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Looking ahead: Oklahoma begins the after-Buddy era

As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.

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Taylor: Coach Smart supported my decision (2:33)
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Should Nigel Hayes return to Wisconsin? (1:44)
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What you don't know about Roy Williams (1:08)
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Voepel: Baffling that women's basketball stands alone in UNC's latest notice (2:22)
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Top 10 available CBB transfers

The number of Division I transfers swelled to more than 700 last season. The 2016 version includes ex-Duke guard Derryck Thornton and hundreds of others.

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Aussie rules football league eyes U.S. talent

The Australian Football League is seeking big men, so a group of U.S. college athletes, mostly basketball players, was recruited to L.A. this week for a crash course in Australian rules football.

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Coach K: Amaker, Wojciechowski and Battier best Duke defenders (1:05)
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Calipari's March Madness memories (1:04)
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Gathers is ready to showcase his football skills (1:54)
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Who are the favorites for 2017's top recruits?

Sure there are a handful of unsigned 2016 prospects, but it's time to turn our attention to the Class of 2017. The first evaluation period brought the coaches to see No. 1 DeAndre Ayton and others while setting up some interesting recruiting storylines.

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Remembering Pearl Washington (0:49)
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Syracuse legend Pearl Washington's signature moment (0:15)
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Boeheim: We were blessed to have Pearl Washington at Syracuse (1:49)

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Lipscomb grad transfer JC Hampton told ESPN he will visit Alabama Monday. Immediately eligible. Averaged 15.9 ppg last year.

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Shaka Smart demoting Mike Morrell off the road to move Jai Lucas up, per source. Like Jai, but Morrell got majority of players in UT class.

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Iowa State guard Naz Long has been granted a hardship waiver and will be eligible to play next season. Only played in eight games in 15-16.

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Sounds as though Shaka Smart will keep Jai Lucas on staff. Lucas was close to joining Jamie Dixon's staff at TCU as an assistant.

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Former UNLV signee Christian Vital told ESPN he has committed to UConn. Chose them over Louisville and Iowa.

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Harvard grad transfer Patrick Steeves has committed to George Washington, source told ESPN. Two years left, immediately eligible.

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North Carolina must show proof of a discrimination-free zone, or the state could lose NCAA tournament games. es.pn/1NE77dr

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Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon told ESPN his final three schools: Syracuse, Oklahoma, Texas A&M. He will visit Syracuse this weekend, Oklahoma and Texas A&M next week. Gillon is immediately eligible. He averaged 13.2 PPG and 3.8 APG this past season.

Ranking the NBA draft's top 30 players

Chad Ford runs down his latest Big Board, with the same freshman holding down the top spot for the seventh straight time. Big Board 7.0 (Insider)

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Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak told ESPN he will visit Ole Miss today, California next Wednesday. Already visited Colorado. Talented big.

Class rankings: Kentucky still at No. 1

Duke has two of the top three players in the 2016 class, but that wasn't enough to pass Kentucky, which has five top-25 prospects. Top 40 classes

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Alabama graduate transfer Michael Kessens told ESPN he has committed to Florida International. Immediately eligible.

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Columbia grad transfer Grant Mullins tells ESPN he has committed to California. Eligible immediately.