Two former Utah State players transferring to Division II BYU-Hawaii

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At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season four Utah State players, including starting forward Kyle Davis, announced their intentions to transfer to new schools. Saturday it was reported that two have found new homes, with 6-foot-6 forward Danny Berger and 6-foot-10 center Jordan Stone both headed to Division II BYU-Hawaii. The news was reported by Kris Henry of the Mail-Trubune.

Berger’s career has been an eventful one to say the least, with a heart issue forcing the wing to miss most of the 2012-13 season. Berger collapsed during a practice in December of 2012, and he was cleared to return to the court in September 2013. Berger played in 28 of Utah State’s 32 games this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in just under 12 minutes of action per game.

And in Henry’s story, Berger ruled out a lack of playing time as the reason why he decided to leave Utah State:

“That’s not really the issue,” he said of the playing time. “I’m just looking for a better opportunity and this experience presented itself.”

“It was a long up-and-down year (at Utah State) and I just feel like I can reach my potential at another place,” Berger added. “I’m not going to say everything I was thinking when I came to my decision, I just think there’s opportunities for me as a basketball player by transferring to BYU-Hawaii and it will help me out for the future.”

As for Stone he averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes of action per game, and both players will be eligible to play immediately since they’re dropping from the Division I to Division II level. Berger has one season of eligibility remaining, with Stone having two after redshirting as a freshman (2011-12).

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.