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Morning Rumble: Shamorie Ponds, Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron light up Rucker Park

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This morning in the Morning Rumble, St. John's attends the Rucker Park Adidas game on Thursday, Montaque Gill-Caesar is moving on from Mizzou, and Larry Shyatt receives an increase in pay.

The second July live recruiting period began earlier this week and on Thursday night, members of the Adidas Uprising Showcase in New York City made a stop at Rucker Park to play a live game that was open to college coaches and fans.

St. John's went three deep (Chris Mullin, Barry 'Slice' Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih) to watch Rawle Alkins, Mustapha Heron and Shamorie Ponds (their top targets in 2016) light up the event.

Alkins, who plays alongside Heron with the New York Rens, finished with 24 points and 8 assists while his teammate, Heron, scored 20 points and showed a little James Harden in his game. Ponds may have been the most impressive of the trio as he impressive with highlight dunks in transition, a long range jumper and the ability to attack the basket with ease.

Missouri guard Montaque Gill-Caesar, who averaged 9.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds last season, has decided to transfer out of the program after one season.

One of the main reasons Gill-Caesar initially committed to Missouri is because of his former Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, who was his head coach in high school at Huntington Prep. Fulford is moving his services from the SEC to the Ivy League to help Columbia and that may have forced Gill-Caesar to also take his talents elsewhere.

Good news for Wyoming fans as head coach Larry Shyatt has received a contract extension through 2020. The Cowboys (25-10) won the Mountain West conference tournament last season and advanced to their first NCAA Tournament since 2002.

The Pokes were blown out by Northern Iowa in the second round and now they soon have to replace the production of Larry Nance Jr., who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Onto the recruiting circuit, where Tyus Battle committed to Syracuse over Michigan and Duke last week.

The New Jersey native and 5-star recruit in 2016 originally committed to the Wolverines but his family felt he made his decision too quick and ultimately, Battle decided to attend school closer to home.

Syracuse was hit with NCAA sanctions (the loss of three scholarships per year for the next four seasons) and the program is now over the limit for scholarships for 2016. That is not good news for DaJuan Coleman, who is a redshirt junior, and will likely be the odd man out.

Jon Rothstein is putting together a series of 'Five offseason questions' for every big time conference in college basketball. On Friday, he previewed the Atlantic 10, which will be a very competitive league this season with Dayton, Rhode Island, VCU, George Washington, Davidson and Saint Louis all expected to be very difficult to defeat.

I'm personally excited to see Hassan Martin, E.C. Matthews and URI play this season as they are expected to reach their first NCAA Tournament since 1999. Lots of buzz in Kingston!