In today's Morning Rumble, a former Louisville commit sits down with the NCAA, Bryce Aiken commits and Kedren Johnson may be lost for the season.
The NCAA spoke to Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle about a recruiting visit he had at Louisville in 2013. The ex-Cardinals commit confirmed the 'gist' of the latest allegations against the program that staff member Andre McGee was paying Katina Powell for escorts.
LSU guard Antonio Blakeney, who was also a former Louisville commit, was interviewed by the NCAA last week and there will certainly be other discussions before possibly serving Rick Pitino and his program their sanctions.
Top-100 guard Bryce Aiken could have teamed up with talented shooting guard Myles Powell at Seton Hall or he could have taken his talents to The U, but the New Jersey native decided to commit to Tommy Amaker and the Crimson on Thursday.
Aiken, who is rated as a four-star prospect on ESPN.com, brings size, a high basketball IQ, speed, quickness and pace to the lead guard position. He is likely to backup Siyani Chambers during his freshman year on campus with Tommy McCarthy also providing depth.
Memphis received nightmare news yesterday as point guard Kedren Johnson has a shoulder injury that might need season ending surgery. Johnson, a transfer from Vanderbilt, failed to live up to expectations last year after showing up out of shape for the start of the season.
Johnson was projected to be a starter on a team that has NCAA Tournament potential but may opt to go under the knife over rest/rehab.
Texas has landed 6'11" four-star center James Banks over Auburn, Georgetown, Georgia, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and South Carolina, amongst others.
Banks has good touch and runs well but the Atlanta, Georgia native is viewed as a project. That might not fly with head coach Shaka Smart as the Longhorns are losing Connor Lammert, Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley following this upcoming season. Banks will have to get to work!
Kentucky head coach John Calipari seems to say this every year but his latest "we stink" comments were made at the Wildcat Luncheon earlier this week.
"This year's team, as we speak, we stink," Calipari said, according to ESPN. "I'm not going to panic yet."
No team is at their best in October and as long as the chemistry works and the three-guard lineups are successful, Kentucky will be in the mix for a National Title in March.
In more recruiting news, Memphis native Jaylen Fisher chose the UNLV Runnin' Rebels over his hometown Memphis Tigers and the Baylor Bears. Fisher, a four-star, top-40 recruit, has a good feel for the game despite his youth and also has an excellent transition game.