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Guard Kendall Small transferring from Oregon

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Oregon is losing a rising sophomore in their backcourt.

With very limited playing time and room at both guard positions, Kendall Smart, a former top-100 recruit in the class of 2015, opted to transfer on Thursday.

The Anaheim, CA native and true point guard averaged 1.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 7.8 minute per game last season. He shot 40 percent from the field, 13 percent from beyond the arc, and 62 percent from the free throw strike.

While Small’s role was already small in year number one, his sophomore campaign was likely headed towards a similar situation. Tyler Dorsey, Payton Pritchard and Dylan Ennis (who broke his foot and didn’t play at all last season) will likely handle the plethora of the minutes at the one and the two positions.

Dorsey, who reportedly has bulked up a bit this off-season, is capable of playing on or off the ball because of his ability to slash into the lane and also hit the three. Pritchard has a similar game, although he is more consistent from long range and isn’t has dynamic with the ball in his hands. Ennis is likely to handle the majority of the lead guard duties because of his experience, size, and playmaking ability. The former Villanova Wildcat can also shoot the ball from the perimeter and guard multiple positions, so the Ducks do have versatility with their top three options.

Small would have seen very little time on the court, even though he plays with great energy at both ends of the floor.

It would be a surprise to see Small transfer far away from home, as he is likely to find multiple schools that will be willing to offer him a scholarship.

The 6’0″, 170 pound guard attacks the basket with ease, can finish through contact, can penetrate due to his ball handling skills and has good strength for his size. If Small develops a jump shot, defends at a higher level and plays better in the pick-and-roll, he could be a dangerous option for any team in any conference.

While transferring at the end of July is frowned upon in most circumstances, this may be a good move for both sides.

I am a college basketball fanatic and a current St. John's University student. I also write for Rumble in the Garden and I am the editor of Busting Brackets FanSided.

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The Madness is Underway

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As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:

Atlantic Sun: Liberty

Big South: Gardner–Webb

Colonial: Northwestern

Horizon: Northern Kentucky

MAAC: Iona

Missouri Valley: Bradley

MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley: Murray State

Patriot: Colgate

Southern: Wofford

Summit League: North Dakota State

Summit League: Saint Marry’s

Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!

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Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25

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A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.

Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017)  the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.

Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.

According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.

Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.

Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?

Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.

 

 

 

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Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter Resigns as Louisville Trustee

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who is also a prominent University of Louisville booster,  submitted his resignation to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday after reports surfaced about his use of  the N-word during a conference call.

Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom announced Schnatter’s resignation stating that he believed “[Schnatter’s] comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values.”

Additionally, Papa John’s announced Wednesday evening that Schnatter had resigned from the company’s chairman seat.

Papa John’s issued the following statement in the aftermath of the story breaking.

News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session are true,” the statement read. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”

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