Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No more Marshall

The first conference scoring champion in Jacksonville State’s basketball history will not be returning to the program.
Sources have confirmed Trenton Marshall is not back with the Gamecocks after leading the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring last season with a 17.7-point average. He would have been a senior this season.
It was not immediately known the reason for his separation. He was suspended by coach James Green for what became the final four games of the season last year for violating team rules related to medical policy.
Reports on several basketball websites have linked Marshall to shopping his talents in Greece and, recently, landing a tryout for a team in Poland.
Attempts to reach JSU coach James Green for comment were unsuccessful.
The Gamecocks have been trying to finalize their roster for weeks. They have regained the full NCAA complement of 13 scholarships after facing academic progress sanction, and reportedly had until Monday to do so.
They eased some of the scholarship tension by not renewing aid to guard John Barnes, who has since landed at West Georgia.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hoops get another New Yorker

The New York Post reported today that one of its locals, Long Island City's Latiq Agard, committed to the JSU basketball program Thursday and plans to sign over the weekend.

It's uncertain if he's signing for this year or next year. If it's for this year, the Gamecocks are already over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships -- based on returning players and those they signed early -- and even though school already has started they say they can go up to last day of drop-add (Aug. 30) before settling on and annoucing their 2010-11 roster.

They eased the roster pressure by one spot earlier this summer by not renewing John Barnes' scholarship. He recently signed with West Georgia and will face the Gamecocks this year in an exhibition game.

Agard, 21, comes to the Gamecocks from Seward County (Kan.) CC by way of Christ the King High School, The Patterson (N.C.) School and some place called New Creation in Indiana -- where he played with fellow JSU newcomer Leke Lewu. He averaged 16 points and five rebounds last year at Seward County.

“The whole time, they were up front: ‘if you come here, you’re that scorer we need,’” Agard was quoted as saying in the Post.

That could make for a strong combination with Trenton Marshall, the reigning OVC scoring champion and the first conference scoring champion in Gamecocks' history -- if he's still on the roster.

As for the New York reference, Agard will join Nick Murphy as Gamecocks from the Big Apple.

Friday, August 20, 2010

What's new

If you check the updated football roster on the Gamecocks’ website, you’ll notice a new name. Former Memphis defensive lineman Tim McGee, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior is listed as No. 99 -- the same number sported by former Florida defensive tackle Torrie Davis last season. Davis didn’t return after his only season with the Gamecocks.
There's been no formal announcement of his arrival.
McGee, a Columbia, S.C., native, recently received his degree from Memphis. He originally signed with Minnesota out of junior college in 2008, but was granted a release to join the Tigers, then underwent shoulder surgery and missed the season. He had 13 tackles and a sack in his first year back last season.
The Gamecocks continue to do their due diligence on former Ole Miss running back Darius “Tig” Barksdale, the cousin of former JSU running back and current graduate assistant coach Kory Chapman. Barksdale may be headed to JSU, but he’s not yet listed on the roster.