Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, a former Villanova point guard was granted a sixth year of eligibility, Malik Newman will play for the class program of the Big 12 and Taurean Thompson finally reveals his commitment.
Ducks ready to make the Final Four?
The Oregon Ducks received huge news late last week when they found out that the NCAA granted point guard Dylan Ennis a sixth year of eligibility. Ennis is a steady ball handler who has valuable experience combined with the ability to score inside and out.
The former Villanova guard played in just two games for the Ducks last season due to a foot injury. When he was healthy with Villanova in 2014-15, he had a career season. He averaged 9.9 points, grabbed 3.7 rebounds, dished out 3.5 assists, shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range.
The Ducks are now loaded with depth, experience, talent and versatility, so they have a solid shot to make their first Final Four since 1939.
Malik Newman visited Oregon, North Carolina State, Western Kentucky and Kansas after deciding to transfer from Mississippi State. Newman opted to commit to Bill Self and the Jayhawks last week. The former top-10 recruit and projected lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft will have to sit out one season before having three years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2017-18.
Newman will have a strong role as a ballhandler and scorer with the Jayhawks after struggling in his one season under Ben Howland.
You almost never see a top-15 recruit commit to a mid-major program, but that's exactly what 2017 New Orleans center Mitchell Robinson did last week when he announced he will play his college basketball at Western Kentucky.
Robinson, who stands at 6'11", was originally committed to Texas A&M, but dashed from the school when assistant Rick Stansbury took the head coaching position at WKU. The long five-man was also being recruited by Johnny Jones and LSU.
Finally! The final uncommitted top-100 2016 recruit, Taurean Thompson, made his decision on Friday.
The 6'10" big man chose Syracuse over Michigan State and Seton Hall, and will provide the Orange will length and rebounding ability in the paint.
"I felt comfortable with the school,'' Thompson told Syracuse.com. "I was familiar with everybody. I felt it was the place for me to be.''
One of the top players in the 2016 recruiting class, Terrance Ferguson, officially announced that he will be playing overseas (Australia) next season instead of competing for Sean Miller at Arizona.
Ferguson is an athletic wing player with excellent length, quickness, shot making ability and defensive versatility. The 6'7" Dallas native could very well be a lottery pick in a loaded 2017 NBA Draft.
U17 World Championships
The USA U17 team will go for the gold medal Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. ET) in Spain against Turkey, a team they already demolished in group play. Team USA is loaded with athleticism and depth, and should easily roll through the championship game thanks to the likes of 2017 Collin Sexton, 2016 Markus Howard and 2017 Gary Trent Jr.
USA is 29-0 in the FIBA World Championships since 2010.