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Updated: September 3, 2012, 12:43 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week, I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Where will former Xavier player Dezmine Wells end up? Will it be Memphis, Kentucky or Maryland? Will it be somewhere else? He could be an impact player if eligible right away following his expulsion from Xavier.

• UNLV's waiver request for forward Roscoe Smith was denied by the NCAA. The 6-8 Smith, who transferred from Connecticut this summer, will redshirt over the 2012-13 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

• UCLA closed out its trip to China with a 3-0 record after a convincing win over a Chinese League team, the Shanghai Sharks. Travis and David Wear impressed during the tour, while Jordan Adams opened some eye with his play on the trip.

• There was a thrilling moment in Washington's recent foreign trip. Abdul Gaddy hit a 60-foot shot to send a game into overtime, which the Huskies eventually won. Lorenzo Romar's team was 2-2 in their first four games of the seven contests being played. With C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Gaddy leading the way, the Huskies have a nice nucleus as a sleeper out west this season.

• Even without Butler, which moved to the A-10, the Horizon League is going to be very interesting this season. Valparaiso returns the defending conference Player of the Year in Ryan Broekhoff, while Detroit is keyed by talented guard Ray McCallum Jr., the son of the team's coach. Last year, the Horizon League sent a conference-record five teams into postseason play.

• Billy Gillispie could be feeling some heat in Lubbock. There was a reported rift between him and several Red Raider players. Meanwhile, his health is the most important concern at this point. He complained of severe pain and was hospitalized and I wish him a speedy recovery. My friends, Texas Tech is a tough job. What the General, Robert Montgomery Knight did to get them into the NCAA tourney was amazing.

• Sorry to hear of the passing of former Duke superstar Art Heyman. He was the Player of the Year in 1963, averaging almost 25 points per game for the Blue Devils. He went on to a good career in the NBA.

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.