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It’s Friday! Pat yourself on the back for making it through another work week (and X-out another week on the calendar, as we inch closer to hoops season).

Before we hit the links and welcome the weekend, just wanted to share these from Vegas...

Nice little reunion in Vegas, with members of the Villanova Wildcats coaching staff popping in to see Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, and then Eric Paschall later joining the party. Side note—I get it’s the Team USA Select Camp so numbers are all over the place, but No. 60 just does not look right on Jalen. Has there ever been a NBA player to ever rock No. 60 on a regular basis? Lineman numbers!

Anyways, some initial impressions of Paschall, thoughts on the NCAA’s new system to the live recruiting periods, recruiting news, the (insert high school player here) is a once-in-a-generation talent conversation is heating up again with Zion now in the NBA, and more on this beautiful Friday:

What They Are Saying: Eric Paschall | NBA.com
Eric Paschall, the 41st overall selection in this year’s NBA Draft, is set to join the Dubs and potentially take-on an instant role in his rookie season. But what roll will that be, and what has the team seen from Paschall so far? Take a look at what the Dubs are saying about the young forward.

Is the NCAA’s new system to cut down basketball recruiting corruption working? | The Inquirer
New "academies" promised coaches a chance to look at top prospects, but the prospects weren't there.

N.J. boys basketball star is heading where for senior season? | nj.com
Phillip Wheeler is taking an unusual next step in his basketball career

Olympian inspires young athletes | Advertiser News South
It isn't every day that an Olympian comes to Sussex County: much less a four-time Olympian who doesn't only inspire young athletes, but actually passes around the very jersey and shoes he wore in the games. Marcus O'Sullivan did on Tuesday.

Introducing Emoni Bates: Meet the likely face of the next generation of preps-to-pros | CollegeBasketballTalk
Emoni Bates is the best prospect in high school basketball, and he will likely never set foot on a college campus.

Utah hit with two years of probation for recruiting violations | CollegeBasketballTalk
Krystkowiak and his staff got creative with bending NCAA bylaws.

High-Upside Prospect Phillip Wheeler Hopes Italy Prepares Him for NBA | Stadium
Talented high school prospect Phillip Wheeler first had that thought at the beginning of the summer — prior to R.J. Hampton announcing that he had signed a contract with the New Zealand Breakers instead of choosing to play collegiately in America.

Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels share experiences at Pan Am Games | Inquirer
The two Wildcats were proud of Team USA's performance, even though the team, made up of Big East players, was together for barely two weeks playing against experienced opponents made up of mostly professionals.