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Class of 2015 stars Malik Newman and Diamond Stone showing why package deals are harder than they look.
The Class of 2016 star publicly picked the Tigers four days after Memphis hired his father as an assistant coach. His brother, a Class of 2015 prospect, is already committed to Memphis.
Emmanuel Mudiay will probably be just fine overseas. But the idea that he merely picked that over playing at SMU is silly because the two years he spent at Prime Prep Academy in Texas made it unlikely that he'd ever get through the NCAA's Eligibility Center, a source told
The situation at Tennessee grew toxic for Cuonzo Martin despite the fact that he won more SEC games in three seasons than anybody not named John Calipari or Billy Donovan.
What last week reported would eventually happen will become official in the next 48 hours. Yes, Memphis is hiring Keelon Lawson as an assistant basketball coach, multiple sources told early Wednesday.
Kentucky freshman Karl Towns has been honored as the Gatorade High School Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the second Wildcat basketball player to win the award in the past five years.
The consensus top-five national recruit could've been a difference-maker in the AAC. Now, he'll likely be a rookie who struggles overseas before returning for next June's NBA Draft.
Arizona got a commitment from a 10th five-star prospect in the past five years on Sunday. That number ranks second only to Kentucky.
Why has the SEC been down in men's basketball recently? That's not a simple question to answer. But one reason is because two of the league's historically strong programs have been down, and when that changes so will the perception of the conference.
Some folks like to scream that recruiting rankings don't mean anything, and, in some cases, I that might be true. But a top-10 recruiting ranking absolutely means something -- and what it means is that you're virtually guaranteed to leave college early and play in the NBA.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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