The NCAA has granted a waiver to Jalan West giving him a sixth-year of eligibility.
West was a fifth-year senior at Northwestern State last year, but his season came to a close after just one game thanks to a torn ACL. As a junior is 2014-15, he averaged 20 points, 7.7 assists and 2.1 steals as one of the nation’s best point guards, regardless of where he played his college ball.
The Demons finished just 8-20 overall and 5-13 in the Southland without West, which should give you a pretty good idea of just how valuable West is. The good news, however, is that NSU also returns four double-digit scorers, including Zeke Woodley, who averaged more than 22 points as a junior this past season.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski underwent surgery for the second time in the span of a month on Monday, the program announced.
The procedure was an inguinal hernia repair, according to the release, which should take four weeks to recover from.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Duke University Hospital who made this procedure as smooth as possible,” Coach K said in a statement released by the school. “With this surgery behind me, I’ll be in great physical condition heading into the Olympics and I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”
On April 3rd, the day before the National Title Game, Coach K underwent successful knee replacement surgery.
He is expected to be ready for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which begin on August 5th.
Canyon Barry is headed to Florida to finish out his collegiate career.
Barry played the first three seasons of his career at Charleston, where he averaged 19.7 points as a junior. The 6-foot-6 wing should provide some immediate scoring pop to a Gator back court that struggled with that at times during Mike White’s first season in Gainesville.
He may not start this season — Florida already has Kasey Hill, KeVaughn Allen, Devin Robinson and Chris Chiozza on the roster — but he’ll play an important role. Florida finished last season with a defense that ranked in the top 25 in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric while finishing 84th in offensive efficiency.
Barry’s got quite the back story. Not only is he the youngest son of Rick Barry — and, therefore, the younger brother of Brent, Jon, Scooter and Drew — he’s graduating Charleston with a degree in Physics. He also shoots free throws underhanded.
ESPN was the first to report his commitment.
The Blue Angels visited Lincoln, Nebraska, last week, and Cornhuskers head coach Tim Miles took the chance to take a flight with them.
And, as you can see by the video above, the flight did not exactly go all that well for him. It didn’t take long for Miles to start reaching for the barf bags, but to his credit, he’s steadfastly denying that he actually vomited:
Minnesota center Reggie Lynch has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest from criminal sexual conduct. Lynch was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and as of this writing he was still in custody.
“He is suspended from all team activities indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation,” a statement released by the university said. “As an athletics department and a University, we are committed to respect toward all members of the community, and we hold all of our student-athletes accountable to the highest standards.”
This is the latest in a long line of disciplinary issues that Richard Pitino’s program has dealt with. Three players — Dupree McBrayer, Nate Mason and Kevin Dorsey — were suspended at the end of last season after a sex tape was released on Dorsey’s twitter account. Carlos Morris, in February, and Zach Lofton, during the previous season, were both dismissed for violating team rules, while Daquien McNeil was dismissed in November of 2014 after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence.
Lynch averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 blocks for Illinois State in 2014-15. He sat out last season after transferring to the Golden Gophers, and he was expected to start this season.
Oklahoma’s Akolda Manyang has been suspended indefinitely from the team following a fight with a football player that resulted in two broken teeth and a bloodied lip.
The school announced the suspension on Thursday. According to the AP, Manyang has been charged with aggravated assault after an incident on Campus Corner in Norman. Court documents state that Manyang punched former football player Tyler Evans in the mouth after he was told to stop pursuing women that were with Evans.
“We are aware of the matter, and Akolda has been indefinitely suspended from the team,” the statement from the athletic department read.
Manyang, who is Sudanese by way of Minnesota, was a role player for the Sooners this past season. He had a big game in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Cal State-Bakersfield, but he did not play for the Sooners again. He returned to Minnesota following his brother’s suicide, which was discovered during that first round game.
Manyang has two prior offenses on his record, according to the Duluth New-Tribune. In 2010, he was arrested for second-degree burglary and in 2009 he was cited for giving a fake name to a cop and charged with felony theft.