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Report: Desmond Simmons transferring from Washington

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Washington will lose redshirt junior Desmond Simmons to transfer, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

The 6-foot-7 Simmons took to Twitter and Instagram on Friday night to notify fans of the move. Washington has yet to release anything official on the transfer.

On Simmons’ Instagram account he wrote: “Appreciate all the support I’ve received over the last four years while being a Husky. I’m very grateful for my experience. Thanks for all the love dawg fans.”

The redshirt junior spent the past four years at Washington as he battled knee injuries throughout his Huskie career. Simmons missed the first 10 games of this season due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and upon return he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. The junior appeared in 22 games and started 10 for the 17-15 Huskies.

Simmons is also set to graduate this spring, which would make him immediately eligible next season as a graduate transfer. It will be interesting to see which schools pursue an experienced forward like Simmons.

Washington also loses more frontcourt depth for next season with the departure of Simmons. C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell are graduating and junior Shawn Kemp Jr. is the most accomplished returning big man at 15.4 minutes a contest.

Jernard Jarreau, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, had season-ending knee surgery and sophomore center Gilles Dierickx only averaged 5.2 minutes a game this season.

The status surrounding Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw is also uncertain as he’s been away from the team for unspecified reasons.

Washington will likely pursue a transfer or spring recruit to fill the frontcourt void.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: