TCU rising junior forward Devonta Abron’s 2013-2014 season is over before it began.
On Tuesday, TCU head coach Trent Johnson informed ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman that Abron had torn his Achilles in the team’s final game of the Horned Frogs trip in Canada. Johnson told ESPN that recovery for this season-ending injury is about five to six months.
Abron was the team’s top returning rebounder, averaging 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his first season with TCU. The 6-foot-8 Abron transferred from Arkansas after his freshman season, but avoided sitting out this past season because his transfer was the result of a health issue with a relative in the Dallas area.
According to Goodman, Abron was expected to be a full-time starter this season. The loss of Abron is impacted even more following more news that came out on Tuesday. Karviar Shepard, a TCU 2013 commit and four-star center, has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. Shepard and LSU signee Jordan Mickey — who both attended Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy in Dallas — were both initially ruled ineligible.
On the bright side, the Horned Frogs return leading scorer Kyan Anderson (12 PPG). Also, Amric Fields, who played in only three games last season, is returning from a knee injury. Aaron Durley, a 6-foot-10 redshirt, is also returning from an injury-plagued 2012-2013 season.
TCU finished 11-21, last in the Big 12, this past season.
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.