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Wichita State guard Landry Shamet will have surgery on broken foot

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Wichita State star sophomore guard Landry Shamet will have surgery on his right foot following a stress fracture that was suffered last week.

According to a report from Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com, the 6-foot-4 Shamet sustained a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot while he was scrimmaging at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Philadelphia last week. Shamet already missed most of his true freshman season with a compound stress fracture in his left foot during the 2015-16 season, choosing to redshirt that campaign, as this is the second major injury he has sustained in three seasons.

It is estimated that Shamet will need 12-16 weeks for a full recovery as Norlander reports that he’ll have surgery in Monday in Wichita.

“I think, based on my X-Rays and MRIs, it’s new, but when I rolled my ankle I enflamed it and aggravated it, which led to more discomfort,” Shamet said to Norlander. “Knowing what I had gone through with my other foot, I knew the symptoms. It felt like the early onset of the last situation. I kind of debated in my head letting it play out, see how it feels, but I decided to get it looked at.”

As Shamet notes, it’s lucky that the stress fracture was caught this early so that he still has a chance to be ready for Wichita State’s season opener against UMKC on Nov. 10. If Shamet misses the first week of the season, the Maui Invitational looms for the Shockers from Nov. 20-22 as Wichita State will receive some major tests early in the season.

Last season as a redshirt freshman, Shamet broke out on the national scene as one of the most productive and efficient freshmen in the country as he helped lead Wichita State to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Shamet put up 11.4 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

Wichita State hires former UCF head coach Donnie Jones as assistant coach

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Wichita State has its replacement for departed assistant coach Chris Jans as the Shockers have hired former UCF head coach Donnie Jones.

The 50-year-old Jones has previously been the head coach of both the Knights and Marshall while he was also an 11-year assistant coach under Billy Donovan at Florida–where Jones helped the Gators win two national championships.

Jones gives the Shockers some valuable perspective since he’s a former head coach in the American Athletic Conference, the league that Wichita State is joining from the Missouri Valley Conference. Since Jones has a good feel for the league’s coaches and some of the players, he gives the Shockers an immediate game-planning presence that should greatly help Marshall on the sidelines while Wichita State makes the conference transition.

Wichita State has relied greatly on assistant coaches like Jans, Steve Forbes (East Tennessee State) and Greg Haier (LSU assistant) over the last few years and Jones should be able to recruit and coach at a similar level.

 

South Florida lands Penn State graduate transfer Payton Banks

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South Florida has landed Penn State graduate transfer Payton Banks, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

The Bulls have quickly tried to turn its roster around by going with veteran players as Banks is the team’s third graduate transfer commitment in the last week. The 6-foot-6 Banks averaged 10.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range for the Nittany Lions last season.

Banks joins Fairleigh Dickenson point guard Stephan Jiggetts and another Penn State transfer in guard Terrence Samuel as recent players to join the Bulls.

New head coach Brian Gregory clearly wants to add some experience to a roster that was last in the American last season and Jiggetts and Banks are potential starters that he can potentially lean on during his first season.

Markel Crawford becomes sixth Memphis player to transfer this offseason

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Memphis lost another experienced player from its program on Monday as guard Markel Crawford said on ESPN 929 local radio that he will transfer from the Tigers.

The 6-foot-5 Crawford averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season for the Tigers as head coach Tubby Smith loses another proven scorer.

Crawford is the sixth player to transfer from Memphis this offseason after the departure of the Lawson brothers, big man Chad Rykhoek, and guards Craig Randall and Keon Clergeot.

Dedric and K.J. Lawson committed to Kansas on Monday as they have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. If Crawford graduates from Memphis then he is eligible to immediately become a graduate transfer who can play anywhere next season.

Smith is going to have to completely rebuild the Memphis roster after losing so many key pieces to transfer. It will be interesting to see how the roster fills out before the season.

Don’t let Final Four loss blind you to how incredible UConn’s run was

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The last time the UConn women’s basketball team lost in the NCAA tournament, President Barack Obama was just a few months into his second term in office.

That feels like a forever ago, but it points out how dominant the Huskies have been over the past few years before Friday night’s stunning buzzer-beater loss at the hands of Mississippi State in the Final Four.

Winners of four consecutive national championships and 111 games in a row overall, UConn losing to the Bulldogs is one of the most stunning upsets in recent sports history. During the last five NCAA tournaments, the Huskies won every single game by at least double digits until Morgan William’s buzzer-beater changed everything.

Even just last year, UConn beat Mississippi State by 60 in the Sweet 16 and it sparked a debate about the state of women’s basketball.

It’s easy to overlook everything that UConn has accomplished because we’ve become so accustomed to Geno Auriemma’s teams dominating the entire landscape of women’s college basketball. Everyone just expects the Huskies to never make any mistakes.

But losing in the Final Four was a bigger national story for UConn than winning another national title. If the Huskies had just blown through the Final Four with two more wins we might not be paying that much attention.

We should be paying attention to UConn’s greatness because what they accomplished with this winning streak is completely absurd. It seemed like nobody would ever surpass the Huskies’ previous record-breaking winning streak of 91 games that was snapped in 2010. A couple of years later, UConn topped that with another ridiculous winning streak.

It’s going to be fascinating to see where UConn women’s basketball goes from here. The Huskies have already made 10 consecutive Final Four appearances and won numerous national championships. People are just going to assume that UConn women’s basketball will return to its dominant ways once next season tips off.

We’ll just have to see if it is the start of another memorable multi-year run for UConn women’s basketball.