Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a devastating leg injury last Friday during a scrimmage in preparation for Team USA’s trip to the World Cup in Spain. He’ll miss up to 18 months, and if he is to make it back to the same level — he was a top seven player in the NBA this season — it’s going to be a long road and take a lot of hard work.
“Immediately following the injury, we had a lot of former student-athletes and community people reach out and say, ‘Hey we want to wish him well, we want to send something to him, what can we do?'” associate athletic director Paul Ladwig said. “So we got together very early Saturday morning and said why don’t we do a 6-foot-9 Paul George-size get-well card and invite the community down to sign.”
“Paul has meant so much to us since he has left. Every time we’ve called him to say could you do this for us or shoot this promo for us, Paul has been there for us. We just want him to know we’re there for him.”
George was an unknown recruit when he landed at Fresno State back in 2008, but thanks to his size, athleticism and ability to pay on the perimeter, he turned into a star at the college level. He left school after his sophomore season and was the No. 8 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
“Paul George is an incredible ambassador for our university and basketball program,” Fresno State head men’s basketball coach Rodney Terry added. “We are all there for him and his family. We’re coming together as a community to show how much we love him.”
George is a two-time all-star and still hadn’t hit the ceiling of his ability.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.
Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.
The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.
Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.
SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.
South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer
Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.
Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.
Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.