Breakfast buffet: Miami Hurricanes benefit from LeBron too

Jeff Eisenberg

Pull up a chair and sit down at the breakfast buffet, an assortment of all the freshest newsworthy college hoops stories on the net. To make a submission, contact me via email or Twitter.

• There's nothing subtle about the Miami basketball program's attempts to take advantage of LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach. Not only did the Hurricanes make sure to publicize the summer pick-up games LeBron played with players on campus, they also feature at least four photos of him their annual media guide in addition to a full-page Nike ad.

• Myck Kabongo had been denying for months that he was having second thoughts about his commitment to Texas, but the Canadian point guard finally acknowledged this week that he was ready to look elsewhere. Now the highest-ranked available player in the Class of 2011, Kabongo will consider Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky in addition to the Longhorns.

• Among the walk-ons Kentucky coach John Calipari didn't invite to return to the program when he took over for Billy Gillispie was Landon Slone, a little-used guard who averaged 1.5 points per game during the 2008-09 season. Slone has since transferred to Pikesville college and will return to Rupp Arena on Monday night for an exhibition game against the Wildcats.

• Indiana landed a commitment this weekend from elite forward Hanner Perea, better known as the kid at the center of the controversy that may put Baylor in the NCAA's crosshairs. Perea is the eighth player from the Bloomington-based AAU team Indiana Elite that the Hoosiers have landed recently, a pipeline's Dave Telep examined Sunday.

• Evansville coach Marty Simmons acknowledged his team has "a long way to go" this weekend after his Purple Aces dropped their exhibition opener 66-62 to Division III Depauw. This certainly isn't a Syracuse-LeMoyne level exhibition upset, but Evansville did upset Wichita State late last season and hopes to climb a few rungs in the Missouri Valley Conference this year.

• It was a mild surprise to me that North Carolina cracked the top ten in both preseason polls, an opinion that's Seth Davis apparently shares after a visit to Chapel Hill to watch the Tar Heels practice. Davis came away very impressed with freshman Harrison Barnes, but also convinced North Carolina is a year away from title contention and would be fortunate to make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

• Kansas State's Jacob Pullen, BYU's Jimmer Fredette and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney headline a list of the nation's top 25 point guards composed by Yahoo! Sports Steve Megargee. Those three clearly belong high on this list, but I'd be willing to bet Duke freshman Kyrie Irving (No. 4) or Kentucky freshman (No. 6) Brandon Knight end up cracking the top three by the end of the season.

• Behind 18 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Rakeem Buckles and 14 and 11 from newly eligible freshman Gorgui Dieng, Louisville christened the horrifically named KFC Yum! Center on Sunday with a sloppy, turnover-plagued 83-66 victory over Northern Kentucky. Butler, Florida and Pittsburgh were among the other elite teams who rolled to easy exhibition victories over the weekend as well.

• Maurice Lucas may be best known for leading the Portland Trailblazers to the NBA title in 1977, but the 58-year-old power forward's death on Sunday as a result of gall bladder cancer also touched college basketball fans. Lucas averaged 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 1974, helping lead Marquette to the NCAA title game.

• Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon was the youngest of four brothers, so it's a new experience for him taking a leadership role on a Tigers team loaded with newcomers this season. "My father always told me growing up that I had to wait my turn," Witherspoon told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. "I just feel like right now it's my turn, and I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job of leading this team right now -- both on and off the court."