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Roundball chatter

Updated: August 26, 2013, 11:13 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• It was celebration time for SMU. Who would ever believe that the Mustangs would beat Kentucky in recruiting? Congratulations to Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown for the commitment from Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the top point guards in America. Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor were also in the running for Mudiay.

• TCU suffered a blow when Devonta Abram, expected to be a starting forward this season, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. The injury occurred while the Horned Frogs were competing on a summer tour in Canada. Coach Trent Johnson had to be disappointed with the news.

• Former Indiana star Calbert Cheaney has decided to leave the school to join ex-Hoosier Jim Crews' staff at Saint Louis. Cheaney spent the last two years as Director of Basketball Operations at Indiana under coach Tom Crean. Cheaney is still the Big Ten's career scoring leader.

• Texas suffered a blow when 6-foot-8 forward and top returning scorer Ionannis Papapetrou signed a deal to play with a Greek pro team. He averaged 8.3 pppg. and 4.4 rpg.last season, but was expected to haver a greater role with the Longhorns this year.

• Oklahoma received some bad news as starting guard Je'lon Hornbeak had foot surgery and could miss up to eight weeks. He started 29 games last season and averaged 5.6 points per game. Hornbeak was also second on the Sooners in steals.

• Former VCU center D.J. Haley has decided to play his final season of eligibility at USC. New Trojans coach Andy Enfield has to be excited to add some depth up front.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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