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Is Mookie Jones’ career at Syracuse really over?

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Mooke Jones’ career at Syracuse appears to be finished.

The man that graduated high school as the 34th best small forward in the country left the team back in January for what was termed ‘personal reasons’ at the time, but it now appears that there is more to the story than was originally reported.

Jones was suspended from Syracuse for a year for cyber-bullying.

From the Syracuse Post-Standard:

A police report, dated Oct. 5, 2011, revealed that Syracuse Police responded to a domestic verbal complaint in which a 20-year-old woman accused Jones of posting unflattering information about her on his Facebook page and of harassing her with text messages.

The woman, whose name is redacted in the police report, said she and Jones had been involved in a two-year “on-and-off” relationship. Jones, the woman told police, “hangs out with a lot of ‘shady’ local Syracuse people” and she was afraid Jones might “have them show up at her residence.”

The woman said in the report that Jones was never physical with her and she “did not believe Jones would ever become physical with her.” But the woman requested an order of protection “just in case.”

Jones had was a red-shirt junior when he was suspended. Theoretically, when he is allowed to return to Syracuse following his suspension in January of next year, he’ll have one semester of eligibility remaining. But it is unclear whether or not he’ll be academically eligible to play after missing a year’s worth of school.

Jones is now the eighth Syracuse player in the last decade to find themselves accused of assaulting a woman while on campus. Billy Edelin was suspended from Syracuse in 2001 after two female students accused him of unwanted sexual contact. DeShaun Williams was tried, and acquitted, of punching a woman in the face during a bar brawl in 2002. Rick Jackson, Jonny Flynn and Scoop Jardine were accused — and cleared — of sexually assaulting a woman in 2008. Eric Devendorf was also accused of punching a woman in 2008, although he, too, was eventually cleared. And, of course, there is this Fab Melo incident from last summer.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins named co-head coach of USA Select national team

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Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins will work with the USA Select Team this summer, after being selected to serve as the co-head coach Monday, The Post-Standard is reporting.

The Select Team features players who were not chosen for the National Team that will compete in the Olympics, and includes former Duke guard Kyrie Irving, former Butler hero Gordon Hayward, and Ivy League standout and Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.

The team will practice against the USA National Team this July in Las Vegas, before the top team moves on to London for the 2012 Olympics.

Hopkins played for Syracuse from 1989-1993, with his best season coming during his senior year, when he averaged 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  He went on to play professionally in Europe and Holland.

He has been with Syracuse since 1995, as a major asset in recruiting, notably credited with developing former Syracuse guard Jason Hart, an NBA veteran and now an assistant at Pepperdine, as well as Jonny Flynn and Gerry McNamara.

The Orange finished 34-3 last season, winning the Big East and advancing to the Elite Eight, where they were eliminated by Ohio State.

The USA Select Team will train with the National Team from July 6-11.

“The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men’s National Team’s training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we’ll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our National Team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

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