In today's Morning Rumble, SMU takes a hit, Kentucky lands a key recruit, Cheick Diallo may play this season and a Kansas transfer tears his ACL.
Earlier this week, Larry Brown and SMU were hit hard with NCAA violations related to academic fraud and unethical conduct. Brown was suspended for 30 percent of the regular season while the program will be facing a loss of scholarships, recruiting restrictions, three years of probation, a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season and vacated wins.
This is all because a former basketball administrator and a former assistant coach did coursework for talented guard Keith Frazier so he could boost his GPA and remain eligible.
John Calipari is still the king of recruiting and he reeled in a very talented 2016 five-star prospect from New Hampshire, Wenyen Gabriel, on Thursday. The 6'9" small forward chose the 'Cats over Providence, UConn, Maryland and Duke as he felt most comfortable with the coaching staff and the fact that they plan to play him on the wing.
Gabriel has NBA potential due to his length, athleticism and motor but he must improve his strength before he hits the college level in 2016.
There's good news and bad news for Kansas: five-star big man Cheick Diallo has been cleared to practice with the team but he has not yet been ruled eligible for the upcoming season. At least Diallo will have the chance to stay fresh, adapt to the college game and form some type of chemistry with his teammates before the season tips off.
Utah has unveiled their $36 million basketball practice facility and just by reading the details, this is going to be one of the most impressive facilities in the country. The 90,000 square foot building will have two courts, recruiting lounges, a yoga room, a rooftop terrace, a nutrition center, underground tunnels to their arena and a panoramic view of the mountains from the coaches' offices.
2016 five-star small forward Miles Bridges is making his college decision on Saturday and according to The Detroit News and multiple other media outlets, the Michigan prospect is leaning towards Michigan State.
Bridges is down to Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan State and it would be a monster get for Tom Izzo, who already has received commitments from top 50 players, Nick Ward, Josh Langford and Cassius Winston.
Kansas transfer and former Ole Miss Rebel, Dwight Coleby, tore his ACL and is expected to miss a year. Due to the NCAA transfer rules, Coleby is ineligible to play this season anyways, but he could have had valuable practice time with the team.