Today on the Morning Rumble, Tevin Mack and Caleb Swanigan make their decisions, another Big East transfer, problems at Illinois, and two awards for the St. John's baseball team.
The top recruit remaining on the market for the 2015 season, small forward Tevin Mack, committed to Texas Tuesday afternoon and now is a member of Shaka Smart's team. Remember, Mack, who is an outstanding athlete and scorer, committed to Smart when he was the coach of VCU and re-opened his recruitment as soon as Smart dashed for his new job.
This was a bit of a surprise considering how late in the offseason it is but Providence 7'2" big man Paschal Chukwu is transferring. Chukwu didn't play a ton of minutes last season but was expected to be a major factor this year with 7-footer Carson Desrosiers graduating. Now the Friars are going to have to play Ben Bentil at center, which will make them undersized for his position.
According to the Kansas Star, Bill Self is eyeing Chukwu and he believes he could develop the lanky center into a dominant force in the paint, something that Providence head coach Ed Cooley was expecting after a couple of seasons of development.
Five-star center Caleb Swanigan finally made his decision on Tuesday after de-committing from Tom Izzo and Michigan State. The 6'8" bruiser had Kentucky on his list and once again the Wildcats missed out on a high-quality recruit (this is actually the second time they missed out on him), in favor of Purdue.
Give props to Matt Painter. He now has three legit big men, Isaac Haas, A.J. Hammons (a future pro) and Swanigan.
Illinois is having major issues within their sports programs. A week after Simon Cvijanovic, an offensive lineman for the Illini, complained that football head coach Tim Beckham forced him to play injured, multiple women's basketball players that transferred and/or graduated have spoken out about their coach.
The team's head coach Matt Bollant and assistant Mike Divilbiss (who has left the school) are accused of racist acts, player abuse and forcing the girls (his players) to play injured. The accusations say that Bollant and Divilbiss wanted the African Americans to have separate practices, creating racial tension.
Talk of John Calipari heading to the NBA to coach two of his former players? That's premature, according to Calipari himself.
A report from NOLA.com revealed that there were "exploratory talks" between the camps, but ultimately the Kentucky head coach took to Twitter, saying that he has the best job out there and he is not interested in moving for any opening.
Next, a Big East scheduling update. Villanova and Virginia will begin a home-and-home series this upcoming season in Virginia. The return game of the series will be in Philadelphia in 2016-17. Buckle up for some entertaining battles between two interesting styles of basketball: Slow pace and defense vs Small ball and knock down shooting.
To the diamond, where Ryan McCormick and Ed Blankmeyer have won awards for the St. John's baseball team. McCormick was named Big East Pitcher of the Year, while Blankmeyer won Big East Coach of the Year. It has been another outstanding successful season for the Johnnies in the baseball world.
Finally, the NBA Draft Lottery took place last night at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the option of Karl Anthony-Towns or Jahlil Okafor and the Knicks are kicking themselves as they have the fourth overall selection.