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Former Seton Hall commit Aquille Carr offered pro contract in Chinese Basketball Association

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Former Seton Hall commit and YouTube darling Aquille Carr received his first big news as a professional basketball player earlier this week when the Qingdao Double Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association offered the Baltimore-native a contract for the upcoming season.

As Slamonline’s Rodger Bohn reported from China, — where Bohn is currently touring with a group of professionals on the USA Legends tour, including players like Carr, Tracy McGrady and former Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams — Carr, a 5’6 point guard, received the contract offer directly from T-Mac’s old team in the CBA after playing in two exhibition games during the week on the tour.

The “Crimestopper” — as Carr is known in his native Baltimore — hasn’t officially signed or decided on his professional future overseas after deciding to go the pro route in March in order to help care for his one-year old daughter but the offer from T-Mac’s old team, with McGrady even offering his help, is welcome news to the recently turned pro.

“How does it feel to have your first CBA contract offer?” Qingdao Double Star owner Max Shicanbin asked Carr.

Shocked, Carr said that he would have to talk with his agent. But Tracy McGrady stepped in and volunteered to assume the role, playing both sides of the fence with the owner of the club he played for until he joined the Spurs.

“We want stability,” McGrady said in his new role of player representative. “We also want a guaranteed contract and position on the team.”
Carr went on to tell Bohn of the contract offer, “It feels good. I came out here with an opportunity to show my talent and they really appreciate me. I love the atmosphere, the fans and the games here. The only thing is the food, but I’m trying my best to get used to that.”

For the former Seton Hall commit — who is following the path of Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings and Golden State Warriors forward Jeremy Tyler as high school players from the United States opting to go pro overseas instead of the mandatory “one-and-done” year of college before the NBA Draft — having a firm professional offer is a great start to his young professional career, but with his size and inconsistent ability as a point guard, Carr is still a long way to go before solidifying his pro career.

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.