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Finally, Sheldon Jeter transfers to Pittsburgh

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At long last, Sheldon Jeter has transferred to Pittsburgh.

Recall that the former Vanderbilt forward’s wish to transfer back closer to home and play for Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh was blocked by Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. Rumors circulated that Jeter didn’t inform Stallings of his intent to transfer from Vanderbilt and went public with the news initially, which irked his head coach.

From the outset, it was a bumpy road for Jeter to transfer to Pittsburgh under Stallings’ watch. Since he wasn’t released of his scholarship at Vanderbilt, that meant Jeter would have had to pay his own way at Pittsburgh.

The saga of Sheldon Jeter’s next home gets even more bizarre — he announced, in late August, that he would play at Polk State College in Florida for the 2013-14 season. Formerly known as Polk Community College, the college in Winter Haven, FL would be just a little different than playing SEC or ACC basketball. Fortunately for Jeter, it will never come to that.

While Jeter will spend a semester at Polk State, he will not play on the basketball team, rather simply focus on his academics.

Jeter will transfer to Pittsburgh — the college of his choice coming out of high school — in January and begin practice with his future team.

He told The Times Online“I couldn’t be more excited. I already have a relationship with a lot of players at Pitt, and I’m looking forward to joining the team.”

A relieved Jeter said, “This took a little bit longer to happen than I wanted it to but I’m happy with the way it turned out. Vanderbilt had their reasons, whatever they were, but I’ve had a lot of people help me and no one more than Matt Furjanic.”

Furjanic is the basketball coach at Polk State, and the former head coach at Robert Morris (1979-84).

As a freshman at Vanderbilt, Jeter averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Creighton lands 2016 combo guard

Greg McDermott
Associated Press
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Sunday evening Creighton got on the board in the Class of 2016, as 6-foor-4 combo guard Davion Mintz made his pledge to Greg McDermott’s program. Mintz made the decision on the tail end of his official visit to Creighton, picking the Bluejays over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wichita State.

News of Mintz’s commitment was first reported by Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, with Mintz confirming the news via Twitter shortly thereafter.

Creighton has just two seniors on its current roster in guard Jams Milliken and forward Geoffrey Groselle, but that doesn’t mean they lack for experience. Among the guards on the roster who will be around when Mintz arrives on campus are redshirt juniors Maurice Watson Jr., Malik Albert, and Isaiah Zierden, and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be eligible in 2016-17.

Mintz, who attends North Mecklenberg HS just outside of Charlotte, can play either on or off the basketball. Creighton’s veteran guards should help Mintz with his transition to the college game when he arrives in Omaha in 2016. Mintz played for the Charlotte Nets grassroots program this summer.

Three-star power forward commits to WVU

Bob Huggins
Associated Press
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Three days after landing one power forward in Sagaba Konate, West Virginia received a verbal commitment from another big man Sunday evening.

6-foot-11 Mountain Mission School (Gurndy, Virginia) power forward Maciej Bender became the Mountaineers’ fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 on Sunday, with the Mountain Mission program announcing the news via Twitter. Bender is a native of Poland, and in addition to Konate he joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.

West Virginia will lose two forwards in TyQuane Goard and Jonathan Holton at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the additions of Konate and Bender will help the Mountaineers account for those departures from a depth standpoint. Bender can score around the basket, but he’s also capable of facing up and scoring in pick-and-pop situations out beyond the three-point line.

Bender officially visited West Virginia last weekend, and he was a player the WVU coaching staff wanted to get in the fold. Other programs to offer Bender included Arizona State (teammate Jethro Tshisumpa is an ASU commit), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Providence. Bender played his grassroots basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats program this summer.