Today in the Morning Rumble, Juwan Durham is done for the season, SMU drops their appeal and Mitch Lightfoot will decide on a school in the coming weeks.
2016 four-star power forward and current UConn commit, Juwan Durham, has suffered a second ACL tear in nine months and will miss his entire senior season of high school. Durham is still expected to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) in November so he will join point guard Alterique Gilbert and big man Mamadou Diarra next season in Storrs.
It is heartbreaking for Nic Moore, Jordan Tolbert and Markus Kennedy as none of these seniors will have the experience of playing in the NCAA Tournament in their final year on campus. Despite not having any involvement in the academic scandal, Moore, Tolbert and Kennedy will suffer just as much as Keith Frazier and Larry Brown.
SMU has dropped their appeal of the postseason ban and the appeal of Brown's nine game suspension, citing the NCAA's rules and the distraction that will hang over the program during the season. It's unfortunate news because the Mustangs were expected to not only be the best team in an improved AAC Conference but they could very well have made a run in the NCAA Tournament due to their experience and toughness.
St. John's target Mitch Lightfoot took a visit to Arizona this past weekend and is eyeing a decision in the coming weeks. Lightfoot is down to St. John's, Arizona, Stanford, Utah and Kansas and has visited all five schools in the past month.
Lightfoot is a 6'7" power forward who is a native of Tucson, Arizona and is rated as a four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com. The talented prospect is long and has an impressive motor with the ability to make plays in transition, defend the paint and score around the rim.
Wisconsin has agreed to a 10-year, $96 million deal with Under Armour that will begin starting in 2016-17. The Badgers are the second Big Ten school to ditch Adidas as Michigan will be changing to the Jordan Brand starting next year.
For the first time in program history, North Carolina will wear black uniforms. The Tar Heels will debut the slick, new jerseys in December against the UCLA Bruins at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
2016 five-star small forward Rawle Alkins had some fun on Twitter on Friday, posting that he "committed to the University of Buffalo" despite offers from Kentucky, Louisville and St. John's, amongst others. Of course, this was only a joke as Alkins later tweeted a follow-up mentioning that some of his friends from school were messing with his phone.
Alkins, who is now attending Word of God Academy in North Carolina, is ranked 15th on ESPN's top 100 recruiting list for 2016 and visited St. John's (unofficially) before leaving New York City.