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Wall Must Repay Expenses But Cleared To Play

John Wall has been cleared to play for Kentucky.

Wall must repay expenses and sit out for two games, the first exhibition game against Campbellsville on Nov. 2 and the regular-season opener against Morehead State on Nov. 13.

"I'm grateful to have this decision behind me," Wall said in statement. "All I ever wanted was to go to school and play ball with my team. This has been really hard for my mom and I want to thank her for her support during this process."

Via ESPN

Kansas Ranked First In Coaches' Preseason Poll

Kansas was ranked first in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll, which was released Thursday.

Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina and Kentucky rounded out the top-five.

Finishing the top-10 are Villanova, Purdue, Duke, West Virginia and Butler.

Via ESPN

Eligibility Concerns Surround Wall And Sidney

SEC commissioner Mike Slive told ESPN.com that he believes the NCAA's agents and amateurism group, not enforcement officials, are looking into the eligibility of Kentucky's John Wall and Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney.

"Those are amateur issues that arose prior to their coming to our schools," Slive said. "Those are strictly amateurism issues. As we told our people, somebody needs to determine if they are eligible. It's not relative to you, it's relative to them."

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/ncaa/10/22/wall.cats.ap/index.html#ixzz0Ulv271M1
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Marcus Jordan Allowed To Ditch Adidas For Father's Shoes At UCF

University of Central Florida freshman guard Marcus Jordan will be wearing Nike shoes in honor of his legendary father, Michael Jordan.  

UCF has an exclusive contract with adidas.

?It?s a level of importance with the Jordan Brand and my family,? Marcus Jordan said. ?It?s no disrespect to Adidas. I have a high level of respect for Adidas, but I?m going to be wearing Jordan shoes. I?m wearing the Adidas uniform and all my other UCF gear is Adidas, but the shoes are going to be Jordan brand.?

Via Orlando Sentinel

John Wall Meets Kentucky Media

New head coach John Calipari, the projected 2010 number one overall pick John Wall, and the remainder of star-studded freshman class met the media on Thursday.

Wall, who will both compete and play alongside another blue chip point guard in Eric Bledsoe, says he is keeping expectations in check.

"You want to just keep getting better," said Wall. "It's on paper that we're good, but we haven't showed it on the court yet."

Some people have called Kentucky's freshman class the best since Michigan's famed Fab Five.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/ncaa/wires/10/15/2060.ap.bkc.kentucky.media.day.2nd.ld.writethru.0722/#ixzz0U3TG37Qf
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