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— Remember when it was discovered that Lance Thomas purchased $100,000 worth of jewelry during his senior year at Duke? That’s a lot of money for a senior in college to spend on jewelry, right? There has to be some shady dealings, right? Well, it turns out the purchase was legit, according to the NCAA. The NCAA concluded its investigation of Thomas’ extravagant spending and found no wrongdoing in the case. College basketball’s governing body determined that Brooklyn-raised Lance Thomas, son of a New Jersey Ford plant manager in a single-parent home, acquired a $70,000 loan for $97,800 worth of jewelry as a 21-year-old student at Duke University without any financial assistance that would compromise his amateur status. It makes perfect sense!
— In spending news of a different magnitude, Andrew Wiggins went Targeting in Huntington.
And when Andrew Wiggins goes Targeting in Huntington, UK fans find a way to get a picture.
— ESPN’s Dave Telep wrote an interesting entry on his blog yesterday about the changing culture of high school basketball. Telep, like many others in his position, notices a sense of entitlement with the elite high school basketball talents in recent years. Kids these days think they’ve already made it when they’re invited to big time AAU events and high school all-star games, when it’s really quite the opposite. Instead of using the events to better themselves for the next level, today’s prospects think they’re on top of the world and they lack humility and an appreciation for where they are as teenagers. Remember, kids, not every McDonald’s All-American makes the NBA, some don’t even shine in college.
— 247 Sports released its final Class of 2013 college basketball rankings today. Kentucky has three of the Top 5 players, five of the Top 10, six of the Top 15 players and seven of the Top 60, with hope still out there that the No. 1 player will finalize the class. That. Is. Insane.
1. Andrew Wiggins
2. Julius Randle
3. Andrew Harrison
5. Aaron Harrison
8. Dakari Johnson
10. James Young
14. Marcus Lee
59. Derek Willis
[See the full list here]
— And on today’s podcast, Matt and Ryan Lemond were at Home Run Burgers in Louisville for two hours of Kentucky Sports Radio radio discussion. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.