Quiet first day of late-signing period for Oakland
"We have two scholarships available," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "We're involved with high school seniors, junior college transfers and player transfers."
Because of NCAA restrictions, Kampe wasn't able to get specific, but did say he doesn't expect any other players to depart following the announcement last week red-shirt freshman Kyle Sikora would be leaving.
"I was very surprised by the whole thing," Kampe said, noting Sikora felt he would be playing behind Corey Petros his entire career. "He really improved in his year here and had a chance to be a very good player with time and patience."
Sikora's release means Oakland has lost returning big men each of the past two seasons, after Ilija Mulitinovic opted not to return to Oakland for his senior season, instead signing to play professionally in Europe.
Milutinovic's departure came in June of last year after the Grizzlies had already lost Keith Benson and Will Hudson to graduation.
Oakland does of course still have Petros, red-shirt freshman Korab Imami, incoming freshman and Mr. Basketball finalist Lloyd Neely in the frontcourt. The Grizzlies are expected to sign 6-foot-8 power forward Viktoras Merkevicius from Lithuania, as well.
In a guest role on last week's edition of "The Greg Kampe Show" on WXOU, assistant coach Darren Sorenson said he expected them to announce the signing of another big man in the near future.
In other recruiting news, Kampe said 6-10 recruit Mike Lewis from Slidell, La., has not yet met the academic standards of the NCAA clearinghouse and must do so by June.
So, stay tuned and follow me on Twitter @PaulKampe for the latest news.