College Basketball Notebook

Tennessee forward Maymon struggling after knee surgeries

Associated PressOctober 24, 2012 

— Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon likely will miss the start of the season after having a setback in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.

Although coach Cuonzo Martin didn’t rule Maymon out for the Nov. 9 opener with Kennesaw State, he is preparing to start the season without the second-team All-SEC selection.

“Jeronne had a minor setback, so we probably won’t have him at the start of the season,” Martin said before Wednesday’s practice. Martin wouldn’t estimate when Maymon might be ready.

Maymon had arthroscopic surgery on each of his knees in two separate offseason procedures. A 6-foot-7 senior, he had surgery on his right knee during March to repair torn meniscus. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during June.

Tennessee does have plenty of depth in its frontcourt, including Jarnell Stokes, a 6-8 sophomore forward who averaged 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 17 games after joining the team at midseason. He was a first-team selection preseason All-SEC selection announced Monday.

Maymon, a second-team pick on the preseason All-SEC team, averaged 12.7 points and ranked fifth in the SEC with 8.1 rebounds per game last season.

“You’re not talking about a guy who doesn’t play,” Martin said. “You’re talking about a major factor in your program. I think guys have been practicing without him, so they’ve kind of got a feel for it.”

Brigham Young: Recurring knee problems have ended the playing career of senior forward Stephen Rogers. He averaged 9.9 points and hit 15 3-pointers during the first 10 games last season before tearing the meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery during December but was limited to eight games because of recurring soreness. Rogers had another operation during April but continued to experience swelling.

Charlotte: Junior guard DeMario Mayfield will miss the exhibition Nov. 1 against Pfeiffer at Halton Arena with a high right-ankle sprain. He was injured during practice last week. Mayfield, perhaps the team’s most versatile player, averaged 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds last season. David Scott

Dayton: Center Matt Kavanaugh, a 6-9 senior who started 33 games last season and finished fifth in the Atlantic 10 with 97 offensive rebounds, has been suspended for the academic year because he violated the school’s code of conduct, making him ineligible to play for the Flyers. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game overall last season.

The school declined to give details of his misconduct because of privacy laws.

Murray State: Sophomore guard Zay Jackson, who had been suspended indefinitely last month after his arrest after striking two people with his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot following an altercation, has been suspended for the 2012-13 season. Jackson pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to wanton endangerment. Jackson, who averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a reserve last season, was projected to start for the Racers.

He was to be sentenced Monday, but the case was delayed when the judge recused himself, and then a surveillance video was released showing Jackson driving around the parking lot with one of the victims on the hood of his Chevy Monte Carlo.

Wyoming: Sophomore guard Shakir Smith was dismissed from the team, effective immediately. A news release from the athletics department says coach Larry Shyatt would not comment. Smith played in 15 games last season with the Cowboys, averaging 0.5 points and four minutes a game.

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