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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, July 2, 2012

Oakland adds Saginaw native Tommie McCune in another transfer

On the eve of the first day of summer classes, Oakland announced it would not be just Ralph Hill who was enrolling at the school via transfer. Oakland coach Greg Kampe alluded to the Golden Grizzlies landing another transfer when he spoke last week about Hill.
The program tweeted Sunday afternoon: "Oakland Univ. would like to welcome Tommie McCune to the Golden Grizzly family! The 6-7 power forward starts classes tomorrow!"
According to Rivals.com, McCune, who left West Virginia after one season, would be the highest-ranked recruit to commit to Oakland
McCune reportedly comes with a record off the court as well.
After playing in just 13 games his freshman season where McCune averaged 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds, he was released from West Virginia on the eve of the Mountaineers' trip to the NCAA tournament. According to MLive, the Saginaw native was suspended twice last season, once after being charged with shoplifting in his hometown.
(The Free Press goes into more depth regarding the matter)
Coach Bob Huggins noted playing time, not off-court incidents, when discussing McCune's transfer.
"'He said, 'Coach, I love it here,'' Huggins said. 'He said 'I love the people, but I need to play and I'm looking around, saying I can't sit here and waste another year and not play.'' "
As noted by Patrick Hayes of BallinMichigan, "If McCune is focused and moves past some of the things that got him into trouble in the past, he’ll be a major get for Oakland with his size and athleticism on the wing."

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