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Basketball: Pesoli, Fields will not return

August 04, 2006 –
Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

Two members of the University of Louisiana men’s basketball squad with remaining eligibility, forwards J. T. Fields and Lucian Pesoli, will not return to the Ragin’ Cajun program this year.
UL coach Robert Lee said Thursday that neither had fulfilled responsibilities required to remain with the team.

“They didn’t do the things they needed to do,” Lee said. “We require our guys to do certain things to be a part of our program, not just basketball.”

Pesoli had two years of eligibility remaining and Fields had one.
Fields, from Hanceville, Ala., and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, started 14 of UL’s 28 games last year and averaged 3.4 points, 1.9 re-bounds and 13.3 minutes per game. He started nine of UL’s 15 Sun Belt Conference games.

Pesoli, a product of Houston who transferred to the Cajuns from Long Beach State, appeared in 22 games and started five. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes per game.

Fields and Pesoli join transfer Marquie Cooke as players who will not be on the team when preseason drills begin on the Aug. 21 beginning of fall semester classes.

Cooke, who had previously signed and been released from programs at Virginia Tech and Colorado State, signed a scholarship with UL in November. Lee said that scholarship did not begin until this fall and was contingent on Cooke meeting certain requirements during the spring term when he enrolled on his own, requirements that were not met.

Their departures leaves UL with six returning lettermen for the 2006-07 season – guards Maurice Barksdale and Rhett Hebert, wings Ed Turner and Ross Mouton and postmen Adam James and Valentino Hart. Squadman guard Alphonso Williams also returns, and Liberty University transfer guard David Dees is eligible after sitting out last season.

The Cajun roster will also include junior college transfer Abray Milson of Southern Idaho, who played his prep career at St. Thomas More, and as many as seven freshmen from the Louisiana high school ranks – Randell Daigle of Northside, La’Ryan Gary of Carencro, Damon Forest of Baton Rouge-Central, Tyren Johnson of Edgard-West St. John, Willie Lago of Reserve-East St. John, Elijah Milsap of Grambling and Courtney Wallace of New Orleans-Woodlawn (Baton Rouge).

Gary still lacks test scores in order to be eligible and is currently a non-qualifier.

MAYBE ONE MORE: Another freshman player who could join the UL program is 6-foot-6 forward Brandon Dyson of Meraux, who originally played at Archbishop Hannan in New Orleans and relocated to Houston and Westfield High after Hurricane Katrina.

Lee said Dyson’s transcript has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse determined that two courses Dyson took at Hannan and Westfield were the same, leaving him short of the required 14 core courses.

Originally published August 4, 2006