Illinois point guards and injuries have been an unfortunate trend over the past two seasons with Tracy Abrams, who missed the past two seasons with a torn ACL followed by a torn Achilles the next year. On Sunday, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported some good news for an incoming Fighting Illini floor general. Lucas had committed to Illinois the previous September.
North Carolina picked up their third commitment in the Class of 2017 on Monday in big man Brandon Huffman. A four-star prospect who will play his final season of high school ball at Word of God Academy in North Carolina, Huffman’s strength at this point in his development is as a defensive presence around the basket. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Huffman is still learning how to be more influential on that end.
Golf star and sports-marketing pioneer Arnold Palmer died Sunday at age 87 in his native Pennsylvania, but his ties to North Carolina and Charlotte ran deep. Palmer played pivotal roles in bringing the PGA Tour here with the Kemper Open during the 1970s and later made regular appearances in senior PGA Tour events during the 1980s and 1990s. Palmer attended Wake Forest University, and he counted Charlotte real estate executive Johnny Harris as a lifelong friend. In July, when I interviewed Harris at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey during the PGA Championship, he told me and another reporter that Palmer remained his most trusted adviser in golf matters. Harris runs Quail Hollow Club, home of