Mar 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin reacts towards the referee during the second half of a game against the Creighton Bluejays in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaree Strickland Denied NCAA Waiver, Will Rejoin The Bearcats Next Season

The NCAA giveth, and the NCAA taketh away. This is unfortunately an example of the latter. Per Bearcat Journal’s Chad Brendel, freshman power forward Jamaree Strickland will not be permitted to join the team this season. He will instead sit out and rejoin the Bearcats next year.



With over one-quarter of the season gone, it was probably unlikely that Strickland would have been granted his waiver anyways. But this announcement confirms it. For the rest of the team, this only puts more pressure on Justin Jackson to lock down the low post. While Strickland is just a freshman, he would have at the very least provided a warm body for Mick Cronin to spell JJ every now and then in the frontcourt. Given Cincinnati’s lack of depth at that position, if Strickland had given UC meaningful minutes in the low post, it would have been icing on the cake.

But obviously all of that is out the window now.

The silver lining is that Strickland can continue to develop himself mentally and physically this winter to prepare for next season, where he should be the front runner to start. Cincinnati will have a wealth of talented but young players operating in the low post in 2014. In addition to Strickland, Quadri Moore and Coreontae DeBerry should vastly upgrade the talent of Cincinnati’s frontcourt next year. It’s just a shame that none of those three can play this season.

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  • Ron Fulton

    It doesn’t matter wgo they have if they don’t have a coach/ Cronin could have a top 5 recruiting class and he would still lose. If you want a big time program you must have a big time coach ND THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT Cronin.

    • bearcats4

      Cincinnati could have a top 5 recruiting class and he would still lose…….lose what, Cronin has gone to the NCAA tournament THREE years in a row with the recruiting classe’s that he had, which were never in the top 50….lets get a top 5 recruiting class 1st. I don’t know who you are a fan of but in my humble opinion you certainly don’t appear to be a fan of Cincinnati Bearcats

      • Ron Fulton

        If that is all you want is a NCAA appearance then stay with Cronin. If you want to go deep then get a coach. Recruiting is a major part of coaching. If he is not in the top fifty, all the more reason to dump him.