Today in the Morning Rumble, Darius Paul is in trouble, California is dominating overseas, De'Aaron Fox cuts his list to seven and Les Miles wants a basketball star to play for him at wide receiver.
College basketball programs use summer overseas trips to build chemistry, work on their craft against top levels of competition and develop their intelligence in situational aspects of the game. While team bonding is important, these trips should not be about partying and living it up in Europe.
Illinois' Darius Paul, the brother of Brandon Paul, took it to the next level as he was arrested Friday morning in France on vandalism, resisting arrest and public intoxication charges. The former Western Michigan student-athlete was sent home and has been suspended from the team.
While Illinois is dealing with their fair share of issues, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb and the California Golden Bears are lighting it up on their trip to Australia.
On Sunday, the Golden Bears won 100 to 63 against Victoria Select as Brown scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and added two steals. Rabb, who played some minutes at the power forward position, finished with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 5-of-6 from the field.
5-star point guard De'Aaron Fox, who is ranked 10th out of 100 on ESPN's recruiting rankings for 2016, has cut his list down to seven schools, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
The Katy, Texas native is a long, quick ball handler who makes plays in transition, can knock down outside jump shots and defends at a high level. Fox's aggressiveness puts him right up there with Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. for the top point guard in the 2016 class.
Amida Brimah is projected to have a huge role for the UConn Huskies this season as he is their best interior defender and one of their most experienced big men. The seven-foot rising junior was playing at the Hartford Pro-Am this past week and he absolutely destroyed a defender on an alley-oop slam.
Brimah averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game last year and Kevin Ollie certainly hopes that he is making these crowd energizing plays come November.
More NCAA off-the-court issues as Georgia shooting guard, J.J. Frazier, was arrested on two misdemeanor traffic charges, including driving on a suspended license.
There has been no word on a suspension from Georgia as head coach Mark Fox, who led the team to the NCAA Tournament last year, said he is gathering the facts.
This is possibly really intriguing: Les Miles says he'd line up LSU's point-forward Ben Simmons at wide receiver and then mentioned that the Tigers would break records for touchdowns. Simmons is a really efficient passer and has a high IQ so maybe quarterback would be the right position.
Break out the cleats Ben!