Center David McCormack ended his recruitment on Sunday, pledging to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks over N.C. State and Xavier. Here's what he'll bring to Lawrence:
ESPN 100 point guard Mike Devoe announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on Saturday, giving Josh Pastner just the piece he was looking for in the backcourt. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Atlanta.

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Brian Rothmuller/Icon SportswireLuther Muhammad should have a chance to be an impact player in the Buckeyes' backcourt right away in 2018.
Ohio State’s big week on the recruiting trail landed an exclamation point on Friday night when the Buckeyes scored a commitment from ESPN 100 guard Luther Muhammad. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Columbus:

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsJohn Calipari coached Immanuel Quickley in the U19 World Championships last summer so the two got to know each other.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has landed his first commitment from the 2018 class with ESPN 100 point guard Immanuel Quickley's pledge on Friday. He chose the Wildcats over Kansas and Miami. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Lexington.

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AP Photo/Gregory Payan, FileZion Williamson remains Kentucky's top target at forward.
Players in the bottom half of the ESPN 100 are flying off the board every day, but things are going a little slower toward the top of the rankings. That could begin to change in the coming weeks, though, as five-star prospects are starting to really dive into their official visit schedules. By the end of this weekend, the No. 1 prospect in 2018 will have completed four of his five official visits, and five of the other 12 uncommitted five-star prospects are also hitting the road this weekend. Don’t expect any commitments just yet, though.

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Oregon's Louis King AP Photo/Gregory PayanOregon now has two ESPN top 100 players committed and the Ducks are not done.
Five-star prospect Louis King, ranked No. 21 overall in the ESPN 100, committed to Oregon on Thursday, choosing the Ducks over N.C. State, Kansas, Purdue and Seton Hall. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Eugene.

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Purdue landed an important commitment on Tuesday night from ESPN 100 big man Emmanuel Dowuona, solidifying the immediate-impact center they had been targeting. Here's a look at what the Ghana native will bring to West Lafayette.

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As summer officially turns into fall, people who follow recruiting closely can begin to read tea leaves and figure out where certain players are leaning for a commitment. Sometimes, it's easy -- like when five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley publicly declared that Kentucky was his favorite. It's usually not that obvious, but sometimes there are clear trends like Nazreon Reid leaning toward LSU, where he committed last week. Toward the top of the ESPN 100 rankings, though, several recruitments are shaping up as clear two- or three-team battles that could last past the early signing period. Here are the most interesting:

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ESPN 100 forward Jaedon LeDee ended his recruitment on Tuesday, choosing Ohio State over Texas A&M, LSU and UCLA. LeDee sits at No. 59 overall in the 2018 class. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Columbus.

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ESPN 100 forward Isaiah Mucius committed to Wake Forest on Sunday night at the tail end of his official visit before announcing his decision on Monday night. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Winston-Salem.

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Kelvin Sampson and his University of Houston basketball program had been in the news in recent weeks for spearheading a massive charity effort, among coaches at all levels, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. On Sunday night though, Houston made national headlines for another reason, landing a verbal commitment from ESPN 100 product Nate Hinton. Here's a look at what he'll bring to the Cougars.

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Four-star shooting guard Antwann Jones committed to Oklahoma State on Sunday following his visit to Stillwater this weekend. Here's a look at what he'll bring to the Cowboys:

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ESPN 100 big man Immanuel Bates made a verbal commitment to North Carolina State on Friday, giving new head coach Kevin Keatts his first pledge in the 2018 class. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Chris Young/The Canadian Press via APDuke might have a slight lead right now in the recruitment of R.J. Barrett.
The Hot Board is back! Official visits kicked off a couple weeks ago, and they’re now in full swing. Decisions will begin to come quickly over the next month or so. Most of the powerhouse recruiting programs will have huge weekends for their respective Midnight Madness festivities in October. That doesn’t mean there aren’t key trips going on this weekend. In fact, Duke and Kentucky hosting top targets.

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If you want a pair of Lonzo Ball's high-priced shoes, you might want to skip a meal or two to save money, Ellen DeGeneres joked when the Los Angeles Lakers star and his father, LaVar Ball, were on her show Thursday.

LaVar, who says, "You're not a Big Baller," if you can't afford his son's $495 ZO2s, said people need determination and discipline to come up with the cash to purchase a pair of ZO2s.

"You gotta go work for that shoe," LaVar told DeGeneres.

"Or not eat that day," she replied.

Then, LaVar said people can "collect bottles for a year or two to get the shoe."

DeGeneres laughed.

She also ran through LaVar's extravagant statements about beating Michael Jordan in one-on-one and claiming his eldest son is better than Steph Curry. DeGeneres ended the show by giving Lonzo a giant painting that shows her dunking over the NBA rookie.

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