We had some fun with last week’s NCAAB betting gossip at the expense of the Oregon Ducks, but there’s nothing funny about the latest developments in Eugene. When we last left our story, three Ducks were announced as “non-participants” for team activities: sophomore forward Brandon Austin, junior point guard Dominic Artis, and junior guard Damyean Dotson. Now we know why, and it’s not pretty.
Even Worse Move
When we went to press last week, we knew that Austin had already been investigated over a sexual assault claim from his time at Providence. Soon after, it was revealed that Austin, Artis (9.7 PER) and Dotson (13.9 PER) were under investigation by police in Eugene for forcible rape, stemming from an incident that took place at a party in early March, just before Artis and Dotson played at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
No charges have been laid in this second investigation, but the three players in question have still been dismissed from the program. Head coach Dana Altman talked to the press Friday and went over some of the details. He also fielded questions about why Austin was originally allowed to transfer from Providence. Altman claimed that Austin failed to disclose that he was under investigation. At a separate press conference, university president Michael Gottfredson said that Altman’s job status is secure.
Moving on to homophobia, in something right out of a sports beverage commercial, former Ole Miss Rebels guard Marshall Henderson got himself in hot vitamin water on Monday when he tweeted derogatory comments about Michael Sam. This was two days after the openly gay linebacker was shown kissing another man, celebrating being picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Henderson’s initial comments were received very poorly, but it’s his response that’s really got tongues wagging. One hour after the original tweet, Henderson followed up with some very proud claims that he was simply doing research to help a gay friend decide whether it was safe to come out of the closet. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork isn’t buying it; he tweeted his disappointment on Monday, and lamented that “not everyone gets it” when it comes to respect for other people. Henderson hopes to play professionally this year after taking the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament this past March.
Hot Transfer Action
Possibly the biggest difference between betting on the NBA and betting on college hoops is that the players on campus are only there for four years tops (five if you redshirt). That difference is even more pronounced now that student-athletes are aggressively transferring from school to school. In something of a shocker, junior guard Seth Allen is leaving the Maryland Terrapins and taking his talents to Blacksburg, where he’ll be eligible to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2015-16.
Allen (17.0 PER) is going to Virginia Tech to play for coach Buzz Williams, who was hired by the Hokies in March to replace James Johnson after a dismal 9-22 SU, 12-14 ATS season. Allen makes it five players who have committed to Virginia Tech since Williams was hired. “I believe he can make me the player I need to be successful,” Allen told ESPN. “And I think he will help Virginia Tech win a lot of games.”
Among this week’s other hot transfers: junior forward Jamal Jones (16.6 PER), who’s leaving the Texas A&M Aggies for parts unknown, and junior guard Andrew White III (16.0 PER), who’s leaving the Kansas Jayhawks for more playing time elsewhere after seeing just 113 total minutes in 2013-14.