Former Murray State guard Zay Jackson is headed to Southeastern Louisiana, NBCSports.com confirmed. Jackson’s hometown — Hammond, LA — is the same city where Southeastern Louisiana is located and his former high school coach, Errol Gauff, is on the new coaching staff there.
The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Jackson has an interesting back story. As a freshman with the Racers in 2011-2012, he averaged 4.9 points in 18.4 minutes on a team that made it until mid-February before suffering their first loss of the season and was expected to be a key component of Murray State’s life after Isaiah Canaan.
That all evaporated prior to the 2012-2013 season when Jackson ran over two people with his car after a confrontation in a Walmart parking lot. He eventually served 60 days in jail for the crime and was reinstated to the program prior to the 2013-2014 season. But in October of 2013, Jackson suffered a torn ACL and LCL, which ended his season and, eventually, his Murray State career.
He finished up the semester and left the program.
According to NCAA transfer rules, Jackson will have to spend a year in residency at Southeastern Louisiana before becoming eligible in 2015-2016. In that scenario, he’d have one season of eligibility remaining. But since he’s missed the last two seasons — one because of his criminal actions and one because of a knee injury — he may be able to apply for the same waiver from the NCAA that was given to Memphis guard Michael Dixon this season.
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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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.
The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.
[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]
It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.
Anyway, here is the full poll:
1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
5. Iowa State
9. North Carolina
18. Texas A&M
20. West Virginia
NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville
DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State