The Saint Mary's College men's basketball program landed another graduate transfer from the Pac-12.

Desmond Simmons, a 6-foot-7 forward, said Thursday that he'll use his final year of eligibility in Moraga after spending four years at Washington.

The former Salesian High star was a part-time starter for the Huskies, averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season after returning from a knee injury.

"It'll be nice to play in front of my family, but that wasn't a deciding factor," Simmons said. "I just wanted to go to the best fit for me."

Coach Randy Bennett has already signed point guard Aaron Bright, a Stanford transfer.

As graduate transfers, both will be eligible next season.

Also, Joe Rahon signed a letter of intent with Saint Mary's and will transfer after playing two seasons at Boston College. He must sit out next season.

"Joe is like some of the great point guards we have had in our program," Bennett said in a statement. "He has a high basketball IQ, is a great leader."

Rahon averaged 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over two seasons at Boston College.

  • Brian Cook had 19 kills and third-seeded Stanford (24-8) beat No. 2 BYU 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 29-27, 15-12 in the NCAA men's volleyball semifinals in Chicago. Eric Mochalski added 18 kills for Stanford.

    It was BYU's first loss in four matches against Stanford this season.


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    Top-seeded Loyola of Chicago (28-1) beat Penn State 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11 in the second semifinal. The final is Saturday.

  • Quarterback David Olson, a member of Stanford's scout team for four seasons, is transferring to Clemson for his final year of eligibility.

    The South Carolina native can play next season.

  • The Cal softball team (23-24, 4-13 Pac-12) was limited to six hits in an 8-0 six-inning loss at Utah. Stephanie Fisher hit a two-run homer, but Santa Clara (7-31) lost to Cal State Fullerton 12-4 in five innings.

  • San Jose State men's golfer Cody Blick, the Mountain West stroke average leader at 70.76, was named all-conference by the coaches. Blick, a sophomore, attended San Ramon Valley High.

    Boxing

    Oakland-based super-middleweight champion Andre Ward said his legal fight with promoter Dan Goossen is just beginning. After the California State Athletic Commission upheld Goossen's promotional contract with Ward for the second time in 10 months, Ward's camp shot back.

    Ward has a pending lawsuit against Goossen in California Superior Court. His lawyer, Josh Dubin, and manager, James Prince, said in a statement that's where the dispute will be settled. "It is only after a California judge or jury speaks that the legal issues will be resolved," the statement said.

    Ward's contract with Goossen was declared valid until Nov. 8, 2016, according to the latest ruling by arbitrator Andy Foster, executive officer of the SCAC.

    Derailed by injuries and legal wranglings with Goossen, Ward (27-0) has fought just twice since December 2011.

    AFL

    The SaberCats activated defensive lineman Joe Sykes from the exempt list. Sykes played in San Jose in 2012 and was with San Antonio last season.

    The SaberCats (4-3) host Orlando (5-2) on Saturday night at SAP Center.

    Staff writers Stephanie Hammon and Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.