The 6-foot-10 forward was a consensus top-10 prospect from the Class of 2013 who was a complete non-factor on last season's Final Four team. For now, scouts are still intrigued by the natural talent. But he'd better be good this season or else.
Christophe Varidel, who was a member of Florida Gulf Coast's Sweet 16 team in 2013, announced Friday that his college career is ending because of injuries that have prevented him from participating in workouts since he enrolled at Alabama last May.
The Buckeyes' point guard averaged at least 30 minutes per game in each of the past four seasons and became the face of the Ohio State program. Now he's gone. And Thad Matta is spending this preseason adjusting.
Kentucky's sophomore point guard was underwhelming last season, despite what his twin brother suggested. But the good news is that he didn't run from his issues, and now he's back in college to try to become the player and prospect most thought he could be this time a year ago.