Inside the SEC: July 5

5 Jul

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

The storylines continue in July for the SEC. Find out what the latest and greatest is from the conference.

Georgia signee’s eligibility still in question

Just weeks after news broke that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had stepped it up in the classroom and qualified academically, there are now more questions about when the blue-chip prospect will be able to suit up for the Bulldogs.

This time the questions don’t involve academics at all, but rather are the result of a police investigation into the Columbus, Georgia Parks and Recreation Department, which Caldwell-Pope’s AAU coach, Tony Adams, happened to be the director of.

Adams, who coached the Georgia Blazers which were funded by the city and sponsored by Nike, apparently paid for the cell phone bill of Rhonda Caldwell, Kentavious’ mother. The bill that was for $280.90, that was paid out of an unauthorized bank account that the AAU team had, covered four lines, one of which was given to police as a way to contact Caldwell-Pope.

Kentavious did speak with authorities over the phone, but when they tried to set up a face-to-face meeting he hung up the phone according to The Ledger-Enquirer, which broke the story.

While it doesn’t seem that the permanent eligibility is in question, it is logical to think that the NCAA might impose some sort of suspension, as well as forcing him to pay back the money. Former Kentucky guard John Wall was forced to sit out two games after he received improper benefits from his AAU coach.

Alabama self-reports a pair of secondary violations.

Over the past two years, the Crimson Tide coaches from ten different teams committed 44 secondary violations, but only two of those came from the basketball program.

One was for playing a non-scholarship member of the basketball team in two games during the winter break, before he was declared eligible. He was later declared eligible. The corrective action take was a letter of admonishment and rules education.

The second was the result of impermissible text messages to potential student athletes. The University handed out a more serious punishment for the offenses. The staff was barred from sending out any recruiting material to potential student athletes for 14 days. One member of the staff was banned from initiating phone calls to a potential student athlete for 14 days. The whole staff received a letter of admonishment and was not permitted to have any contact with a recruit for 30 days. They also reduced the number of official visits.

Gator’s Tyus signs pro contract

Former Florida forward Alex Tyus wasn’t one of the nine SEC players taken in the NBA draft, but that doesn’t mean that his playing career is over.

The St. Louis, MO native signed to play with Maccabi Ashdod, an Israeli team.

Tyus scored 1,333 points in his career for the Gators, starting every game in his final three seasons in Gainesville.

High Profile SEC recruit to miss several weeks of action.

One of the south’s most sought after recruits, Devonta Pollard, will be out several weeks with a stress fractures in his ankle, according to ESPN’s Dave Telep.

Pollard, who hails from De Kalb, Mississippi, is a freak athlete that really thrives in transition. The lefty is still work on his shot, but he has shown the ability to knock down jumpers from time to time.

The 6-foot-7 small forward holds offers five different SEC programs including Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, and Alabama.

While not indicating that he has a leader at this point, Pollard told, that he was “surprised” and “thankful” to have and offer from Kentucky.

Recruit of the Week: Allerick Freeman

Allerick Freeman has already had one heck of a spring, racking up offers and soaring up the national rankings, so when the first half of the July evaluation period kicks off Wednesday it will be interesting to see if he can keep the momentum.

The 2013 prospect, who broke out at the Nike Elite 100, now holds offers from Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina, along with a bevy of others. Kentucky has yet to offer but have been in contact with his AAU coach.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Charlotte, N.C. has the ability to play several positions, and has the ability to score it at a high level. He needs to improve his outside shot, but that will come as he develops.

One thing is for sure, come Wednesday morning there will be a ton of high-major coaches jockeying for position to get the best view of Mr. Freeman.

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