News broke Wednesday night that The Citadel’s top basketball player, rising junior Matt Van Scyoc, was leaving the program.
Van Scyoc, a 6-6 forward, who averaged 14.3 ppg last season, texted me this statement Thursday morning.
“The only comment I wish to make right now is that I was accused of an honor violation and found to be in violation. I appealed the decision and eventually lost.
“I leave The Citadel having built some very strong relationships with my coaches, teammates and fellow Citadel classmates. I will take everything I have learned in my two years here with me to my new destination and wish nothing but great success for the team next season.”
Citadel basketball has received a verbal commitment from Nadi Beciri, a 6-7, 240-pound post player from Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High School.
Beciri averaged 18.6 ppg and 11.5 rebounds for a team that went 20-5 last year, shooting 57 percent from the floor. He made first-team all-Bergen County and scored 1,017 points in his career.
“He had a monster senior year for us,” said Bergen Catholic coach Billy Armstrong, who played college ball at Davidson. “We play really tough inner-city, parochial school schedule, so he’s been battle tested against some of the top teams in the country.
“He’s a traditional, back to the basket throwback player. I tell people he’s a poor man’s Kevin McHale — square shoulders, long arms, strong hands. He’s great at eating up space in the post. If he was an inch taller, or could jump a little higher, he’d be a high major D-I player.”
Armstrong said Beciri had a host of offers from local Division II schools and late interest from Wagner and Long Island U.
Here are some highlights of Beciri:
Usually when The Citadel appears in ESPN’s Top 10 plays, the Bulldogs are on the receiving end. But that wasn’t the case Monday night, when point guard Warren Sledge threw a sweet lob pass to Quinton Marshall for a spectacular dunk.