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October 14

Melo Trimble leads class of returning stars ready to bolster Big Ten after delaying draft entry: Before he arrived at Maryland, before he became a second-team All-American as a freshman, before he led the Terps to consecutive 27-win seasons and an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, before he became only the school’s second player ever to top 500 points in his first two seasons — a distinction John Lucas, Len Bias and Juan Dixon didn’t achieve — Melo Trimble was ranked as the No. 34 player of all the freshmen entering NCAA basketball in 2014. That seems an astonishing résumé for someone who never was viewed as an elite college prospect. And yet, to some, his presence at Big Ten Conference media day Thursday rendered him as something of a failure. -- Sporting News

Top Northwestern freshman Ivanauskas will miss season with shoulder injury: Monday, the athletic department announced freshman Rapolas Ivanauskas, a top-100 forward prospect from Barrington, Ill., had shoulder surgery that will cause him to miss the 2016-17 season. “We're disappointed for Rapolas, as he's worked extremely hard this summer alongside his teammates," Northwestern head men's basketball coach Chris Collins said in a statement. "I know that he will attack his rehab with the same attitude and energy that he has on the court. We expect a full recovery in 4-6 months, and look forward to a very bright future with the Wildcats." -- Sporting News

October 7

Greenville replaces Greensboro as 2017 NCAA tournament men's site: Greenville, South Carolina, will host first- and second-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March, seizing the games away from Greensboro, North Carolina, as the state of South Carolina benefited from a ban of championship events from the state of North Carolina. The NCAA announced the move Friday, giving South Carolina its first championship men's basketball event since 2002. The move comes a year after the Confederate flag was removed from the state capitol in Columbia. The flag was the reason the NCAA previously wouldn't place official championship events in the state. -- ESPN.com

October 3

Duke freshman Harry Giles undergoes knee procedure: Duke freshman Harry Giles underwent a left knee arthroscopy on Monday, the team announced... Giles was considered one of the best prospects in the Class of 2016 recruiting class. In 2013, Giles tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee and missed his sophomore season. He also tore his right ACL and was forced to miss his senior season. -- SI.com

Duke's Harry Giles needs time to heal, not a place to hide on way to NBA Draft: For an athlete who is not yet draft eligible — for instance, 6-11 freshman forward Harry Giles at Duke — choosing not to compete while waiting to meet the prescribed age limit is an option. But “sitting out” is not. And that’s why there is no real point to discussing whether Giles would be better off avoiding competition for the next eight months in order to prepare for the 2017 NBA Draft. It is not unprecedented for players to choose not to follow the customary path of a U.S.-based basketball prospect: high school, college, pros. Emmanuel Mudiay went to China rather than play at SMU. Terrance Ferguson currently is in Australia’s pro league after originally indicating he would play NCAA basketball this season at Arizona. It’s even possible to maneuver around the prototypical by spending a post-graduate year in prep school, something Thon Maker did on his way to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. -- Sporting News

September 30, 2016

Kentucky's Joel Justus will replace longtime assistant John Robic on John Calipari's staff this season, the head coach announced Friday. Robic, who has been with Calipari for more than 20 years, will become a special assistant while Justus' move to temporary assistant -- his role during the offseason while Robic dealt with the death of his father -- will become permanent. Calipari said the switch will allow Kentucky to build ties with underclassmen at the prep level -- Justus will focus on younger players -- who have formed early relationships with other programs, affording those schools a recruiting advantage. -- ESPN.com

September 27, 2016

George Washington announced Tuesday that Maurice Joseph will serve as interim coach during the upcoming season. Joseph, 31, played for Lonergan at Vermont and has worked on his staff at George Washington the past five years, the last three as an assistant coach. -- Yahoo Sports

September 25, 2016

Villanova freshman Omari Spellman has been ruled ineligible for the 2016-17 season as he did not meet initial eligibility requirements in time, the NCAA announced. Spellman will miss the upcoming season as an academic redshirt and still have four years of eligibility remaining. He arrived at Villanova as a five-star recruit out of St. Thomas More School in Connecticut. -- SI.com

Spellman, a 6-foot-9 power forward from St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, was ranked No. 18 and considered a five-star prospect in the 2016 class. -- ESPN.com

September 23, 2016

North Carolina coach Roy Williams told ESPN he hasn't been asked to attend the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions hearing and is optimistic he won't need to go, despite the fact that the school still hasn't been notified of who will be expected to be in attendance. Williams said he was uncertain of the actual date of the hearing, only to say he's hopeful "it's very soon." -- ESPN.com

September 21, 2016

North Carolina coach Roy Williams has been candid about the fact that the past four seasons have been as tough as any he has endured during his coaching career. The school had its integrity questioned as an institution, athletic department and basketball program from fraudulent classes that spanned nearly 20 years. The NCAA investigation that followed cast an ominous cloud over the program that rained down underachievement on the court. All of that seemed to dissipate by the end of the past season. North Carolina’s return to the Final Four in 2016 ended a six-year absence -- its longest since a stretch from 1983 to 1990. Men's basketball wasn’t implicated in the NCAA's amended Notice of Allegations stemming from the investigation. With the case finally wrapping up, it appears the Tar Heels won't be hit with heavy sanctions. But are they officially back? -- ESPN.com

The Phil Knight Invitational will take place over Thanksgiving weekend in 2017 and will consist of two separate eight-team tournaments held simultaneously in two different Portland arenas. Brackets for the one-time-only event have yet to be announced, but no league can have more than one team in either tournament. Duke and North Carolina will represent the ACC. Michigan State and Ohio State will represent the Big Ten. The other 12 participants include Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Butler, Gonzaga, UConn, Portland and Portland State. -- Yahoo Sports

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