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The Fast Break: July 30, 2015

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The Sandy Cohen Chronicles - "The Father Knows Best" - Anonymous Eagle

The near-unanimous reaction to hearing that Marquette had received a verbal commitment from Seymour (WI) guard Sandy Cohen was "What, the dad from The O.C.?" As such, it seemed the obvious thing to do would be use The O.C. references when he makes an outstanding play for the Golden Eagles. We spent last summer recapping episodes from the first season of the classic Fox drama in order to mine for gold for when the basketball playing Cohen did something superlative. He had a relatively quiet freshman campaign, but that doesn't curtail our quest for entertainment, both during the season and during the quiet summer months. So we're back again in 2015 with recaps for the 24 episode second season.

Coaches top 25 poll comes out; Xavier not even receiving votes - Banners on the Parkway

The top 25 college teams as voted on by the coaches dropped today, and once again Xavier isn't even receiving votes. How many times do we have to go through this? Xavier flies under the radar of respect and recognition during the summer only to once again be one of the teams left standing on the second weekend of the tournament while other programs' hopes lay in the ashes. With what Xavier is bringing back from last year's Sweet 16 team, there is no sense in having nobody rate them as one of the top 25 programs in the nation.

The 50 Best Players in College Basketball for 2015-2016 - The Big Lead

For the 5th summer in a row, we're tackling the 50 best players in College Basketball. Here's the list from 2011-2012, here's the list from 2012-2013, here's the list from 2013-2014 and here's the list from 2014-2015. Surely a name or two or 10 will outrage you. There's a dozen or so players listed at the very bottom who "just missed." What constitutes "Best?" A combination of things: 1) How they've played in college or last year in high school, 2) How I project them as a player next year, 3) Individual skill and value to the team, 4) How I project them as a pro.

'Nova Notebook looks at Josh Hart's performance at the Big East Tournament - VU Hoops

Villanova Basketball's director of media relations, Mike Sheridan, has released his newest installment of 'Nova Notebook where he examines Josh Hart's performance as a sophomore and his willingness to step up as an upper classman.

Fraser Joins Basketball Staff of Phoenix Suns -

A Villanova Basketball fan favorite has realized his aspirations to reach the National Basketball Association with word that Jason Fraser has joined the Phoenix Suns as player development assistant.

Creighton Places 152 on BIG EAST 2014-15 All-Academic Team -

The BIG EAST Conference has announced the names of more than 2,000 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014-15 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

Pro City Kenner League Day 12 schedule -

This evening at Georgetown's McDonough Arena, Day 12 of the DC Pro City Kenner League jumps off. Parking is in the school's Southwest Garage, accessible by the Canal Road entrance. The best college/pro summer league is free of charge.

2014-15 Seton Hall BIG EAST Academic All-Stars -

The BIG EAST Conference announced on Thursday that 199 Seton Hall student-athletes have been named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. The figure reflects over 80 percent of the Seton Hall student-athlete population from 2014-15.

Groselle and Connealy land on NABC Honors Court -

Two members of the 2014-15 Creighton men's basketball team have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, as the NABC honored Geoffrey Groselle and Gabriel Connealy.

Michael Sweetney is Back in New York -

In 2003, the New York Knicks appeared to have landed an absolute gem in big man Michael Sweetney. An All-American power forward for the Georgetown Hoyas, Sweetney had all of the potential in the world. 12 years later, Sweetney is back in basketball—The Basketball Tournament, to be specific.

Gibbs re-signs at Zwolle -

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Eredivisie) confirmed in their roster 26-year old American guard Grant Gibbs (196-95kg-89, college: Creighton). He played there last season. In 37 Eredivisie games he recorded 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.