Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, Miami snags a pair of recruits, John Calipari lands another top 10 talent and Denzel Valentine puts on a show at the Champions Classic.
Miami landed two big time prospects, Bruce Brown and Dewan Huell, on Wednesday as they try to remain competitive with high profile recruiting programs like Florida State and Duke in the ACC.
Four-star 2016 guard Brown chose the Hurricanes over Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers. Brown is a physical 6'4" athlete who can play solid defense, make the right passes and provide leadership on a team that won't have Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan next year.
Five-star 2016 forward Huell selected Miami over South Carolina while also receiving offers from Florida State, Mississippi State and South Florida. The long, lean Miami native has impressive skills as he can run the floor, finish at the rim and use his feel to dominate interior opponents.
Remember when John Calipari lost his recruiting touch? Well if he ever did, he's most certainly back. Kentucky landed five-star guard Malik Monk, who will team with fellow top 10 recruit De'Aaron Fox, over Arkansas on Wednesday morning.
Monk is an athletic freak with impressive length and the ability to finish in transition while finishing above the rim consistently. Monk is 5th overall in ESPN's top 100 recruiting list for 2016 and the Wildcats now have three top 10 recruits in their 2016 class.
In Michigan State's six point win over Kansas, senior Denzel Valentine was outstanding, recording a dominant triple-double in Magic Johnson/Draymond Green type fashion. Kyle Austin of Michigan Live has an excellent column on his impressive feat that became the top story of the Champions Classic.
Duke and Kentucky played in the first game of the Champions Classic with Tyler Ulis recording 18 points and six assists to lead the Wildcats to a double-digit victory. It could have been even worse for the Blue Devils if Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson didn't outplay Skal Labissiere and Marcus Lee in the paint.
Terrible news for Northwestern State. They will lose their top player Jalan West due to a significant knee injury. West is not only an impressive scorer (20 points per game last season) but he can make some terrific passes (seven assists per game).