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Former UNLV forward Mike Moser transfers to Oregon

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Oregon landed a big transfer on Tuesday evening when former UNLV forward Mike Moser decided to finish up his collegiate career in his home state.

The news was reported by Mike Prehm of 247Sports.com

Moser is expected to graduate from UNLV this spring which makes him eligible for the 2013-2014 season without having to sit out a season. This past year at UNLV, the 6-foot-8 forward battled injuries, ending the season averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Though those numbers were down from his first season with the Runnin’ Rebels when he averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds a night. It was after his sophomore campaign that he contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft.

Oregon will be the third school in Moser’s career after starting with UCLA in 2009 before transferring to UNLV.

The Portland, Ore. native was on the University of Oregon campus on April 19. He was also considering Gonzaga and was reportedly close to committing to Washington at one point this offseason.

Oregon finished last season with a 28-9 (12-6 Pac-12) record, winning the Pac-12 tournament and making it to the Sweet 16 as a 12-seed only to be eliminated by eventual champion Louisville.

Arizona is the Pac-12 favorite, especially with the addition of Aaron Gordon. Oregon returns star point guard Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson in the Ducks backcourt. Moser will help make up for the loses of forwards E.J. Singler and Arsalan Kazemi on the frontline.

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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.