Duggar Baucom

VMI’s Duggar Baucom receives contract extension through 2018

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In eight seasons as the head coach at VMI, Duggar Baucom’s won a school-record 118 games and led the Keydets to three Big South tournament title appearances in the last seven seasons. One reason for the improved play is the uptempo style Baucom’s teams play, with the Keydets annually ranking among the highest scoring teams in the country.

On Wednesday the school announced that Baucom’s contract has been extended through the 2017-18 season, a deserved reward when considering the lack of success at the school prior to Baucom’s arrival.

“I am very proud of what we have established here and will continue to build in the future.  We have been fortunate to have cadet-athletes that have excelled on the court, in the Corps, in the classroom, and after graduation,” Baucom said in the release. “I will always be indebted to my former players for the culture they have created at the Institute and to my current players who continue to hold that bar high.

“I’m very appreciative of my staff for their hard work and dedication to our program.  We are extremely grateful to the Keydet Club, our alumni, and our loyal fan base.“

Baucom’s extension caps a summer that featured VMI’s acceptance of a spot in the Southern Conference, with the school scheduled to make that move next July. On the basketball court the Keydets will have to account for the graduation of leading scorer and rebounder Stan Okoye (21.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg), who won Big South Player of the Year honors in 2012-13.

Seniors D.J. Covington (15.0, 7.2, 3.0 bpg), who won Big South Defensive Player of the Year last season, and Rodney Glasgow (11.7, 4.8 apg) return for their final campaign, as does junior guard Brian Brown.

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.