Oregon State took a big blow on Monday afternoon as freshman guard Hallice Cooke decided to transfer from the Pac-12 program, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news of Cooke’s transfer was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
Cooke averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Beavers in his freshman season and the 6-foot-3 guard also shot an impressive 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line.
Oregon State has already lost junior forward Eric Moreland to the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason and the team’s three leading scorers — Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt — all graduated.
That means the team’s top five returning scorers are all departing and sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker is Oregon State’s leading returning scorer at four points per game.
The Beavers will have an uphill battle as they look to rebuild heading into next season.
When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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