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Roundball chatter

Updated: September 30, 2013, 2:38 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

P.J. Hairston will be practicing for North Carolina, but he has not been reinstated to play in games. Hairston had his share of off-court issues and has to regain playing status. I expect him to miss a few games this season before he is allowed back.

• UCLA coach Steve Alford got some good news with the addition of 6-foot-5 diaper dandy guard Isaac Hamilton from Los Angeles. A McDonald's All American from out of St. John Bosco High School, he averaged 23.5 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game and 5 assists per game as a senior.

• Clemson suffered a blow when diaper dandy Patrick Rooks was lost for the season with a hip injury. The 6-foot-3 guard played with the Tigers on an exhibition trip to Italy before suffering the injury during workouts.

• Injuries are taking an early toll with practice underway. Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein suffered a hand injury which will sideline him for a couple of weeks of practice. Mitch McGary of Michigan has been hampered by back spasms.

• Deciding to transfer in late September can be tough on a coach. Purdue's Matt Painter found that out when 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Donnie Hale, who started eight games last season, decided to go elsewhere.

• Give Mississippi credit for bolstering its nonconference schedule. Andy Kennedy's team has Kansas State, Oregon, Georgia Tech and either St. John's or Penn State on the agenda before SEC play.

• If you are looking for a diaper dandy that may surprise this season, look at Marcus Foster of Kansas State. Bruce Weber was happy to get him from out of Texas and he likes his potential.

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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