Today in the Morning Rumble, Brandon Austin has reemerged in the news, Tahj Shamsid-Deen has a shoulder injury and Sports Illustrated released their All-American teams.
Former Oregon Duck Brandon Austin was dismissed from the school two years ago for sexual assault allegations that surfaced involving the guard and two of his teammates. Austin, who is now at Northwest Florida State College, is suing Oregon for $7.5 million as he claims he was not given the proper due process.
The Philadelphia native has struggled to gain trust at the Division I level. He transferred out of the Providence Friars' program following another sexual assault case that also involved his former teammate Rodney Bullock.
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers have recruited with great success but now they have to try to put a winning product on the court. Tahj Shamsid-Deen's latest injury will not help the team's cause in the SEC.
The junior guard, who averaged 6.1 points per game last season, has a separated shoulder and will be out a month. This zaps the Tigers of a talented player that was expected to play heavy minutes and contribute mighty early on in the season.
Sports Illustrated put together their first and second All-American teams and surprisingly Kris Dunn made only the second team. Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, LSU's Ben Simmons, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, UNC's Marcus Paige, and Iowa State's Georges Niang make up the first team while Dunn, Maryland's Melo Trimble, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes are slotted on the second team.
No surprise: North Carolina has been selected by the ACC coaches as the conference's preseason favorite to win the regular season title. Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame and Miami round out the top five with sleeper Florida State coming in at number six. Meanwhile, Brandon Ingram was selected as Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year while Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Paige shared the Preseason ACC Player of the Year award.
Avery Johnson has stirred up a lot of excitement at Alabama but similar to the situation at St. John's, it's going to take time for the results to be successful. Johnson will have to rely on Shannon Hale and Jimmie Taylor on a squad that lost it's leader Levi Randolph and two critical players, Rodney Cooper and Ricky Tarrant.
Awesome gesture from San Diego State as the Aztecs named the court in Viejas Arena after their head coach Steve Fisher. Fisher has completely turned around the program and has led the Aztecs to seven straight (eight overall) NCAA Tournaments.