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Herb Sendek’s time in Tempe could be coming to an end

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For the second time in less than a week, Lorenzo Romar has made an addition to his staff at Washington.

On Thursday afternoon, the head Husky added Lamont Smith to his staff. Smith was hired by Romar at St. Louis in 1999.

“We are excited to welcome Lamont Smith on our staff,” Romar said following the Huskies ninth of 10 practices for their upcoming foreign tour. “Lamont is very energetic and a dynamic recruiter.

“I know Lamont really well. I was able to give him his first job and I coached against him when he was a player at the University of San Diego. He has a great basketball mind and will have a big impact on our program.”

Since Romar hired Brad Jackson last week, room was made for Smith when Paul Fortier was taken off the bench and moved to the Director of Player Personnel and Player Development position.

The bigger issue, however, is where Smith came from. For the second time in two days, Herb Sendek has lost an assistant coach at Arizona State; on Wednesday, Scott Pera took a position at Penn.

This is bad, bad news for Sendek. For starters, losing an assistant coach just days before the school year is about to begin is a massive setback for any program. Sendek lost two. In two days. And, unfortunately for the Sun Devil faithful, Arizona State isn’t just “any program” right now. They are one of the worst high-major programs — in the present tense — in the country. Sendek, who is 98-96 in his tenure in Tempe, won just 10 games last season and only 12 the season before that, managing all of 10 Pac-12 wins during that stretch despite the Pac-12 being fairly atrocious during that time. That doesn’t include the fact that three of Arizona State’s top four scorers — and four total from last year’s rotation — transferred out of the program.

Making matter worse is the fact that Pera was the program’s recruiting coordinator, meaning he was the guy that knew Arizona State’s targets the best. That will be an important vacancy to fill quickly, something that may not happen. You see, there is little doubt that Sendek is currently sitting on the hottest seat in the conference. Yes, he still has hometown hero Jahii Carson at his disposal, but will Carson be enough to turn Arizona State’s season around?And if he’s not, will the number of defections finally convince the Sun Devil brass that it’s time to go in a different direction with their head coach?

Or did Pera and Smith simply see the writing on the wall? When a head coach is fired, more often than not his staff ends up out of a job as well. Knowing that, how many assistants with jobs that they are currently comfortable in would be willing to take the risk?

Should I even mention that Arizona State recently hired a new athletic director?

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

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.