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San Francisco sophomore guard Avry Holmes to transfer

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When starting point guard Cody Doolin left the San Francisco program after playing in just four games, there were questions as to what the Dons would do to account for his departure. One played who stepped up was sophomore Avry Holmes, who averaged 12.5 points and 3.1 assists per game and helped San Francisco win 21 games and finish tied for second place in the West Coast Conference.

With that season under his belt it was natural to wonder what Holmes would be able to do as a junior for Rex Walters, but according to Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle we won’t be finding out.

Holmes has decided to transfer, and Walters had an interesting comment in Kroner’s story on the matter.

Walters said Holmes, a Salem, Ore., native who just finished his sophomore season, “wants to try to go to a so-called high-major conference. … I don’t begrudge for it. Obviously, we’d love to have him.”

Holmes’ decision to leave the program means that the Dons will have to account for the loss of their top two scorers from last season, with graduating forward Cole Dickerson being the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. But that doesn’t mean San Francisco will have a bare cupboard, either.

Forwards Kruize Pinkins (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Mark Tollefson (10.5, 3.9) will be back, as will guards Tim Derksen and Matt Glover. And while Holmes’ play was a key factor for San Francisco in the aftermath of Doolin’s departure, it should be noted that it was Glover who led the team in assists per game (3.3).

San Francisco also adds a four-member recruiting class, and SMU transfer forward Uche Ofoegbu will be eligible after having to sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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.