Breakfast buffet: Rutgers could get some unexpected help

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• The only downside to new coach Mike Rice's superb 2011 recruiting class at Rutgers was that it wasn't going to be able to aid his cause this season, but a Scout.com report suggests that may have changed. Instead of spending the year in prep school, top 50 recruit Kadeem Jack may attempt to enroll at Rutgers in January and join the team immediately.

• From Baylor-Ohio State, to Texas-Gonzaga, to Utah-Arizona, a long list of schools played in secret scrimmages this weekend that were closed to both fans and the media. FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman provides some second-hand info on what teams looked good and what players stood out.

• Ex-Kentucky walk-on Landon Slone only made one basket in his return to Rupp Arena with Pike College on Monday night, but the polite applause he received during pregame introductions made his night a success. "I didn't hear any (boos)," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "I was real happy with that. It was touching to have (the applause). The (UK) program meant so much to me."

• Slightly less thrilled by the evening was Kentucky coach John Calipari, even though his Wildcats cruised to a 97-66 exhibition victory behind 22 points from freshman Brandon Knight and 21 from Darius Miller. "Well, we really had no real fight or viciousness to our game," Calipari said in his post-game news conference. "We didn't really rebound. We did turn it over 15 times. Couldn't make a three. Other than that, I thought we showed some good signs."

• The most interesting tidbit from Adam Zagoria's story on top 50 recruit Quinn Cook narrowing his options to Duke and UCLA was Oak Hill coach Steve Smith suggesting Ben Howland has promised Cook the starting point guard job as a freshman. It certainly wouldn't be a big surprise if Cook were to start as a freshman if he chose UCLA, but juniors Jerime Anderson and Lazeric Jones can't be thrilled to hear that's what Howland is telling recruits.

• In the wake of former Portland Trailblazers star Maurice Lucas' death this week, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a nice retrospective piece on his college career at Marquette. Lucas accepted then-Marquette coach Al McGuire's challenge to become a tougher, more physical presence and then led his team to the 1974 Final Four.

• The Big Sky Conference announced the imminent addition of two new members on Monday when Southern Utah and North Dakota joined the fold. As usual with conference expansion, this is a move that has little to do with basketball: North Dakota went 8-23 last season and Southern Utah finished 7-22.

• Oregon is down to eight available scholarship players in practice this week after senior Jay-R Strowbridge broke his nose and dislocated his right thumb on Friday during a private scrimmage against Nevada. Strowbridge is definitely out for Friday's exhibition game against Northwest Christian University, but could return in time for Oregon's season opener next week.

• Although Arizona State will miss departed seniors point guard Derek Glasser and center Eric Boateng, the newcomers on the Sun Devils' roster bring a much-needed jolt of quickness and athleticism. Case in point, junior-college transfer Brandon Dunson jumped 43 inches in the three-step vertical jump and wing Carrick Felix jumped 41 even though no other Sun Devil in longtime sports performance coach Rich Wenner's tenure has ever exceeded 40.

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