Tony Gwynn passed away on Monday morning.
The San Diego Padres legend was 54 years old, succumbing after four long years battling cancer.
Anyone that has even the faintest sense of baseball history knows that Gwynn will go down as one of the greatest hitters that ever lived. He wasn’t just a baseball player, however. It’s a little-known fact that Gwynn did not play baseball his freshman season at San Diego State, instead opting to focus on running the point for the basketball team.
He joined the baseball team as a sophomore, but still was dedicated enough to the basketball team that he was named all-WAC in two different seasons. He still holds the school record for assists in a game (18), a season (221) and a career (590). As a senior, he ended his career by scoring 16 points and 16 assists in a loss to New Mexico. That game came on a Saturday. That Monday, he suited up for the baseball team and notched the game-winning RBI in both games of a double-header.
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.