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Old Dominion gets a transfer forward from Illinois

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Old Dominion grabbed a transfer forward on Tuesday as former Illinois sophomore Austin Colbert signed with the Monarchs. The team announced the signing in an official release.

“We are excited that Austin has decided to return home to continue his career,” Old Dominion head coach Jeff Jones said. “He is a talented young man with a tremendous upside. We can’t wait to begin working with him.”

The 6-foot-9 Colbert will have to sit out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules, but has two years of eligibility left. The sophomore never found his way into the regular Illinois rotation and averaged 7.6 minutes per contest in his second season. Colbert averaged 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

He did end the season playing more minutes, as Colbert would regularly get double-figure minutes to close out Big Ten play. After sitting out a season and moving down to the Conference USA, Colbert could be an impact for the Monarchs.

Illinois announces transfer of sophomore forward Austin Colbert

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After playing sparingly in each of his first two seasons as a member of the Illinois basketball program, sophomore forward Austin Colbert has decided to transfer. The program announced the news Wednesday evening.

“After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,” Illinois head coach John Groce said in the release. “We are appreciative of the effort Austin gave during his time at Illinois, and we will fully support him and his family throughout the transfer process.”

Colbert played in 25 games for the Fighting Illini this season, averaging 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.6 minutes of action per contest. Colbert will have to sit out the 2015-16 season at the program of his choice per NCAA transfer rules, and he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

With Colbert transferring and Nnanna Egwu out of eligibility, Illinois has some spots to fill in its front court rotation heading into next season. Maverick Morgan will be a junior, while Leron Black and Michael Finke will both be sophomores. Also of note is the addition of Darius Paul, who returns to Illinois after spending a season at the junior college level.

Paul originally transferred in from Western Michigan but had to leave the program due to off-court issues, and he once again became part of Illinois’ plans once those issues were addressed.

Davon Reed commits to Miami (FL), wants to help bring more

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The University of Miami landed Davon Reed (Princeton Day School/Princeton, N.J.) Friday night, according to multiple sources.

Evan Daniels, of Scout.com tweeted that this information was confirmed by Reed’s AAU coach. Moment’s later Reed tweeted the decision via his personal Twitter account.

“After a very long process, I have decided, to commit to the University of Miami,” tweeted Reed.

Back in August, Reed had trimmed his list of schools down to just three – Wake Forest, Xavier, and Miami. He took a visit to Wake Forest on Sept. 7, and then Miami the following weekend. On Monday, Reed had an in-home visit with Wake Forest.

Miami adds a guard the the it’s 2013 recruiting class , only days after missing out on Mount St. Joseph’s (Md.) Kameron Williams, who committed to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-5 Reed gives the Canes good size out on the perimeter, who will help on both sides of the ball. And according to a report from Adam Zagoria, Reed doesn’t want to go to South Beach alone. Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends School/Washington, D.C.) and Reggie Cameron (Hudson Catholic/Paterson, N.J.) are both heading to Miami on an official visit next week, while Austin Colbert (Gill St. Bernard/Gladstone, N.J.) also has the Canes on his list. Team Final AAU coach Rob Brown told Zagoria Reed wants to recruit them all to Miami.

I know he’s talking to Reggie. I know he’s talked to Josh. Him and Austin are good friends. He’s trying to rangle as many as kids as he can. If they have six scholarships to give, he’s trying to get all of them filled up.

Reed becomes the second commit for head coach Jim Larranaga. Point guard Deandre Burnett (Massanutten Military Academy/Miami, Fl) committed to his hometown team back in March.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne