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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Former Houston forward to visit Oakland

Oakland's frontcourt could be stretched thin next season with the departure of red-shirt freshman Kyle Sikora. Coach Greg Kampe and the Golden Grizzlies are reportedly looking south for his replacement.
Former Houston forward Kirk Van Slyke, a junior, is reportedly visiting Oakland among other possible destinations to spend his final season.
Van Slyke, with presumably just one season of eligibility remaining, could come as a help in practice as the Grizzlies begin to work incoming freshmen Lloyd Neely and Michael Lewis into the rotation.
The Houston Chronicle goes on to add Van Slyke is also scheduled to visit Arkansas State.
Van Slyke played in 27 games, starting once, for the Cougars last season, including his 28-point outing against Oakland in the early non-conference season. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Cougars while seeing 11.6 minutes per game off the bench.
The Chronicle points out Van Slyke went through a renaissance in the season's first four games, but struggled after the first month:
"(He) showed an improved offensive post game with several moves added to his repertoire, a zest for attacking the glass."
His minutes dwindled as the Conference USA season began and Van Slyke's defense didn't earn him any brownie points.
"His defensive shortcomings hindered his ability to get more playing time, particularly when his shot wasn’t falling and he didn’t show the offensive repertoire that he did early in the season."
The Chronicle adds a sprained ankle ended Van Slyke's season two days before the conference tournament began. 
Van Slyke chose to leave the program "for personal reasons."

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