NCAA Basketball News and Notes: Drake Basketball Involved in Lawsuit

A Drake University student is suing the university after he said a men’s basketball coach told the player that shot him to deny involvement. Tremell Murray was allegedly told to say he had nothing to do with the incident after shooting Nathaniel Miller Jr. in the head.

Murray had the gun legally when he accidentally shot Miller in the head on August 31, 2019. Before the police arrived, Miller said that a basketball coach arrived and told Murray to deny involvement. He told police that Miller had slipped on the floor and hit his head.

Drake coach Darian DeVries has yet to comment, but is not named in the lawsuit. Murray only played five games last year due to a knee injury but had a very successful freshman campaign the year before.

The Missouri Valley Conference and Drake have not announced any punishments or suspensions from the matter. Murray did plead guilty to making a false report to police and illegal discharge of a firearm in city limits. He was placed on probation and a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

Robert Morris Heading to the Horizon League

Robert Morris is leaving the Northeast Conference and joining the Horizon League. Robert Morris will officially join the conference on July 1.

This will be a nice step up for men’s and women’s basketball and make the Horizon a 12-team league. Both programs have been the best program in the NEC, but will face a much tougher challenge in Horizon play. Purdue-Fort Wayne will also join the conference to round out the 12 teams.

NJIT Moving to American East

NJIT is also making a conference move, leaving the Atlantic Sun conference and joining the American East Conference. NJIT will make the American East a 10-team conference for the 2020-2021 season.

The conference features teams from the upper northeast making it a much better fit geographically. The closest team in the Atlantic Sun was Liberty, located in Virginia.

Johnson Headed to Wake Forest

Jalen Johnson, the graduate transfer from Tennessee, has decided to attend Wake Forest instead of East Tennessee State. Steve Forbes took the Wake Forest job after Danny Manning was fired.

Johnson decided that he would follow Forbes and play for the Demon Deacons. Johnson said that he really liked the relationship he had with Forbes, and it was more important to him than what school he decided to play at.

Johnson played in 31 games for the Volunteers, averaging 3.5 points and 2 rebounds. Johnson should compete for a starting spot for the Demon Deacons.

Texas Tech Basketball Has Positive COVID-19 Cases

As student-athletes returned to campuses across the nation, they were tested for the coronavirus. Texas Tech confirmed that there were positive cases on the university’s mens basketball team but did not release how many of the players had tested positive.

The athletes have been quarantined and are being monitored by sports medicine staff and team physicians. Chris Beard and the team did participate in some of the protesting that happened in Lubbock.

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