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Luke Maye might be the best returning player in college basketball if he decides to come back. Joe Murphy/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Way-too-early preseason rankings have been out since before the national championship game between Villanova and Michigan, but there’s still much to sort out with the national landscape of the 2018-19 season. We’re still about two weeks away from the early-entry deadline, although the NBA draft combine will help sort out some of the guys who should come back. There are dozens of notable players who tested the waters without an agent — but here are the ones who will help shape the narratives heading into next season. By Jeff Borzello

Trae Young believes he’s not just the best scorer in the NBA draft this season, he’s the best player. When asked Friday if he felt he was the best scorer in this year’s class of potential picks, the Oklahoma guard felt he needed to add a little more to the description. By Nick Friedell

Following the recent Supreme Court decision, the NCAA announced that it supports federal regulation of sports gambling and will now temporarily allow states that sponsor single-game sports wagering to host championship events. The move opens the door for Las Vegas to host a men’s basketball tournament regional and other NCAA events in the future. By Myron Medcalf

It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. And we’d get used to it, if they did it. So I’m not going to rant and rave and insist the ACC’s men’s basketball coaches are TRYING TO RUIN THE SPORT WE ALL LOVE! But, in my calmest voice, I will say I do not think their recommendation that the NCAA Tournament should be expanded from 68 teams to 72 teams is a good one. More than anything, it’s just a self-serving suggestion designed to create more opportunities for mediocre teams from leagues exactly like theirs. By 

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Many of the top prospects in the 2018 NBA draft had their measurements taken at this year’s combine. Here are our biggest takeaways, including physical comps and some record-setting numbers. By Jonathan Givony

Who impressed during the first day of scrimmages at the NBA draft combine? Could Luka Doncic really choose not to enter the draft this year? The answers to those questions and more in our draft dispatch. By JEREMY WOO

Adidas has landed several key sponsorships from colleges and endorsements from star NBA players. Is that because the company has created an unfair playing field, as Skechers claims in its lawsuit? By MICHAEL MCCANN

Both Kansas coach Bill Self (right) and Villanova coach Jay Wright (left) benefited from their teams shooting deep threes last season. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

I didn’t mean to stumble onto a Jay Wright secret … but that may have been what happened this week when I started to research a potential blog topic. Recently, I’ve been fascinated by the work of analyst Will Schreefer, especially when it comes to the excellent (and free) shot-chart tool he’s created for college basketball players. By JESSE NEWELL

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The more I think about it, the more that Michael Porter Jr. is becoming the most interesting prospect at the top of the 2018 NBA Draft. As a high school senior, he was considered by many to be the top player in the class, a 6-foot-10 combo-forward with a lethal three-point shot, NBA dunk contest athleticism and the versatility to, one day, be a multi-positional defender that would seamlessly fit into fit into the modern NBA.

Heritage Auctions sold what was advertised as a game-worn John Wooden Purdue jersey from the 1930s for $264,000 this week. Wooden, who became a college basketball legend for his success as the head coach of UCLA, played his college ball with the Boilermakers, where he was a three-time all-american. By Rob Dauster

 

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