Around the Nation: 9/30

In this section we discuss the latest behind the scenes additions and alterations to the knowledge pool, based on stories from throughout the network along with social media rumblings and other internet and word of mouth tidbits.

1. There's something in the Florida water. Sunshine State programs have been racking up on junior college recruits recently, and Miami has joined FSU as a key beneficiary.

Over the weekend the Canes picked up a commitment from 6-10, 230-pound big man Ivan Cruz Uceda. While at first blush he sounds more like a James Bond villain, the face-up forward has advanced ball skills and shooting touch. Miami enjoyed great success last season with Kenny Kadji stretching teams from the perimeter, and perhaps Uceda will be able to fill a similar role.

He hails from Spain but now plays for Harcum (Pa.) Junior College, where he'll be a sophomore in 2013-14.

2. According to Tracy Pierson of, UCLA is scheduled to host Kevon Looney for an official visit on the weekend of October 12. Looney previously has taken in Florida, Duke and Tennessee in an official capacity, and UCLA is hoping to convince the Milwaukee native to bring his talents west.

The Bruins have been considered a trailer for Looney to this point, but he has made visits to his putative favorites and has yet to commit. For that reason alone, then, it's reasonable to wonder if the conventional wisdom pertaining to his recruitment may be erroneous. In addition to those four programs, he's also considering Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Incidentally, assuming the trip comes to fruition, Looney will be in town the same weekend the Bruins host Michael Humphrey.

3. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Washington forward Josh Martin likely will announce his decision tonight from among Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Florida State. He visited all three and tweeted over the weekend that he'd made up his mind.

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