After starting all 32 games for Colorado State last season, posting averages of 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, rising senior guard Jon Octeus made the decision to transfer for his final season. Having graduated from Colorado State, Octeus will be eligible immediately at his next school.
And according to Matt L. Stephens of The Coloradoan the 6-foot-4 guard has narrowed his list of choices down to three: Cincinnati, Missouri and UCLA.
Per the report Octeus will visit Missouri first, doing so today and tomorrow, with the official visit to Cincinnati being taken over the weekend and UCLA getting the final visit on either June 26 or June 27. Missouri has already added one graduate transfer in point guard Keith Shamburger, who is expected to have no issues completing his coursework at Hawaii prior to joining Kim Anderson’s program.
In addition to Shamburger the Tigers will have returnee Wes Clark on the perimeter, with transfers Cam Biedscheid (Notre Dame) and Deuce Bello (Baylor) also in the fold. Biedscheid will likely have to wait until the end of the fall semester before becoming eligible to play in games.
As for Cincinnati, the Bearcats lost their most productive perimeter player in Sean Kilpatrick but return experienced contributors Troy Caupain and Ge’Lawn Guyn. Cincinnati adds a junior college transfer as well in point guard Farad Cobb. UCLA lost a lot from its perimeter rotation as well, with Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine all entering the 2014 NBA Draft.
Bryce Alford, Norman Powell and Isaac Hamilton, who didn’t play last season, will be asked to lead the way for a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.
For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.
On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.
Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.
Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.
In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.
As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.
(More to come from Chapel Hill…)
North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.
(H/T: The Cauldron)