Two weeks after his team’s season came to an end, Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning announced that guard Madison Jones had been suspended for a violation of team rules. The suspension prohibited Jones from participating in any basketball-related activities with the team, and as a result there was work to be done to ensure that he’s be a member of the team in 2015-16.
Wednesday the school announced that Jones is back with the team, as Manning has decided to reinstate the rising senior guard. Jones played in 32 games last season, starting six, and averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
“I have made the decision to reinstate Madison from his suspension from all basketball-related activities after several weeks away from the program,” Manning said in the release. “I have evaluated his progress over the past several weeks and feel that he has made great strides and better decisions to earn his way back. We anticipate that he continues down this path for his senior year.”
Jones’ reinstatement gives the Demon Deacons another experienced guard to call upon in 2015-16. Joining Jones as returnees on the perimeter are fellow senior Codi Miller-McIntyre (the team’s leading scorer) and sophomores Mitchell Wilbekin and Rondale Watson. Wake Forest also adds freshman Bryant Crawford to the perimeter rotation.
The presence of Jones and Wilbekin should allow Wake Forest to get Miller-McIntyre, who in addition to leading the team in scoring was also its assists leader, some opportunities to make things happen off the ball offensively.
With three games remaining on a ten-game suspension for a violation of athletic department policy, Oregon State junior forward Victor Robbins landed in trouble Sunday. According to the Corvallis Gazette Times, Robins was cited and released from Benton County Jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
While no specific reason was given when the program announced Robbins’ suspension in January, getting in more trouble before being allowed to return to the floor certainly isn’t a good look for Robbins.
Prior to his suspension Robbins was averaging 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and he was a valuable reserve for a team that doesn’t have much depth. But since then Wayne Tinkle’s Beavers have continued to play at a level few expected before the season began, and on Sunday Oregon State beat Washington 64-50 in Corvallis.
Oregon State is 5-3 in its last eight games, and after Sunday’s win they’re 16-7 overall and 7-4 in Pac-12 play.
Less than a week after picking up the program’s biggest win in more than a decade, Oregon State announced just before its game at Washington Thursday night that reserve guard Victor Robbins has been suspended ten games for a violation of athletic department policy.
Robbins hasn’t made a start in any of the 15 games he’s played in this season but he has been an important piece for the Beavers, as he’s accounting for 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Robbins is Oregon State’s third-leading scorer, and for a team that has essentially a seven-man rotation with Cheikh Ndiaye just outside of that group with an average of 7.2 minutes per game, this hurts Oregon State from a depth standpoint.
Robbins played 18 minutes in Oregon State’s 58-56 win over then-No. 7 Arizona on Sunday, accounting for eight points, three rebounds and one assist. Without Robbins, starting guards Malcolm Duvivier (33.2 mpg) and Langston Morris-Walker (30.1) stand to play even more than they have to this point in the season.
Gary Payton II, who leads the team in scoring and rebound and is second in assists, is averaging just over 35 minutes per game for the 11-4 Beavers.