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With Julian Sargent out of the picture, FAU has turned to Jelani Floyd (with ball) averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds for UC-Davis in 2009-10.

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So long to Sargent

2011 signee Julien Sargent is out and Jelani Floyd is in. Plus, the FAU game against Miami is on, but not at the hoped for location. Check it out in this FAU basketball notebook.

Originally published on 7/27/2011

by Chuck King

FAU basketball coach Mike Jarvis is no longer holding a spot for 2011 signee Julien Sargent and has given away his scholarship.

The Owls had signed Sargent out of Miami-Dade College, where he averaged 5.2 points and 6.0 rebounds.

“Julien is not going to be attending (FAU),” Jarvis said. “He did not complete his academic work from junior college. That's why we have room to bring in Jelani.”

That's Jelani Floyd.

Floyd, the college equivalent of an NBA journeyman, has already made the roster at Brown and California-Davis. He played in two games for Brown, then averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds for UC-Davis in 2009-10.

He did not play in 2010-11 after being one of eight Aggie players who petitioned UC Davis administrators for the removal of head coach Gary Stewart.

Floyd was slated to enroll at Florida Southern this fall before a spot opened at FAU.

A Chicago native, Floyd graduated from Davis this spring and will be a graduate student, so he likely won't have to sit out this season. He has yet to begin classes at FAU.

“I love his character,” Jarvis said. “He's a great kid. He's very mature and hungry.”

At, 6-foot-8, Jarvis said Floyd can play anywhere from power forward to guard. However, he lacks the size (6-foot-10) and bulk (245 pounds) Sargent would have brought to the floor. The graduation former Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Brett Royster and little used center Justin Davis, combined with the loss of Sargent could leave a big hole in the post for the Owls.

FAU will enter the season without a player listed at taller than 6-foot-8 on its roster.

The Owls other 2011 signees, Omari Grier, Kelvin Penn and Dragan Sekelja, are already on campus and taking classes.

Miami on the schedule: FAU will play University of Miami during the 2011-12 season, but not in The Burrow as the Owls had hoped. Jarvis said  the Owls will play Miami as part of the Orange Bowl Classic.

Jarvis said the change became necessary when FAU's original Orange Bowl opponent, Florida, switched its game to face Texas A&M. He did say that the Owls and Hurricanes have reached a verbal agreement for a home-and-home series beginning in the 2012-13 season.

This season's Miami game will be one of three revenue games for the Owls, along with Kansas and Mississippi St.

On the road: FAU coaches have spent the past couple weeks on scouting players at tournaments in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach, S. C.

The coaches all met back in Orlando this week for the annual AAU tournament.

The Owls are searching for big men, and perhaps one point guard who would ultimately take over for Ray Taylor.

“We pretty much know who we want to recruit and its pretty much trying to figure out if we still want to recruit them,” Jarvis said. “You probably do as much eliminating as recruiting, if anything.”

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