Report: Colorado State transfer Octeus denied admission to UCLA

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Colorado State transfer Jon Octeus was supposed to be a starter for UCLA come the fall. Instead, the point guard has been denied admission to UCLA, according to The Coloradoan.

"Grades prevented him from getting into graduate school," the report says.

Octeus, who graduated during the summer and has one season of NCAA eligibility remaining, averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game with Colorado State last season.

"And life goes on...." Octeus tweeted late Sunday night.

Wherever he ends up, Octeus will be eligible to play next season.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard had previously visited Missouri and Cincinnati, and had been recruited by Tennessee. Oregon could be looking for his services as well, according to The Coloradoan.

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June 28, 9:50 AM

Report: Colorado State's Octeus commits to UCLA

June 28, 9:50 AM

Former Colorado State guard Jon Octeus has reportedly decided on a new school following his graduation. 

Octeus, who averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32 games last season for the Rams, had narrowed down his list to a trio of schools last week, with UCLA winning over Missouri and Cincinnati. 

The addition fills some of the void created by guards Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine's departure for the NBA on Thursday.

June 19, 1:59 PM

Graduate transfer Jon Octeus has list down to 3 schools

June 19, 1:59 PM

Colorado State graduate transfer Jon Octeus has his choices down to just three schools, and he expects to have a decision made toward the end of the month.

Octeus, a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season, told The Coloradoan that he will visit Missouri on Thursday and Friday, Cincinnati over the weekend and UCLA late next week. Those three teams represent the final candidates in his decision mix, despite interest from a handful of other teams.

A top-flight defender and capable scorer, Octeus will add a nice rotation piece for any of those teams and is said to be a high-character teammate and leader.

June 16, 9:59 PM

Colorado State guard Jon Octeus to transfer for graduate season

June 16, 9:59 PM

Junior guard Jon Octeus is transfering out of the Colorado State program for his final collegiate season, the school announced on Monday night. As a graduate transfer, he will have immediate eligibility next year. 

Octeus was a part of the Rams 2012-13 squad that was the winningest in school history, and that made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in over 40 years. On that team he was a bit-player, putting up just 4.7 points in under 20 minutes a game. 

The team saw a 10-win decline in 2013-14, going just 16-16, but Octeus took a big step forward. As a junior last season, the 6-foot-4 guard was second on the team in minutes, at nearly 34 a game. He was third in scoring (13.4), rebounding (4.7), and assists (2.3), and at 5.9 attempts per game, got to the free-throw line more than any other Ram. 

"First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone affiliated with Colorado State University for their support during my time in Fort Collins," Octeus said in a statement. "I would like to give a special thanks to Coach [Larry] Eustachy, the staff, my teammates, the CSU Athletics Department, and the Rams fans for providing me with the opportunity to experience some of the greatest moments of my life."

Eustachy, for his part, called Octeus "a leader and a person of character," and went on to praise him for his efforts on and off the court. "He gave CSU two outstanding seasons," the coach said. "You can’t ask for much more out of a student-athlete."

[H/T CollegeBasketballTalk