The University of Akron has reinstated Quincy Diggs, who began summer classes Monday, according to a source. The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to the privacy rules at UA.
Diggs, who was a member of the Zips basketball team for two seasons, was the Mid-American Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12.
The university suspended Diggs for the 2012-13 academic year in October for violation of the school’s Student Code of Conduct. Although speculation ran rampant, the reason for the suspension was never given nor confirmed.
It’s likely that Diggs will find himself back on the men’s basketball team this fall. Should Zips fans see coach Keith Dambrot dancing outside Rhodes Arena this week, it’s because he just got a significant piece of his basketball team back, even if it’s only for one season.
Diggs won the Sixth Man Award because he was one of the most flexible players in the MAC, and his return will mitigate the loss of point guard Alex Abreu, who was arrested in March on drug charges. Diggs has the ability to handle the ball and get it up the court. More important, he can create his own shot, taking opposing players off the dribble.
His return along with a more-experienced Carmelo Betancourt and the addition of former North Canton Hoover star Nyles Evans should put the Zips backcourt back on solid footing.
Diggs averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his junior year with the Zips.
Then the bad news
Brunswick police arrested Zips senior defensive back Seth Cunningham, 21, after he allegedly brandished a gun at a Brunswick tobacco shop just after midnight May 13 and left the shop with a water pipe, a smoking accessory also referred to as a bong, worth more than $400, Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar said.
Police charged him with aggravated robbery. He eventually posted a $30,000 bond and was released, according to a report in the Medina County Gazette.
If the charges are true, it represents a curious move on Cunningham’s part. Though he wasn’t a shoe-in for a starting job on the Zips defense, he played well enough in spring practice to ensure that the defensive staff took notice. Now it appears his career at UA is all but gone.
“Seth Cunningham has been suspended from the University of Akron football team indefinitely pending the outcome of a police investigation,” a spokesman for the athletic department said in an email.
Making some noise
Zips golfer Charlie Bull recently enjoyed his 10th top-25 finish of the season in the NCAA Columbus Regional on the 7,286-yard Scarlet Course.
Bull, a first-team All-MAC selection, wasn’t completely happy with his performance, saying that he came up far short of where he wanted to be.
Though he called his game solid, part of the problem was a tough, unforgiving course, he said, that never allowed him to gain any momentum.
“It’s a good experience,” he said. “I’m happy to get another year under my belt.”
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