The Kent State basketball team lost a returning player but gained a new one recently when senior forward Bryson Pope left the team and new sophomore forward Jimmy Hall picked up the available scholarship.
Bryson, who would have been academically ineligible for the first semester of the season anyway, is said to be focusing his attention on playing professionally in France where his father and older brother have both played.
Hall, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Hofstra, averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds in seven games before being dismissed from school for his part as one of four students stealing Ipads and Iphones on campus. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was originally charged with a felony, but had his charges reduced to a misdemeanor that includes completing community service.
“Our athletic department did a lot of homework and background checks on Jimmy,” KSU head coach Rob Senderoff said. “And we felt he was deserving of a second opportunity, like the ones we’ve given to a handful of players (such as Antonio Gates and Tyree Evans) over the years. And that includes myself. ”
Hall will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he has started working out with the team.