Colorado State's basketball team has added more depth to the roster for the 2014-2015 season. With two scholarships available, head coach Larry Eustachy has grabbed a player from one of his old schools as Bubu Palo, a senior point guard from Iowa State, will be joining the Rams roster for the upcoming season. In three seasons with the Cyclones, Palo averaged 3.4 points per game while playing 13.6 minutes per game, splitting time as a starter and coming off the bench. Palo didn't play last season due to ineligibility issues because of an off the court issue involving a sexual abuse case. The case was later dropped due to inaccuracies within the victim's case. For Palo, there is a roadblock in his transfer to Colorado State. Because he was a redshirt senior at Iowa State, Palo has to appeal to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility.
However, it is believed that because he sat out his redshirt season, as well as last season after being dismissed from the team, Palo will most likely will be granted an extra year of eligibility. If eligibility is granted by the NCAA, Palo will be able to play right away for the Rams this upcoming season because he graduated from Iowa State in May, which allows him to play for a new school in order to pursue his Masters degree.
Assuming that Palo becomes eligible to play for the Rams this season, he provides depth at the guard position. Though he is a point guard, Palo can play either guard position and will help extend the court for the Rams' offense. With the loss of David Cohn, the sophomore guard who is transferring to William and Mary, and Dwight Smith, the senior guard who is transferring to Northern Colorado, Palo will join junior Joe De Ciman by coming off the bench to sub in for senior guards Jonathan Octeus and Daniel Bejarano.
Palo joins a large class of incoming transfers that hope to turn the Rams' program around. Joining Palo will be senior forward Stanton Kidd from North Carolina Central, junior forward Dantiel Daniels from Southern Illinois, and sophomore guard John Gillon from Arkansas-Little Rock. While Rams fans should be excited about the addition of Palo to the roster, he comes in mostly as a depth guy. With four of their top five leading scorers coming back next season, Palo most likely will be a guy who comes in to play a few minutes here and there while Octeus and Bejerano get a breather.