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UNLV continues to load up on frontcourt players

Some news and notes from the college basketball world:

• UNLV continues to add talent to its recruiting class, as F Savon Goodman, the No. 72 player nationally, announced that he would play for the Runnin' Rebels. Goodman (6 feet 6/220 pounds) is from Constitution High in Philadelphia and joins a crowded incoming frontcourt. F Anthony Bennett, the No. 7 recruit nationally, and C Demetris Morant, No. 144 in the class, already had signed. F Khem Birch is a Pittsburgh transfer who becomes eligible at the end of the first semester; he is a former five-star prospect from the 2011 class. Finally, F Roscoe Smith has transferred in from Connecticut, and because of UConn's postseason ban for next season, Smith is expected to receive immediate eligibility. In that scenario, Goodman would redshirt. UNLV already has F Mike Moser (who averaged a double-double last season), C Carlos Lopez and F Quintrell Thomas. If coach Dave Rice gets consistent play from guards Anthony Marshall and Justin Hawkins, UNLV can win the Mountain West. That race, which also will include San Diego State and New Mexico, should be quite entertaining. SDSU and UNLV should open the season in the top 15.

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UNC and Michigan State played on an aircraft carrier last season. The trend is on the rise. (AFP)

• There will be three games played on aircraft carriers on the same day (Nov. 9) next season. It previously had been announced that Marquette and Ohio State would play off the coast of Charleston, S.C., and that San Diego State would face Syracuse off the coast of San Diego. Friday, Florida-Georgetown was added to the day's busy schedule, with those teams meeting off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla.

• Boston University announced it was leaving the America East for the Patriot League starting in the 2013-14 academic year. Going by conference RPIs over the past five seasons, BU is leaving for a slightly tougher conference: The Patriot's average conference RPI in that span is 23rd, while the America East's is 25th.

• Next season’s Charleston Classic field has been finalized, and it is a good one. The event (Nov. 15-16, 18) has eight teams: Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, College of Charleston, Colorado, Dayton, Murray State and St. John's. Baylor, Colorado and Murray State were NCAA tourney teams last season.

• Two transfers made news by deciding on their destinations. West Virginia should get immediate help from the well-traveled Matt Humphrey, a swingman who began his career at Oregon before moving on to Boston College. Humphrey, who has 3-point range if not proficiency, started 29 games for BC last season, averaging 10.3 points and leading the team with 34 steals. He graduated from BC and has one season of eligibility remaining. Meanwhile, Gonzaga is getting Providence transfer Gerard Coleman, a solid all-around guard. Coleman averaged 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Friars last season but would've seen his minutes cut next season with the arrival of Providence's much-lauded freshman class. Coleman will have to sit out next season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2013-14.

• This is the first weekend the NCAA's revised rule on phone calls and text messages has been in place. Basketball coaches now are able to call or send text messages to recruits who have completed or are finishing up their sophomore year of high school; in addition, private messages will be allowed on social media sites. The NCAA calls it "part of a new model for men's basketball recruiting that emphasizes relationship-building between college coaches and prospects and hopes to limit the influence of third parties on the recruiting process." Yeah, increased phone calls and text messages are going to play a role in weeding out the street agents. Keep dreaming, NCAA.

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