Eric Moreland

Eric Moreland withdraws name from NBA Draft, returns to Oregon State

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Oregon State announced Monday afternoon that forward Eric Moreland will return to the Beavers program for his junior season, pulling his name out of the 2013 NBA Draft.

“I have done a lot of talking with my family and I’ve been in coach’s office a numerous amount of times trying to weigh out the pros and cons of leaving or staying,” Moreland said. “I have decided that I want to withdraw my name and continue as an Oregon State Beaver. I have a great group of guys here and we have a really special team, not only on the court, but we have chemistry that you just want to be a part of. I would love to come back another year and play with them and get to the NCAA tournament and have a great year.”

The 6-10, 215-pound redshirt sophomore averaged 9.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and set a program record with 2.5 blocked shots per game last season. He’s already second in the Beavers’ record books with 145 career blocks. He was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team as an honorable mention as a result.

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Craig Robinson will need Moreland back next season, which could prove to be one that leads to his firing or an extension after going 14-18 this year. Six players who played extensive minutes are expected to be back for Oregon State, including five of their top six scorers, with Devon Collier (12.6 points per game) and Roberto Nelson (17.8 points) leading the way.

With an additional year to improve his offensive numbers, he was fifth on the team in scoring and shot just 56.6 percent from the free throw line last season, Moreland could be a fringe first rounder next season.

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POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: