Michigan St. Target Brandon McCoy Considering Purdue? Center Himself Gives an Update

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Although interest in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game was far below that of previous events (the 40% off ticket sales promotions available yesterday truly says it all), there was still plenty of intrigue on the recruiting front.

During #McDAAG the real basketball is played behind closed doors in front of NBA scouts, what the media and general public see are just, as Ian Darke would put it, “indifferent editions.”

The real competition and news-worthiness lie in recruiting, and the top story on Wednesday surrounded uncommitted Center Brandon McCoy out of San Diego, California.

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Mohamed Bamba, Duke and Kentucky Target, has a Funny Christian Laettner “The Shot” Story

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If Mohamed Bamba commits to the Kentucky Wildcats, and Bam Adebayo stays, what a front court UK would have, name wise. Or if he goes to Michigan, he could team up with Muhamad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Bamba might choose Duke over both of those schools, but as of now, Shaka Smart at Texas is supposedly leading the way in the race to sign him.

ESPN ranks Mohamed Bamba #5 overall, 24/7 Sports has him third nationally while Scout places him second fifth. While he is a HUGE get for whoever lands him, he also has one-and-done written all over him as Draft Express have him slotted fourth and NBA Draft Room have him going #23overall in their 2018 NBA mock drafts. NBA Draft.net has him projected the sixth overall pick.

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Michael Porter Jr., Nation’s Top Recruit, Talks Illini Rivalry, Braggin’ Rights Game

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Michael Porter Jr. is so much more than just the 2017 edition of basketball’s “next big thing.” He’s helping to revive a moribund college basketball rivalry, and breathe new life into a once proud but currently abysmal program. The Gatorade Player of the Year and Naismith Preps Award winner is also dating a famous actress, Madison Pettis, with over 1.5 million followers on Twitter.

Porter was also the main attraction at McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, with the media swarms around him much larger than those surrounding all the other blue-chippers.

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2017 NBA Draft Early Entrants, Returning to School List

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The NCAA passed a new rule last year that gives any early entries until ten days after the 2017 NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2017 NBA Draft or announced they are returning to school.

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UPDATED: 3/29/17

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2017 College Basketball Transfers List

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College basketball transfers continue be a growing trend as college hoops has seen it’s own off-season form of free agency.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2017-18 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Why Do People Hate Kentucky Basketball So Much? Bill Raftery Has a Great Answer

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The strong aversion that so many people feel for the Kentucky basketball program operates on many levels. Last night’s narrow loss to North Carolina in the Elite 8 was probably the best game that we have seen this March Madness, and right now it feels like it was the true National Championship game.

Not to take anything away from what might or might not be an excellent Final Four this weekend, but Wildcats-Tar Heels was an instant classic. The end result made a lot of people in America happy because it ended the 2016-17 Kentucky basketball season.

People despise this team and this program for so many different reasons.

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2017-18 Purdue Basketball Way Too Early Season Preview

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter just does not get the credit that he truly deserves.

True, he’s not quite “Gene Keady Light” as of yet, but since he took over the program in 2006-07, the Boilermakers are fourth in the B1G in wins and conference wins. They’re also third in the league in NCAA Tournament bids.

Painter is also fourth all time in B1G Coach of the Year awards and 16th all time in B1G wins; not bad for a guy who will be entering just his 13th year on the job. No, he’s definitely not the guy with the statue outside Mackey Arena and the name on the venue’s street address, but he also doesn’t deserve even half of the flak he consistently receives from much of the Purdue basketball community.

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Archie Miller New Indiana Hoosiers Head Coach; B1G Will Be Better Next Season

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According to the University itself, Archie Miller is now the new head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. IU has officially found their Tom Crean replacement. The former Dayton Head Coach burst into the national radar in 2014 when he led the Flyers to the Elite 8. Since then, he had been considered the new Shaka Smart of sorts, but his then current school rewarded him with a new lucrative contract extension.

Miller has been the guy in high demand every March when high major programs make regime changes and hunt for replacements.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 3/25/17

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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.

(Updated: 3/23/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 3/25/17

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

(Updated: 3/23/17) Here is the link to the NFL mock draft

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Purdue Basketball: Sweet 16 Game Preview, Prediction vs Kansas Jayhawks

Purdue basketball player Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17). Yes, the graduate student guard is a bit down on the depth chart.

He’s not a major minutes guy by any means. So why lead with Albrecht?

Well, he’s known for unexpectedly turning in a stellar performance, on a huge stage. He’s a guy who got it done when nobody saw it coming, and tomorrow night it’s that kind of situation for the Purdue Boilermakers.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 3-23-17

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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