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2014 point guard Quentin Snider flips back to Louisville

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For those who follow recruiting, the recruitment of point guard Quentin Snider’s been an interesting saga to follow over the last 24 hours or so. Originally a verbal commitment to Louisville, the Ballard HS product de-committed from his hometown school in late-July and less than two months later committed to attend Illinois.

At the time of Snider’s decision to reopen his recruitment it was reported that Louisville had moved on, seemingly closing the door on a reconnection. But recruiting can be a funny thing, with reports emerging this week that Snider and the program were back in contact. And on Friday the news more than a few expected (and many Illinois fans feared) came to fruition, as Snider signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Louisville.

The news was first reported by Evan Daniels of And the fact that Louisville’s backcourt situation cleared up some since Snider made the decision to de-commit may have helped with the reconnection, according to Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

He withdrew that pledge late this summer after determining the Cards’ backcourt looked too loaded, with 2013 signees Chris Jones, Anton Gill and Terry Rozier and five-star 2014 commitments Shaqquan Aaron and JaQuan Lyle.

But Lyle withdrew his own pledge from Louisville after Snider had made his new commitment to Illinois, and the Cards have attempted to recruit new guards, including James Blackmon Jr. and junior-college prospects Sam Cassell Jr. and Josh Gray.

Snider becomes Louisville’s fourth commitment in the 2014 class, joining wing Shaqquan Aaron and interior prospects Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku. All four players have signed National Letter of Intent during the early signing period, which began on Wednesday and end on November 20th. The Cardinals will certainly lose Russ Smith after this season, and Snider’s signing gives Rick Pitino another talented option at the point in Louisville’s debut season in the ACC.

Junior college transfer Chris Jones would be a senior (and should he play well enough to move on the next level, Snider’s addition will become even more important), and Terry Rozier would be a sophomore. Other guards with eligibility remaining are current juniors Wayne Blackshear, Kevin Ware and freshman Anton Gill.

Snider’s the second elite player this fall to re-commit to a school after reopening his recruitment, with James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana) being the first. And when it comes to top players making a switch this week, Snider joins power forward Payton Dastrup (from Ohio State to BYU) as players who have done so.

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.