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ESPNU CBB Podcast: Kris Dunn is back!

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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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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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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?

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LSU freshman star Ben Simmons is getting ready for the season using a unique training regimen. Watch as he and teammate Keith Hornsby push a truck.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim went in front of appeals committee Monday in Indy. He has a strong case for a reduction when you compare his 9 ACC game suspension against penalties handed down recently to Frank Haith, Randy Bennett, Bruce Pearl, Jim Calhoun and last week, Larry Brown. Boeheim should get a reduction or move the 9 to non-league games in comparison to the penalties handed down to those aforementioned coaches. No timetable on when decision would be announced on Boeheim.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he may try and play Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Wiltjer and Przemek Karnowski together on the frontline. Hasn't practiced with it yet -- since Sabonis and Karnowski just got back to Spokane recently. Would likely play zone with those 3 together. Few: "They are our best 3 players. We want to get them on the court as much as we can."

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St. John’s coach Chris Mullin also hires former NBA teammate Mitch Richmond as a special assistant.

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Chris Mullin fills out his staff with Greg St. Jean — who was previous assistant player development guy for the Sacramento Kings.

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Can’t believe I missed the first half of Celtics exhibition game in Milan. Robbie Hummel playing for Olimpia Milano.

John Gasaway @JohnGasaway

In A-10 play last season an average offense scored 1.01 points per trip. No. 2 Dayton notched 1.07. Davidson scored 1.17. Fear McKillop.