Upon his signing with Ole Miss 6-8 power forward Jason Carter was a player many thought capable of having an immediate impact for the Rebels after playing at Chipola JC last season.
Unfortunately for Carter he got off to a bad start in Oxford, as head coach Andy Kennedy suspended him before the first exhibition game for a violation of team rules.
Carter was never reinstated, and on Friday Kennedy announced that the junior was dismissed from the program.
Along with Marshall Henderson (Utah), Carter was a junior college transfer who began his college career at another Division I school. Carter played 16 games at Alabama in 2010-11, averaging 6.0 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game before deciding to transfer to Chipola.
Possessing the ability to step out to the three-point line, Carter was a power forward expected to fill a role that the Rebels were lacking in last season.
Frankly Ole Miss will be fine in the aftermath of Carter’s dismissal, because as stated above he’d yet to play in a game due to the original suspension. There may be a question to answer in regards to their front court depth as the Rebels get closer to the start of SEC play, but Ole Miss does have four interior players who are at least 6-8.
Ole Miss will be tested on Saturday night when they take on Middle Tennessee but they could go without a serious challenge in the paint until their SEC opener against Tennessee on January 9.
With Henderson averaging a team-high 17.2 points per contest it would have been nice for both of Ole Miss’ junior college transfers to be productive. Unfortunately that didn’t turn to be the case for Jason Carter.
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The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.
The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.
It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.
Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.
The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.
Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.
“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”
It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.