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Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

FGCU announces addition of former VCU power forward

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FGCU’s taken advantage of the transfer market in recent years, and on Friday the program announced the addition of another big man to Joe Dooley’s roster. Antravious Simmons, who played sparingly at VCU, has decided to transfer to the Atlantic Sun program. According to FGCU the Miami native will be eligible to compete at the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

“We’re excited about Antravious joining the program,” Dooley said in the release. “He’s a quality, high-character person that we want. He’ll be a great fit into our style of play.”

Simmons joins a program that will lose two front court players at the end of the 2014-15 season in Marcus Blake and Nate Hicks, with the latter being the team’s third-leading rebounder. Also of note is the fact that FGCU will also lose their second-best rebounder in wing Jamail Jones.

Simmons joins a front court that will include the likes of leading rebounder Marc-Eddy Norelia, Demetris Morant, Eric Moeller and Filip Cvjeticanin, who sitting out this season as a medical redshirt after undergoing back surgery during the offseason.

All three of FGCU’s early signees in the Class of 2015 are perimeter players, with those additions expected to help the Eagles begin life without current senior guards Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson.

Redshirt freshman power forward to transfer from VCU

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After redshirting in 2013-14, VCU redshirt freshman forward Antravious Simmons found cracking Shaka Smart’s rotation difficult in 2014-15. With a host of players, including starter Mo Alie-Cox, seeing more minutes in the front court there wasn’t much time available to Simmons.

The Miami native played in just three games this season, and on Tuesday the school announced that Simmons has decided to transfer at the end of the current semester.

“We appreciate the contributions that Antravious has made to our program for nearly the past two years,” Smart said in a statement released by the school. “We wish him nothing but the best as he moves to the next stage of his career.”

The 6-foot-9 Simmons scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in a win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on November 20.

Simmons’ departure doesn’t change the VCU front court rotation, with Alie-Cox and freshmen Terry Larrier and Justin Tillman leading the way in minutes per game. VCU also has senior forward Jarred Guest to call on, with the 6-foot-8 senior playing just over eight minutes per contest.

Antravious Simmons reportedly commits to Shaka Smart and VCU

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As coach Shaka Smart and VCU make the move to the Atlantic-10 for the 2012-13 season, the Rams have now secured a commitment from a major player in the Class of 2013.

According to Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Antravious Simmons of Miami, Fla., has committed to VCU.

Simmons, a 6-9, 225-pound prospect, had a range of high- and mid-major offers from schools that included Memphis, Kansas State, Temple, Alabama, Georgia, and South Florida.

At VCU, Simmons will have the size and build to be effective, especially around the rim and with his ability to run the floor.

Simmons becomes the third commit for Smart in the Class of 2013, joining guards Jairus Lyles and JeQuan Lewis.

Taking shape now are two straight impressive classes for VCU, following a 2012 class that was already strong before the late addition of guard Melvin Johnson, a former Miami commit.

Smart and the Rams finished 29-7 overall last season, including 15-3 in the CAA. They lost in the Round of 32 to Indiana, 63-61.

Along with Butler, VCU begins its first season as a member of the Atlantic-10 in 2012-13.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_