Memphis power forward Tarik Black returns to practice

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Just two days after leaving practice and missing Memphis’ win over UT-Martin on Thursday night, junior power forward Tarik Black made his return to practice on Friday according to multiple media outlets.

Black, who is averaging 10.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, was given time to figure things out according to head coach Josh Pastner and it seems as if Black has done that.

Memphis shot 52.2% from the field in their 93-65 win over UT-Martin, with Shaq Goodwin putting up 17 points and 12 rebounds, but even with that result the Tigers will need Black in order to reach their full potential. And Black will need to be ready to do that, both physically and mentally.

“It was a buildup of things, just being honest. I’m not one for really complaining or stressing my issues and things that are on my mind,” Black said. “That can be a blessing, because that’s a leadership quality. You have to endure things, keep pushing, keep moving and keep motivating.

“But at the same time, it can also be a burden because you go home everyday and you’re the one that’s dealing with something and nobody else knows. … At some point, I’m only human, so it’s going to come out. It just so happened that after this three-year period it came out.”

In the days following Memphis’ 1-2 showing at the Battle 4 Atlantis the Tigers went through some tough practices and according to reports Black didn’t respond well, triggering the decision to hold him out of Thursday’s game.

While Memphis UT-Martin without Black they’ll clearly need the junior at his best not only when they take on the likes of Louisville (December 15) and Tennessee (January 4), but also if they’re to accomplish anything of note in March.

Memphis hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game during Pastner’s tenure, and given the talent at his disposal fans are expecting more in 2012-13. Such hopes can be torpedoed by having to deal with issues such as this one, so if anything it’s good that Black had this problem in late November instead of later in the season.

A preseason All-Conference USA selection, Black is expected to be one of the leaders for a Memphis team that in addition to its upperclassmen is also expecting contributions from sophomore Adonis Thomas and freshman Shaq Goodwin. For Memphis’ sake hopefully this is the last time they have to deal with this kind of an issue.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Jay-Z’s nephew posterizes nation’s No. 1 recruit Marvin Bagley III

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Nahziah Carter is an unsigned 6-foot-6 wing in the Class of 2017.

He’s also Jay-Z’s nephew, and he just so happened to posterize Marvin Bagley III — the clearcut No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 — while Hova was in the stands watching him.

NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.