On Saturday, Oregon State junior forward Eric Moreland announced his intention to declare for the NBA Draft.
Moreland took to Twitter to make the announcement, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 6-foot-10 Moreland was suspended 12 games during the 2013-14 season but still averaged 8.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game in 20 games for the Beavers.
A native of Houston, Moreland also shot 50 percent from the field last season as well.
Moreland entered his name in the NBA Draft last season, before withdrawing, and his loss hurts Oregon State immensely as the Beavers also lose second-leading scorer and senior Devon Collier and third-leading scorer and senior Angus Brandt from the frontcourt for next season.
With the loss of senior guard Roberto Nelson, Craig Robinson’s team now loses the team’s four leading scorers from the 2013-14 season.
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 NBCSports.com. 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.
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.