Anthony Hickey will be immediately eligible to play at Oklahoma State this season.
“Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of versatility at the guard position,” Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said in a statement. “He’s someone who has competed and played at the highest level in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). He could be a game-changer defensively with his quickness, and is one of the top steal guys in the country, so we really expect him to enhance our defense. He will bring great energy on the court, and is a fierce competitor.”
Hickey spent the past three seasons at LSU as their starting point guard. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 assists as a junior last season, which was down from his numbers as a sophomore when he averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals.
Hickey’s addition will be important for an Oklahoma State team that lost a number of key pieces from last season. They return Phil Forte and Le’Bryan Nash, but with Marcus Smart and Markel Brown graduating and Stevie Clark’s dismissal, Ford is going to need some experienced playmaking in his back court. Hickey can provide that.
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.