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Chris Mullin elevates Mitch Richmond to assistant coach. Just as long as it doesn't affect Greg St. Jean's activity during timeouts.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite coming off a torn ACL, NC State coach Mark Gottfried declared freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., "the best in the country. Period." Gottfried added Smith has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan expecting that every seat in its basketball arena will be filled tomorrow for Jordan uniform reveal with a performance from DJ Khaled

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Great call by Pitt and West Virginia to renew their basketball series (hello Kanas-Missouri, anyone there?). Four-year deal: at Pitt in 2017 and '19, at West Virginia in '18 and 20.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Nice to see Pittsburgh and West Virginia renewing the Backyard Brawl. Last time the two programs played was in 2012. They will start a four-game series in Pittsburgh in 2017. Nice job by Bob Huggins and Kevin Stallings – and good for college hoops (which needs more quality non-conference games).

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Check out these outfits that Texas Tech coach Chris Beard and assistant Chris Ogden are wearing on a visit with Top 100 kid V.J. Bailey. The masked rider of Texas Tech. Classic.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star point guard Trae Young says he won't sign during the early period. "Just want to be able to watch these teams play and see how these teams play, as well as see who will be there when I get on campus."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star forward Brian Bowen (No. 13) is down to Creighton, UCLA, Arizona, NC State, Michigan State and Texas.