Commentary

Roundball chatter

Updated: May 21, 2012, 11:59 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

• The pairings for the 14th ACC-Big Ten Challenge came out last week. Indiana-North Carolina and Duke-Ohio State are among the marquee matchups. I think the NC State-Michigan, Michigan State-Miami and Florida State-Minnesota games have the potential to be very exciting as well.

• Coach K got some great news when McDonald's All-American forward Amile Jefferson signed with Duke. The 6-7 Jefferson averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game at Friends' Central School in Philadelphia. He could be a factor right away, teaming up with Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Alex Murphy. Jefferson is part of an incoming class that also includes guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

• While Notre Dame coach Mike Brey got bad news when Tim Abromaitis was denied an extra year of eligibility, things turned out better in a different case. Forward Scott Martin was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will play for the Irish next season. Martin, averaged 9.5 points per game last season as the Irish finished 22-12.

• Baylor guard Brady Heslip will gain some major international experience over the summer. He will embark on a two-week tour from May 26-June 10 in Germany and Poland with a team from Athletes In Action. Teammate Deuce Bello and Marquette's Jamil Wilson are among those on the AIA roster.

• Congratulations to former Kentucky point guard Sean Woods, who was named head coach of Morehead State after a four-year stint at Mississippi Valley State. When we last saw Woods in the news, his team was falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I am sure fans in the state of Kentucky will be happy with his move to Morehead State. He is taking over for Donnie Tyndall, who left for Southern Mississippi as the coaching carousel continues to spin.

• I just want to thank the college basketball community for all of its support at the seventh annual Dickie V Gala. It was like a who's who in the sport down in Sarasota on May 18th as we raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research. Special thanks to the honorees: Villanova coach Jay Wright, former Maryland coach Gary Williams and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. Among the hoop coaches in attendance were: John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Bob Huggins, Mike Brey, Steve Lavin, Mark Gottfried, Brad Stevens, Rollie Massimino, Scott Drew, Bryce Drew, Frank Martin, Fred Hoiberg, Joe Jones, Leonard Hamilton, Lorenzo Romar, Mark Fox, Ray McCallum, Stan Heath, Steve Alford, Tom Pecora and Steve Prohm. Former coaches like Fran Fraschilla, Gene Keady, Bill Raftery and Barry Rohrssen were there. It was a very special evening.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
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.