Virginia Tech forward Barksdale suspended three games

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Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale has been suspended the first three games of the year, head coach James Johnson announced on Monday. The Hokies suspended Barksdale for a “violation of team rules.”

A 6-foot-8 junior and former Rivals top-100 prospect, Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 points per game as a sophomore and will miss three home games for the Hokies against USC Upstate, West Virginia and Western Carolina. Barksdale will continue to practice with the team according to Norm Wood of the Daily Press.

“I am disappointed in C.J.,” Johnson said in a statement. “He is a young man who made a bad decision and now must deal with the consequences. I know that he will come back from this suspension and continue be a valuable member of this program.”

Virginia Tech also stated, “This will be the only comment about the situation by any member of the Virginia Tech Athletics staff, coaching staff, basketball team or Barksdale.”

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.