Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, Duke lands the top recruit in the class of 2016, Marcus Paige is out the next three to four weeks and Villanova received their Big East Championship rings.
One day after news broke that Harry Giles tore his right ACL, the number one recruit in the 2016 class committed to Duke over Wake Forest, Kansas and Kentucky. Coach K has now landed four high quality prospects for next season, including Giles, Frank Jackson, Javin DeLaurier and Jayson Tatum.
Giles, who plays for Oak Hill Academy, tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee in 2013 but fully recovered to show off his impressive skills in the paint and on the glass this summer.
North Carolina's best player and one of the top talents in the nation Marcus Paige is out 3-4 weeks with a broken hand. This obviously is not a good start to a potential National Championship season for the Tar Heels as they are set to start Joel Berry II or Nate Britt alongside Justin Jackson in the backcourt.
Paige struggled with planter fasciitis last year but still managed to score 14.5 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field.
Villanova received their 2015 Big East Championship rings earlier this week and it is a very impressive design. The Wildcats are once again heavy favorites in the conference in 2015-16 and have the strongest backcourt duo in the Big East with Jalen Brunson and Ryan Arcidiacono.
Duke big man Amile Jefferson injured his ankle on Thursday night in the Blue Devils' exhibition match-up against Livingstone College. Fortunately for Duke fans, his MRI revealed that it is just a sprain and there is no ligament damage
The 6'9" forward averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season and figures to play a prominent role on what should be a top-five team in the country.
Michigan head coach John Beilein agreed to an extension ($1.5 million per season) on Thursday that will take him through the 2020-21 season. Beilein is one of the most respected coaches in the nation and is known for his ability to get the most out of his team on the offensive end of the floor with an assortment of pick-and-rolls.
Michigan is 717-428 under his watch, they have made five NCAA tournament appearances in nine seasons and Beilein brought the Wolverines to the 2013 NCAA Title game with the likes of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.
UCF is ready to take the next step in the AAC this season, especially if Tacko Fall is granted eligibility by the NCAA. Fall, a 7'6" big man, will give the experienced Knights another dimension on both ends of the floor that they have never had in the program's history.