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Brennan: Cheick Diallo could put Kansas over the top - if he gets the chance

Cheick Diallo has the athleticism and game to boost the Kansas Jayhawks to a national championship -- but he has to be declared eligible first.

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Gary Trent Jr. brings new dimension to name

Gary Trent Jr.'s game is different from that of his former NBA-playing dad, but the No. 9 player in the 2017 class says much of his repertoire, and formative workout habits, came from his father.

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ESPNU CBB Podcast: Kris Dunn is back!

Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg weigh in on cases of academic impropriety at both SMU and UNC. Plus, Providence PG Kris Dunn and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall join the show.

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Scout's Take: Top-25 prospect Gabriel picks Kentucky

Wenyen Gabriel, who announced his decision on ESPN.com Thursday, should be an immediate impact defender for John Calipari's program. His skill set is similar to that of NBA forward Luol Deng.

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Gasaway: Hey you, stop shooting so much!

Some players approach the game with a shoot-first, pass-second approach. Here's five guys who might want to consider making the extra pass a little more often.

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Is the 15-year Big Ten title drought about to end?

The Big Ten hasn't won a national title since Mateen Cleaves and Michigan State won it all in 2000. Is this the year the conference's drought ends?


Dana O'Neil @ESPNDanaOneil

FWIW NCAA VP of enforcement Jon Duncan told me head coach penalty "is rebuttable.'' In other words, not automatic penalty.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

If multiple ex-Louisville recruits/players confirm book allegations, I’m not sure NCAA even HAS to talk to Katina Powell or Andre McGee.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Will be interesting to see if ex-Louisville staffer Andre McGee winds up talking to NCAA. He has not returned several calls/texts from ESPN.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

An important question here remains whether Katina Powell will wind up talking to the NCAA and providing proof (i.e. communication).

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Ex-Louisville players don’t have to & almost certainly won’t talk to NCAA. But ex-recruits & players who transferred will — if able to play.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Haven't been to OU yet, but one of my NBA scout buddies is impressed with overall depth. Cousins/Woodard excellent complement to Buddy H.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Wayne Selden may not have lived up to Jayhawks' fans standards yet, but if he plays like he did in World Univ. Games, he will be All Big 12.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Adding Cheick Diallo would be great for KU, but if Selden & Mason play like they did this summer, will be few better back courts in country.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Never thought I'd say this but KU's Frank Mason will end up in Sherron Collins territory by the time he's done at KU. Lot to live up to.