Indiana Forward Collin Hartman Undergoes Knee Surgery

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It appears as though Indiana will not be entering the 2016-17 season whole as senior forward Collin Hartman had surgery done to repair an unspecified injury. 

The injury was sustained during a non-contact portion of practice this week, but the team has not provided any information on the severity of the injury or when will return.

Judging by head coach Tom Crean's comments, the senior likely has a significant injury.

 “Any time you see one of your players go down to injury,”  Crean said in a statement,  "it tears you up as a person and as a program — even more so when it’s someone like Collin Hartman, who has been a huge part of our success and is in his senior year.  We all look forward to helping him recover and rehabilitate.”

As a junior last year, Hartman averaged five points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest.

George Washington Names Maurice Joseph Their Interim Head Coach

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After electing to fire head coach Mike Lonergan less than two weeks ago after reported verbal and emotional abuse towards his players, George Washington has decided to tab assistant Maurice Joseph as the interim head coach. 

Joseph has spent the majority of his basketball learning from the departed Lonergan, playing under him for three years as a player at Vermont and being on his coaching staff the past five.

 “In his five years at GW, Maurice has shown himself to be selflessly dedicated to the success of our student-athletes and fully committed to our department and university,” Patrick Nero, the school's athletic director said. “His leadership ability and basketball acumen will bring focus and stability to the talented team we have this year. Our team, basketball staff and athletic department are looking forward to working together for a successful season.”

Though the team lost some players to transfer and graduation, there are a bunch of guys returning from their squad that won 28 games and the NIT title last year. 

George Washington Head Coach Mike Lonergan Has Been Fired

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George Washington made the decision late on Friday to fire head basketball coach Mike Lonergan,

The coach's fall from grace begin in July when guys that had played for him told the Washington Post that abused them verbally and emotionally.

 "I don’t think the guy should be in sports,” one former player  said in the article.  "I don’t think what he said should be tolerated.  I would like to stay at GW. I will not play for Mike Lonergan.”

Before the allegations came out, it was a puzzling stat that despite going 74-32 the past three years with a trip to the NCAA Tournament and an NIT title that 12 players bolted the program the past four seasons. 

It is not known what caused the program to pull the trigger on the firing now as it has been just under two months since the Washington Post published the article and the team took a tune-up trip to Japan in August. 

An interim head coach has not been named and even many of the people within the program did not know this move was coming until the news broke. 

Oregon's Dillon Brooks Will 'Almost Certainly' Miss Team's Season Opener

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While Oregon head coach Dana Altman has been pretty secretive of the details of forward Dillon Brooks' foot injury, the Eugene Register-Guard said Wednesday that he will "almost certainly" not be ready to go for the team's season opener against Army on Nov. 11.

 “That’s up to the doctors and we will be real conservative with it,” Altman said during a small press gathering Wednesday.  “As much as we want to win those early games and have him ready to go, the majority of our games are in January, February and March, hopefully.”

Brooks' injury first came to light when he was held out of practice in mid-June and ever since then, it has left Oregon fans wondering when exactly he will return.

While many teams play cupcakes to begin the regular season, Oregon is not one of those teams. 

After playing Army to open the year, their non-conference slate consists of Baylor, Valparaiso, the Maui Invitational, Boise State, Alabama, Montana, UNLV, and Fresno State.

The strength of Oregon's non-conference schedule is what made them a one seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, but could doom them this season if the team struggles for however long Brooks is out.

 

Cleveland 'Pancake' Thomas Transfers to Western Kentucky

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Whatever is in the syrup of the Western Kentucky program allured Cleveland "Pancake" Thomas because he announced Sunday that he would transfer to the Conference USA school.

Thomas was possibly the best graduate transfer without a home, averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Hartford last season. 

Since head coach Rick Stansbury got the school's head coaching job in the offseason, they have picked up four transfers with the 6-foot-3 Thomas entering the fold.

Thomas will join former Washington State guard Que Johnson and former Providence guard Junior Lomomba on the team this year with Buffalo guard Lamonte Beardon also joining the program, but will not be eligible this season since he is not a graduate transfer.

This is Thomas' third school as he spent his first two seasons of eligibility on the New Mexico bench before playing for Hartford last season. 

Xavier Suspends Guard Myles Davis Indefinitely

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Amid multiple charges that are facing Xavier starting guard Myles Davis to the way he treated his girlfriend, the program decided on Thursday to hand him an indefinite suspension.

A restraining order was place on Davis in July with additional charges coming to light in the middle of August. 

The 6-foot-2 guard allegedly broke multiple cell phones that belonged to his girlfriend and punched holes in the wall of her living dwelling.

Davis averaged 10.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game as a junior last season.

Andrew White Will Transfer to Syracuse

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After two months of deliberation, former Nebraska wing Andrew White has decided to transfer to Syracuse to play as a graduate transfer. 

White was arguably both Nebraska's best player last year and the best remaining transfer player on the market.  He averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season. 

With Malachi Richardson now on the NBA, White with his 6-foot-7 height and ability to shoot is the perfect bridge until either one of the young guys on the roster can assume that role or the staff can find a similar player in recruiting. 

White had declared for the NBA Draft himself, but decided to pull back his name prior to the deadline. 

Arizona Graduate Transfer Talbott Denny Tears ACL; Season Over

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Forward Talbott Denjy decided to attend Arizona this year after picking up his degree this summer from Lipsomb, but will not be able to play basketball this season after tearing his ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

Injuries have certainly plagued the 6-foot-5 combo player as he missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury. 

If he wants it, Denny will likely be able to receive a medical hardship waiver to play for the squad next year. 

When he was healthy during the 2014-15 season, Denny averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.