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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oakland releases West Virginia transfer Tommie McCune for violating team policy

Tommie McCune
Saginaw native and former West Virginia forward Tommie McCune was dismissed by Oakland Wednesday for violating team policy having not played a single game for the Golden Grizzlies.
McCune's transfer was announced by Oakland in early July and he had been practicing with the team while sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.
McCune, who played in just 13 games as a freshman at West Virginia, was named an all-state player multiple times and averaged a double-double in each of his final two seasons at Saginaw High. By his high school recruiting ranking, he was the highest-rated player to choose Oakland, albeit via transfer.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe could not elaborate on the reason for McCune's release:
"He's a really good player," Kampe said. "Unfortunately, he's going to be a good player for somebody else."
McCune had a criminal record, which he and Kampe addressed at the time of his transfer.
"We knew he had some issues through his life," Kampe said. "I really like him and will continue to help him be successful whether he's at Oakland or not."
McCune reportedly left West Virginia as a result of a lack of playing time and said he didn't feel it was good fit for him.
Kampe said it's possible the Golden Grizzlies could use McCune's scholarship to recruit a late addition to the 2013 class which already includes: Detroit Pershing guard Kahlil Felder; Westland John Glenn guard Nick Daniels and Lansing Sexton forward Jalen Hayes.


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