Cleveland Thomas

Former New Mexico guard Cleveland Thomas transfers to Hartford

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After averaging just over 15 minutes per game as a sophomore at New Mexico, 6-foot-3 guard Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas made the decision to leave Craig Neal’s program last week. Even with the departures of Cameron Bairstow, Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams, the Baton Rouge, La. product felt he needed to leave in order to reach his full potential as a basketball player.

According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Thomas has found that place as he will be transferring to Hartford. Shortly thereafter, Thomas confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

Thomas is the second reported transfer to join the Hartford program this offseason, with former Eastern Michigan guard Jalen Ross being the other. Thomas started ten of the 34 games in which he played for New Mexico this past season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Thomas reached double figures in five games last season, scoring a season-high 12 points in a tight win at Wyoming on January 8. He’ll have two seasons of eligibility at Hartford after sitting out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA rules. Hartford has three guards who will have exhausted their eligibility when Thomas becomes eligible, with point guard Yolonzo Moore and shooting guards Wes Cole and Corban Wroe all being rising seniors.

Of the three Moore was the most productive last season, as he averaged 9.8 points and 2.8 assists per game. Hartford’s biggest personnel loss from last season is forward Oren Faulk, who made 17 starts but averaged just 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.