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Jared Ridder    G       
Ridder announced he has left the Xavier basketball team.

Fantasy Analysis

Ridder is a 6-5 small forward from Springfield, MO who was rated as a three-star prospect by most services. He would have struggled to find playing time behind Trevon Bluiett. After he finds a new school, he will not be eligible until the 2018-19 season at the earliest.
Karlis Silins    F    Mississippi    
Silins (knee) is expected to fully return to the team sometime in August, Parrish Alford of the Daily Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In December, doctors gave no timetable for his return after tearing his ACL, but it seems that he will be available for their first game against Louisiana on Nov. 10. Coach Andy Kennedy has repeatedly stated that Silins is an under the radar player with talent and athleticism.
Juwan Parker    G    Georgia    
Parker (Achilles) is making strides in his recovery, Brandon Sudge of The Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Coach Mark Fox was unable to give a timetable for Parker's return from surgery on his torn Achilles. Parker started 31 of his 32 games played last season, averaging 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
John Fulkerson    F    Tennessee    
Fulkerson (elbow) will come back sometime in October, Grant Ramey of 247sports.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Fulkerson's freshman year was cut short by lingering elbow pain which ultimately required pin insertions to correct a crack in his elbow. Before suffering the injury, he was only averaging 16 minutes per game, a role that will likely continue in his sophomore season.
Quinndary Weatherspoon    G    Mississippi State    
Weatherspoon (wrist) will start light contact early in August, Will Sammon of The Clarion-Ledger reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Weatherspoon underwent wrist surgery back in April, but the pain is starting to dwindle. During the 2016-17 season, he started all 29 games as the Bulldogs' leading scorer.
E.J. Datcher    C    Mississippi State    
Datcher (shoulder) is still healing from his surgery ahead of the 2017-18 season, Logan Lowry of the Daily Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Datcher played in 31 games during the 2016-17 season, averaging 7.4 minutes on the floor and therefore did not have a huge role off the bench. He will be entering his sophomore year for the 2017-18 season as a big man who can perform around the rim and shoot well from the perimeter.
DaMonte Williams    G    Illinois    
Williams (knee) is expected to receive full clearance by Sept. 29, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sportsreports.

Fantasy Analysis

Williams tore his ACL during his senior season of high school, and although he may not be game-ready on time for the Illinois opener, it won't be long before the freshman guard will be able to begin contributing. He will have to re-prove himself, however, as new coach Brad Underwood was not part of the personnel team that recruited him a year ago. We currently have Te'Jon Lucas and Mark Alstorck penciled in as the backcourt starters for the Illini, but Williams had a strong recruiting profile and could still see meaningful minutes when healthy. The Peoria, Illinois product has seen plenty of praise for his toughness and competitive spirit, though his shot needs to be a little more consistent, especially from beyond the arc. Williams should be able to play both guard positions, so that versatility should help his case for playing time.
Austin Wiley    F    Auburn    
According to Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl, Wiley (leg) has been cleared for all basketball activities, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Wiley has been dealing with a stress fracture in his left leg that happened back in July and prevented him from playing with the team in their trip to Italy. Since then, the 6-11 center seems to be on the right track, and should be full-go when the team begins official practice sessions. Wiley started 22 games for the Tigers in 2016-17, posting averages of 8.8 points and 4.7 boards. Few incoming players pose a threat to his playing time, so as long as Wiley can limit his personal fouls, he should see his role expand significantly in his sophomore campaign.
Hans Brase    F    Iowa State    
Brase (knee) has been cleared for non-contact drills, but is still roughly six weeks away from full clearance, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Brase has a history of knee problems, as he suffered a torn ACL before what was scheduled to be his final year at Princeton, and aggravated the injury after five games the following season, which ultimately cost him that year as well. Now 24 years old, Brase had to make the decision to transfer to Iowa State, as the Ivy League does not allow for medical redshirts. Once ready physically, the 6-9 forward should have a role in Steve Prohm's frontcourt in 2017-18. He's no stranger to putting up big numbers, as he averaged over 31 minutes for the Tigers back in 2014-15, tallying 11.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Given Brase's projected six-week timetable for full-contact clearance, he could be ready when the Cyclones open exhibition play Nov. 5. The team's regular season kicks off with a Nov. 16 matchup against Appalachian State as part of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.
Jaylen Fisher    G    TCU    
Fisher (meniscus) will start running next week and is off crutches according to head coach Jamie Dixon, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Fisher suffered a broken wrist at the end of his freshman campaign, which cost him the final four games and required offseason surgery. The knee issue has popped up since then, but Fisher is still expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season. As TCU's starting shooting guard, Fisher nearly reached double-digit scoring at 9.9 PPG, and was second on the team with an average of 4.0 dimes. Look for Fisher and Alex Robinson (11.2 PPG, 5.8 APG) to once again orchestrate the Horned Frogs' backcourt in the season to come.
Jacquil Taylor    F    Purdue    
Taylor (ankle) has been cleared to participate in all basketball activities.

Fantasy Analysis

Taylor missed the entire 2016-17 season with an ankle injury. The Boilermakers lost a ton of frontcourt production with the departure of Caleb Swanigan, and Taylor's ability to spread the floor could help, however Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards will likely receive most of the minutes down low.
Keita Bates-Diop    F    Ohio State    
Bates-Diop (leg) has been cleared to resume full basketball activities, Eric Segar of Eleven Warriors reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bates-Diop missed most of the 2016-17 season after having leg surgery, but was a key contributor for the Buckeyes in 2015-16. He started every game that season, averaging 31.5 minutes and 11.8 points per game. The forward is expected to return to a similar role, seeing significant time for Ohio State in the upcoming season.
Omari Spellman    F    Villanova    
Spellman (academics) will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season, FanRag Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This is big news for Villanova, as Spellman was the team's top recruit last season but was ruled academically ineligible just before the season started. Spellman has the potential to see significant minutes for the Wildcats this season.
Collin Hartman    F    Indiana    
Hartman has been cleared for contact after undergoing knee surgery last year, Jeff Rabjohns of Scout.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hartman missed the entirety of the 2016-17 season, but looks as though he will be ready to go once training camp starts. The fifth-year senior has spent his time at Indiana as a role player coming off the bench, a role he will likely play again in the upcoming season.
Norense Odiase    F    Texas Tech    
Odiase (foot) has been cleared to participate in all basketball activities, Carlos Silva Jr. of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Odiase is ready to return for the start of training camp, which is important because he only played 19 minutes all of last season. The forward should help round out the bench and provide some frontcourt depth for the Red Raiders in the season ahead.
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