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Breakfast buffet: Washington may land elite recruit on Monday

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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.

• It isn't official yet, but Washington coach Lorenzo Romar could be close to landing one of the two Portland-area recruits he has coveted for months. 6-foot-5 guard Terrence Ross, a top 30 national recruit, is strongly leaning toward committing to the Huskies when he visits Monday, according to his mother. "I think he likes the fact that most of their players are returning, as well as their history for producing professional guards," Marcine Ross said. "He really has a nice bond with coach Lorenzo Romar."

Strange but true fact via the San Jose Mercury's Jon Wilner: Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle wasn't named Cal's team MVP. That honor went to fellow senior Theo Robertson. A little late now, but I wonder if that makes any of the coaches who chose Randle over Stanford's Landry Fields or Washington's Quincy Pondexter want to reevaluate?

• Duke received its second commit in the class of 2011 when 6-foot-8 big man Tyler Adams told the Blue Devils on Sunday night that he intended to enroll in 18 months. "The reason I went with Duke is I feel like it's the best fit for me," the Mississippi native explained. "The last couple of months they've been recruiting me pretty hard. A program like this, not many people get a chance to go there. So I wanted to go ahead and go with Coach K."

• Stanford's Landry Fields nearly led the Cardinal to a huge upset over Kentucky in the preseason, so his insight into the Wildcats' five NBA draft prospects comes from first-hand experience. Fields was more impressed with Daniel Orton than you might expect and less impressed with DeMarcus Cousins, though he admits Cousins has progressed considerably in the past five months.

• Former Kansas star Cole Aldrich donned a Kansas City Royals jersey on Sunday and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Kaufman Stadium before a game against the Minnesota Twins. "I think that was a strike in my strike zone," Aldrich told Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre of his high first-pitch offering.

• Ex-Creighton coach Dana Altman won't be introduced at Oregon until an afternoon news conference on Monday, but he's already received his first bit of good news on the recruiting trail. Los Angeles City Section player of the year Dwayne Polee postponed his college selection a week so he can take an official visit to Oregon. Polee had been expected to decide between UNLV, Georgia and St. John's on Saturday.

• There were two late early entries that just snuck in before the April 25 deadline, one surprising and one not so much. As expected, Florida State center Solomon Alabi entered the draft and will sign with an agent, while Temple's Lavoy Allen also declared but will maintain his eligibility by not retaining an agent yet. Alabi is a likely first-rounder and Allen would almost certainly go undrafted if he remains.

• Texas Tech released its non-conference schedule this weekend, and among the highlights are a return game at Washington on Dec. 4, at Conference USA champ UTEP on Dec. 18 and at home against New Mexico on Dec. 29. The Red Raiders open the season at home against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 12.

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