Steve Wojciechowski

Marquette lands commitment from 2015 center Matt Heldt

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The July live recruiting period is days away, but one 2015 recruit was ready to make the call. On Tuesday, Neenah High (Wisconsin) rising senior decided to stay in-state, giving his verbal commitment to Marquette.

“Ecstatic to be committed to Marquette! Thanks to everyone who has helped me on my journey so far,” he tweeted.

The 6-foot-10 center had offers from Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Marquette’s Big East foe, Xavier. According to Rivals, Heldt had visited Xavier back in January. Steve Wojciechowski, who took over the program in early April, extended an offer to one of the best rising seniors in Wisconsin later that month.

The addition of a big man is important for Wojciechowski’s first recruiting class. Marquette graduated its top three rebounders in Jamil Wilson, Davante Gardner and Chris Otule. Luke Fischer, the Indiana transfer, is eligible to make his debut with the Golden Eagles after the fall semester this season.

Heldt becomes the second commit in Marquette’s Class of 2015, both hailing from Wisconsin. Sun Prairie High point guard Nick Noskowiak had originally committed to Buzz Williams. Once Williams left for Virginia Tech, the four-star guard decided to reopen his recruitment, only to recommit to the Golden Eagles on May 1.

Marquette has three scholarships still available.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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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.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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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.