Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has dipped into the graduate transfer pool once again, this time landing former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones on Sunday evening.
The 6-foot-5 transfer announced his decision, via Twitter, following his visit to Ames.
“Had a great weekend in Ames my first time there but won’t be the last. I’ve decided I wanna be a Cyclone!” he tweeted.
On March 17, UNLV head coach announced Dejean-Jones would not return to the program.Dejean-Jones, the team’s leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, left the Runnin’ Rebels on a sour note, earning a suspension for the regular season finale against Nevada on March 8 for a post-game incident following the Rebels’ loss to San Diego State three days prior.
Dejean-Jones can be immediately eligible for the 2014-2015 season granted he graduates this spring. He will join Blue Valley Northwest High (Kan.) point guard Clay Custer, a four recruit according to Rivals, in the Cyclones’ incoming class.
Hoiberg has had great success with transfers over the years, DeAndre Kane being the latest example. Kane has exhausted his eligibility, meaning The Mayor will look to reload the Iowa State back court with Dejean-Jones in his final collegiate season. With Georges Niang, Dustin Hogue and Naz Long returning, Transfer U should be projected to finish near the top of the Big 12 standings next season.
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.