Today in the Morning Rumble, Michigan State finishes their overseas trip, Marques Bolden to visit an SEC school and Oregon lands a four-star point guard recruit.
Michigan State capped their offseason overseas trip to Europe with a one-point loss to Italy and an 0-3 record overall, but make no mistake there is a method to Tom Izzo's madness. These trips are not about wins and losses, instead they are about building team chemistry, developing skills and getting in shape for the regular season.
Credit Izzo for playing three National Teams (Italy, Georgia and Russia) who will be competing for 2016 Olympic spots this summer and feature multiple pros. Expect the Spartans to be ready for the NCAA Tournament once again.
Five-star center Marques Bolden visited Alabama over the weekend as Avery Johnson tries to continue his recruiting momentum for the class of 2016. Bolden, who is ranked 20th on ESPN's top 100 for 2016, has offers from Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, SMU, Texas and Wake Forest.
The Dallas, Texas native is long, mobile and has excellent touch in the painted area.
On to the West Coast, where the Oregon Ducks landed four-star point guard Payton Pritchard. The West Linn High School product originally committed to Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners but ultimately decided to attend school in his hometown state.
Pritchard is a lights out jump shooter and a dynamic scorer who had offers from Oregon, Arizona State, Baylor, Butler, Villanova, California, DePaul, Oklahoma, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon State, UCLA and UNLV, amongst others.
Former college basketball big man Andrew Smith has battled cancer since leaving the Butler Bulldogs and unfortunately the Smith family was brought bad news this past week.
Smith's cancer has returned and he once again will undergo treatment. Prayers out to Andrew and his family and let's hope he fights off this terrible disease.
First it was Indiana's President calling out the team for their off the court activities, then it was former Hoosier Cody Zeller and now it's head coach Tom Crean.
Indiana's basketball program has been under fire the last two years because of multiple off the court arrests and problems that have significantly affected the image of the University and the team. Crean questioned the unit's leadership and is pleading for someone in that locker room to step up and take charge. Maybe Yogi Ferrell?
Three-star guard Jordan Bohannon has chosen his new home and it will be with Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa lost out on both of the other Bohannons (Zach and Matt) but landing Jordan will give them a solid defender and an improving offensive talent.
Even though Jordan is not ranked on ESPN's list for 2016, Mike Gesell is graduating and the Hawkeyes will need a guard to help overcome the loss.