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– Only somebody like Jeff Goodman  has the contacts needed in order to put together a comprehensive list of all the “secret” scrimmages taking place across the country

– Only Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz would sustain a major cut while diving for a loose ball in practice. The Badgers senior detailed his bizarre practice injury

– The NEC held their conference media day yesterday, and utilized social media to it’s fullest. Here is one of the best event recaps you will find

– The bloggers at CBS put together their list of the top-50 big men in the country

– A breakdown of the preseason events that will feature Pac-12 teams, courtesy of Rush The Court

– Since Chane Behanan isn’t allowed to speak to the media throughout the entire season, his high school basketball coach is obviously the next logical choice for insight on what the Louisville forward is thinking….

– I completely support Geno Auriemma’s notion of lowering the rims for women’s hoops. Anything to increase dunkage rate is a plus. A female #POSTERIZED is still a #POSTERIZED

– Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney will miss at least one week as he recovers from a tonsillectomy. The redshirt freshman is expected to nbe the first guard off the bench for Jim Boeheim

– Best headline of the day (A damn-good article too): “Z Mason Demands Respect”. That name always demands respect

– Did you all see former-Jayhawk Thomas Robinson drop a massive preseason #POSTERIZED on new Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard? Yeah, Bill Self is going to have trouble replacing that

Indiana was chosen as the preseason favorites to win the Big-10 Conference Championship. Shocker, I know

– I really love what College Chalktalk is doing this season. One of the ways they are stepping up their game is by adding more video content. I am a big fan of this. Viewers wants options. Providing multiple media platforms for viewers to choose from make them happy

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

The Morning Mix

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Not a lot of news and notes on the docket today. But after all, it’s late July.

– We will start with a somber note. On Tuesday, the world lost one of the all-time great comedians, Sherman Hemsley, at the age of 74. The man known as “George Jefferson” had arguably one of the best struts in the business. True, this has nothing to do with hoops, but the man was  an iconic comedian who dominated the sitcom circuit for more than three decades

– Mississippi State received some terrible news yesterday. Incoming freshman Jacoby Davis, the likely starting point guard next season, tore his ACL and will likely miss the entire 2012-2013 campaign

– But not all is lost in Starkeville. Mississippi State and Loyola (Ill.) will meet the next two season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Game of Change”

Well this is kinda weird. The SEC conference schedule that the coaches discussed earlier in the month isn’t exactly same

– Iowa State Fred Hoiberg became the king of transfers last season, and is hoping that a talented freshman class will be able to blend in quite nicely with his returners

– College of Charleston might be starting to make preparations towards heading to the CAA

– Syracuse’s Mookie Jones does more flip-flopping than Dwight Howard. But this time, Jones says he’s done for good

– Upcoming AAU tournaments in Las Vegas might end in lawsuits

– Mid Major Madness ranks the top “one-hit wonders” from the 2011-2012 season

– Is Andrew Wiggins the new next big thing in college hoops? The Big Lead certainly thinks so

– Listen, I love Maker’s Mark (and hated studying) as much as the next guy, but this is just out of control

– I usually agree with Glen Logan. but after reading this it seems like he’s implying that Kentucky never offered Chris Walker because he was too cocky. I just don’t see any evidence to suggest that is the reason why he was never offered from #BBN

– ESPN’s Summer Shootaround series continues with an in-depth look at the Big-XII conference

– Nick Resavy played at Syracuse. Well, “played” might be a strong word. But the kid is certainly making the most of his opportunities. The former walk-on turned graduate assistant is now working as a team scout at many AAU teams across the country

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

Blake Griffin’s knee injury gives Anthony Davis another shot on Team USA

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The injury bug has struck the Team USA frontcourt again, but it now, perhaps, gives former Kentucky star Anthony Davis a shot at Olympic gold.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin twisted his knee during a Team USA scrimmage and has been sent home for evaluation, forcing team officials to summon Davis to Las Vegas to rejoin the American National Team after being cut last week.

The extent of Griffin’s injury is unknown, but he has had trouble with the same knee in the past, including during the playoffs this past season.

Coming off a stellar national championship season with Kentucky and being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis will now have the opportunity to practice with Team USA.

Injuries and withdrawals have weakened the American frontcourt during the selection process, including losing Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Andrew Bynum.

Even Davis, for a time, was considered out of the running because of an ankle injury he suffered during a workout with the Hornets, but it turned out to be less severe than first thought.

Wojnarowski reports that Davis was on his way to Las Vegas Wednesday night after being in Los Angeles for a television event.

During his one season at Kentucky, Davis averaged 14.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks per game. He is expected to bring a defensive presence down low for the US Team and could see minutes in a depleted frontcourt.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Despite ankle injury, Anthony Davis will report to Team USA’s Olympic training camp


When Anthony Davis went down with an ankle injury during a workout with his new team, the New Orleans Hornets, last week, it seemed like another blow to the possible depth of Team USA for the London Olympics.

But, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Davis will report to Team USA training camp in Las Vegas and work to make the final roster after it was found that his ankle injury is not as bad as once thought.

Davis, who led Kentucky to national championship this past spring, was selected first overall in last week’s NBA draft, and is looking to be the only player on the 2012 Team USA roster not to have played a professional game before suiting up for the red, white, and blue.

Team USA has had a string of injuries and withdrawals that leave them with little depth in the frontcourt, including losing Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Chris Bosh, and Lamar Odom.

Davis reportedly can return to the court in a week to 10 days, which could be in time for Team USA’s exhibition on July 12 against the Dominican Republic. The DR is coached by Davis’ college coach, John Calipari.

The USA also makes stops in Washington, D.C., Manchester, England, and Barcelona, Spain. The team arrives in London on July 27 for the beginning of the 2012 Olympics.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Anthony Davis injured, out of Olympics contention

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Four days ago, Anthony Davis was selected with the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

With Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Chris Bosh missing the Olympics, many believed that meant that the newest New Orleans Hornet would have a very real shot at backing up Tyson Chandler as Team USA’s center in this summer’s Olympics.

With Kevin Love and Blake Griffin being the only other big men on the entire roster, it made sense.

But that won’t be happening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:


So much for that theory.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis officially added to pool for U.S. Olympic team, roster still to be cut

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After much speculation, it is now official: former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis will officially be part of the 18-man pool for the 2012 Olympic roster, Jerry Colangelo of USA Basketball announced Monday.

The team recently received an extension from the USOC on when the 12-man basketball roster is to be finalized, now pushing the date to July 7.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden was also added to the pool.

Davis averaged 14.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks this past season for the national-champion Kentucky Wildcats, on his way to winning National Freshman and National Player of the Year awards.

With injuries in the United States frontcourt, first to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, and now a undetermined timetable for the return of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, chatter began to pick up that Davis could be a suitable replacement.

The most appealing part of his game is the fact that he could make an impact at the international level without touching the ball on the offensive end.

With scorers like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, the United States doesn’t need another player who needs the basketball in his hands to affect a game.

That’s where Davis, who proved to be a defensive stopper at Kentucky, could fill in. Imagine a lineup on the floor with James, Bryant, and Durant scoring on the offensive end, with Davis and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler around the basket?

The United States has fallen into a trap in the past of having an impressive collection of talent, while struggling to find team chemistry or have pieces that fit together properly.

Davis could be a step in the right direction.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_