Today in the Morning Rumble, two transfers are off the market, the SEC won't accept domestic violence, Steve Fisher wants to get rid of the "one-and-done" rule and Derrick Jones continues to show off his hops.
The best transfer remaining on the market has finally chosen his school.
Former Missouri forward Johnathan Williams III committed to Gonzaga over the weekend (also considered SMU and Georgetown) and will have to sit out the upcoming season before hitting the court in 2016-17. The Bulldogs have landed two of the top transfers on the market this offseason in Williams and Nigel Williams-Goss.
With the Bulldogs losing seniors Przemek Karnowski and Kyle Wiltjer and possibly Domantas Sabonis to the NBA after this year, Mark Few desperately needed to find a physical presence to roam the paint and continue Gonzaga's dominance in the WCC. Williams aggressive style is a perfect fit and he will develop successfully under one of the best coaching staffs in college basketball.
Another transfer who made his decision over the weekend is former Ole Miss center Dwight Coleby, who is now headed to Kansas to play for Bill Self and the Jayhawks.
With Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor graduating after this season, Coleby, who will sit out a season, will have a huge impact inside along with Cheick Diallo, Landon Lucas and Carlton Bragg.
Just imagine the length of that front court...
Moving onto the SEC, the conference has adopted a proposal that prevents transfers with serious misconduct (domestic violence, sexual assault) from joining the league.
This policy came to light after football player Jonathan Taylor was added by Alabama while he was facing a 2014 arrest (with another SEC team, Georgia) for domestic violence. Taylor then committed the same crime with the Crimson Tide before being dismissed by Nick Saban for failing to live up to expectations.
Smart move by the SEC.
UT-San Diego put together a piece highlighting San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher and his comments about the NCAA's "one-and-done" situation. Fisher believes that the NCAA should get rid of the rule and add the NCAA baseball rules, which means kids are allowed to enter the draft out of high school but if they do choose to attend college they have to stay three full seasons, at the very least.
It's an interesting debate that would certainly have to be passed through Adam Silver and the NBA; they are the ones holding this "one-and-done" controversy up.
If you want to see a SportsCenter Top 10 play, check out Derrick Jones and his dunk over FOUR players at the Mary Kline Classic in West Orange, NJ. We will surely see more of this next season when Jones takes the court at UNLV.
Finally, there's a sad story out of Vanderbilt as former basketball player Dai-Jon Parker died at age 22 in a boating accident (tubing).
The young man transferred out of Vanderbilt in 2013 and committed to the University of Indianapolis. In his junior season, Parker averaged 8.3 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Prayers go out to the Parker family during these difficult times.