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We’re just under a month from the first game of the season, but Murray State freshman JayQuan McCloud is already leaving the Racers program. Murray State head coach Steve Prohm told television station WPSD Local 6 that McCloud has been feeling homesick, and wants to move closer to his Chicago home.

Prohm says the situation has been developing for a few weeks — and shut the door on the possibility of McCloud returning. McCloud will finish the semester at the school — but not with the program.

McCloud was widely expected by many to see time as a potential backup to sophomore Cameron Payne, after averaging 17.4 points per game as a senior at North Chicago Community High School. While the Racers are a bit thinner in the backcourt, they do expect quality minutes from sophomore Utah transfer Justin Seymour, who is eligible this year after sitting out/.

With McCloud’s departure, Murray State is using just 11 of their maximum allowed 13 scholarships — meaning there’s room for Prohm to maneuver both this, and next season.


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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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