Today in the Morning Rumble, John Calipari heads to the Hall of Fame, Roy Marble passes away and URI lands a solid prospect.
John Calipari was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night but he began the day at his old stopping grounds, UMass. The Kentucky head coach was so excited about the program's new facilities that he gave them a nice little recruiting gesture posting on Facebook, "I've gotta show you UMass' new practice facility. One of the best I've ever seen. If you don't go to Kentucky you should be going to UMass."
You know what's even cooler: Calipari is so well respected that a plethora of his former players (including John Wall, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins) attended the induction ceremony.
Earlier this week a sad story came out of Iowa as the program's all-time leading scorer Roy Marble passed away at 48-years of age. Marble was diagnosed with terminal stage four cancer in 2014 but remained in the public eye by attending multiple sporting events.
Roy's son, Roy "Devyn" Marble, is currently in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. Prayers go out to the Marble family.
Rhode Island has a great chance to make their first NCAA Tournament since 1999 this season and they are already adding pieces for 2016. Dan Hurley received a commitment from three-star 6'9" center Mike Layssard, who will give the Rams a presence in the paint with his soft hands and solid touch.
Mississippi State has suddenly become the most banged up team in the country and the season hasn't even started yet. Aric Holman, who signed with the Bulldogs in May as a swing forward, will have micro fracture knee surgery which could jeopardize his first season in Starkville.
In addition to Holman's injury, head coach Ben Howland has lost Craig Sword (back surgery), Travis Daniels (sports hernia), Fallou Ndoye (wrist) and Xavian Stapleton (torn ACL).
Shamorie Ponds finished up his official visit to Providence on Sunday and according to SNY, the lefty point guard enjoyed his time in New England.
"It was cool," he said to Adam Zagoria. "The campus was bigger than I expected. They said (I would play) 30-35 (minutes) as a freshman."
Ponds has already taken visits to Creighton and St. John's with Minnesota on deck.
It was a crazy couple of days this past weekend in East Lansing as the Spartans battled the Oregon Ducks in football on Saturday night. Head man Tom Izzo took full advantage of the hype, bringing in commits Nick Ward and Josh Langford and top recruits Cassius Winston and Miles Bridges.