It’s been an eventful day on the recruiting trail, especially by college basketball standards. Not long after Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones announced his commitment to NC State, the news dropped that incoming freshman Saddiq Bey will not be enrolling in Raleigh. Killeya-Jones’ addition briefly made 14 scholarship players on the roster, which is one over the NCAA limit.
And here's the answer, from NC State:— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) May 15, 2018
"Saddiq Bey has asked for his release from his national letter of intent and we are in the process of granting his request (cont.)."
(cont.) From Kevin Keatts: "Saddiq is a great kid and we wish him the best of luck in the future."— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) May 15, 2018
It’s unlikely that Bey’s departure came as a response to Killeya-Jones’ addition, but rather that the coaching staff was aware that some additional attrition was coming and recruited Killeya-Jones accordingly. As the old line goes, the coaches can count. And usually a departure like this has been percolating for a while.
Strange day given the timing off all this stuff, though. If we could manage through the rest of the week and/or offseason without any loud noises, I’d appreciate it. Not that I’ll be holding my breath over it.
Anyway, best of luck to Bey at his next stop.