Connecticut’s hoping the NCAA will make changes that’ll allow the Huskies to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament – but it might have to wait until July to find out.
According to rules passed in October, UConn would be ineligible to compete in next year’s tournament because its APR scores were too low to meet the threshold. The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance has been discussing whether it should use data from 2010-11 and 2011-12 to determine eligibility, rather than 2009-10 and 2010-11. Schools must have a two-year APR average of 930 or a four-year average of 900.
But the committee may not resolve that question until April or even later this summer.
If the ruling comes out by April, it could affect the decision of numerous UConn players to enter the NBA draft, including potential lottery picks Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb.
The school also wants a waiver regarding the sanctions, arguing its APR progress represents significant improvement. It scored 826 on the 2009-10 APR and says it’ll score above 975 for 2010-11. A perfect score is 1000.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.