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.
Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
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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