We got a few tweets from SIUE fans last night, asking why Rozell Nunn hasn’t played yet this season, and has been on the bench in street clothes. We reached out to the school, who told us Nunn is sitting for a “violation of team rules.” One thing we weren’t told — when he would return to action for the Cougars.
SIUE could have used Nunn in their loss last night at home against IPFW. He was a 38-percent three-point shooter last year, who averaged nearly nine points a game. The Cougars struggled, especially early, behind the arc — although it was a long second half run that doomed them.
Whoever thought “hey, let’s put fall signing season at the same time as the start of the college basketball season,” really needs to reconsider. Anywho, Eastern Illinois announced another signing, which they say is their last of the fall season.
Marshawn Blackmon, HS SR, 6’4 guard
Blackmon averaged 17.4 points per game scoring 504 points and shooting 60 percent from the floor as a junior.
Spoonhour on Blackmon: “Marshawn is a hard-playing, athletic guy. He really works at all areas of his game and he’s willing and able to do the dirty work required for his team to win. It’s not a coincidence that his teams win a lot of games.”
If you missed it in the first word — Morehead State did something rather unique last night. The Eagles sat their star, Angelo Warner, against a lower-division opponent. The reasoning is most because they still have four games this week, and he’ll likely play 32-38 minutes in every one of them.
But I’ll be honest — I actually like this idea just on it’s own, from a basketball standpoint. There’s not a lot to gain, expect some repetition, but an injury to a guy like Warner could be a season-ender. And it a great opportunity to see how the rest of your guys respond without having the star in the lineup, not to mention just more minutes for the bench.
And I could even make the argument it would be better for the fans. Sure, your team’s star isn’t playing, but you have the chance of seeing a competitive game, like Morehead State had last night, which is endlessly more entertaining to watch than a 40-point blowout.
I think I’m going to pitch this idea to coaches.
I’ll let you know which one laughs hardest at me.