Arkansas Razorbacks Anderson looks on as his team takes on the LSU Tigers during the first round of the SEC men's NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans

2013 center Moses Kingsley verbally commits to Arkansas

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Things may not be going too well for Arkansas on the gridiron, but the basketball program received some good news on Saturday as 2013 center Moses Kingsley committed to the SEC school according to multiple outlets.

Kingsley, who plays at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is a 6-9 big man who runs the floor well and was compared to current Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng by Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford.

Kingsley’s commitment moves the number for Mike Anderson’s program to two, as they already held a commitment from power forward Bobby Portis.

Kingsley and Portis both played for the Arkansas Wings AAU program, helping to lead the Wings to a spot in the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

In five games in North Augusta, Kingsley led the way with 13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per contest.

Adding Kingsley to the 2013 incoming class gives Arkansas two mobile front court players that will fit well into the “40 Minutes of Hell” system that Anderson is looking to revive in Fayetteville.

And if everyone that will have eligibility remaining in 2013 returns, Kingsley and Portis would be joining a rather talented program next fall.

Guard B.J. Young was one of the best freshmen in the SEC last season, but due in large part to the presence of Kentucky dominant freshman class he was somewhat overshadowed nationally.

In fact, Arkansas doesn’t have a single senior on their 2012-13 roster so in addition to Young there’s also guards Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott and Rashad Madden in addition to forward Marshawn Powell due to return in 2013.

Houston transfer Alandise Harris, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Cougars last season, will be eligible to play in 2013 as well.

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No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.