July 1, 2012 in Division I
After things didn’t work out for former Saginaw High standout Tommie McCune, Oakland University announced that the 6-foot-7 forward has transferred and enrolled in classes. From Oakland’s Twitter feed:
Oakland Univ. would like to welcome Tommie McCune to the Golden Grizzly family! The 6-7 power forward starts classes tomorrow! #FightOakland
— Oakland Athletics (@OUGrizzlies) July 1, 2012
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reported on some of the problems McCune had at WVU:
McCune played only 4.5 minutes per game for the Mountaineers, surprising considering he was ranked Rivals’ No. 102 player nationally in the 2011 class and the No. 18 forward.
He had a problem off the court as well, leaving the West Virginia team on March 12, two days after an incident that eventually got him charged with petit larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.
According to a report in West Virginia Illustrated, he and a teammate used a found wallet and used debit cards to charge restaurant meals to the card’s owner. He pled guilty to third degree retail fraud in 2011 as well in a separate incident in Kochville Twp., outside Saginaw.
Talent-wise, if McCune is focused and moves past some of the things that got him into trouble in the past, he’ll be a major get for Oakland with his size and athleticism on the wing. Also, any story mentioning McCune gives me an excuse to link to one of my all-time favorite videos from Ryan Slocum of ABC 12: