When ex-USC guard Byron Wesley graduates this summer, he’ll have immediate eligibility. Couple that with the numbers he posted this past season with the Trojans, and the 6-foot-5 Wesley is one of the most coveted transfers left on the market.
Jamie Dixon is looking to replace Lamar Patterson and his 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. May 16 became an important date for the Panthers, the date Wesley scheduled for his visit. One problem: he canceled, according to a tweet from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
There’s was no explanation as to why he decided not to travel to Pittsburgh.
Wesley had previously visited Gonzaga and Oklahoma State. When he was in Spokane, the Zags didn’t have a scholarship to offer him. That quickly changed on Monday evening when Gerard Coleman elected to transfer after one season on the floor with the Bulldogs. Oklahoma State is looking to pair Wesley with Phil Forte in the back court after Markel Brown exhausted his eligibility, Marcus Smart declared for the draft, Stevie Clark was dismissed, Brian Williams transferred and Jared Terrell was granted his release from his National Letter of Intent.
Wesley, who averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, is listed as the fourth best available recruit.
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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