Illini Basketball Adds Wing Mark Alstork; Rayvonte Rice Comparisons Apt

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Maybe Illini basketball will play four guards/wings this season instead of just three?

Illinois made another “splash hire” today with the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork. The 6-foot-5 wing/two guard/off the ball guard averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists last year. He also knocked down 39% of his 3-point attempts.

Here’s a neat little video of his decision:

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Official: Caleb Swanigan Leaves Purdue Boilermakers for NBA Draft; as Expected

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It’s official, via a release sent out by the school, Caleb Swanigan will not be returning to Purdue, and instead remains in the NBA Draft. This move by Biggie was expected, but it didn’t get announced until the final decision day, and at time that was about as late as possible. Caleb Swanigan himself broke the news via his Twitter account.

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Purdue Basketball at Marquette the Gavitt Games Headliner? Maybe Wisconsin-Xavier?

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Purdue basketball returns to the Bradley Center, the site which witnessed the Boilermakers clinching a Sweet 16 berth, this past March. Purdue will face Marquette in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, otherwise known as FOX Sports’ answer to ESPN’s B1G/ACC Challenge. The schools sent out the Gavitt Games info just now, although it’s somewhat moot today, given how the schools handed over the news to a TV network four days ago.

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Kentucky SG Malik Monk to the New York Knicks at #8 Would be a Great Fit

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Kentucky Basketball: is Bam Adebayo a Top Ten NBA Draft Pick?

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Kentucky Basketball: is De’Aaron Fox a Top Five NBA Draft Pick?

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball doesn’t just dominate the McDonald’s All-American Game, the SEC and the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Draft night is always their night as well.

“It’s graduation day for my child,” John Calipari says at the event, during the 30 for 30 film “One and Not Done.”

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Top 10 Biggest Upsets in the History of Basketball

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Basketball is a fast and furious game, in which momentum often changes in an instant. Thrills and spills are guaranteed, and this short list of upsets are just a small sample of the many memorable games that have rocked this sport over the years.

This list is proof positive that it’s never really over until it is truly over, and complete turnarounds are possible at any point of play.

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Five Star Big Man Mo Bamba Picks Texas Over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan

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It’s official, Mo Bamba has selected the University of Texas. The five star big man picked the Longhorns over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.

We now update our story on Bamba from March 28th, from McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, in which we indicated that Texas was indeed the front-runner.

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Isaac Haas Returning to Purdue Boilermakers; Withdraws Name from NBA Draft

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Isaac Haas has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue for his senior season.

This according to a release sent out by the school.

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Illini Basketball Lose Jeremiah Tilmon to Mizzou: Bad News and Good News

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Now Illini basketball FINALLY has closure on the Jeremiah Tilmon recruitment, and as Tom Petty once famously told us “the waiting is the hardest part.” Like a member of the opposite sex who isn’t actually interested in you but gives you a lot of attention, and their phone number, Tilmon vacillated on Illinois.

Three times he wavered on his commitment to Illini basketball, and as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “action is character.”

Illini basketball and Jeremiah Tilmon was just simply not a match that was meant to be, as the East Saint Louis big man will now take his talents to Mizzou.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round. Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

(Updated: 5/15/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 5/15/17) Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

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