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UCLA's Chris Smith Out For Season With Torn ACL

Jan 3, 2021 12:34 PM

UCLA senior Chris Smith tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the college basketball season.

Smith is currently ranked No. 79 on ESPN's 2021 draft rankings, and ranked No. 10 at the small forward position.

Smith averaged 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds on the season. 

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Chet Holmgren Slotted At No. 1 In ESPN's First 2022 NBA Mock Draft

Dec 29, 2020 4:15 PM

ESPN has Chet Holmgren going No. 1 in its first 2022 NBA Mock Draft. Holmgren is a seven-foot forward/center, who remains undecided for his college pick. Holmgren is believed to be considered Minnesota and Gonzaga, but he'll also be a major priority for the G League Ignite team.

Mike Schmitz writes Holmgren is "the type of shot-blocking, 3-shooting, ballhandling big man the modern NBA covets."

Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Adrian Griffin Jr. and Yannick Nzosa round out the top-5.

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Five-Star Recruit Aminu Mohammed Commits To Georgetown

Dec 23, 2020 1:06 AM

Aminu Mohammed, a five-star recruit, announced his commitment to Georgetown.

Mohammed is the school's first five-star recruit since 2014.

Mohammed, who is ranked No. 18 in ESPN's top 100 for the class of 2021, chose Georgetown over Georgia, Indiana, Kansas State, Texas, SMU and DePaul.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 and 2021 Drafts

Nov 29, 2020 7:57 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2020 and 2021 NBA Drafts.

They discuss the unusual lack of trades in the lottery, which teams did best and worst, the incredibly exciting 2021 draft class, takeaways from free agency and much more.

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Makur Maker Out Indefinitely With Groin Injury

Nov 28, 2020 5:03 PM

Makur Maker will be out indefinitely due to a groin injury, according to Howard coach Kenneth Blakeney.

Blakeney added that Maker suffered the injury during preseason practice.

Maker is averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for Howard. 

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Entire 2021 NCAA Tournament Could Be Played In Indianapolis

Nov 16, 2020 2:00 PM

The entire 2021 NCAA basketball tournament could be held in Indianapolis and the surrounding metro area.

"My committee colleagues and I did not come lightly to the difficult decision to relocate the preliminary rounds of the 2021 tournament, as we understand the disappointment 13 communities will feel to miss out on being part of March Madness next year," said Mitch Barnhart, chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee and University of Kentucky athletic director, in the announcement. "With the University of Kentucky slated to host first- and second-round games in March, this is something that directly impacts our school and community, so we certainly share in their regret. The committee and staff deeply appreciate the efforts of all the host institutions and conferences, and we look forward to bringing the tournament back to the impacted sites in future years."

Last year's cancellation cost the NCAA $375 million.

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Dior Johnson Decommits From Syracuse

Nov 11, 2020 1:26 AM

Point guard Dior Johnson decommitted from Syracuse on Tuesday.

Johnson, who committed in February, is ranked No. 11 in the class of 2022.

"First off, I want to thank the entire Syracuse coaching staff for investing their time into me. They have treated me with the utmost respect which is why they will remain one of my top schools. With that being said I would like to reopen my commitment and look at all my options and do what's best for me and my career," wrote Johnson. 

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Gonzaga Opens 20-21 Season Ranked No. 1

Nov 9, 2020 2:36 PM

Gonzaga will open the 20-21 college basketball season ranked No. 1 in the country.

"It's a great honor to be selected No. 1," Mark Few said. "We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season."

Baylor, Villanova, Virginia and Iowa round out the top-5.

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Arizona Freshman Daniel Batcho To Be Re-Evaluated In January Following Knee Surgery

Nov 7, 2020 1:13 AM

Arizona freshman Daniel Batcho is out indefinitely following knee surgery.

The 6-foot-10 Batcho was considered the top European big man prospect in college.

Batcho missed the 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL.

Arizona announced that Batcho will be re-evaluated in late January. 

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Daimion Collins Commits To Kentucky

Oct 31, 2020 10:02 PM

Daimion Collins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Saturday.

A 6-foot-10 power forward, Collins is ranked No. 24 for the 2021 class by ESPN.

Collins picked the Wildcats over Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

"I like how their players have developed. Me playing with and against great players, hopefully it will make me a great player. I am ready for the challenge," said Collins.

Kentucky now has three pledges for the 2021 class. 

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Mac McClung Eligible To Play For Texas Tech This Season

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Caleb Houstan Becomes Highest Ranked Michigan Commit Since 2007

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Dallan 'Deebo' Coleman Commits To Georgia Tech

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NBA Insiders Fear Knicks Could Become 'Kentucky Pipeline Team'

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Bryce Hopkins Commits To Kentucky

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Arizona Served With Nine Misconduct Allegations

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Mohegan Sun To Host Early-Season Tournaments, Over 30 College Basketball Teams In Bubble

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Skyy Clark Commits To Kentucky

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Olivier Sarr, Jacob Toppin Eligible For Wildcats This Season

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Franck Kepnang Announces Commitment To Oregon

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Top-Five Prospect Jabari Smith Commits To Auburn

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Wichita State Launch Internal Investigation Of Gregg Marshall

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Johnathan Lawson Commits To Oregon

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Ryan Mutombo, Son Of Dikembe Mutombo, Commits To Georgetown

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Five-Star Prospect J.D. Davison Commits To Alabama

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Gonzaga, Baylor Schedule Non-Conference Game For December 5th

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NCAA Suggest College Basketball Players Receive Three COVID-19 Tests Per Week

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Pac-12, SEC Announce Start Dates For College Basketball Season

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Britain's Cameron Hildreth Commits To Wake Forest

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ESPN Planning To Move At Least Eight College Basketball Tournaments To Walt Disney World

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