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Roundball chatter

Updated: October 6, 2013, 7:34 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• I was so happy to hear that Louisville guard Kevin Ware was cleared to play. The young man went through such a gruesome injury, but his hard work has paid off. I hope he has a terrific season.

• Florida got some good news when Rutgers transfer Eli Carter was granted a waiver, allowing him immediate eligibility. Carter has been recovering from a broken leg suffered in mid-February while playing for the Scarlet Knights. He averaged more than 14 points per game last season and his presence, when healthy, adds depth to Billy Donovan's backcourt.

• According to many people on the inside, Mark Emmert is listening and receptive to many of the suggestions that can make for a stronger NCAA. That would be a major positive for college athletics. I believe common sense is so important in the decision-making process. We should be helping the student-athletes, not hurting them.

• A rising star in college athletic administration is Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. The man gets it! I believe he will be smiling this season with the talent at Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Colorado, Arizona State and on and on.

• Sorry Duke haters, but inside reports tell me that this season's Duke team will have two major factors -- athleticism and depth. It will translate into lots of W's! Remember newcomers Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. The Cameron Crazies will love them.

• Kansas State suffered a setback when point guard Jevon Thomas, the likely starter, was declared a partial qualifier. He will not be able to play until Dec. 21 against Gonzaga. Among the games he will miss -- matchups with Mississippi and Long Beach State.

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.

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