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SIU head coach Barry Hinson gives instructions to guard Mike Rodriguez (1) in overtime against Missouri State at SIU Arena on Saturday evening in Carbondale. The Salukis went on to win 85-84 in overtime.

CARBONDALE — Jeremy Roscoe might still play for SIU's men's basketball team someday, but it will not be this winter.

Roscoe, a freshman guard who enrolled at SIU last fall in order to academically qualify for a scholarship in 2017-18, fell short of those requirements, according to multiple sources. Roscoe paid his own way this past school year and did well in his first semester, but verbally committed to Panola (Texas) College.

Roscoe did not respond to a text message Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 guard out of Chicago Uplift High School was expected to help the Saluki offense this winter, but will now have to take a longer road to play for the maroon and white.

SIU coach Barry Hinson can't comment on Roscoe because he is regarded as a recruit. He was expected to sign a financial aid agreement, more or less a national letter of intent outside the NCAA's signing period, next month if he did well enough in the classroom.

Roscoe's loss will give Hinson one more scholarship for the upcoming season. SIU could return three starters from last season's 17-16 squad: forward Thik Bol and guards Armon Fletcher and Sean Lloyd. Hinson added junior guard Eric McGill from Panola College, which also gave the Salukis senior guard/forward Jonathan Wiley, and 6-10 center Kavion Pippen from Three Rivers (Missouri) Community College.

SIU will also get guards Marcus Bartley, Brendon Gooch and Tyler Smithpeters back. Bartley sat out last season per NCAA rules after transferring from Saint Louis University. Gooch redshirted as a true freshman, and Smithpeters, a fifth-year senior this winter, received a medical redshirt after injuring his knee in the season opener against Wright State.

Panola went 26-9 last season, setting a school record for wins, and reached the Sweet 16 of the NJCAA tournament. The Ponies were ranked 13th in the final media poll and could return six players. McGill was one of five players that signed Division I scholarship offers.


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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