Karl Benson's statement regarding today's news that Western Kentucky is leaving the Sun Belt for Conference USA:
"Today’s announcement that Western Kentucky University has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA is not a surprise given the communication that I have had with university officials and the rampant speculation over the past several months. I have long understood the implications of the move and what it means for the Sun Belt Conference. In fact, the Sun Belt Conference has been preparing for this possibility for quite some time and with the support and guidance of the Sun Belt Conference board of directors, I will continue to make recommendations on what options the Sun Belt Conference has in terms of future members and divisional structure. I remain confident that we have numerous options and that there are universities that have a strong desire to be members of the Sun Belt Conference. Last week’s additions to the Sun Belt of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as all sports members and Idaho and New Mexico State as football only members gives proof that there are universities that want to join the SBC and be part of its dynamic future."
Two other pieces of news
Cameron Solomon won't return to Georgia State's men's basketball team for the 2013-14 season.
Solomon, a 6-3 guard, appeared in 17 games last year and averaged 5.4 points per game. He didn't play once the spring semester started because of an academic-related issue.
David Travers announced in March that he was also leaving the program.
However, Ryan Harrow announced on Sunday that he is transferring from Kentucky to Georgia State.
Jaylen Hinton, a 6-3 guard from the Richmond, Va., area, also committed to Georgia State this weekend. He is the second high school player to commit to Ron Hunter's program, joining Eagle's Landing guard Isaiah Dennis.
Hunter up for award
R.J. Hunter is a finalist for the Kyle Macy award, given annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. Hunter averaged 17 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this year.
Other finalists are: Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State), John Brown (High Point), Omar Calhoun (Connecticut), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Semaj Christon (Xavier), Damyean Dotson (Oregon), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Danuel House (Houston), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), JaKarr Sampson (St. John's), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown).
The award will be presented on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta.
A week after a pair of unimpressive losses, Georgia Tech regained a bit of its footing. The Yellow Jackets delivered an emphatic 87-57 thrashing of East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion to head into their final exam week on an up note.