College Basketball Nation: Bubu Palo

3-point shot: Injury updates for Cincy, UNM

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28

College basketball reporter Andy Katz gives injury updates at Cincinnati and New Mexico and takes a look at a situation at Iowa State involving the Cyclones and the state Supreme Court.
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  • Rakeem Buckles' last-ditch appeal to play at Minnesota this season has been denied according to Richard Pitino, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday afternoon. The move would have been Buckles' second transfer, which is probably the best explanation for why the NCAA out-and-out denied him the chance to play for a team that is ineligible for postseason play thanks to NCAA APR penalties dating to the Isiah Thomas era (never forget). But just because that is the best explanation does not make a particularly good one, and it'd be nice if the NCAA could at least provide some hint as to the rationale here. The alternative means giving up on understanding transfer rules entirely, which is probably our only course of action at this point. Sigh.
  • Top-50 2014 wing Trevon Bluiett committed to UCLA coach Steve Alford this weekend. Alford convinced Bluiett to head west out from under a handful of schools that had recruited him heavily in-state, including Alford's alma mater, Indiana. Worth noting is that Alford hired Bluiett's former high school coach, Ed Schilling, to his staff at UCLA. Alford's recruiting efforts in the coming seasons — both locally and, apparently, from his connections in the middle of the country — will be the defining factor in his success going forward.
  • Iowa State dismissed reserve guard Bubu Palo. From the AP: "Palo originally was suspended last year after being charged with second-degree sexual assault. That charge was dropped in January of this year and the university's Office of Judicial Affairs cleared him to play, allowing him to return to the team. But that decision was appealed, the university said in a statement released Saturday, and Palo then was found to have violated ISU's Student Code of Conduct, resulting in his dismissal."
  • Illinois kept up its solid recruiting under John Groce this weekend, landing 2014 power forward Leron Black.
  • Gary Harris suffered an ankle injury during a pickup game this weekend, one that will keep him sidelined for about four weeks. Not at all a big deal in a vacuum, but slightly disconcerting, given the nagging injuries that hampered Harris throughout his freshman season.
  • First rule of redesigning your college basketball court in the post-Oregon era: Never, ever, ever leave it up to a vote. This is what happens. Go home, James Madison's new court. The long weekend is over.

3-point shot: Committee adds Peter Roby

September, 20, 2012
1. The 10-person men’s basketball selection committee improved its basketball IQ with the addition of Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby. Roby replaced Bernard Muir, who left his post as Delaware athletic director for the same position at Stanford. That meant the committee had to replace Muir with someone from a FCS conference. Even before the Colonial Athletic Association nominated Roby he was on the committee’s radar. Muir had just started his term and had only attended one meeting in the summer so Roby takes over his entire five-year term. Xavier AD Mike Bobinski, who is the chair, said the committee was excited to have Roby. And they should. Roby played and coached at Dartmouth and was an assistant at Army and Stanford before being head coach at Harvard. “He knows the game, and understands the administrative side,’’ said Northeastern coach Bill Coen. “I think he will be great.’’

2. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is adapting on the fly to the Panthers’ arrival into the ACC in 2013. The commitment from Word of God point guard Josh Newkirk in Raleigh, N.C., is the first example of the Panthers’ potential reach into the ACC region. Pitt should have no problems competing with the rest of the ACC in recruiting. The change of conference shouldn’t matter. Pitt now has even more to sell with the security of a new destination. There’s no reason why the Panthers should dip in the ACC. The Panthers aren’t even in the league yet and they already have made inroads in the ACC.

3. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has a tough decision to make in the wake of suspended player Bubu Palo being charged with sexual abuse. Hoiberg can’t wait on Palo’s case. He has to move on and look now more for a point guard during the fall recruiting period. The junior Palo can’t be counted on to return during this case. Palo pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday. Hoiberg has had tremendous success getting transfers and mixing them with high school recruits. So, there shouldn’t be any concern that he could fill Palo’s spot. But Hoiberg has to prepare that Palo may not return.