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January 14, 2013

Situation changes for Aniefiok

Tulsa still has one more basketball scholarship open in the 2013 class. It appeared the Golden Hurricane would use it this week on 6-foot-5 guard Maurice Aniefiok, who committed on Friday and expected to start class at TU on Monday. However, things changed during the weekend.

Aniefiok (ah-KNEE-fee-ock), who played at Ole Miss as a freshman last season and then transferred to Collin County Community College in Texas, is looking to transfer back to a Division I school at mid-term. On Friday, he said he would begin classes at Tulsa on Monday.

"I'm leaving for Tulsa today," he told InsideTulsaSports.com on Friday morning. "I made my decision this week after my visit to Rider. I chose Tulsa because I have a good feeling about it, and I like their style of play."

On Saturday morning, just 24 hours later, Aniefiok said he ran into some difficulties with TU.

"I'm still having some issues for now, so I might end up changing my mind," he explained. "We are still trying to settle a couple of things."

The former SEC guard did not elaborate on those issues.

His transfer to TU would not have been official until he attended class, and on Monday, Aniefiok said that isn't going to happen. He could not sort out his issues, and the two parties apparently decided to part ways and move on.

Aniefiok also has offers from Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Rider and Maryland-Eastern Shore. He was getting interest from San Jose State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Long Island and Rhode Island, and it appears a new school has entered the picture.

When asked if he was taking any other visits, Aniefiok said, "Probably North Texas."

With Tulsa moving on, the Hurricane will now focus on adding a prospect during the spring signing period. TU signed three recruits during the early signing period in November.

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