ONE AND DONE IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL MORE PREVALENT THAN EVER BEFORE

Over the last few years college basketball had been dominated by freshman. Here’s what you can look forward for next year.

In a couple weeks, the NCAA’s “independent” commission, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, is scheduled to offer recommendations on the future of college basketball. While Rice has not revealed any hints at what the committee is thinking, much of the rhetoric from college sports leaders has pushed the blame on other entities: shoe companies, agents, the NBA age minimum. By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

The way Grant Williams sees it, he has two main areas of improvement before heading into his junior season at Tennessee. By 

Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) laughs during practice at American Airlines Arena on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, ahead of the NCAA Tournament first round game between Tennessee and Wright State

Prentiss Nixon, Colorado State’s leading scorer, hopes to return soon from ankle sprain. Colorado State point guard transfer Prentiss Nixon has received an Iowa State offer and will take an official visit to Ames on April 22-24, he confirmed to the Register. By Des Moines Register

Colorado State transfer Prentiss Nixon sets official visit to Iowa State for early next week

Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo announced Monday that he will enter his name into the 2018 NBA Draft. It’s the second time in as many seasons he’ll have done so, though this time he says he intends to sign with an agent. By 

Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. became the sixteenth player in the history of the Blue Devils basketball program to go one-and-done following a public declaration on Monday. His decision, which officially marks a departure of all five of Duke’s starters from last season, adds him to the list of teammates Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. who are all exiting stage left after one season. But they’re hardly the first Duke players to leave town early in pursuit of professional careers. By 

Tuesday’s news crowded the room of interested parties, most notably Kansas, which it could be argued is the most prominent basketball partner for Adidas. But while Adidas is at the center of the probe — Louisville, Miami, Kansas and NC State (each one an Adidas school) were named in Tuesday’s superseding indictment — the government’s new charges may have dragged another school, and apparel giant, into the picture: Maryland and Under Armour. By 

North Carolina State has released a timeline of steps the university has taken to cooperate with investigators since the federal probe into college basketball became public last fall. By AP

Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com. Each week I’ll write about the sport I love, college basketball.

 

 

 

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