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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.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.