After averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 assists per game in two seasons at Longwood, 6-foot-1 point guard Lucas Woodhouse made the decision a couple weeks ago to transfer. And on Sunday, it was announced by his high school coach that the New York native will complete his college career at Stony Brook.
As a sophomore Woodhouse averaged 11.5 points and 6.7 assists per game, leading the Big South in the latter category while also ranking fourth in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio. Stony Brook loses Anthony Jackson from this season’s team but return leading assist man Carson Puriefoy in 2014-15.
Puriefoy averaged 2.8 assists per game for the Seawolves, who finished second in the America East standings behind Vermont and lost to Albany in the conference tournament final.
Woodhouse will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season per NCAA transfer rules. Next season will provide him with the opportunity to learn Steve Pikiell’s offensive system while competing against the likes of Puriefoy and incoming freshman Deshaun Thrower in practice.
Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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