Today in the Morning Rumble, preseason tournaments in New York announce their brackets, T.J. Leaf is not going to Arizona and Keith Frazier will play this season for the SMU Mustangs.
In the 2K Classic, last year's NCAA Tournament finalist Wisconsin will battle Big East powerhouse Georgetown while the defending national champs, Duke, will take on Will Wade's VCU Rams.
Down in Brooklyn, Cat Barber and North Carolina State will match-up against Bobby Hurley's Arizona State Sun Devils before Ben Simmons and LSU tries to take down a talented Marquette squad.
Moving onto recruiting, 2016 6'9" power forward T.J. Leaf has decommited from Arizona after great performances over the summer on the AAU circuit.
Leaf's final five out was Arizona, Duke, UCLA, Michigan and Florida but expect other schools to get involved the second time around as the California native is ranked number nine in ESPN's top 100 for 2016.
SMU has had an up and down past year as Emmanuel Mudiay dashed to play in China, the Mustangs reached their first NCAA Tournament since 1993 and Larry Brown is facing an investigation for a "lack of coach control."
Thursday, they found out good news as the team's starting shooting guard, Keith Frazier, will be eligible to play during the 2015-16 season. Frazier, who averaged 10.5 points per game last year, was suspended in the middle of January while the program was under investigation for academic misconduct.
According to CBS Sports, SMU's basketball office was involved in his school work. Apparently that is not a concern anymore despite an ongoing investigation into Larry Brown's knowledge of the situation.
Louisville self-reported two Level III violations from a laser tag trip (Yes, laser tag) that the team took in April. Because the trip was outside the playing season and the program gave each of the six players admission money, the Cardinals had to self-report the issues.
All six players were required to pay $7 to charity to make up for the admission fee.
If your wondering what impact Shaka Smart has had on the Texas Longhorns during his first summer on the job, Sports Illustrated put together a terrific piece. Smart has been one of the best coaches in all of college basketball, leading VCU from the First Four to the Final Four in 2011 as an 11 seed. Between his style and the talent the team has, expect the Longhorns to be ultra competitive in the Big 12 this season.
With Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow in the NBA, the Duke Blue Devils are looking for production from their next group of freshman in order to lead them on yet another NCAA Tournament run. One of the youngsters that must step up is shooting guard Luke Kennard, who is ranked 24th on ESPN's top 100 for the 2015 recruiting class.
Kennard showed off his Steph Curry range in his most recent Instagram video and if he shoots like that consistently with a defender in his face, watch out ACC.