In the final month before college basketball returns, two Southeastern Conference teams have just learned the fates of some of their players vying to take the court this season.
First-year Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall got good news when he was told that Dominic Woodson would be eligible to play. But Missouri lost talented transfer Cam Biedscheid before playing a single minute for the Tigers, as his coach announced that he would be leaving the team "as he attends to personal matters."
Meanwhile, Mizzou got hit with another loss, as power forward Johnathan Williams III tore his meniscus during an individual workout. It could keep him out when the team meets for its first exhibition on Oct. 29.
Here is a look at what this news means for the two SEC squads.
Dominic Woodson came as a transfer from Memphis only a few months ago, so his status to play this year was in doubt due to the traditional NCAA transfer rules.
However, he was granted a boon when college basketball's governing body decided to grant him a run-off waiver to play this year. That being said, there is no promise the 6-foot-10, 281-pound forward will take the field.
That's because his coach, Tyndall, wants to see him lose some weight before taking the court.
"If we tipped it up today, he would not check in the game," Tyndall said. "He has a million miles to go from the conditioning standpoint. He has lost 17 to 18 pounds, but he needs to lose another 12 to 15."
That critique may seem harsh from one's own coach, but it also may be needed. Tyndall, a sophomore, came in at a ballooned 300 pounds. The coaching staff has set a goal of 270 before the season's start on Nov. 3 and 265 by early December.
The bad news for Mizzou could be season threatening.
The now-gone Cameron played his freshman year at Notre Dame, scoring 6.2 points in only 17 minutes per game. He was expected to produce for the Tigers and had sat a year waiting out those aforementioned transfer requirements. But now, only a few weeks before tip-off, it was announced that Cameron would be leaving for personal reasons and it seems like that year has been wasted for both sides.
The top-50 recruit will now be looking for his third school in three years.
Then came the news of Williams' injury. He was the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder despite only averaging 5.8 points last year, because Missouri lost Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross from its 2013 team.
It will be an uphill climb for the Tigers, who face depth issues and a new coaching regime under Anderson.
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