Colorado State guard David Cohn transfers to William & Mary

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Guard David Cohn, who averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15 minutes of action per game as a freshman at Colorado State, has decided to transfer to William & Mary. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels of and confirmed by multiple outlets. Cohn will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.

Cohn’s best offensive outing of the season came in a win over Prairie View A&M, as he made all four of his shot attempts from the field (3-for-3 3PT) and scored 15 points. That was one of three games in which Cohn reached double figures, with the other two outings coming against non-Division I opposition.

In an article written by Matt L. Stephens of The Coloradoan, Cohn discussed why he chose Tony Shaver’s program:

“I’m just excited for this opportunity and I love their coaches and it is a great place to be,” Cohn said. “I really like my fit there. I’m just blessed to have had choices I’ve had and the people — my dad, mom and AAU coach — who have helped me make this choice.

“I’m just very lucky and thankful for everything that’s happened in my life.”

William & Mary will have just one senior in its backcourt next season but that player’s a very important one: Marcus Thornton. Thornton, one of the best players in the CAA, averaged 18.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in leading the Tribe to a 20-win season and a spot in the CAA tournament title game.

In addition to Cohn, William & Mary adds a four-member recruiting class with three of the newcomers being guards. That group, along with rising sophomore Daniel Dixon (3.5 ppg in 26 games), will be among the players asked to help account for the loss of Thornton when he runs out of eligibility after the 2014-15 season.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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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.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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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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