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5hJohn Gasaway

Are top freshmen not at powerhouses doomed?

Markelle Fultz is a likely lottery pick, but he's headed to Washington, not Duke or Kentucky. What can we expect from highly rated freshmen who turn down the Blue Devils or Wildcats?

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9hReggie Rankin

Which 2018 prospects could join ESPN 60?

Tre Jones, the brother of former Duke standout Tyus Jones, is among a group of players in the Class of 2018 who are on the cusp of being ranked.

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11hMyron Medcalf

Is your sixth-grader ranked yet?

Recruiting starts early. It comes at a cost, and not just a price tag in the thousands. It takes time. And travel. And financial sacrifice. In the end, you still wonder: Is it worth it?

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2dDana O'Neil

Who will be this season's Buddy Hield?

Buddy Hield stole the spotlight last season with his game and his personality. Who will take his place this time around?

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Updated ESPN 60 for the Class of 2018

No one was able to unseat Marvin Bagley III or Romeo Langord from the top two spots in the Class of 2018, but there was some shuffling in the top 10.

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Maya A. Jones

Avery Johnson lends helping hand to flood victims

Southern University grad and current Alabama head coach Avery Johnson, who suffered losses during Hurricane Katrina, sent a truckload of supplies to those in need after recent flooding in Louisiana.

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17dEamonn Brennan

Duke's freshman duo leads ACC newcomers

Duke has Harry Giles, the No. 1 overall freshman, but don't forget about Jayson Tatum, another top-three prospect who's ready to excel in Durham. They are both among the ACC's best newcomers.

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13dMyron Medcalf

Can UCLA's freshmen save Steve Alford?

Who's new to the Pac-12? The conversation begins with UCLA's top-5 recruiting class. Can point guard Lonzo Ball get coach Steve Alford off the hot seat and coexist with his son, Bryce?

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9hAdam Finkelstein

Which 2017 prospects could join ESPN 100?

The talent pool in the Class of 2017 goes far beyond its 100 best players. Some prospects who just missed the cut could be included in the next update.

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Why is Rutgers taking credit for Ray Allen?

Rip Hamilton, Shabazz Napier and Ray Allen didn't go to Rutgers, last time we checked. Here's the deal

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 67 Jericho Sims has committed to Texas, source told ESPN. Second ESPN 100 commitment in 2017 for Shaka Smart.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns won Sunday's Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic's home run derby in Lexington. The former Kentucky star and reigning NBA rookie of the year followed his final HR with a bat flip. Towns joined other former Kentucky stars in the event that raised more than $300,000 for Louisiana flood victims.

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Syracuse has landed grad transfer Andrew White, he told ESPN. Big addition for Jim Boeheim and the ‘Cuse. Can really shoot it.

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Kevin Keatts & UNC Wilmington get commitment from athletic big man Evan Cole (South Forsyth, Ga) source told ESPN. Nice pickup for Seahawks.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 No. 88 Alex O'Connell announced his commitment to Duke. The Blue Devils offered the summer stock-riser on Wednesday and it only took him two days to join the fold. He's the first commitment in the 2017 class for Duke.

Big 12 expansion from a basketball perspective

It is clear that football drives Big 12 expansion, but which schools should the conference be looking at if it wants to raise its profile on the basketball court? Top picks

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Is it time for a Georgetown comeback?

ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz looks at Georgetown's roster heading into the season.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Official visit schedule for five-star PG Trae Young: Oklahoma: Sept. 16 Texas Tech: Sept. 29 Kentucky: Oct. 14 Kansas: Oct. 21 Washington & OK State: TBD Young is No. 15 in the ESPN 100 and the No. 2 point guard.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Hartford has released Pancake Thomas, allowing the scoring guard to transfer wherever he wants for his fifth season. Hartford coach John Gallagher released a statement saying: "Our biggest priority for Cleveland was that he graduate from the University of Hartford with a valuable degree. That happened. Beyond wishing him the very best, we don't comment on other program's players. We are very excited about our group and the upcoming season."

UNC freshman phenom dunks on student

North Carolina freshman Seventh Woods puts down a windmill dunk over a UNC student.

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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Tom Izzo has played on an aircraft carrier and at military bases. He's visited Rupp Arena and the Dean Dome. In fact the coach who says he will play anyone anywhere has played just about everywhere. But when Penn State coach Patrick Chambers texted Izzo with a pseudo-neutral site league game, Izzo realized he'd never played at the Palestra. Now with the Big Ten signing off on it, Izzo can check the historic gym off his bucket list. Penn State, with six Philly guys on its roster, will host Michigan State on January 7 at the Palestra. "It was a no brainier," Izzo said.