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Reggie Lynch is expected to be out a month after knee surgery, the AP reports.

Impact

Lynch has had a tumultuous time since he last played for Illinois State in 2014-15. He was suspended after transferring due to alleged sexual assault. The 6-9 center could play major minutes for the Golden Gophers if he is healthy.

Omari Spellman was ruled ineligible for 2016-17, ESPN.com reports. The NCAA determined that the 6-9 freshman did not complete his eligibility requirements.

Impact

Spellman, the team's top recruit, will have to sit out his freshman season, but will still have four years of eligibility. The minutes that Spellman would have played will be absorbed by Darryl Reynolds and freshmen Tim Delaney and Dylan Painter.

Jo Lual-Acuil was granted two more years of eligibility by the NCAA on Friday.

Impact

Lual-Acuil is a transfer from Neosho County Community College who was a highly-ranked JUCO prospect before committing to Baylor. It's unclear what his role on Baylor will be to start the season, but when called upon, he'll provide a strong rebounding and shot-blocking presence as a 7-0 defensive backbone over the next two years.

Colin Hartman injured his left knee in during a non-contact practice drill on Tuesday, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Impact

It is unclear how serious Hartman's injury is, but he's also still recovering from an offseason wrist surgery. There will likely be more updates on his status closer to the season.

Dillon Brooks (foot) may not be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Matt Nolander of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Brooks had foot surgery in July and has been rehabbing throughout the offseason ever since. He's not expected to be ready for team practices when they start in October and now appears unlikely to be ready for the start of the season when the Ducks take on Army on Nov. 11. While a concrete timetable has yet to be given, Brooks will take his time in his recovery and may not be ready for action until the end of November. Brooks entered his name in the NBA pre-draft process earlier in April, but eventually withdrew and opted to return to Oregon for the 2016-17 season. He averaged a team-high 16.7 points, to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals over 33 minutes per game last year and once healthy, should be one of the team's top offensive threats after leading the Ducks to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

Schadrac Casimir (hip) expects to be cleared for all basketball activities in mid-October, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

After playing in just four games during the 2015-16 season, Casimir suffered torn labrums in both of his hips and ended up going through a double hip surgery procedure, which forced him to miss the rest of the year. He's gone through extended rest and rehabilitation throughout the offseason and expects to be cleared for practice in mid-October. Casimir was granted a redshirt year, so he still has three years of eligibility remaining. After averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists during his MAAC Rookie of the Year campaign, he appeared to struggle at the start of last season, so he'll attempt to get back on track and erase doubts about his injury-riddled past once back to full strength.

Devin Robinson (foot) expects to be cleared for all basketball related activities at the start of practice in October, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Robinson underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot back in April, but has progressed well enough in his rehab throughout the offseason that he expects to be ready for the start of team practices. Robinson declared for the 2016 NBA Draft earlier this year, but after getting feedback from NBA scouts, felt it was in his best interest to return to Florida. He's coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists over 23 minutes per game, but should see his playing time on the rise as he enters his junior season. Dorian Finney-Smith has graduated, so look for Robinson to take on a bigger role offensively for a Florida team that is coming off a relatively down year with a 21-15 record.

Mangok Mathiang (foot) expects to be ready to go when Louisville opens practice in early October, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Mathiang was limited to just 10 games during the 2015-16 season due to a fractured foot, but was still a solid contributor in limited action with 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over 19 minutes per outing. The redshirt senior and team captain will open the season as the team's starting center and should be a full go as soon as practices start on Oct. 10. Mathiang was an offensive liability in his first two seasons with Louisville, but showed a potentially improved post game early on last year, which will hopefully continue to progress as his 2016-17 campaign moves forward. Of course, in the end, he'll still be relied upon as a strong defensive presence and a shot blocker, to go along with his work on the boards, so he should continue to play a large role for the Cardinals who will look to improve on a 23-8 record from a season ago.

Alex Murphy will play for Northeastern in 2016-17 after he was granted a sixth year of college eligibility Tuesday, ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reports.

Impact

After starting his career at Duke in 2011-12, Murphy transferred to Florida, where he's spent the last two seasons. He ended up missing most of 2015-16 after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot, playing only 23 total minutes. Now healthy, he should slide into a major role for Northeastern right away after the team lost their top player, Quincy Ford, to graduation in the spring.

Ray Smith (knee) will be cleared to play once team practices begin, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Smith tore his ACL last October and was forced to miss the entire 2015-16 season for Arizona, but the 6-foot-8 forward should have no nagging issues once practice starts. The former Top 30 recruit will look to once again push for the starting job at small forward this season.

Prince Ali (knee) is expected to return in late November or early December, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Ali is coming off MCL surgery after suffering from the injury in early July. The news means that he likely won't be ready for the team's season opener on November 11, but Ali shouldn't miss too much time after that. The sophomore averaged just 3.9 points over 11.8 minutes last season, but will look to expand his role as soon as he returns to the floor.

J.J. Caldwell was declared ineligible to play the 2016-17 season by the NCAA on Friday, Jeff Borzello of ESPN reports.

Impact

It's a tough blow for the the Aggies who lost the No. 89 overall player coming out of high school according to ESPN100. Lipscomb transfer J.C. Hampton is likely to see the bulk of point guard duties with Caldwell sitting out his freshman year.

Reggie Lynch has been cleared for the upcoming 2016-17 season, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports.

Impact

Lynch, who sat out during the Gophers' 2015-16 campaign after transferring from Illinois State, is cleared to play after undergoing surgery on his right rotator cuff in February. The Gopher was also arrested for alleged sexual assault in May and was suspended indefinitely. Lynch was also reinstated from his suspension on Tuesday, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Expect the center to take on a key role for the Gophers for their upcoming season.

Blake Simmons suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Impact

The 6-5 guard averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 assists for the Purple Aces last season. Evansville was already looking at a rebuilding project D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius running out of eligibility. Freshmen Dru Smith and Jaiveon Evans may be thrown into the fire. Simmons could return as a redshirt senior in 2017-18.

Lauri Markkanen might be used in spurts at center, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Markkanen, a 6-foot-11 freshman, could reportedly give the Wildcats a "Frank Kaminsky" look down low. The five-star recruit could be a player to watch if he can adjust quickly to the speed of collegiate play.

Anthony Cowan will make an impact immediately his freshman season, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Cowan, a four-star recruit, is expected to be the main backup point guard behind starter Melo Trimble. If he develops quickly enough, he could be a player to watch and even stash on the bench in deeper leagues.

Dominic Magee has opted to transfer to Southern Miss.

Impact

During his freshman season at Grand Canyon, Magee averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists during 15.6 minutes of action, including four double-digit scoring efforts in games where he played no more than 23 minutes. However, he has to sit on the bench during his first year as a Golden Eagle before gaining two years of eligibility due to NCAA transfer rules. Even during that first year back, though, he'll likely come off the bench with four potential seniors at the guard position in 2017-18.

Greg King has transferred to Niagara, Mike Meiler of the Niagara Gazette reports.

Impact

King will sit out during the 2016-17 season before returning with two years of eligibility to start the 2017-18 season. In 23 games with Eastern Kentucky, King averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds during 9.3 minutes of action. Niagara coach Chris Casey likes his energy, saying, "He is a very active rebounder and defender. His game will continue to develop during this coming redshirt season."

Japhet Kadji has decided to transfer to North Carolina A&T, Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance reports.

Impact

Kadji, one of the Aggies four incoming transfers, will sit out his first year with A&T and then have two more seasons of eligibility. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.7 minutes of action for Wagner last year and there could be a logjam at Kadji's position with five forwards projected to return to the team in 2017-18, not including potential high school signees.

Paul Jackson has decided to transfer to Eastern Michigan as a walk-on, Hoop-Nation reports.

Impact

The point guard will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, but will return for 2017-18 with two years of eligibility. Jackson started 20 of 30 games at Eastern Kentucky last year, averaging 7.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. With his experience, he should have control of the backcourt when eligible, with three of Eastern Michigan's four guards heading into their senior year this season.