While the year in residency required of transfers serves as a time when newcomers can get acclimated to a new program, system and campus, it can also be a time when players can address medical issues. In the case of two San Diego State transfers, knee issues have resulted in them undergoing surgery this week.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune wing Montaque Gill-Caesar and forward Max Hoetzel both underwent knee surgery. While Gill-Caesar had a cyst removed from his knee, Hoetzel’s procedure was to repair some cartilage. Both players are expected to be sidelined anywhere from four to six weeks.
With both players having to sit out this season anyway, this isn’t going to impact San Diego State’s rotation heading into the start of the upcoming season. But it does leave the Aztecs a couple bodies short in practice for the time being, which could make things difficult at times for a group that had some roster depth issues to address this summer.
Joining Gill-Caesar and Hoetzel as redshirts this season is freshman forward Nolan Narain, originally a 2016 commitment who decided to reclassify in the summer.
San Diego State landed a talented transfer late Thursday, as former Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar announced on Twitter that he’s decided to join Steve Fisher’s program. Gill-Caesar, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia, will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign.
The 6-foot-6 Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, playing an average of 24 minutes contest.
Gill-Caesar is an important addition for San Diego State, which will lose wing Winston Shepard III at the end of the upcoming season. Among there perimeter players who have eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming season are Matt Shrigley, Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and adding a player who can score to this group is a boost for a program that struggled to manufacture baskets last season.
San Diego State has added two transfers to the program this summer, with former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel being the first. Like Gill-Caesar, Hoetzel will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.
Former Missouri guard Montaque Gill-Caesar to visit Oregon
Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, which came after he decided to reclassify back to 2014 from the 2015 class.
Gill-Ceasar will be on campus Monday through Wednesday for an official visit where he’ll spend time with Oregon’s staff, players, and get a feel for the campus. He is also considering taking visits to San Diego State, Iowa State, and Baylor.
Gill-Caesar, who committed to Missouri in early August 2014, reunited with former Huntington Prep head coach and current Missouri assistant Rob Fulford in Columbia. While Oregon does have scholarships remaining for the upcoming academic year, the Ducks will also have to account for the eventual loss of three guard/wing players at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Grad student Dylan Ennis (from Villanova), Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin are all in their final season of eligibility. Landing Gill-Caesar would definitely help Dana Altman and his staff as they look to address this area of need.
Missouri shooting guard Montaque Gill-Caesar to transfer
Sources told NBCSports.com that guard Montaque Gill-Caesar, who would have been a sophomore this upcoming season, has decided to leave Kim Anderson’s program. Gill-Caesar, who played for Missouri assistant Rob Fulford at Huntington Prep before making the move to Columbia, averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman.
“We wish Montaque the best,” Anderson said in a release Wednesday afternoon. “In an evolving conversation this week, Montaque informed our program of his future plans. He intends to resume his education and playing career at a different institution.
“We will assist him in every way possible in that transition, pending the completion of academic obligations he committed to with our staff. Our program cannot thank Montaque and his family enough for being a part of the Mizzou Basketball Family.”
The 6-foot-6 Ontario native’s departure means that there will be minutes available at the shooting guard position. Fellow sophomore Namon Wright returns at the position, and the Tigers also have two shooting guards in their incoming freshman class in K.J. Walton and Cullen VanLeer.
With Gill-Caesar and Williams transferring and guard Keith Shamburger out of eligibility, Missouri will have to account for the loss of three of their top four scorers from last season’s nine-win team.
News of Gill-Caesar’s transfer was first reported by ESPN.com.
Missouri still without sophomore guard who is nursing injury
“There is some concern because it has lingered,” Missouri head coach Kim Anderson said in the SEC teleconference. “He hurt it in December (against Illinois) and it’s been hard for him to be consistently healthy since. He’s had times when he felt well and times when he hasn’t. The thing with the Canadian team, I just don’t think he wanted to subject himself to that month of travel and playing a lot of games and a lot of practices in a short period of time. Long-term that was the best decision for him to try to continue to rest and rehabilitation. We’re hopeful he’ll get healthy.”
The Tigers struggled in their first season under Anderson, but Gill-Caesar was one of the bright spots, as he was third on the team at 9.1 points per game. It’s not great that he’s missing summer workouts, but by sitting out and resting, Gill-Caesar is taking the recovery process seriously during the offseason instead of risking further damage.
Canada’s U19 World Championships tryout features multiple Division I players
FIBA has the World Championships for U19 in late June and the Canadian national team has a number of Division I college basketball players trying out for its team. A 19-man tryout group was assembled for June 6-10 and Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, Harvard forward Chris Egi, Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar, UNLV guard Jalen Poyser and Seattle guard Jadon Cahee made the list.
UNLV commit Justin Jackson is also trying out for the team and there are a few other potential Division I prospects among the group. This same Canada group captured the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 championships in Colorado Springs, so they’re going to be one of the stronger teams in the field.
Some of these players could greatly benefit from playing in this competition and it’ll be interesting to see if Canada can make a push for another medal.