Rhode Island received some encouraging news on Monday as forward Kuran Iverson will be eligible to play right away. The NCAA got rid of hardship waivers, but Iverson transferred into Rhode Island before the rule was changed, so he was allowed to apply to play right away. The news of Iverson’s eligibility was first reported by ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman.
The 6-foot-9 Iverson is talented, but he never found his footing in two seasons at Memphis. The rising junior transferred away from the Tigers during the 2014-15 season and found a new spot in the Atlantic 10. Iverson averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game during his sophomore season and he was suspended by Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and made matters worse by retweeting criticisms of Paster on Twitter.
The Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and was a highly-touted four-star recruit coming out of high school. Iverson was going to be able to play this season regardless of the waiver, but now he doesn’t have to sit out the first semester like he was expected to do.
Former Memphis forward is transferring to Rhode Island
Iverson averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game for the Tigers during the 2014-15 season.
The Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and was a highly-touted four-star recruit.
In the Atlantic 10, Iverson could be an impact player as he’s still immensely talented with a lot of upside. The problem could come in how Iverson adapts to the team concept, as he’s had a few incidents that have led to suspensions during his two years at Memphis. If Iverson buys in and plays his role, he could be a really nice pickup for Rhode Island.
Iverson was averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-8 Connecticut native was ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals. He is the second member of that recruiting class to transfer with Dominic Woodson being the first.
Memphis continues its season on Saturday at home against Central Florida.
Eight days ago it was announced that Memphis sophomore forward Kuran Iverson, who’s averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes of action per contest, was suspended for the Tigers’ trip to Texas (two games) for a violation of team rules. Wednesday it was reported by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that Iverson remains suspended, with Memphis set to host Cincinnati (Thursday) and UCF (Saturday) in their next two games.
According to the report, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner did not off an answer when asked whether or not Iverson would be allowed to return to the team (or when he’d be allowed to return if so). A day after his suspension was announced, Iverson received some unwanted attention for his comment via Twitter when asked why he’d been suspended.
Memphis split their two games in Texas last week, losing by 14 at SMU and rebounding to beat Houston 62-44 Sunday afternoon. That win was a much-needed result for a team that’s 9-6 overall and 2-2 in American Athletic Conference play, as the Tigers had lost two straight games after beating the Cougars in the conference opener for both on New Year’s Eve.
The absence of Iverson didn’t have much of an impact in either game last week, with eight players playing double-digit minutes against both SMU and Houston. Nick King, who missed the SMU game with a sprained ankle, played nine minutes Sunday against Houston.
As much as some of us tend to love the social networking website Twitter, when it comes to young athletes there are ample opportunities to paint themselves into a corner they would be better served to avoid. That turned out to be the case for Memphis sophomore forward Kuran Iverson, one day after it was announced that he was suspended by head coach Josh Pastner for at least two games for a violation of team rules.
With one fan asking Iverson directly what he did to get suspended, the sophomore responded with “smiling too hard coach couldn’t take it.”
Of course there was also Iverson’s retweeting of fan criticism of Pastner, with the player deleting the favorite/retweet after that came to light (note: people are able to see these things). If Iverson was hoping to return to the court when Memphis returns from its two-game swing to Texas where they’ll play SMU and Houston, this surely doesn’t help his chances.
There’s no denying the fact that some Memphis fans are frustrated with the lack of national success under Pastner, with the team making four NCAA tournament appearances but failing to get out of the first weekend on each occasion. And they’re also struggling this season, having dropped a home game to Tulane on Saturday. But even with that being the case, chiming in (even if it’s just a retweet or favoriting of a tweet) isn’t the best idea if you’re Iverson.
The question now is how much this impacts Iverson’s future with the program. And according to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com (and former Memphis beat writer for the Commercial-Appeal) the Hartford, Connecticut native has likely played his last game in a Tiger uniform.
Lots of folks asking about Kuran Iverson. Here’s what I can say: My understanding is he’ll never play another minute for Memphis again. …
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner announced at his Tuesday afternoon press conference that the Tigers have suspended sophomore forward Kuran Iverson for two games.
The 6-foot-9 native of Connecticut is being suspended for a violation of team rules and will miss Memphis’ AAC road trip to SMU and Houston. Iverson missed the first five games of the 2014-15 season after suffering a concussion and he’s averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 11.8 minutes of action per contest.
The forward is shooting 50 percent from the field on the season and has been a minimal factor in the Tigers’ two AAC games so far. Iverson only has five points and two rebounds in 20 minutes of action in AAC play against Houston and Tulane as Memphis split the pair of home games.
Still, the Tigers could use the reserve forward against SMU to face talented big men like Markus Kennedy and Yanick Moreira.