St. Louis University basketball fans learned last month about the departure of one player via Twitter. Now they seemingly have been sent a sign indicating his possible replacement through the social media website.
Dujuanta “Tay” Weaver, a graduate transfer from Eastern Kentucky, has changed his biographical information to have a link to the SLU basketball Twitter account and added “#2,” suggesting the uniform number left vacant by the departed Tramaine Isabell Jr. He has the same information on his Instagram account.
Weaver is leaving Eastern Kentucky, where he played three seasons and averaged a career-best 10.2 points last season. SLU coach Travis Ford coached at EKU from 2000-2005.
The 5-foot-10 Weaver did make a campus visit last week. However, a SLU official said there was no news to report about a player signing as of Tuesday, and Weaver could not be reached to comment on the meaning of his social media changes.
It appears to be yet another case of an athlete announcing a decision about choice of schools via social media before the university releases the news.
Last month, Mike Lewis II revealed on Twitter his decision to leave SLU after transferring into the program and starting class. The tweet was the only announcement of his departure other than an update added to the original university statement that had acknowledged his arrival.
Lewis’ decision placed the Billikens in need of a shooter and scorer. SLU cannot comment on Weaver unless he signs the required paperwork.
Weaver, a 5-foot-10 guard from Louisville, started 28 of 30 games for a team that went 13-18 last season. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky in the spring. He entered the transfer portal in late April.
Of his 279 field-goal attempts in 2018-19, 237 were 3-pointers, and he made 36 percent beyond the arc. In three seasons, 80 percent of his shot attempts have been 3s. Long-range shooting has been a weakness for the Billikens.
He suffered a season-ending injury halfway through his freshman year and sat out the following season. He spent four years at Eastern Kentucky and should qualify to become eligible to play immediately.
Weaver told 247sports.com that he had received offers from SLU, Arizona and New Mexico.
If Weaver signs, he would take the 12th scholarship for the 2019-20 season, leaving SLU with one available.
SLU had been counting on Lewis and was awaiting a decision from the NCAA about when he would be eligible. However, before a ruling could be made, he wrote on Twitter that he had decided to turn professional.