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Oden Says OSU Student-Coaching ‘a new beginning’

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His (Greg Oden) student-coaching duties could expand down the road, but right now, the duties mostly consist of working with the Buckeyes post players.

“A new beginning?” Oden said. “Yeah, this is definitely a new beginning for me.”

(Thad) Matta thinks Oden would make a terrific coach, that the combination of his skills, knowledge and personality would translate well with players. Athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, who has known Oden since he arrived at Ohio State for the first time, says even though Oden’s role is small, his impact on the Buckeyes is not. He pipes up with insight when he sees fit, careful not to overstep.

“Ohio State needed Greg as much as we needed him,” O’Brien says.

Source: Dana O’Neil of ESPN

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Marvin Bagley III Reclassifies, Commits to Duke

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The biggest news in college basketball has come in August, typically one of the quietest recruiting months of the year.

Marvin Bagley III, the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit from the Class of 2018, made his announcement to reclassify up to the Class of 2017 on Monday, which means he will immediately be a freshman in college this season.

Along with his decision to reclassify, Bagley said on SportsCenter that he will play at Duke for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Bagley had been contemplating this decision for a long time and began to explore immediate eligibility in recent months. He is now scheduled to graduate from Los Angeles’ Sierra Canyon High School in August, after which the NCAA eligibility center will review his final transcript to assess whether he has met all requirements to play at the Division I level.

Adding Bagley to a class that already includes scoring savant Michael Porter Jr.and physically imposing big man DeAndre Ayton, as well as newly reclassified No. 24 Jontay Porter (Missouri), makes this a group to rival last year’s class that boasted historic one-and-done draft picks.

Source: Paul Biancardi of ESPN

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Source: Mike Brown Uninterested in Ohio State Job

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Brown’s got one of best jobs in NBA, made a lot of money and remains immersed in pro game. For now, NCAA ball doesn’t intrigue him, I’m told

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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MSU’ Miles Bridges Returning for Sophomore Season

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Seated in front of the iconic Sparty Statue at the intersection of Kalamazoo Street and Chestnut Road, Miles Bridges announced his intentions to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season early Thursday evening.

“I want to thank God for this opportunity,” Bridges said. “I get to reach my dreams in the NBA or stay here with my teammates. But, I got some unfinished business here.”

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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