Loyola's top three scorers leaving program

Jordan, Allen to transfer

Thomas asked to move on

College Basketball


April 16, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Loyola men's basketball coach Scott Hicks said last night that his top three scorers are leaving the program.

Hicks said leading scorer Lucious Jordan and Bernard Allen are completing plans to transfer, and Donovan Thomas is being asked not to return for his final year of eligibility.

"Lucious [from upstate New York] and Bernard [Texas] both are homesick, and when that happens, it gets tough to keep them focused," Hicks said.

As for redshirt junior Thomas, the coach said: "It's time to move on. He's going to graduate in May."

A fourth Loyola player, junior walk-on guard Ryan Dickey, will not play his senior year, opting to get a job, according to Hicks.

"I know I slept a lot better last night now that this is over," Hicks said. "I have eight players now who really want to work hard for this program. I think we're going to be fine."

Jordan, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, has led the team in scoring two straight seasons, averaging 13.2 points this past season; Thomas, a 6-7 forward, averaged 8.8 points; and Allen, a 6-5 sophomore forward, averaged 8.4 points for the 4-24 Greyhounds.

PITTSBURGH: Jamie Dixon, never a head coach, emerged from a two-week search as head coach of a team he helped transform from a Big East also-ran to a Top 10 power in only four seasons.

Dixon had been associate coach under Ben Howland, who left to become UCLA's coach less than a week after the Panthers' NCAA tournament loss to Marquette on March 27. Pittsburgh then targeted Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, but he turned down the job Friday after nearly accepting it several days earlier.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Former Hilltopper Darrin Horn, 30, an assistant under Marquette's Tom Crean for four seasons, was hired as coach, replacing Dennis Felton, who left last week to coach Georgia.

The Hilltoppers have played in the past three NCAA tournaments.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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