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Former Memphis center officially enrolls at Tennessee

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When it was announced last week that 6-foot-10 center Dominic Woodson would be leaving the Memphis program, one report broached the possibility of the Huntington Prep product attending junior college for a year and then rejoining Josh Pastner’s program. However that’s unlikely to happen, with multiple outlets reporting on Wednesday that Woodson has enrolled at Tennessee.

Murmurs of Woodson joining Donnie Tyndall’s program began Wednesday afternoon, with a picture of a Dominic Woodson in the school database for the upcoming semester being sent out on Twitter. However with there being no photo, there was no guarantee that this was indeed the same person who played at Memphis last year.

Ultimately Woodson’s enrollment was confirmed, with Woodson expected to be in classes when they begin on Thursday. On Friday, the school announced that Woodson has enrolled and is now an official member of the basketball program.

“Dominic certainly adds some physicality and size to our frontline,” Tyndall said in the release. “He has great upside. If he continues to improve his body and conditioning, he’ll have a chance to be a very good player at this level.”

Another issue regarding Woodson is the question of whether or not he would be able to receive an immediate eligibility waiver. If that were to occur, Woodson (2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg as a freshman at Memphis) would give the Volunteers a needed boost with regards to both depth and size in the front court. Tennessee was hoping that FGCU transfer Eric McKnight would receive a graduate waiver but the SEC denied their request, leaving Tyndall and his staff in need of another body in the front court.

But while Woodson was regarded as a Top 100 talent coming out of high school, there were maturity issues that stunted his on-court development while at Memphis. Pastner suspended Woodson for three games last season due to the player’s frequent use of foul language, and he also remained on campus during the NCAA tournament instead of traveling to Raleigh with the team.

If Woodson steps onto the floor with a solid attitude and in good physical condition, he can help Tennessee inside. The question is whether or not his departure from Memphis provides Woodson with the motivational boost needed to take that step.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.