Inside the SEC: July 26

26 Jul

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

Late last week, Justin Young took at look at the SEC’s top incoming freshman talent, now it is time to take a look at some talented transfers ready to make an impact.

1. Mike Rosario (Florida) – After becoming the first ever McDonald’s All-American to play at Rutgers, Mike Rosario decided it was time for a change and transferred to Florida after his sophomore season in 2010. Rosario averaged better than 16 points a contest in his two years with the Scarlet Knights. One of the big questions with Rosario is his shot selection and with sharing a back court with Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, who also have a tendency to take questionable shots, it will be interesting to see how that dynamic plays out. But if they can figure it out they will give opposing defenses fits.

2. Varez Ward (Auburn) – Auburn’s back court was so depleted a season ago that walk-on Josh Wallace was forced to start much of the season, but Tony Barbee’s squad will get a nice pick me up this season in the form of Texas transfer Varez Ward. Ward started the first three games of his sophomore season for the Longhorns, averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 assists before missing the rest of the season due to an injury to his right quadriceps muscle.

3. Arnett Moultrie (Mississippi State) – Speaking of Tony Barbee one of his former players at UTEP, Arnett Moultrie will be suiting up for Mississippi State next season. Moultrie averaged almost 10 points a game a sophomore, including a career high 23 points against Arkansas State. The 6-foot-10 forward will look to fill the void left by Kodi Augustus, who graduated last spring.

4. Murphy Holloway (Ole Miss) – Murphy Holloway has already proved he can be an impact player in the SEC, when he finished third in rebounding at 7.6 boards a contest as a sophomore for Ole Miss. After finishing that season Holloway decided to transfer closer to home and join the South Carolina Gamecocks, but after only one season in Columbia decided he once again he wanted to be a Rebel. Holloway will apply for a transfer waiver, in order to try to avoid sitting out consecutive seasons. If eligible he would be an instant impact player for Andy Kennedy.

5. Jalen Kendrick (Ole Miss) – Before ever playing a game at Memphis, Jalen Kendrick decided it was time to move on. The 6-foot-6 Kendrick is the first ever McDonald’s All-American to sign with the Rebels. He will not be eligible to play for Andy Kennedy until December, but once he is he will be an athletic wing, who can help in the scoring department.

Kentucky’s Hood tears ACL

Kentucky junior guard Jon Hood will likely miss all of next season after tearing his ACL during a pick-up game last Monday in what his father called a “freak thing.”

“Apparently, it was during a pickup game late (Monday) night,” Brian Hood told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “He wasn’t hit or anything. It was a non-contact injury, where he just came down wrong. It was one of those freak things.”

There is no timetable for Hood’s return and a surgery date has not been scheduled as the swelling is yet to subside.

State’s Sidney not joining team to Europe

When Mississippi State begins its six day trip to Europe next week, one key member of the team, Renardo Sidney , won’t be there.

The 6-foot-10 junior has decided to stay in the states and train former NBA player John Lucas in Houston, Texas instead of join his teammates on the trip in which the team will play five exhibition games.

“Everybody has their own opinion but I’m doing what I have to do,” Sidney told the Clarion-Ledger last week.“There’s nothing else going on. They can say what they want to say but, like I said, I know what I have to do basketball-wise. I wasn’t ready to go (to Europe) and I felt like I really wasn’t in shape. I wanted to come back down here and get some more work.”

Sidney hopes to use the time to lose more weight. He has already lost 23 pounds over the summer, but needs to lose about 25 more before school starts to reach his goal.

Pearl Interview Transcript Released

While it has been known for some time that Bruce Pearl was ultimately fired from Tennessee after lying to the NCAA about recruits being at a barbeque held at his house, but now that the transcript from the interview have been obtained by Andrew Gribble of we know what exactly got the coach in so much hot water.

When the NCAA’s head investigator of Tennessee, Joyce Thompson, showed the picture of Pearl and Craft together in the coach’s home she asked several questions.

“Do you have any recollection of that incident or maybe where this picture was maybe taken from and…”

“That’s Aaron, that’s me,” Pearl said. “I don’t really know where that’s taken.”

“OK,” Thompson said. “Any place on campus but you don’t know?”

But it was the university’s own attorney, Mike Glazier, that really turned up  the heat on Pearl.

“Do you recognize the woman that’s in the picture?” he asked, referring to a shot of Jana Shay, the wife of Pearl’s assistant coach Jason Shay, positioned with her head down in the background.

“No,” Pearl said. “I really don’t.”

“Coach,” Glazier said, “is that in your home any place?”

“No,” Pearl said.

Pearl would go on to say later that he lied to the investigators because he panicked and just wanted the whole thing to go away.

Commitment of the Week: Charles Mann

When the first July evaluation period kicked off several weeks ago, the first prospect Georgia coach Mark Fox watched was Charles Mann. Mann returned the favor to coach Fox by committing to the Bulldogs on the first day of the second evaluation period.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Alpharetta, Georgia told Justin Young that he chose Georgia because it was close to home, the opportunity to play early, and his relationship with coach Fox and assistant Stacey Palmore.

Mann chose to stay home and play over offers from more than 20 other universities including UConn, Florida State, and Georgia Tech.

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