee State, eligible immediately

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A busy summer for first-year head coach Steve Forbes continued on Monday, as East Tennessee State welcomed in its third transfer.

Deuce Bello, the former Baylor and Missouri guard, elected to use his final season of eligibility with the Buccaneers. Chris Dortch and Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports both reported the news on Monday evening. Bello is eligible to play in the 2015-16 season.

Bello joins former Cincinnati guard Ge’Lawn Guyn and ex-Indiana center Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who was dismissed from the program back in May. While Mosquera-Perea must sit a year, Guyn is also immediately eligible. Peter Jurkin, another former IU product, will also resume his collegiate career after sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Bello averaged only 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in his final season with the Tigers and missed time due to academic reasons. The 6-foot-4 Bello has never lived up to his four-star rating — No. 54 overall by Rivals in the Class of 2011 — coming out of high school, but he is a gifted athlete who could make an impact in the Southern Conference.

Forbes, the former Wichita State assistant coach, was named the new head coach of East Tennessee on May 27.

East Tennessee opens the season on Nov. 17 against Green Bay.

Missouri junior guard suspended indefinitely for academic reasons

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Freshman Jakeenan Gant made his first start of the season for Missouri Tuesday night in their 74-72 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in Kansas City, but that wasn’t the only personnel move made by head coach Kim Anderson. According to a report from the Columbia Missourian following the game, junior guard Deuce Bello has been suspended indefinitely for “some academic issues.”

It is unknown when Bello, who began his college career at Baylor and did not play Tuesday night, will be allowed to return to the court.

Bello came off the bench in each of Missouri’s first 11 games of the season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes of action per game. Bello’s most productive game of the season came in a loss to Purdue at the Maui Invitational, as he scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in a season-high 16 minutes of action.

The Tigers have lost four of their last five heading into Saturday’s non-conference finale against Lipscomb, and they open SEC play January 8 against LSU.

2014-2015 Season Preview: College Basketball’s Top 13 Dunkers (VIDEOS)

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Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

MORE: 2014-2015 Season Preview Coverage | Conference Previews | Preview Schedule

There are very few things in the sport basketball that can get fans out of their seats the way that a massive dunk can, which is why we’re here to help you. You want to know what games and what players to watch in case a freak athlete decides to take flight on some poor, unsuspecting defender that jumped? We’ve got you covered.

Here are college basketball’s best dunkers (with examples of why):

RELATED: 12 minutes of the best dunks from 2013-2014

1. Michael Qualls, Arkansas: Qualls is a 6-foot-6 wing that plays for Mike Anderson and Arkansas, meaning that he’ll have plenty of opportunities in the open floor with a lane to the rim. Qualls averaged 11.6 points last season, but he’s probably best known for the game-winning tip-dunk he had in a win over Kentucky. That wasn’t his best dunk, however:

2. John Brown, High Point: High Point isn’t exactly known for being a basketball powerhouse, but they managed to land one of the nation’s highest-flyers three years ago. Brown has been posterizing defenders for a long, long time in the Big South:

MORE: John Brown’s road from being a JV QB to the Big South Player of the Year

3. Sam Thompson, Ohio State: You know you’re a big-time dunker when you have a nickname that is a synonym for dunk: Slam Thompson. His specialty? Finishing alley-oops. Here’s what I mean:

4. Shaquille Johnson, Longwood: Johnson did not last long at Auburn, as he’s looking for a second chance to get his hoops career going with the Lancers. It may not actually happen for Johnson this season, but the former top 100 recruit still owns the most impressive mixtape I’ve seen:

5. Ike Nwamu, Mercer: Nwamu threw down one of the best dunks I’ve ever seen at the Mercer Midnight Madness. He dunks like that in games, too:

6. Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: Sykes is the smallest player on this list, but he may actually be the best leaper. How many players do you know that can throw an alley-oop to themselves?:

RELATED: NBCSports.com’s Mid-Major All-Americans

7. Troy Williams, Indiana: Williams entered college with the reputation of being one of the best dunkers in high school basketball, but his freshmen season yielded surprisingly few posterizations. That should change this season, as Williams is a year older, stronger and better and the Hoosiers will be looking to play a more uptempo, spread out style.

8. J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina: Tokoto is a high-flying wing for the Tar Heels, and while his lack of a jump shot means he’s a long way away from being more than an athlete and an energy at this point, he should be a nice compliment alongside Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. And given Roy Williams’ tendency to push tempo, don’t be surprised to see Tokoto constantly making the highlight reel.

9. Deuce Bello, Missouri: Bello is a high-flying shooting guard that was a favorite of the mixtape guys during his time in high school. But he was never able to catch on with Baylor, and eventually transferred to Missouri before sitting out the 2013-2014 season. You don’t just lose hops like this, though.

10. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: There is nothing pretty about Harrell. His game is entirely centered

11. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona: Hollis-Jefferson is a unique player, an explosive, entertainingly athletic wing that attacks the glass, is a terror defensively and is a more-than-capable passer. He could have been a first round pick if he left school after last season, but he returned to school and is a jump shot away from being in the 2015 lottery. In the meantime, let’s hope he keeps doing this.

12. Javonte Douglas, Old Dominion: He’s a JuCo transfer, but I promise you know who he is:

13. Cliff Alexander, Kansas: Alexander may not end up being the player that Montrezl Harrell is this season, and he may not end up being a major part of Bill Self’s offensive attack, but the Jayhawk big man will dunk anything and everything around the rim.

BEST OF THE REST:

  • Kethan Savage, George Washington: A broken foot kept Savage out for much of the end of last season, but that hasn’t hurt his explosiveness.
  • Chris McCullough, Syracuse: McCullough is the latest in a long line of lanky athletes playing for Jim Boeheim.
  • Deonte Burton, Marquette: Burton threw down what might have been the Dunk of the Year last season.
  • Norman Powell, UCLA: Powell will have a chance to play a bigger role in the offense this season with all of the pieces the Bruins lost. Will that leads to more of this?
  • Dez Wells, Maryland: Wells had an off-year from a dunking perspective this past season.
  • Damarius Smith, Austin Peay: He should probably be higher. This is ridiculous.
  • Tekele Cotton, Wichita State: Cotton is the least-known member of the Shocker perimeter, but that’ll change if he keeps posterizing defenders.

Deuce Bello jumps over head coach Kim Anderson in Mizzou dunk contest (VIDEO)

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After sitting out last season following his transfer from Baylor, Missouri guard Deuce Bello is out to remind the college basketball world that he’s one of the top dunkers in the nation.

First, he started with his teammates and new head coach Kim Anderson. The 6-foot-4 Bello jumped over (his crouching) coach to win the Mizzou dunk contest.

Anderson is listed at 6-foot-7, but isn’t standing up straight. However, Bello has shown in the past he’s able to clear taller obstacles.

Here some additional dunks from Bello:

Top prospects dish on the best players

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We can see how scouts view the nation’s top college hoops prospects – generally on Rivals and Scout – but how do those prospects view each other? Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander asked around.

Among 30 of the top recruits, Michael Gilchrist and Austin Rivers tied as the top player. Gilchrist also garnered the most votes as top defender and hardest worker. Small wonder the Kentucky-bound wing is viewed as perhaps the nation’s best recruit.

Philly’s Rakeem Christmas ran away with best forward honors, while St. Louis guard Brad Beal is seen as the best shooter.

But perhaps the most impressive result? North Carolina Deuce Bello got half the available votes for most athletic. That calls for a highlight tape of the 6-3 guard. Um, wow.

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