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Former Ivy League Player of the Year Towns chooses to transfer to Ohio State (CBB News)

Harvard standout forward Seth Towns announced he was grad transferring to Ohio State over a list that included Duke among many others. Towns announced his decision on SportsCenter a couple nights ago.

Duke Guard Tre Jones is headed to the NBA Draft according to multiple sources. Jones was the ACC Player of the Year, as he averaged sixteen points and almost seven assists. He is a projected first round pick. Veteran Duke Guard Alex O’Connell could be leaving Duke via the transfer portal but nothing is official yet.

Georgia Guard Anthony Edwards announced he is headed to the 2020 draft as well. Edwards is considered at the very least a top three pick and likely will fall within the top two selections according to most mock drafts. He averaged nineteen points, five rebounds, and three assists during his lone season at Georgia. He signed its Octagon Basketball, which also represents NBA superstars Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo among many other NBA players.

Here’s the 2020 College Basketball AP All American Team:
G:Payton Pritchard,Oregon
G:Myles Powell,Seton Hall
G:Markus Howard,Marquette
F:Obi Toppin,Dayton
F:Luka Garza,Iowa

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cbhsports 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Preview

When:November 21-24
Location:Myrtle Beach,SC

Bracket
Villanova
Middle Tennessee

Mississippi State
Tulane

Baylor
Ohio

Utah
Coastal Carolina

Synopsis:Villanova should be the obvious favorite to win this tournament but watch out for Utah and Baylor.

Predicted Championship:Utah vs. Villanova

Predicted Champion:Villanova

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College Football News:UConn to leave AAC in ’20, owe $17M fee

The Huskies will leave on July 1, 2020, and are required to pay an exit fee of $17 million by 2026. UConn is joining the Big East in all sports besides football, men’s and women’s ice hockey and rowing. The school said its football program will become an independent team beginning in the 2020 season.

LSU added in-state defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy to its 2020 class. Roy had been committed to coming to Baton Rouge in September of 2018 before decommitting in February of 2019. After taking multiple visits Roy cut his list down to Alabama, aforementioned LSU, and Texas A&M. Roy is the third ranked Louisiana prospect in the 2020 ESPN 300.

Top 2020 QB Haynes King chose Texas A&M, vaulting them into the top ten in ESPN’s 2020 Class Rankings. King, ranked number nineteen in the 2020 ESPN 300, chose Texas A&M over Auburn, Duke, and Tennessee.

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Big East officially announces UConn’s return

The Big East offically announced the University of Conneticut’s return to the conference. UConn was apart of the conference from 1979 (where it was a charter member) to 2013. The league said the year of entry will be determined at a later date. UConn will participate in 20 of the Big East’s 22 sports. Notably, the football program will either be in a different conference, an independent, or downgrade to the FCS level. UConn’s women’s basketball program leaves the American Athletic conference with no losses in conference. UConn will leave the AAC for its roots, where it became a perennial basketball power, both men’s and women’s.

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College Basketball News:Top grad transfer Blackshear picks Florida

The UConn Board of Trustees accepted an invitation on Wednesday to move basketball and most other sports teams (not including football) back to the conference they were a charter member of. UConn rejoins the Big East officially! As I said in a previous post, UConn will be moving their football team either to a different conference, the independents, or downgrade to the FCS level because the Big East does not sponsor football. UConn will make their move to the Big East in the 2020-2021 school year.

ESPN’s top grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. (formerly of Virginia Tech) committed to Florida last night. The forward chose Florida over Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, or a potential return to Virginia Tech. Blackshear entered the transfer portal in mid April after former Virginia Tech Head Coach Buzz Williams took the same job at Texas A&M. At the same time, Blackshear put his name into the NBA Draft, but took his name out hours before the deadline. Blackshear joins ESPN 100 recruits Omar Payne, Scottie Lewis, and Tre Mann to make Florida the biggest competitor to Kentucky in the SEC next season. The top returnee for the Gators is 2018-19 All-SEC Freshman Team Guard Andrew Nembhard will lead the offense for the Gators. Blackshear Jr. averaged almost fifteen points and seven and half rebounds.

Oklahoma State hired Cannen Williams as an assistant coach on Wednesday. It does have significance because the number two recruit in the 2020 ESPN 100 happens to be Cannen’s brother, Point Guard Cade Cunningham. This will help Oklahoma State to get the five-star point guard.

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UConn expected to rejoin Big East

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is expected to return to the Big East in basketball and other sports in 2020 per multiple reports. According to ESPN, nothing is offical but an announcement could be made at some point next week. The biggest question for the huskies, though, is about their football program. According to a source that told ESPN, it would be unlikely that UConn would keep just their football program in the American Athletic Conference. For football, UConn is expected to stay in the AAC for 2019 but move into a different conference or the Independents in 2020. UConn’s potential move was first reported by Digital Sports Desk.

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Taking a look at the final 2019 top ten college basketball class rankings

As the spotligh on the 2019 class closes, we are going to take a look at the top ten classes college basketball for the 2019 class according to ESPN. The top three players according to ESPN for each school in the top ten will be ranked.

Number=National Rank on ESPN 100
()=High School

1.Memphis Tigers
Top three signees
1.James Wiseman (#1 Center) Memphis,TN (East Memphis)
17.Precious Achiuwa (#5 Power Forward) Bronx,NY (Montverde)
25.DJ Jeffries (#5 Small Forward) Olive Branch,MS (Olive Branch)

In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach Penny Hardaway beat out Kentucky for number one player in the country James Wiseman and two other five-star frontcourt players Precious Achiuwa (PF) and DJ Jeffries (SF). Hardaway and Memphis beat out Coach K and Duke for the top class with a recent signing from Precious Achiuwa.

2.Duke Blue Devils
Top three signees
6.Vernon Carey Jr. (#3 Center) Southwest Ranches,FL (NSU University)
11.Matthew Hurt (#2 PF) Rochester,MN (John Marshall)
22.Wendell Moore (#3 Small Forward) Charlotte,NC (Cox Mill)

Landing former number one player Vernon Carey Jr. was a big win in December. Landing Matthew Hurt late in the process was a win for Duke, but did not get them over the hump to get a second consecutive top class. While this isn’t the number one class, this is a solid number two ranked class.

3.Arizona Wildcats
Top three signees
8.Josh Green (#2 Shooting Guard) Bradenton,FL (IMG)
9.Nico Mannion (#2 Point Guard) Scottsdale,AZ (Pinnacle)
40.Terry Armstrong (#8 Small Forward) Flint,MI (Bella Vista)

While there was controversy surrounding Arizona’s program in 2018, Arizona has re-cemented themselves as recruiting powers by landing top ten recruits in guards Josh Green and Nico Mannion. Wing Terry Armstrong cements this class as a top three class in the country.

4.Kentucky Wildcats
Top three signees
12.Kahlil Whitney (#2 Small Forward) Roselle,NJ (Roselle Catholic)
13.Tyrese Maxey (#3 Shooting Guard) Dallas,TX (South Garland)
29.Johnny Juzang (#3 Small Forward) North Hollywood,Ca (Harvard Westlake)

Kentucky again has a top five class headed by three top three prospects at their positions. Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey are top fifteen prospects that will be difference makers. Johnny Juzang has the talent to be an NBA player after two years. Expect Kentucky to be in the national championship picture in the 2019-2020 season.

5.Georgia Bulldogs
Top three signees
4.Anthony Edwards (#1 Shooting Guard) Atlanta,GA (Holy Spirit)
64.Christian Brown (#13 Small Forward) Hopkins,SC (Oak Hill)
69.Jaykwon Walton (#15 Small Forward) Montgomery,AL (Carver)

Tom Crean and Georgia became one of the surprises of the 2019 cycle by landing top peach state prospect and number four ranked player nationally Anthony Edwards. Four-star wings Christian Brown and Jaykwon Walton will make this team competetive in the SEC for years to come.

6.Villanova Wildcats
Top three signees
14.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (#3 Power Forward) Overland Park,KS (IMG)
15.Bryan Antoine (#4 Shooting Guard) Tinton Falls,NJ (Ranney)
52.Justin Moore (#8 Shooting Guard) Accokeek,MD (DeMatha Catholic)

Jay Wright has another top ten class to reload after a down year in 2018-19 for Villanova despite winning the Big East. These three guys are the next players in Jay Wright’s system to lead Villanova to glory.

7.USC Trojans
Top three signees
16.Isaiah Mobley (#4 Power Forward) Temecula,CA (Rancho Christian)
20.Onyeka Okongwu (#5 Center) Chino Hills,CA (Chino Hills)
54.Max Agbonkpolo (#12 Power Forward) Rancho Santa Margarita,CA (Santa Margarita Catholic)

USC strengthened their frontcourt by landing five-star big men Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu and four-star big Max Agbonkpolo. This will help them compete with Arizona in the Pac-12.

8.Louisville Cardinals
24.Samuell Williamson (#4 Small Forward) Rockwall,TX (Rockwall)
50.Aiden Igiehon (#11 Power Forward) Woodmere,NY (Lawrence Woodmere)
76.David Johnson (#13 Shooting Guard) Louisville,KY (Trinity)

In his first recruiting cycle, Head Coach Chris Mack has led Louisville to a great first season but has been very successful on the recruiting trail by landing a five-star and multiple four-star recruits.

9.North Carolina
Top three signees
2.Cole Anthony (#1 Point Guard) Briarwood,NY (Oak Hill)
18.Armado Bacot (#5 Center) Richmond,VA (IMG)
77.Anthony Harris (#11 Point Guard) Fairfax,VA (Paul VI)

Roy Williams finally cemented the top ten ranking for his 2019 recruiting class by landing top point guard Cole Anthony. These three top guys will have big roles as Carolina loses four major contributors after last season’s ACC championship team. Cole Anthony will have the keys to the offense after Coby White enters the NBA.

10.Florida
Top three signees
10.Scottie Lewis (#1 Small Forward) Colts Neck,NJ (Ranney)
33.Tre Mann (#6 Point Guard) Gainesville,FL (The Villages Charter)
43.Omar Payne (#7 Center) Kissimmee,FL (Montverde)

Mike White had a huge land out of New Jersey in Scottie Lewis. White and Florida complented that by landing Tre Mann and Omar Payne.

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The rise and fall of the Big East

From the Big East getting three one seeds in the NCAA Tournament to TCU being a bowl buster during the era of the BCS,the Big East was that conference that challenged all of the major conference teams.But to look at the fall of the greatest basketball conference ever,we have to take a look at the history of the conference.

Founding:The early years
In 1979 new scheduling requirements meant that independent schools Providence,St. John’s,Syracuse,and Georgetown met to discuss a potential founding of a conference centered in the northeast.Other schools invited were Seton Hall,Holy Cross,Rutgers,Connecticut,and Boston College with Rutgers and Holy Cross declining to join.Villanova joined a year later in 1980 and three years later Pittsburgh joined in 1982.In 1982,Penn State applied for membership but was denied after only five out of eight schools accepted (they needed six out of eight).

Football Expansion
A decade after the conference’s founding,Big East members decided to become a major football conference.Thus they added five schools including Rutgers, Miami, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. Miami was the only full time member immediately but Rutgers became a full member in 1995-96 and Notre Dame became a non-football member that same year.Virginia Tech became a full member in 2000-01 and Temple,a football only member until 2004, was forced out of the conference for many reasons including inadequate facilities,and playing success.

Turmoil and Realignment
The unusual structure of “football” and “non-football” schools led to turmoil within the conference. In 2003, the ongoing reports of tensions between the football schools and the basketball-only schools finally exploded into a months-long public tug-of-war between the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference over several Big East members. The end result was that three Big East schools:Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College—moved to the ACC, while five schools moved to the Big East from Conference USA—Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Marquette, and DePaul.

The addition of the three football schools, along with Big East non-football member Connecticut moving up to the Big East football conference, ensured that the league would keep the minimum eight teams needed to keep its BCS bid.DePaul and Marquette, were added to get the Milwaukee and Chicago television markets and add two good basketball programs to an already great basketball conference.

In 2010, Texas Christian University accepted an invitation to join the conference as an all-sports member beginning in the 2012–13 academic year.Big East schools compete in Division I. Most of the football-playing schools play in Division I FBS, while Georgetown and Villanova have Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) football programs. Georgetown football competes in the Patriot League. Villanova has competed in the Colonial Athletic Association football conference since 1988, dating back to its time as a completely separate conference known as the Yankee Conference, which merged with the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997, then in 2007 the CAA took over management of the A-10 football conference (which happened after Northeastern University joined the CAA in 2005, giving them the six football-playing members needed to start sponsoring football, which was eventually dropped by Northeastern after 2009). In September 2010, in the wake of a Division I realignment that affected a number of conferences around the country, the Big East asked Villanova to consider becoming a football member. The school once considered the offer, which required the school to substantially expand its football budget, as well as expand its stadium to meet FBS requirements or find another suitable venue in the Philadelphia area.[16] Villanova presented a plan to the Big East football members on April 10, 2011, which included the use of PPL Park as a football stadium, but the league declined to schedule a vote to offer membership on the objections of Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Rutgers to the plan. On September 17, 2011 Syracuse, a charter member of the conference, and Pittsburgh announced that they would be leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.Both schools originally intended to fulfill their commitment to the 27-month waiting period. TCU also reversed its decision and accepted an invitation from the Big 12 Conference to move there.

and countersuits were launched by the school and conference. Eventually, a settlement was reached with allowed West Virginia’s departure for 2012 in exchange for sizable compensation.Syracuse and Pittsburgh then used the acquiescence of the Big East to West Virginia’s departure to challenge the validity of their own commitment, and the Big East agreed to a settlement with both schools in July 2012 to allow their departure for the 2013 academic year.

In December, after the 2011 football regular season was completed announcements were made that Boise State University and San Diego State University, both of the Mountain West Conference, would join the Big East in football only; and that Conference USA members University of Central Florida, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Houston would join in all sports for the 2013 academic year.

On January 24, 2012, the Navy Midshipmen accepted an invitation to join the Big East for football only starting in 2015.On February 9, 2012, the Big East invited the University of Memphis to join as a full member in all sports to begin play in 2013.On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Temple University would return to the conference for football in the 2012 season, filling the void left by West Virginia. Temple would join for all sports in 2013. Temple basketball would move over from the Atlantic 10 Conference, where they have been a perennial powerhouse.On August 29, 2012, Loyola and the Patriot League announced that all Loyola athletic teams, including the school’s Big East team in women’s lacrosse, would join that conference on July 1, 2013.On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame announced it would follow Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, joining that league in all sports except football. Notre Dame and the Big East reached agreement on March 13, 2013; the exit took place July 1, 2013.

On November 20, 2012, Rutgers announced it would be leaving the Big East to join the Big Ten Conference as a full member, effective with the start of the 2014–15 academic year.Rutgers’ announcement came one day after the University of Maryland departed the ACC to join the Big Ten.One week later, on November 27, Tulane University accepted the Big East’s invitation to join as an all-sports member. East Carolina University’s football program also joined the Big East in 2014; both schools were previously with Conference USA.The following day the ACC voted to invite Louisville to join in 2014, making them the seventh school since 2004 to leave the Big East in favor of the ACC.On March 27, 2013, East Carolina’s future membership in the renamed conference was officially upgraded to all-sports membership.

Conference split
New Big East
Main articles: Big East Conference and American Athletic Conference
Less than two weeks after Louisville announced its departure for the ACC, multiple media reports indicated that the Big East’s seven remaining non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions, were considering a mass exit from the conference.By December 13, it was likely that the non-FBS schools would indeed leave to form a new conference,and on December 15, the seven schools (soon to be called the Catholic 7 by the media) made their departure official, effective with the 2015–16 school year.Many details remained to be worked out, with one major issue being whether the “Big East” name would stay with the FBS schools.

On December 31, Boise State announced they had decided to stay in the Mountain West conference, leaving the Big East, much like TCU, without ever playing a game in it. With Boise State staying in the Mountain West, it was noted that San Diego State would indeed try to rejoin the Mountain West as well.On January 16, 2013, reports surfaced that SDSU would indeed stay in the Mountain West. Rumors of the MWC looking at potentially adding Houston and SMU as its 13th and 14th football members, both of which had stated they would join the Big East in 2013, continued to circulate as well.

In February 2013, multiple media reports indicated that the Catholic 7 would depart in July 2013, two years earlier than originally planned. On March 5, the Associated Press reported tentative details of a financial agreement: In exchange for selling both the Big East name and a contract with Madison Square Garden (MSG) to host the men’s basketball tournament to the Catholic 7, as well as $10 million, the football schools would receive $100 million of a $110 million pool that had accumulated from entry fees, exit fees, and proceeds earned from appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.On April 3, the football-playing schools, which retained the old Big East’s structure and its automatic BCS bid, announced they would operate as the American Athletic Conference starting on July 1.

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Arkansas big man Gafford puts name in draft,won’t play in NIT

Arkansas All-SEC big man Daniel Gafford won’t play in the NIT Tournament,as he has put his name in the draft and signed with an agent.Gafford,a projected first round pick a year ago,decided to come back for another year in Fayetteville.His numbers improved across the board where he averaged seventeen points,nine rebounds,and shot an amazing sixty-six percent from the field.Arkansas will play four-seed Providence in the Indiana region in Bloomington as a five seed.

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College Basketball Saturday Review 4:A day of upset and revenge (and what we expected to happen)

9.North Carolina got revenge on Louisville,with a win in 15.Louisville,79-69.Luke Maye scored twenty points and added eleven rebounds,adding another double-double to his name.

19.LSU was upset by Arkansas,90-89.Arkansas held an eighteen point lead at a point,last the lead,and got it back.LSU had three chances at a game winner.Arkansas Center and NBA prospect Daniel Gafford scored twenty-three points and added eight rebounds.Duke crushed St. John’s 91-61,Indiana upset Michigan 79-75,Virginia Tech held NC State to twenty-four points,while only scoring forty-six themselves, and Tennessee and Virginia survived tests versus Texas A&M and Miami respectively.