Dominic Artis is leaving the Oregon basketball program, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Artis averaged 4.1 points and 2.2 assists as a sophomore, disappointing numbers following a promising freshman campaign in which he posts 8.5 points and 3.1 assists.
Artis was suspended for the first nine games of the season after getting caught selling limited edition Nikes that were given to the Oregon basketball team. In his absence, senior Johnathan Loyd took over the starting point guard role and played the best basketball of his career. Artis was never fully able to get back into the good graces of the coaching staff. The other player that was suspended at the time, Ben Carter, has also transferred out of the program.
Artis, who was a four-star recruit out of California, is replaceable for the Ducks. Not only did they get some good news with Joseph Young announced that he would be returning to school for his senior season, but Brandon Austin, a four-star recruit that missed last season at Providence, will be eligible in December.
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.
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.