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Anrio Adams’ Ohio career ends before it begins (CORRECTION)


Guard Anrio Adams didn’t see much playing time in his one season at Kansas, playing an average of just over three minutes per contest for the Big 12 champions. That led to his decision to transfer, and the Seattle native ultimately decided to transfer to Ohio.

Unfortunately for Adams he’s now in search of another school to attend, as it was reported Wednesday that he won’t be joining the Ohio program.

“After meeting with Rio, we’ve agreed that it’s in his best interests to pursue his basketball career at the junior college level,” Ohio coach Jim Christian told Jason Arkley of the Athens (Ohio) Messenger. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Adams was most likely going to have to sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, so by no means is this a debilitating loss for the Bobcats. The bigger concern for Ohio: figuring out how to account for the graduation of six seniors, including point guard D.J. Cooper, shooting guard Walter Offutt and power forward Reggie Keely. The biggest personnel loss: Cooper, who led the team in both scoring (14.1 ppg) and assists (7.1 apg) and was widely regarded as one of the best point guards in the country.

In total the Bobcats lost four of their top five scorers from last year’s 24-10 (14-2 MAC) squad, with senior guard Nick Kellogg (8.0 ppg) being their most productive returnee. One player to look to for increased production may be senior wing Ricardo Johnson. Johnson averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last season, seeing action in 33 of Ohio’s 34 games.

Newcomers of note include Monroe (N.Y.) College transfer Maurice Ndour, who has the potential to be one of the MAC’s best first-year players, Southern Illinois transfer forward Treg Setty and Texas Tech transfer guard Javarez Williams. Williams, who averaged 8.1 points per game as a sophomore at Texas Tech, could be the likely answer to the important “who takes over for Cooper at the point” question.

While it would have been nice to add a talented player like Adams to the program, in the end not being able to do so isn’t a crippling blow for Ohio.

NOTE: It was originally reported that Adams was arrested on August 20 and charged with assault, but this was not the case. The arrested party was Anrio Demetrious Adams Sr. 

Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?