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words // Brennan Hiro Williams

While the pro game stays seated on the sidelines, the college stars took center stage this weekend. From the deck of the USS Carl Vinson to the hallows of Cameron Indoor Stadium, this opening weekend of games previewed what looks like a special season in the making.

Several highly-touted recruits, including Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis, made their debuts, while returning stars such as Jeremy Lamb and John Henson showed why they are expected to lead their teams to a national title.

Check out the sneaker selection below, in the latest edition of NCAA Watch.

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Duke’s star freshman Austin Rivers takes the court in the Nike Basketball Huarache 2K4.

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Blue Devil Quinn Cook D’s up in the “True Blue” Air Jordan Retro 3.

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Cal’s senior leader Jorge Gutierrez drives baseline in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 Low.

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UCLA’s sophomore Tyler Lamb changes direction in the adidas Crazy 8.

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Bruins forward Reeves Nelson powers around a defender in the adidas Crazy Light.

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UCLA senior Lazeric Jones is defended by Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland. Both are wearing the adidas adiZero Rose 2.

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Vanderbilt’s Rod Odom (Nike Hyperdunk 2011) pressures Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd (Air Jordan 13).

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“The” Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith and Deshaun Thomas double a Wright State player while wearing the “Ohio State” Nike LeBron 9.

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Kentucky’s top frosh Anthony Davis throws it down emphatically in the Nike Hyperdunk 2011.

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UConn star Jeremy Lamb contributed the poster of the week, leaping over a defender in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

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UNC’s John Henson put the finishing touches on a defining performance at the Carrier Classic. The elite defender blocked nine shots while wearing the Air Jordan 13.

photos via Y! Sports.