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Report: Former Baylor guard L.J. Rose transferring to Houston

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Just over a month after making the decision to leave Baylor, 6-4 guard L.J. Rose has picked a new school. As first reported by Jason King of, the Houston native will transfer to the University of Houston.

Rose, a highly-touted perimeter prospect at the time of his arrival on campus, played an average of just 7.6 minutes per contest in 2012-13. With the presence of experienced guards such as Pierre Jackson, Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton playing time was scarce, and as a result Rose averaged just 0.9 points and 1.2 assists per game.

Rose will have three years of eligibility remaining, and according to King’s report Rose will seek a waiver to play immediately due to his mother’s health. If the waiver request is denied Rose will have to sit out the 2013-14 season.

Regardless of the outcome of the waiver request, with Houston due to lose both Brandon Morris and Tione Womack at the point guard position after this season the addition of Rose will help the Cougars on the perimeter.

Head coach James Dickey also has point guard Jaaron Simmons joining the program this summer, along with forwards Ahmed Hamdy and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles. Knowles was originally a 2012 signee but failed to qualify academically.

L.J. should already be familiar with his new surroundings, as his father Lynden played for Houston during the “Phi Slama Jamma” era of the early 1980’s. The Houston faithful is hopeful that coach Dickey and his staff can push the program in the right direction as the school begins play in the American Athletic Conference this fall.

Houston did manage to win 20 games last season, but the Cougars finished 7-9 in Conference USA play and its’ strength of schedule ranked 302nd nationally according to Houston also lost leading scorer Joseph Young, but the good news is that both Danuel House (12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and TaShawn Thomas (16.9, 9.8) return.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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