NCAA Basketball Tournament - Southern Mississippi v Kansas State

Former Southern Miss guard LaShay Page officially transferring to South Carolina

Leave a comment

A move that was rumored to be in the works became official on Friday as former Southern Miss guard LaShay Page committed to South Carolina.

With Page planning to graduate by completing his coursework at Southern Miss he would be eligible to apply for a waiver granting him immediate eligibility.

With former Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi being granted a waiver by the SEC to play at Missouri this coming season it’s expected that Page will be eligible to compete for the Gamecocks in 2012-13.

“It’s great being an in state kid to have the opportunity to come back and have my family see me play,” Page said. “I’m also thrilled about having the opportunity to play for Frank Martin and turning the South Carolina program around.”

The family issues are why there’s optimism that Page will be granted the waiver, which is now required since the SEC decided to ban one-year transfer students.

Page’s mother passed away in late February, and the transfer to South Carolina would allow him to play in front of his father and five year-old daughter.

First-year head coach Frank Martin’s getting a skilled player in Page, who averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles.

And there’s some familiarity there as well, as it was Kansas State who ended South Carolina’s season in the NCAA tournament.

Page scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in that game, a 70-64 Wildcat victory.

South Carolina lost three of their top four scorers from last year’s 10-21 team, as Malik Cooke graduated and both Anthony Gill (Virginia) and Damontre Harris (Florida) decided to transfer.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

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

Leave a comment

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’

2015 McDonald's All American Game
Leave a comment

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.