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Nate Mason    G    Minnesota    
Mason is dealing with a minor ankle sprain, Marcus Fuller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The injury isn't thought to be anything overly serious, but the Gophers will likely proceed cautiously with their stud point guard. The senior -- who is on the Bob Cousy Award watch list -- averaged an impressive 15.2 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 34.5 minutes per game last season.
Cordell Pemsl    F    Iowa    
Coach Fran McCaffery stated during Iowa's media day Monday that "Pemsl is playing the best basketball I've I've seen him play."

Fantasy Analysis

Pemsl started a stretch of 14 out of 15 games during his freshman campaign with the Hawkeyes, but returned to a reserve role when Tyler Cook returned from a finger injury. Though Cook is expected to start to begin 2017-18, look for Pemsl to see plenty of time on the floor in a deep frontcourt rotation. He averaged 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds last season, producing two double-doubles on the year. Freshman center Luka Garza should be in the mix as well.
Francesco Badocchi    F    Virginia    
Badocchi underwent knee surgery over the summer and will redshirt his freshman season with Virginia, Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With Badocchi poised to sit out the entire season, Ty Jerome and DeAndre Hunter could be in line to see an increase in time on the floor. Per Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star, Badocchi moved to the United States from Italy as a junior in high school. He played two seasons of high school basketball in Kansas City before committing to Virginia.
Mohamed Bamba    C    Texas    
Bamba was named the 2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, per Thursday's release.

Fantasy Analysis

Bamba is the consensus highest-rated recruit in the Big 12 conference, and that notion has now been backed up by media voters. He's expected to step in and start at center immediately for head coach Shaka Smart, and as long as he keeps up with the fast-paced "havoc" defense, Bamba should flirt with a double-double on a nightly basis. He's seven feet tall with an insane 7-9 wingspan, which will undoubtedly help him rack up rebounds and serve as one of the nation's top rim protectors. Though some aspects of his offensive game need refinement, his physical tools alone should allow him to put up reasonable scoring numbers via putbacks and easy baskets. With raw talent and physical skills that clearly translate to the next level, look for Bamba to put up a monster fantasy season before departing for the NBA.
Devonte Graham    G    Kansas    
Graham was named the 2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, per Thursday's release.

Fantasy Analysis

Graham posted averages of 13.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds as a junior, but his role could very well expand even more following the departure of backcourt mate Frank Mason and the one-and-done Josh Jackson. He'll pair up with another high-volume scorer in transfer Malik Newman, but Graham should be able to rack up stats in the assists and three-point shooting departments as well, making him one of the top projected fantasy guards heading into the year. To earn the coveted honor, Graham edged out fellow all-Big 12 first teamers such as Oklahoma State's Jeffrey Carroll, TCU's Vladimir Brodziansky, Texas Tech's Zach Smith and West Virginia's Jevon Carter.
Malik Newman    G    Kansas    
Newman was named the 2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, per Thursday's release.

Fantasy Analysis

Newman was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the 2015 class, but failed to make an impact at Mississippi State. The 6-3 shooting guard averaged 11.3 points on 39.1 percent shooting, but was limited by a back injury and eventually removed from the starting lineup. A change of scenery and a few years to mature and develop his game could be just what the doctor ordered for Newman, as he'll head to a blue blood program where he's projected to get the immediate starting nod. As a score-first combo guard, Newman should make an immediate splash in fantasy circles. A backcourt composed of Newman and Preseason Player of the Year Devonte Graham could be the best in the conference, if not the country.
Nick Weatherspoon    G    Mississippi State    
Weatherspoon sprained his ankle Monday, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Fortunately, tests didn't show any serious damage to Weatherspoon's ankle. At this point in time, it's expected that he'll be ready to return to practice in 3-to-5 days. Further information regarding his status should be available in the near future.
Alterique Gilbert    G    Connecticut    
Gilbert was named the 2017-18 American Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gilbert played in just three games last season before suffering a torn labrum that effectively ended what would have been his freshman campaign. The four-star guard started to flash some of his potential prior to the injury, and was actually promoted to the starting lineup after the first game, but that momentum was halted due to the injury. After multiple injuries derailed the Huskies' campaign and led to a 9-9 conference record in 2016-17, the young team is now healthy and will make a run at the conference title. A backcourt composed of Gilbert and preseason all-AAC first-teamer Jalen Adams will be the foundation for those aspirations.
Malik 'Shake' Milton    G    SMU    
Milton has been named the 2017-18 American Athletic Conference preseason Player of the Year after averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds a season ago.

Fantasy Analysis

Milton was the third-leading scorer on the 2016-17 Mustangs roster, but should have plenty more shot opportunities following the departures of Semi Ojeleye, Ben Moore and Sterling Brown to the NBA. Those key losses will likely prevent the team from repeating as conference champions, but it's a statistical dream for those targeting "Shake" in AAC fantasy leagues. The 6-6 guard fell just a shy of double-digit field goal attempts in his junior season, but he's a near-lock to reach that mark in his final year of collegiate eligibility. It may be tougher to shoot 43.7 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from beyond the arc with the higher volume, but the counting stats are sure to spike upward as he becomes responsible for more volume scoring. Milton will join UConn's Jalen Adams, Houston's Rob Gray, Wichita State's Landry Shamet and UCF's B.J. Taylor on the 2017-18 AAC Preaseason All-Conference unit.
Austin Wiley    F    Auburn    
Wiley (leg) will miss roughly another 10 days, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Wiley is dealing with a stress reaction in his leg, which is merely a precursor to the more serious stress fracture. He was given a two-week timetable back on Oct. 6, so this update by coach Bruce Pearl merely extends that a couple days. His availability for the season opener doesn't appear to be in jeopardy just yet, but it's a situation worth monitoring moving forward. Wiley is projected to serve as Auburn's starting center after making 22 starts a season ago.
Emmitt Holt    F    Providence    
Holt (abdominal) is currently considering his options and season-ending surgery has not been ruled out, The Providence Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Holt did not participate in practice when the Friars began team activities several weeks ago, and was still on the sidelines for the team's "Midnight Madness" showcase Saturday evening. It appears as if the team plans for Holt to undergo additional testing, but have yet to make any final decisions. If season-ending surgery is elected, Holt would qualify for a medical redshirt and maintain another year of eligibility.
Braxton Beverly    G    North Carolina State    
Beverly has not been cleared for the 2017-18 season, but will immediately appeal the decision from the NCAA, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Beverly said that he was "devastated by this decision" and that he hopes it gets resolved so he can play this season. The freshman was initially committed to Ohio State, but decided to transfer from the program after head coach Thad Matta was fired. Now at N.C. State, Beverly and the school will try to appeal in order to get him on the floor this season. Since it took over a month to hear back the NCAA for this ruling, he could wind up missing a bit of time even if he gets this decision overturned.
Evan Fisher    F    Siena    
Fisher will miss a few days of practice with an achilles injury, Mark Singelais of the Times Union reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The injury doesn't appear to be anything overly serious, and Fisher should be good to go after a short stint off his feet. He's expected to see an uptick in minutes this season with Javion Ogunyemi graduating.
Riley Norris    F    Alabama    
Norris is currently sidelined with a hip injury, Cecil Hunt of the Tuscaloosa News reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Norris should be able to return before the calendar turns to November, as head coach Avery Johnson stated that he's being monitored on a week-to-week basis. The team will likely reevaluate Norris within the next week as practice continues to ramp up, with an update on his status.
Quate McKinzie    F       
McKinzie will transfer from Buffalo to South Plains College (JUCO), Verbal Commits reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McKinzie was suspended from Buffalo in July after he was charged with three different felony counts and five misdemeanors after he attempted to strangle a female student. He averaged 3.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game in his only season at Buffalo.
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