Transfer Bug Bites OVC
Days after the NCAA regular season wrapped several Ohio Valley Conference players are bolting.
Paul Jackson is leaving Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels also will lose Greg King.
Starting with King, his role appeared to be that of backup big. Since freshman Nick Mayo surprised everybody but Assistant Coach Michael Bradley and Mayo himself, King was locked in to backup for the remainder of his EKU career.
He played 215 minutes last season.
King still has two years of eligibility left. He is a bit undersized on the blocks, but King is a bruising rebounder with limited offensive skills. His landing spot could be any level.
The Jackson transfer hurts.
Despite losing his starting spot late in 2016, Paul Jackson was undoubtedly a core player for EKU Head Coach Dan McHale.
He recorded 149 assists this year. The sprite guard finished third in the OVC in assists, assists per game, and assist/turnover ratio. On top of being a steady, reliable passer, Jackson was an active rebounder.
EKU initially won his signature over North Florida, Boston University, Fairfield, Hofstra, and Fordham. Paul can play. Can he find a mid-major suitor? Certainly. In this game of musical chairs he might even land with an American Conference or C-USA outfit. The problem becomes assimilation.
With two years remaining, Jackson will have to adapt fast in his transfer year (sitting). His speed of play makes him attractive.
Both Paul Jackson and Greg King have been removed from www.EKUSports.com. Their bio’s are erased and they are no longer listed on the roster for 2015-2016, the seasons they both figured prominently in.
C.J. Carr decided to disconnect from the SIUE-rebuild. Carr started 23 games in 2015-2016 for first-year Head Coach Jon Harris.
“I just want to thank the SIUe basketball program for the opportunity,” tweeted Carr on Monday. “I’ve had a tremendous experience and I wish everyone the best.”
Personally, almost all of Carr’s statiscal averages were down. He shot 34.5% from the field and even watched his free throw percentage plummet 6.5%.
The 5-foot-7 guard was the only returning point guard in the program. Though Coach Harris signed a Class of of 2016 PG in Justin Benton, the depth should be a concern. Also, Carr lead the team in assists.
Playing time was still available for Carr, but maybe the losing got to him. Just six times the Cougars left the gym with a “W”. That can be tough. The losses added up, and for a player with as much stake in the program as Carr the burden only grew.
“Everything happens for a reason and I’m ready to take on anything in my way,” tweeted Carr Tuesday afternoon.
Carr will have two years of college eligibility remaining.
The one thread that ties all three of these players together is that they were playing under first-year coaches. More specifically, not one of these three players was recruited to the OVC by the man they took directions from in 2015-2016.