Today in the Morning Rumble, the New York Post dives into the St. John's program, the NCAA is banning DraftKings and FanDuel and Sparty will be missing a key role player.
This is an excellent look inside the re-invented St. John's program from Zach Braziller of the New York Post. He sat down with Chris Mullin, Matt Abdelmassih and Barry 'Slice' Rohrssen to talk about the long hard days of recruiting this summer and how the staff was able to build a nine man recruiting class that could be the start of a much improved team on and off the basketball court.
The NCAA is banning student-athletes from participating in online daily fantasy games, including DraftKings and FanDuel. Players who participate risk losing a year of eligibility despite fantasy games being legal in 45 of the 50 states.
Oliver Luck, NCAA Vice President for regulatory affairs, did not say student-athletes were banned from participating in daily fantasy leagues that are solely for professional leagues.
Bad news for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans as forward Marvin Clark has suffered a foot injury and will be out six to eight weeks.
In less than eight full weeks, the Spartans open up the season against Florida Atlantic and it's possible that Clark will still be limited, even if he is cleared to play.
Richard Pitino has been excellent on the recruiting trail for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the school landed another key recruit earlier this week in Amir Coffey.
Coffey, a native of Minnetonka, MN, is a four-star small forward who is currently ranked 33rd on ESPN's top 100 recruiting list for the class of 2016. Coffey received other offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin but decided to stay home for school.
The prospect needs to work on his jump shot but his versatility, passing skills and high basketball IQ will make him a dangerous player at the collegiate level.
Everyone wants to have a program like Kentucky and LSU has decided to "copy" their Combine idea. On October 13th and 14th, the Tigers will host NBA personnel for a Combine-like-atmosphere where scouts are expected to check out potential pros such as Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney, Tim Quarterman and Craig Victor.
Once again, Kentucky will host a Combine, which will be held a couple days before LSU's.
A nice whip around look at recruiting here from Adam Zagoria of SNY. Some top headlines include five-star big man Udoka Azubuike coming off a great visit with Kansas, Bill Self meeting with Oklahoma native Trae Young, Oak Hill Academy's Mario Kegler is visiting Baylor this weekend and Shamorie Ponds does not have an update on his decision date.
In more recruiting news, 2016 five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox will visit Rick Pitino and Louisville this weekend. The Cardinals will have intense competition for one of the best guards in the class as he has offers from Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Arizona and North Carolina, amongst others.