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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.
Elijah Bryant    G    BYU    
Bryant (knee) required a second surgery during the offseason, but is on track to be healthy for the start of the 2017-18 season, ESPN 960 reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bryant suffered a knee injury in March that required immediate surgery. Even though he received a second surgery over the offseason, it will not prevent him from missing the start of the season. Bryant averaged 11.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 24.7 minutes in the 2016-17 season.
Amadi Udenyi    G    Pepperdine    
Udenyi has recovered from the torn achilles he suffered last December, the Pepperdine University Graphic reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Udenyi is entering the 2017-18 season as a fifth-year senior. Before suffering the injury, he started the first five games of the season, averaging 8.0 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds across 30.0 minutes. He is expected to have a similar role in the season ahead.
Lennard Freeman    F    North Carolina State    
Freeman (leg) was able to participate in the team's exhibition games in Italy.

Fantasy Analysis

The fact that Freeman was able to participate in these games means he is healthy and ready for the upcoming collegiate season. He was utilized as a starter during the European trip, which seems to be a good indicator that he's in store for significant minutes during the 2017-18 campaign.
Mamadou Diarra    F    Connecticut    
Diarra (knee) is healthy for the 2017-18 season, Pat Eaton-Robb of the Associated Press reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Diarra, who has yet to play a game for Connecticut, is starting the season as one of the veterans on this team, as the Huskies have eight newcomers on the roster this season. He is listed as the top power forward on the depth chart as of now, however that could quickly change with so many new faces looking to prove themselves.
Levi Cook    C       
Cook will transfer from DePaul.

Fantasy Analysis

The 6-10 center provided 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.9 minutes for the Blue Demons as a freshman last season. His transfer will allow more time for Peter Ryckbosch and Northern Illinois transfer Marin Maric.
Anton Gill    G    Nebraska    
Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Monday that he expects Gill (knee) to receive clearance for all basketball activities within 7-to-10 days, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After transferring over from Louisville, Gill had his debut season with the Cornhuskers cut short by a ruptured patella tendon he suffered in December. Gill had been a regular part of Miles' rotation, averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. Assuming his health checks out fine during training camp, Gill could push for a larger role in 2017-18 after Nebraska lost last year's top backcourt scorer (Tai Webster) to graduation.
Mitchell Robinson    C    Western Kentucky    
Robinson has withdrawn from Western Kentucky for the second time and will train for the 2019 draft, Scout.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Before ever playing a college game, Robinson has been the center of drama. The 7-0 center will move to Dallas to work out with a professional team and focus on training for the 2019 draft. The five-star prospect might have dominated Conference USA opponents, but coach Rick Stansbury will need to look for other options in the paint, including Justin Johnson and Kansas transfer Dwight Coleby.
Khadim Sy    C       
Sy has withdrawn from school, the Roanoke Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sy, a 6-10 sophomore, played just 11.4 minutes as a freshman, but was expected to play a significant role in the Hokie frontcourt. Coach Buzz Williams will have to rely on Kerry Blackshear (leg) and Chris Clarke (ACL), who are both coming off injuries.