Rodney Hood’s another transfer everyone wants

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If Alex Oriakhi is No. 1 on everyone’s list of most wanted transfer, Rodney Hood might be a close second.

The Mississippi State freshman was granted his release from the school Sunday night and quickly became the object of affection for several schools, Duke and Ohio State among them. Both would make sense as landing spots for Hood. Well, anyplace would.

The 6-8 wing can score, averaging 10.3 points per game last season with an impressive 113.1 ORtg. He doesn’t turn the ball over, has a solid outside shot (36 percent from 3) and has the size to get his own shot against pretty much any defender.

He’d have to sit out the 2012-13 season, but would vie for a starting spot when eligible no matter where he lands.

Sounds as if Hood wants a stable program, too.

“It wasn’t necessarily the basketball part of it,” Ricky Hood, Rodney’s father, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “Everybody knows Rodney played quite a bit and the fan base was tremendously supportive for him but it was a tough, tough situation for him to be in.

“After some long, long conversations and consideration he went back to what coach Ray said when he got hired: people need both feet in for Mississippi State basketball and he personally didn’t feel like he was all the way in, right now, 100 percent in that direction.”

So, no ridiculous  fights among players, no constant turmoil because of under-performing would-be stars and no missing the NCAA tournament. Sounds easy, right?

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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.