Center Joyer could join Bulls in August
Quick update on USF signee Kamran Joyer, the Wesley Chapel center whose enrollment in summer classes has been held up by lingering issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Joyer's father, Jack, said Wednesday that his son had been cleared by the NCAA, but said Thursday his status had been flagged because of an "error" in the transcript which needed to be cleared up.
Joyer's father had said Wednesday that if his son couldn't start summer classes Monday, he would seek a release and look elsewhere, but the family has since backed down from that. Joyer will take two courses at Hillsborough Community College over the next six weeks, and if he scores a B or higher in both courses, he will go before the academic committee that reviews incoming USF athletes on Aug. 5. If that goes well, he could join the Bulls for preseason workouts later that week.
Even if Joyer is not accepted by the academic committee, Joyer said his son will likely look toward prep school or junior college, rather than attempt to sign with another four-year school this fall.
-- There's one less ex-Bull in camp with a pro football team, as former USF receiver Jackie Chambers was released Thursday by the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.
-- Impressive to see four Big East players in the top 14 picks -- Hasheem Thabeet second, Jonny Flynn sixth, Terrence Williams 11th and Earl Clark 14th -- but that's probably not the biggest story for the league.
I was certainly surprised to see DeJuan Blair fall all the way to 37th after leaving after his sophomore year, and surprised to see his teammate, senior forward Sam Young, fall to 36th. Second-round picks don't get guaranteed money, and there are other Big East underclassmen that missed that first-round guarantee -- Georgetown's DaJuan Summers went 35th and Syracuse's Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf still haven't been picked as I write this. That makes the decision by four Big East underclassmen to pull their names out of the draft look all that much smarter in hindsight ...