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Morning Rumble: Skal Labissiere still not cleared, T.J. Leaf cuts his list to three

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Today in the Morning Rumble, Kentucky still hasn't received clearance for a future pro, T.J. Leaf is down to three and Kris Dunn is on the watch list for the Cousy Award.

Skal Labissiere, who has the potential to be the number one overall pick in the 2016 draft, is reportedly still not eligible for the Kentucky Wildcats. The NCAA interviewed former Memphis AAU coach Keith Easterwood and friend of Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, this week as they dig deeper into a very interesting situation.

There has been years of talk that Hamilton was making money off the Hati native and that obviously would violate the NCAA's amateurism rules.

One time Arizona commit and current 2016 five-star recruit, T.J. Leaf, has cut his list down to Oregon, San Diego State and UCLA. The power forward from El Cajon, California has a great combination of length, skill and athleticism while also showing the ability to finish in transition with touch around the rim.

The watch lists for the Cousy, West, Erving and Malone awards were released on Tuesday and six Big East players have a chance to bring home an honor.

Providence's Kris Dunn, Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Villanova's Jalen Brunson and Ryan Arcidiacono are up for the Bob Cousy Award given to the best point guard in the country. Bulldog guard Kellen Dunham is on the list for the Jerry West Award while Marquette big man Henry Ellenson is in the running for the Karl Malone award.

It looks like Kentucky is starting a trend. The Wildcats first decided to put together a scouting combine last season before continuing the event this year (it was televised on ESPNU). LSU also implemented a combine to show off the talents of Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney and Tim Quarterman. Now it's UNLV's turn.

With Jordan Zimmerman, Derrick Jones, Goodluck Okonoboh and Patrick McCaw, the Runnin' Rebels have NBA potential on the roster. They just need to start gaining traction in the Mountain West standings now.

The San Diego State Aztecs will be supporting new uniforms this season, incorporating the Aztec calendar.

Steve Fisher's team will look to build on last year's NCAA Tournament appearance (they beat St. John's in the 2nd round) and they are expected to look sharp doing so.

Jon Rothstein is at it again. Tuesday, he was in upstate New York visiting the Syracuse Orange and this piece of information caught my eye.

There were reports earlier this offseason that Michael Gbinije was working at point guard but now it's confirmed that he will START at that position.