Jordan Dickerson cleared to play for Penn State

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Over the summer, form SMU center Jordan Dickerson transferred to Penn State. It looked like Dickerson wouldn’t be eligible to play during the 2013-14 season when he initially transferred due to NCAA transfer rules. However, Penn State submitted a Legislative Relief Waiver to the NCAA requesting it waive the year in residence requirement, and the NCAA complied.

Dickerson will be able to play immediately, beginning with Penn State’s afternoon contest against Mount St. Mary’s today.

At SMU, Dickerson played just 3.5 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season, but standing at 7-feet, he offers Penn State a much-needed big body in the front court.

Dickerson, a sophomore center, is eligible for the remainder of this season, along with two additional seasons.

In a release by the school, Penn State head coach said: “We are excited the NCAA has approved the waiver for Jordan. He has worked hard to develop during his six months with the program and we look forward to working him into our lineup and taking advantage of his presence in the post.”

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.