Just two years removed from playing in the SWAC title game, Grambling finished what may be the worst season in college basketball history on Wednesday night.
The Tigers lost to Alabama A&M 59-51, which was promising — it was literally the first time all season that they didn’t lose by double-digits — and disheartening all the same. No one wants to see a team lose every single game they play, especially when it took a trip to the league tournament to finally avoid being blown out.
Making things worse, this will be a team that will likely be referenced by statheads and trivia gurus for a long time. Grambling’s just the third school in the last 10 years to finish a season without a victory (Savannah State in 2005 and New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2008). The Tigers finished last in all relevant ratings systems. RPI, Kenpom, Sagarin. Not only that, but Kenpom has the Tigers as by far the worst offensive and defensive team in the country, in terms of efficiency.
This is what happens when you have four head coaches in five years and APR sanctions that cripple your roster. From the N.Y. Times:
The team, which finished 4-24 last season, had run afoul of the N.C.A.A. for a low academic progress rate, the metric designed to predict how many players will graduate. Resulting sanctions, the most stringent possible under the guidelines, lowered the maximum number of scholarship players this season to 10 from 13 while curbing practice hours and the number of scheduled games.
A mere five players carried scholarships into the season, and one is no longer with the team. Seven walk-ons were culled from the intramural leagues.
Oh, college basketball.
Maybe it’s time to trim down on those 347 Division I teams, eh?
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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.
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 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 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 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.