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Mid-Day Rumble: Cavs snap 52-year drought, Derryck Thornton commits to USC

Chris Mullin's old squad downed by the Cavs in seven.

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In today's Mid-Day Rumble, Cleveland is finally ready for a championship parade, a former top-20 recruit will trek to the West Coast and Iowa State continues to reel in potential game-changing transfers.


The city of Cleveland hasn't captured a title in any of the major sports since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964. That 52-year drought is finally over though, after LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors on the road in an epic Game 7 showdown.

The Cavs became the first team to rally down 3-1 to win the NBA Finals, and they did it on the back of James, who put together three historical performances for the ages.

Chris Mullin's old squad, the Warriors, won 73 games during the regular season, but like the 2001 Seattle Mariners or the 2007 New England Patriots, they failed to close out their season with a title. The Warriors, who practiced at St. John's during an East Coast road trip earlier this year, will deal with the 'what ifs' all offseason. Klay Thompson even mentioned that the entire season should be deemed a failure.

What could be the craziest sports parade of all-time will take place on Wednesday in Cleveland.

The College Landscape

USC was dealt a serious blow this offseason when Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic decided to keep their names in the 2016 NBA Draft. But the Trojans may have found a key cog to their backcourt for the next few years. Andy Enfield landed Derryck Thornton, a former Duke point guard, on Friday.

Thornton will sit one season before having three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017-18.

In Ames, Steve Prohm is continuing the Iowa State tradition of landing quality transfers to upgrade a weak links. With Deonte Burton, Merrill Holden and Darrell Bowie set to graduate following this upcoming season, the Cyclones added a key front court piece in Tennessee forward Ray Kasongo.

Kasongo will sit one and play two, and should offer solid toughness and rebounding on the interior.

Four-star power forward Ted Kapita was supposed to play his college basketball at Arkansas. Instead, he was ruled ineligible last year because of school test scores and opted to commit to SMU for the class of 2016.

Kapita surprisingly de-committed from the Mustangs last week, and was already taking a visit to North Carolina State.

Draft Week

Normally, 20-to-25 players sit in the green room and attend the NBA Draft. This year due to the uncertainty beyond the top eight selections, it's too difficult to predict where certain players will land.

14 prospects were originally invited to attend the event in New York City, with Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Dragan Bender and Kris Dunn being the four headliners.

Shortly following the initial announcement, Draft Express and The Undefeated reported that Denzel Valentine, Dejounte Murray and Malachi Richardson were also extended an invite, making it 17 prospects.