Jon Octeus

Report: Three choices remain for former Colorado State guard Jon Octeus

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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.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: