Brian Gregory learns from Bo Ryan, will not restrict Glen Rice Jr. transfer


It looks like Brian Gregory may have seen the national outrage sparked by Bo Ryan’s transfer debacle at Wisconson, and has decided to steer clear of any possibility of it happening at his program at Georgia Tech.

As embattled forward Glen Rice Jr. prepares to leave the team and transfer, Gregory has now publicly said that he will not bar any schools from Rice’s list of possible destinations.

“Probably with UGA, it’s the in-state rivalry thing and so forth,” Gregory told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But I will be honest with you, if it ever got to a situation where a kid really wanted to go to a specific school, I wouldn’t fight it … I wouldn’t fight it.”

Rice was dismissed from the team after multiple suspensions. His most recent trouble stemmed from his involvement in a shooting outside a nightclub in Atlanta, where he was charged with permitting unlawful operation, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Perhaps we are seeing the beginning of a trend.

After the outrage of Ryan’s decision to severely restrict the transfer options of Badger Jared Uthoff, NCAA coaches may be taking the hint that, because of all the other restrictions placed on student-athletes, public opinion has sided with players when it comes to transfer.

Gregory’s explanation has been one of the most logically grounded we have seen.

“That’s kind of our blanket policy,” Gregory told the AJC. “If any kid comes up to me and says ‘These are the schools’ and one is in the ACC, then I’ll explain the rule about ACC transfers and that usually eliminates the scenario immediately because no kid wants to sit out two years and lose a year of eligibility in the process.”

It’s almost refreshing.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.