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Scout's Take Tre Mann to Florida Gators

Aug 28, 2018

ESPN 100 guard Tre Mann verbally committed to Florida on Tuesday. He chose the Gators over North Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee. He recently checked in at No. 30 on our updated player rankings board.

Why he committed: The Gators have had impressive recruiting classes since Mike White's arrival. Mann is the first impact in-state player to commit to the Gators. Mann told ESPN what impressed him about White. "He recruited me real hard," Mann said. "Every time I would look up he would be at one of my games. He told me he would not let me fail."

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Tom Herman, Texas Longhorns head coach, was other Ohio State assistant on Zach Smith strip club trip

Aug 29, 2018Emailprint

Texas head coach Tom Herman was the assistant coach who accompanied former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith to a strip club while on a recruiting trip, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

The 2014 strip club trip also included high school coaches.

Smith's $600 involvement in the Miami-based excursion was noted in the school's detailed 23-page summary of its investigation released last week, although Smith was the only person named in the documents. The $600 came from Smith's own money, and he did not seek reimbursement for it from the football program or the school.

Upon discovering the information about the strip club trip, the investigators reported it to Ohio State's Office of University Compliance and Integrity and the Athletic Compliance Office to investigate whether the conduct violated NCAA rules.

Under the terms of their suspensions, coach Urban Meyer and AD Gene Smith were allowed to meet with Ohio State players and coaches last Thursday.

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2018 ESPN 100 Jaykwon Walton commits to Georgia Bulldogs

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Five star 2019 ESPN 100 Armando Bacot commits to North Carolina Tar Heels

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Five-star big man Armando Bacot commits to North Carolina Tar Heels

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Five-star big man Armando Bacot announced his commitment to North Carolina on Thursday.

Bacot, the No. 21-ranked recruit in the 2019 ESPN 100, chose the Tar Heels over a final group that included Duke, Oklahoma State, Georgia and VCU. North Carolina was considered the heavy favorite for most of the past few months, although Duke made a renewed effort toward the end of July.

Bacot, a 6-foot-10 center from Richmond, Virginia, who attends IMG Academy (Florida), is coming off an impressive July in which he cemented himself as one of the top big men in the country. He won MVP honors at the Nike Peach Jam, leading Team Takeover to a championship, then helped lead them to another title at The 8 in Las Vegas.

Bacot averaged 14.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in bracket play at the Peach Jam, including a 14-point, 14-rebound effort in the championship game.

The Tar Heels will honor coach Roy Williams, who has won three national titles in his 15 seasons at UNC, by naming the basketball court after him.

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Parents of Jordan McNair say Maryland Terrapins coach DJ Durkin 'needs to go'

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NEW YORK -- Marty McNair, the father of late Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, told ESPN on Thursday that football coach DJ Durkin should be fired because he didn't deliver on his recruiting promise -- simply taking care of Jordan.

"When I think of DJ Durkin, all I remember is him sitting at our kitchen table and assuring me that he would take care of my son," Marty McNair said, "and he did anything other than that.

"I think he should be relieved of his job. I don't think that he should be allowed to coach anyone else's child in an environment like this. My child died. That's something we'll never get back. That's something that will never heal. Yeah, he needs to go."

In an interview with ESPN at the Algonquin Hotel, Marty McNair and Jordan's mother, Tonya Wilson, openly grieved the June 13 death of their son as they talked about his final practice on May 29, which ultimately led to heatstroke.

The University of Maryland board of regents has called a special meeting Friday to receive updates about the school's actions in the wake of the June 13 death of football player Jordan McNair.

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USA Basketball gold medalists share memories from FIBA U17 World Cup, FIBA Americas U18 Championship

By Walter Villa | Aug 16, 2018Special to espnW

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MVP Jordan Horston, right, and her teammates at the FIBA U17 World Cup had plenty to celebrate this summer.

It was a golden summer for USA Basketball's U18 and U17 women's teams. For the players, the highlights weren't contained to the court. From Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Latvia's Baltic beaches, their memories dot the globe.

We caught up with several of the gold medalists from the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico and the FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus. They shared their most memorable moments.

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Ed Oliver, Rashan Gary, Khalil Tate and others; reranking the 2016 recruiting class

Aug 21, 2018

The 2016 recruiting class was one of the most hyped classes in recent memory. After a run of five consecutive No. 1 classes, Alabama was unseated in 2016 by Florida State. The Seminoles' class was led by No. 5 overall recruit Levonta Taylor, one of nine players who earned five-star ratings from ESPN that year. Three years later, the class has by and large lived up to expectations and also produced some breakout stars. We examined how different the class would look if we reranked players based on their college production. Here are the top 25 players knowing what we know now.

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ESPN 300 Hot Board Five-star predictions

Aug 17, 2018

Recruiting has slowed down a touch now that we are in a dead period and approaching the season. Most prospects will focus on their high school team and put recruiting on the back burner, and that includes some of the top prospects in the nation.

Of the 11 five-star recruits in the 2019 class, five remain uncommitted. While most of them are planning to wait to announce their decisions, there are a select few schools that stick out, helping to make predictions on where those recruits will eventually land. Here is a look at the uncommitted five-stars and where they currently stand.

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True freshmen Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence compete for starting QB job

Aug 15, 2018Emailprint

Trevor Lawrence's reputation was already something of a local legend before he hit high school. His mom, Amanda, remembers being at a restaurant about a half-hour outside their hometown of Cartersville, Georgia, when a man nervously approached, asking for an autograph. Trevor was in eighth grade at the time.

Cartersville high school coach Joey King had heard the hype, too, and he knew Lawrence would be something special. But the first-year coach had another QB on the roster, a 6-foot-5 junior with a strong arm, too. Still, he was curious enough about the kid everyone was buzzing about to invite him out for spring practice, four months before Lawrence would officially begin high school.

Could quarterback J.T. Daniels go from high school junior to USC's starting lineup as Sam Darnold's successor? Daniels is among the first-year players who could make plays from the minute they step on the field.

Preseason all-ACC team, players to watch, words from the ACC commissioner and everything you need to know for the start of the season.

From the All-SEC team to power rankings and Heisman hopefuls, we've got you covered, gearing you up for college football Saturdays this fall.

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Four star 2018 ESPN 100 Kira Lewis commits to Alabama Crimson Tide

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Four star 2018 ESPN 100 Jaiden Delaire reclassifies commits to Stanford Cardinal

Aug 8, 2018

Stanford added a quality piece to their incoming recruiting class when ESPN 100 forward Jaiden Delaire announced that he was returning to his original graduating class of 2018 and joining the Cardinals next month.

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Big Ten hopes for better NCAA tournament haul in 2018-19 season

Aug 15, 2018EmailprintCarsen Edwards is one of the best returning scorers in the Big Ten. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Students across the country are slowly making their way back toward campus this month. Even though we're still months away from basketball season, it's time to take a look at topics that will be dominating conversation in the build-up to Big Ten hoops season.

Here are five questions for the Big Ten:

1. Michigan State2. Michigan3. Maryland4. Purdue5. Nebraska6. Wisconsin7. Indiana8. Ohio State9. Penn State10. Minnesota11. Iowa12. Northwestern13. Illinois14. Rutgers

1. Can the Big Ten rehab its postseason performance?

Michigan's run to the national championship game helped the Big Ten save a bit of face in the NCAA tournament, but it was still a disappointing postseason for the conference. Only four teams earned tourney bids -- the lowest total since 2008 -- and the drought for winning a national championship stretched to 18 years.

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Five star 2019 class Kahlil Whitney commits Kentucky Wildcats

Aug 8, 2018

Kahlil Whitney, a five-star prospect and 14th-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100, has verbally committed to Kentucky.

Whitney chose Kentucky over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown.

Here's what be brings to the Wildcats:

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Kentucky Wildcats land No. 14 overall basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney

Aug 8, 2018Emailprint

Kahlil Whitney, a five-star prospect and 14th-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100, has verbally committed to Kentucky.

Whitney chose Kentucky over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown. He plays high school basketball at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey), where his team went 24-0 last season.

The perimeter player became the second five-star commitment for the Wildcats in the 2019 class, and he's drawn comparisons to Andrew Wiggins and Stanley Johnson.

D.J. Jeffries, a five-star forward from Mississippi's Olive Branch High School, announced Monday that he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

The race is on for the top prospects in 2019 and beyond. Find out which programs are in the mix for players like James Wiseman and Cole Anthony.

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Cardinal Newman freshman Ashlyn Watkins much more than a 14-year-old dunker

By Walter Villa | Aug 9, 2018Special to espnW

Cardinal Newman high school freshman Ashlyn Watkins, at 6-foot-3, gets a steal under the basket and races to the other end for a one-handed jam.

Sitting in the stands, Harriet Watkins watched her daughter steal the basketball. And she started to squirm.

"When she took off," Harriet said of her 14-year-old daughter, Ashlyn Watkins, "I was saying, 'Don't do it. Don't do it.'"

Ashlyn had a completely different thought.

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Hot Board - Updating where the top recruits are considering

Aug 6, 2018

It was a whirlwind three weeks on the recruiting front. Coaches crisscrossed the country -- perhaps for the last time, depending on what new rules are proposed by the NCAA -- hoping to find the future of their respective programs.

Now comes the hard part: actually securing commitments. Over the next couple of weeks, prospects will narrow their lists and set official visits for the fall. Recruiting boards will be cemented a little further and priority targets will be determined.

So who's going where? Here's the buzz on the top five players in the 2019 class and a handful of other noteworthy prospects.

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Washington high school standout Dalayah Daniels becomes a force on the basketball court

By Walter Villa | Aug 2, 2018Special to espnW

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Dalayah Daniels learned an important lesson from her big brother: Don't back down to anyone.

It happened at odd times and in odd places. Dalayah Daniels would get knocked down. A lot.

But this was no case of whodunit.

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D.J. Jeffries' dad says Kentucky unprofessional after decommitment

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The father of five-star forward D.J. Jeffries said Kentucky was "unprofessional" in the way it handled his son's decommitment from the school Monday.

"We talked with Kentucky, and it kinda shocked me," Corey Jeffries told John Martin on ESPN Radio's Memphis affiliate Tuesday morning. "They were kinda unprofessional. They didn't handle the news the way I expected them to handle it, being professionals."

D.J. Jeffries, a five-star forward from Mississippi's Olive Branch High School, announced Monday that he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

New NCAA rules, Penny Hardaway's emergence and LeBron James were among the dominant storylines on the recruiting trail in July.

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10 takeaways from recruiting trail during July evaluation period

Aug 1, 2018Emailprint

The month of July is all about recruiting. It's when coaches identify prospects to build their rosters for the coming seasons.

At the same time, a lot more than recruiting goes on. Trends begin to develop, both in recruiting and at the college level. Coaches at all levels interact with one another, opinions are shared, gossip spreads.

After spending three weeks on the recruiting trail, here are some of the major talking points:

1. Will the July period ever be the same?

The biggest talking point was the impact of reported NCAA proposals. Is this the last time coaches can attend events like Peach Jam and Las Vegas?

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