Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, a former Tiger will visit the Ducks of Oregon, Louisville is having trouble in Puerto Rico and King McClure has an inspiring story for the Baylor Bears.
Former Missouri guard and Huntington Prep product, Montaque Gill-Caesar, will visit Oregon starting Monday but is also considering Baylor, Iowa State and San Diego State. Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds last season for a struggling Tigers squad that failed to develop solid chemistry.
Dylan Ennis, Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin run out of eligibility following the 2015 season so the addition of a dynamic talent like Gill-Caesar will be a strong get for Dana Altman.
Louisville has struggled offensively on their offseason trip to Puerto Rico and they also have issues regarding Chinanu Onuaku. The rising sophomore big man missed the Cardinals' Thursday night game against the Puerto Rico National Team due to a run-in with Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea in the post-game handshake line.
Onuaku is expected to have a much larger role on Rick Pitino's team this season after averaging just 3.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
King McClure, 36 out of 100 on ESPN's recruiting rankings list for 2015, is able to play with the Baylor Bears this season despite a serious heart issue called HCM. It is a fascinating story of a talented prospect who thought his basketball career was finished.
While every battle on the court may be a risk, Bears head coach Scott Drew is comfortable with the doctor recommendations and is happy to have a tough, physical competitor to help them battle through the Big 12.
Earlier this offseason, Bo Ryan said he was set to retire from coaching following the 2015-16 season. Now he has changed his course saying he is "not totally sure" if he will be finished in March or April of next year.
Ryan believes he has the capability of coaching for another four to five years but wants to give recruits a heads up that he could head out the door at any time.
Nike is holding a 12-player practice session in the Bahamas in late August and the trip will also include game against the country's National Team. The roster of high school prospects is absolutely loaded as Mohamed Bamba, Miles Bridges, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are the headliners. Also on the team is Wendell Carter, De'Aaron Fox, Jonathan Isaac, Malik Monk, Michael Porter Jr., Gary Trent Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt and Trae Young.
Nike is competing with the Under Armour Elite 24 event in Brooklyn, NY that will be held and televised on August 24.
2017 top three point guard, Trevon Duval, has had a monster summer on the grassroots circuit. At the Adidas Nations event in Los Angeles last week, the Delaware native posterized a defender and created more buzz for an already exploding stock.
Duval has offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, SMU, Syracuse, St. John's, UNLV and Villanova, amongst others.