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New B-Ballers & Old B-Ballers

A reminder folks -- pick a name and stay with it in the comments. It's one of the few ways I can try to keep one or two people from coming off like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Now, to the new among the men's basketball Panthers...

Jason Boswell, a 6-6 guard, averaged 7.3 points per game for the Elizabeth, NJ Patrick School. Before that, Boswell threw in 17.0 points per game for Trinity Catholic in Stamford, Conn. Boswell’s rated at three/four stars by 247sports, three stars by Scout.com, two stars by ESPN.com and unrated by Rivals.com. Nice get for FIU.

Dominique Williams averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game at Charlotte Mallard Creek High School before averaging 19 points per game at Believe Prep. The 6-7 forward was unrated by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Forward Jonas Page averaged 12.5 points per game for Susquehanna (Pa.) Township and is
unrated by any of the recruiting sites.

As long rumored, Hialeah Miami Lakes graduate Adrian Diaz transferred all 6-10 of himself from Kansas State back to South Florida and will sit out this season. So will Ray Rodriguez, a 6-1 star for Hialeah Gardens’ High’s 2012 Class 8A State Championship team who went to North Florida and averaged 9.1 minutes and 2.4 points per game.

With Tymell Murphy, Raymond Taylor and Rakeem Buckles, if FIU can get some outside shooting, this year's model could be as fun to watch as last year's was. Which makes that whole NCAA postseason ban a shame. Speaking of that...

After Buckles transfer request to Minnesota was denied by the NCAA, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said to ESPN that Buckles didn't know the school would be facing a postseason ban this year when he followed Richard Pitino to FIU in 2012. FIU will insist Pitino the Younger knew when he took the job in April 2012 that the Panthers probably would get an APR-prompted postseason ban in 2013-14. So, we have a few possibilities...

a) FIU's played down the potential penalties to Pitino before the hiring and only revealed them after the hiring orafter Pitino scrambled to throw a team together for 2012-13. Mario Cristobal would say there's precedent for this. He's always made reference to feeling misled as to the depth of the penalties about to crash down on FIU football when he was hired in Dec. 2006.

b) FIU told Pitino and Pitino didn't fully fess up to his recruits because, hey, what player with two years or less left is coming to a school that's looking at a rebuilding year followed by a no-postseason year.

c) FIU told Pitino, Pitino told his players and they didn't care or didn't listen. You know how young folks can be. 

Thursday, FIU will announce a partnership between FIU Health, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Faculty Group Practice, and the National Basketball Retired Players Association through which FIU Health will provide health and wellness physicals to uninsured and underinsured NBRPA members and their spouses.





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