Ball State loses another as forward Aaron Adeoye leaves the program

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Losing seniors Jarrod Jones, Pierre Sneed and Randy Davis was something that Ball State followers knew was going to happen at the end of the 2011-12 season.

But did anyone expect the Cardinals to say farewell to three players with eligibility remaining as well?

Sophomore forward Aaron Adeoye became the third Ball State player to decide that he was best served to finish his career elsewhere, with the decision being announced on Friday.

Adeoye was selected to the MAC’s All-Freshman Team last season, averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 games (eight starts).

His rebounding average led all MAC freshmen, and in Adeoye’s eight starts he averaged nearly six rebounds per contest (5.9).

With Jones moving on Adeoye’s role likely would have expanded, but it’s back to the drawing board for head coach Billy Taylor with the Marion, Illinois product deciding to move on.

“We are disappointed Aaron has decided to leave,” Taylor said in a school release. “We appreciate his contributions to our team in the time he was here and wish him the best in the future.”

Guard Jesse Berry (9.7 ppg) and forward Chris Bond (7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) are Ball State’s leading returnees, with five freshmen joining the fold as well.

Offense was an issue for Ball State last season, most notably during a seven-game losing streak in which the Cardinals failed to score more than 58 points in any of those defeats.

While Adeoye wasn’t the kind of player who would be a focal point offensively (according to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers, Adeoye had a possession percentage of 11.9%) he did shoot 50.6% from the field, so losing him is definitely a noticeable loss.

Ball State finished last season with a 15-15 record, and was tied with Western Michigan for third place in the MAC West with a 6-10 league record.

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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.