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A 13 year old commits, a current college player makes a stupid choice, and summer is winding down.

This guy getting much better is a frightening thought
This guy getting much better is a frightening thought
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Banners Turns Four Years Old: A Thank You
First off, we turned four years old recently and wanted to take the time to thank our loyal readers.

Overseas Elite wins $1 million in The Basketball Tournament
The Basketball Tournament is over, which means someone is free to start putting up the money to fund the Xavier squad we assembled. No XU players were involved in the final this year.

UCLA accepts verbal commitment from 13-year-old star LaMelo Ball -
Anyone who follows European soccer is familiar with the story of a young player who lands in academy before he hits puberty. That has not been the pattern in American sports, but maybe UCLA wants to change that. This is not a binding commitment in any sense of the word, but it is ridiculous.

Ole Miss star Stefan Moody arrested for DUI near campus this weekend -
It's very simple to not drink and drive, you simply don't get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. Call a cab, use Uber, walk, or call a friend, there are myriad more suitable options than deciding to turn your car into a potential instrument of death.

Fixing his flaws: How Kris Dunn has attacked the two weaknesses in his game | CollegeBasketballTalk
This calls to mind the summer Tu Holloway spent working on his shot. It is, needless to say, not good to see an opponent dedicating this much time to understanding his craft. A Kris Dunn that had decided to coast by on talent would be easier to beat.

How Cliff Alexander went from basketball prodigy to NBA project -
A reader mentioned that just assuming there would be a roster crunch when Quentin Goodin arrives may be putting the cart before the horse. Cliff Alexander is a prime example of just that. Sometimes, things just don't work out.

How college basketball's stars and coaches spent their summer vacation
One of the cliches of television and movies is the students returning to school in the fall to give a brief essay or presentation on how they spent the summer. (You will spend it working for the rest of your lives, kids). This is like that, only interesting. With Georgia State safely in the rearview, the story of the Hunters becomes much more enjoyable to read.