Grant Jerrett

Arizona forward Grant Jerrett entering NBA Draft


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Before the 2012-13 season began there were questions in regards to whether or not any of the three McDonald’s All-American big men joining the Arizona program would develop into a “one and done” player.

As the season rolled along the three freshmen, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski, had their moments, alternating impressive displays of skill with uneven outings that tend to be commonplace among most newcomers.

All three seemed on track to return to Tucson for their sophomore seasons, joining forces with Aaron Gordon to form one of the best front courts in the country.

However that “plan” has changed, as Jerrett will enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

Jerrett, a 6-10 forward with range out beyond the three-point line, averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in just over 17 minutes of action for the Wildcats.

Jerrett shot 40.9% from the field and 40.5% from beyond the arc this season, but given the production this decision is a bit of a stunner.  currently ranks Jerrett 25th among college freshmen.

“Today, with the support of my family, I made the decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft and pursue my lifelong dream of playing professional basketball,” said Jerrett in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank all Wildcat fans, my teammates and coaches for making my year in Tucson an incredible experience. I will forever be an Arizona Wildcat.”

So where does this leave Arizona next season? The Wildcats will be fine depth-wise, with Gordon (who is expected to play the three) joining Ashley, Tarczewski and Angelo Chol.

There’s also versatile wing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to factor into the discussion when looking at players who can grab the minutes available following the graduation of Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom.

Despite the amount of interior talent at Sean Miller’s disposal, this team having Jerrett as another option would only help Arizona. That won’t happen however, making the development of Ashley and Tarczewski this summer even more important.

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

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.