Tulane’s freshman class will have one less player this season, as one of the program’s signees has decided not to enroll for personal reasons.
Monday the school announced that 6-foot-6 small forward Kipper Nichols has been released from the National Letter of Intent he signed in the spring. The Ohio native was supposed to be part of a recruiting class that boasted a total of seven newcomers, including grad student Jernard Jarreau (Washington), but “personal and family reasons” ultimately led to Nichols requesting the release and Tulane granting it.
“Due to personal and family reasons and after multiple discussions with Kipper and his mother, Tanicia Porter, we are granting this request,” Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said in the release. “We supported Kipper being close to his family during a difficult time this summer and continue to support him for the same reasons in honoring this request now.”
The Green Wave, who finished their debut season in the American Athletic Conference with a record of 15-16 (6-12 American), have to account for the loss of two of their top three scorers in Jay Hook and Jonathan Stark. However, Tulane’s leading scorer from last season (Louis Dabney) returns, and LSU transfer Malik Morgan will be eligible after sitting out all of last season.
Tulane has landed a commitment from Washington graduate transfer Jernard Jarreau, according to a report from Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com.
The 6-foot-10 Jarreau had committed to Oklahoma State earlier in the week, according to a report from Terry Tush of GoPokes.com, but the New Orleans native changed his mind and opted to play closer to home.
“At the end of the day, I just thought it was the best situation for me and a better fit for me,” Jarreau said to Lopez. “I get a chance to redeem myself in my city and come back home and play in front of my family and friends and try to turn that program around at Tulane. I feel like they deserve it and I deserve it.”
Because he is graduating from Washington, Jarreau is immediately eligible for the Green Wave next season. He’ll also apply for a medical hardship waiver for the 2013-14 season that he missed with a torn ACL and Jarreau hopes for two years of eligibility at Tulane.
This is a nice grab for the Green Wave, who also bring in a six-man recruiting class that is headlined by in-state four-star wing Melvin Frazier. Jarreau should give them an experienced big man who has played at the highest level.
Tulane picked up a huge road win over Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon as guard Jonathan Stark’s 30-foot prayer as time expired was answered in a 50-49 Green Wave road win.
Stark finished with nine points, but the shot improves Tulane to 14-10 on the season and 5-7 in the American. Cincinnati drops to 17-8 as Octavius Ellis had 15 points for the Bearcats. Tulane was led by Jay Hook’s game-high 18 points.