Hoops Signee headed to Juco

One of Arkansas State's fall signees will not join the Red Wolves basketball team until the following season, coach John Brady said recently.

"He needs to play,'' said Brady. "And he was going to have a hard time getting a lot of minutes with Kirk Van Slyke, Seth Kisler, Kelvin Downs and Kermit Kendrick he was going to have a hard time getting very many minutes. "We talked to him about it and he is OK with it.''

Dupree remains a part of the Red Wolves' plans. Brady said signees Seth Gardner, a guard from Collierville, Tenn., by way of Motlow College and Jammar "Mookie" Sturdivant of East Poinsett County are in good shape academically and will participate in the team's exhibition trip to Canada in late summer.

"They will all get to go except Brandon Reed,'' said Brady. "He will not finish up in time at Georgia Tech.''

Reed is the former Red Wolf who transfered after his freshmen season to Georgia Tech. He will graduate from Tech this summer and can transfer without sitting out per the NCAA graduate transfer rule.

The Red Wolves will play four games in Calgary, Alberta, against college teams from the area. It is the first time the school has ever made such a trip.

"I think it will be very good for us,'' said Brady. "Especially for those guys who have been sitting out.''

The 6-10 Van Slyke, 6-6 guard Melvin Johnson and 6-8 Kisler, who was redshirted after an early season injury, all were idle last season. The team will get about 12 practices before the tour.

Brady did a similar trip when he was at LSU. Brady is entering his fifth season at ASU and his teams have won two of the last three division titles.

Others who will be on the roster are 6-foot senior Ed Townsell, 6-0 guard Raheem Dickerson, 6-4 Gator Worsham and 6-0 Cameron Golden.