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Dana O'Neil: My dinner companions
It’s almost time for high school seniors to start filling out their college applications, on which they’ll answer essay questions like the standard -- if you could invite five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would it be and why?

Playground basketball is dying
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At Rucker Park in New York, people sat on rooftops and climbed trees to watch Julius Erving play. In Louisville, Kentucky, Artis Gilmore would pull up in his fancy car, still wearing his fancy suits, and just ball.

Can Mudiay find sweet spot overseas?
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The New York Times headline could hardly have been more dramatic were it written in 1942 atop Ernie Pyle's byline. It read, "Brandon Jennings Sends Home a Warning from Europe.

Under-the-radar sophomores to watch
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By the time Florida's Chris Walker was cleared to play last season, it was difficult for the freshman to have any sort of real impact. Walker played in just 18 games and didn't even average five minutes.

Fan salutes Jim Boeheim with tattoo
Fans with tattoos commonly get their favorite team's logo or maybe its mascot, but rarely do they tattoo an image of the head coach on their body.But that's exactly what 28-year-old Richard Miner asked for Wednesday when he walked into Tymeless Tattoo in Baldwinsville, New York, and had tattoo artist Kyle Proia ink his best Jim Boeheim on Miner's leg.

3-point shot: Early-entry draft process
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Andy Katz talks about changing the NBA early-entry process, using a 30-second shot clock, and making transfers sit out for a year.

3-point shot: Phil Martelli's idea
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Andy Katz discusses how Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli would like to shake things up for the NIT Season Tip-Off.

3-point shot: Preseason NIT shuffling
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Andy Katz talks about the ramifications of a reduced Preseason NIT field and more Emmanuel Mudiay fallout.

3-point shot: Mudiay spurns SMU
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Andy Katz discusses Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to spurn SMU for overseas basketball, Georgia's roster and George Washington's nonconference schedule.

Emmanuel Mudiay loss hurts SMU
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A season ago, Southern Methodist was good. Not great, but pretty good. It was, first and foremost, the product of Larry Brown's coaching -- a cohesive collective on the defensive end, yet another display of the trademark defensive groups Brown had produced almost nonstop at the NBA level for two decades.

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