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.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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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.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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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.