Heading into their SEC opener on Thursday night, the roster for the LSU Tigers got a little bit thinner.
In advance of the Tigers’ game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the team announced that junior forward Craig Victor II had been dismissed from the program, citing a team rules violation.
This is the second time this season that Victor has been disciplined for a rules violation. He missed the first three games of the season due to a suspension for the same reason.
Victor was in his second season in Baton Rouge, as he transferred to the Tigers after after beginning his collegiate career with the Arizona Wildcats.
With the departure of Ben Simmons following last year, Victor was expected to be a big part of the game plan for the Tigers in 2016-17. After his three-game suspension derailed the start to his season slightly, he appeared in eight games for LSU before Thursday.
In his eight games, five of which he started, the junior out of New Orleans, LA averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. He was fourth on the team in scoring, and he was the team’s top rebounder.
“We are obviously disappointed that we had to take this action,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said in a statement. “When you commit to being part of our basketball program, there are expectations and standards that we demand from our players. Those expectations go beyond the basketball court.”
It will be interesting to see how Victor’s track record of violations will play into other programs trying to recruit the 6’9” forward as a transfer player this off-season.
Thursday was a day to forget for the Tigers, as they also fell to the Commodores to open conference play, 96-89.
LSU currently sits at 8-4 on the year, and will head on the road for their first game on the New Year on January 4th, when they will take on the Missouri Tigers.
– T. Bennett