Memphis Tigers power forward Kuran Iverson has been dismissed from the team following a three-game suspension. The 6’9 big man had his fair share of run-ins with head coach Josh Pastner, and through it, his development as a player had been suffering as he averaged a disappointing 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. The demise of Iverson, cousin of former NBA star Allen Iverson, began when he was suspended two games for violating undisclosed team rules. Then, to make matters even worse, he retweeted a tweet calling coach Pastner a fraud. Obviously, this comment did not go over well with Pastner and one could assume the former highly-touted recruit was on his last leg prior to his most recent suspension.
Iverson will finish the remainder of the semester at Memphis, but then will begin the search to find a school willing to take the Connecticut native. It remains to be seen what exactly the market will be like for such a talented player, but character issues could deter teams from inquiring about Iverson. The school released a statement on Friday regarding the future of Iverson.
“Kuran and I visited and he will be transferring at the end of the spring semester,” said Pastner. “We thank Kuran for his contributions to the program and wish him well in his future academic and athletic endeavors.”
The Tigers are currently 11-6 on the season and have a 4-2 record within the American Athletic Conference. The team must improve significantly if they hope to reach the NCAA tournament and sometimes ridding themselves of a cancerous player like Iverson could be a major boost to team moral. The potentially improved Memphis roster faces one of their biggest challenges of the 2014-15 season, Wednesday, when they square off against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.
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