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Nov 17, 2012; Uncasville, CT, USA; Rhode Island Rams guard Mike Powell (1) passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

In a new feature, every Friday we will post some of the week’s bigger stories we weren’t able to cover and a few other fun tidbits as well. Busting Brackets aims to cover as much College Basketball as humanly possible to keep all of you guys in the know and with this new feature, fans will get even more basketball news and analysis.

  • Larry Austin, ranked 96th by Rivals.com, has committed to the Tennessee Volunteers. The point guard averaged around 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a junior and shows a lot of promise as an all around guard. Austin has great locker room leadership and projects as a very natural point guard in the NCAA. The Vols already have three recruits from the class of 2014 and all of them are in the top 150. Looks like they are looking to make some waves in the next couple of years.
  • Jordan Barnett, who is ranked 85th in the same class as Austin, has verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns. Barnett is a terrific athlete who makes a name for himself on the defensive end. As a small forward, he is built solidly and can defend and wing position on the court as well as many power forwards. He should contribute immediately once he gets to Texas in 2015 and could develop into a very attractive NBA prospect if he is able to add on to his offensive skills.
  • According to Paul Biancardi of ESPN, the ninth ranked in 2014, Kevon Looney has cut his list down to six schools. The finals list is Duke, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan State and UCLA. Yes, we were also surprised that Kentucky was somehow not involved in pursuing a top recruit. Looney is an out of this world athlete who has excellent size and excels at driving to the basket for buckets. He will undoubtedly be a big time player from his first day on a college campus but first he will have to finish his senior season of high school.
  • Quentin Snider, a Lousiville native who committed to the Cardinals the summer before becoming a sophomore, has officially decommitted from the university and will look at other offers. According to Zagsblog.com, Minnesota was the first school to throw its hat in the pile. Snider averaged almost 18 points and a little over four assists per game as a junior. Barring a surprising re-commitment to Louisivlle, JaQuan Lyle will be the sole incoming point guard for the Cardinals in 2015 and the expected point guard duel between Lyle and Snider will not happen, at least not while they are on the same team.
  • Rhode Island continues its quest to prove that it can be a competitive program in college basketball. The school most famous for its candy loving, semi-celebrity dating, alumni in Lamar Odom finds itself in the mix for one of 2014’s best shooting guards, Jares Terrell.
  • The Florida State Seminoles are looking to climb back up the ranks of the ACC. After missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years last season, they hope to find themselves in the March Madness festivities. For them to get back to the dance, Devon Bookert will have to continue his progress from last season. The point guard will have a lot of responsibilities within the offense and the Seminoles will need him to deliver.

That’s all we have for this week folks. Have a great weekend and keep checking Busting Brackets, as the news happens we will be there to cover it and break it down for you.