Here is the news that just came off the Associated Press wire. I will hope to update later.
NEW YORK (AP) — All-MAAC guard Rico Pickett is leaving Manhattan after one season to play professional basketball overseas.
Pickett, from Decatur, Ala., led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring last season with 17.7 points per game.
A statement from the Jaspers on Friday did not say where the 6-foot-4 Pickett planned to play. Coach Barry Rohrssen supported Pickett’s decision as being the “best for him and his family at this time.”
After taking some time to think about it, Rico Pickett decided the NBA draft will wait one more season.
The former Decatur High School and University of Alabama player entered his name in the draft in April, but pulled it back out before Saturday’s deadline for early entrants.
So, it’s back to Manhattan College for Pickett.
Read more about his decision in Sunday’s paper.
Without further delay, your Kige Ramsey video of the day.
The long basketball journey for Rico Pickett is now leading towards to the professional ranks. The former Decatur High, Alabama and Manhattan College star entered the NBA draft.
“Rico has expressed interest in pursuing a career in professional basketball and at this time would like to enter his name in the NBA Draft,” Manhattan head coach Barry Rohrssen said in a news release. “He has met with the school’s compliance office to have a full understanding of academic responsibilities and eligibility rules regarding this matter. We at the College support his decision and wish him the best in all future endeavors.”
Pickett scored 17.7 points per game last year at Manhattan. He has until May 8 to withdraw his name. According to the school’s release, he has not hired an agent, so if it doesn’t look like he’ll get drafted. Stay tuned for more.
Now that the holiday weekend is history, here are a few tidbits from the universe surrounding Alabama athletics.
- Tide baseball right fielder Kent Matthes was names a semifinalist for the coveted Golden Spikes award (the Heisman Trophy for college baseball).
The unanimous SEC player of the year hit .365 with a 28 home runs and 81 RBI. He led the SEC in home runs, RBI, total bases (174) and slugging percentage (.883). He was also third in runs scored (65) and sixth in hitting this season.
Speaking of baseball, every game from the Clemson Regional in which the Tide is participating, will be televised live on CSS.
- Decatur High graduate and former Tide basketball player Rico Pickett will have a new teammate at Manhattan College who is making news. Click here for a story about Kevin Laue who hoops with just one hand.
Check out this story about Alabama softball pitcher Kelsi Dunne.
Still no news on the textbook scandal ruling from the NCAA although a decision could come any day now. Stay tuned.