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2021-22 Hoops Transfers and Recruiting
Well, here we are again. I'd have had this out a few days ago, but Western Michigan decided to do a thing and well....it took a little while. Anyway, I'll keep this updated until things die down. I hope you enjoy.


Transfers and Commits:

Akron:

In:

Xavier Castañeda - Transferring from South Florida to Akron - Junior - 6’1” - PG - 3* recruit from Whitney Young HS (Chicago) - Castañeda has played 3 seasons at South Florida and as a junior, he played in 20 games (5 starts) averaging 23.9 minutes and 8.5 ppg/2.3 rpg/2.6 apg shooting 36% from the field (38.7% 3PT - 24 of 62) and 88.1% FT (37 of 42). Being a Chicago kid and coming from a good program like Young, this would have been a fun guy for Coach Burno to bring in, but alas...he’s going to Akron where Coach Groce has probably known him for a few years. Coming out of HS, Castañeda received additional offers from Tulsa, Iowa State, Missouri, Kent State, UIC, Miami (OH), Drake, Valparaiso, Milwaukee, Loyola, Wichita State, and UTEP.


Out:

Jermaine Marshall - Transferring to Samford from Akron - Sophomore - 6’6” - PF - 2* recruit from DME Sports Academy - Attended Hueytown HS (Birmingham, AL) - Marshall started his collegiate career at Florida SouthWestern State College (Ft. Myers - JUCO) before transferring to Akron. At Akron, Marshall played one season playing 17 games (1 start) and averaging 7.7 minutes and 2.5 ppg/2.8 rpg while shooting 37.9% from the field (22.2% 3PT - 4 of 18) and 81% FT (17 of 21). Coming out of HS/JUCO, Marshall received additional offers from Wingate, North Alabama, Drake, FGCU, Kent State, UAB, Fresno State, Southern Miss, Sam Houston State, James Madison, and Fordham.

Camron Reece - Undecided on transfer destination - Senior - 6’7” - PF - 2* recruit from Oakland Tech HS (Oakland, CA) - Reece started his collegiate career at Sheridan College (Sheridan, WY) before transferring to Akron. At Akron, Reece played 2 seasons. As a senior, Reece played 23 games (3 starts) averaging 16.4 minutes and 6.4 ppg/4.5 rpg shooting 65.9% from the field (attempted 0 3PTers) and 72.1% FT (31 of 43). I believe Reece will be a grad transfer so I presume he’s graduated from Akron. Coming out of HS/JUCO, Reece received one additional offer (coming out of JUCO) from Florida A&M.

Tre Edwards - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Freshman - 6’6” - SG - 2* recruit from Link Year Prep School (Branson, MO - born in Hamilton, ON where he attended Hamilton Heights Christian Academy) - Edwards played one season at Akron where he played in 5 games averaging 0.8 minutes and 1.2 ppg. Coming out of HS, Edwards received additional offers from Arkansas State, New Mexico, FAU, Weber State and Buffalo.


Ball State:

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Ishmael El-Amin - Transferring to Rhode Island from Ball State - Senior - 6’1” - PG - 3* recruit from Hopkins HS (Minneapolis, MN) - El-Amin played 4 seasons a Ball State and was a regular all 4 seasons becoming a starter his junior season. As a senior, El-Amin started all 23 games averaging 33.5 minutes and 16.2 ppg/3 rpg/2.9 apg/1.3 spg shooting 40.1% from the field (31.7% 3PT - 53 of 167) and 88.1% FT (59 of 67). Simply put, Ball State is losing their leader. Now, to be fair, I believe he has graduated and is transferring as a grad student even though he could have chosen to return to Ball Stat for one more season. But, he’s leaving and I’m really interested in where he’s going to land. He’s a heck of a player. Coming out of HS, El-Amin received additional offers from DePaul, Texas Tech, Nevada, Green Bay, Tennessee Tech, and Denver.

Jarron Coleman - Transferring from Ball State to Missouri - RS SO - 6’5” - SG - 3* recruit from Cathedral HS (Indianapolis) - Coleman played 2 seasons at Ball State. As a sophomore, Coleman played in 13 games (10 starts) averaging 27 minutes and 13.8 ppg/5.2 rpg/3.2 apg shooting 47.4% from the field (42.5% 3PT - 31 of 73) and 78.1% FT (25 of 32). This one has to sting for Ball State to lose a sophomore who was supplying valuable minutes and contributing. Not only that, but this is the 2nd of 2 very good players who will not be returning to the Cardinals next season (granted, El-Amin had graduated but he is making an effort to continue his playing career elsewhere). Coming out of HS, Coleman received additional offers from Robert Morris, Western Illinois, IUPUI, and Northern Kentucky.

Zach Gunn - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Junior - 6’6” - PF - 3* recruit from Hamilton Southeastern HS (Fishers, IN) - Gunn played 3 seasons at Ball State. In his RS Junior season, Gunn played in 17 games (3 starts) averaging 10.4 minutes and 3.4 ppg/2.2 rpg shooting 43.5% from the field (40% 3PT - 14 of 35) and 80% FT (4 of 5). After Gunn’s sophomore season, it appeared he was on his way to being a pretty productive player for Ball State but an injury which derailed his 3rd season seems to have also set him back from a production standpoint. Coming out of HS, Gunn received additional offers from Butler, Saint Louis, Indiana State, Indiana, and IUPUI.

Bowling Green:

In:

Samari Curtis - Transferring to Bowling Green from Evansville - Sophomore - 6’4” - SG - 3-4* recruit from Xenia HS (Xenia, OH) - Curtis started his collegiate career at Nebraska where he redshirted his first season and then transferred to Evansville for a season. At Evansville, Curtis played in 17 games (0 starts) averaging 22.1 minutes and 10.1 ppg/2.4 rpg shooting 45.6% from the field (38% 3PT - 27 of 71) and 77.5% FT (31 of 40). Curtis has had quite the history as he was named Mr. Basketball in Ohio and then committed to Xavier before de-committing and enrolling at Cincinnati. There, before he ever stepped foot on campus, he de-committed yet again and signed on at Nebraska. Apparently, both coaches who recruited him had left their school so he opted to move on...which I definitely support. As for his transfer to BG? It appears he just wanted to and is probably taking advantage of the lax restrictions right now to make it happen. Either way, he seems pleased to be a Falcon. It only took him 5 schools to figure it out. In HS, Curtis received additional offers from Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, and Xavier. Most of these schools he actually enrolled in. I suppose he took the “kicking the tires” approach.

Myron Gordon - Transferring from Samford to Bowling Green - RS Senior - 6’3” - PG - 2* recruit from Bordentown Regional HS (Bordentown, NJ) - Gordon played his first two seasons at Harcum College (Mawr, PA - JUCO) before transferring to Samford. In his first year at Samford, Gordon was a full time starter making starts in 32 of 33 games, however ast year, he played 10 games (2 starts) averaging 25 minutes and 15.6 ppg shooting 46.6% from the field (31.6% 3PT - 12 of 38) and 75% from the line (36 of 48). Why this guy lost his starting position at Samford is a mystery to me. Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge, I know nothing about Samford basketball other than they’re terrible. I’m guessing it was due to there being a new coach but Gordon was still putting up 15+ points per game from a bench role. But if you’re putting up numbers like that on a team that is terrible, I can totally see why he’s looking to play elsewhere. Anyway, coming out of HS, Gordon received no offers but coming out of JUCO, he received one additional offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore.


Out:

Davin Zeigler - Undecided on transfer location - Sophomore - 6’3” - SG - Zeigler was a 2* recruit from Benedictine HS in Cleveland and received additional offers out of HS from Wright State, UC Riverside, Cleveland State, and Youngstown State. In two seasons as BGSU, Zeigler was a regular as a freshman playing in 24 games (8 starts) averaging 10.6 minutes and 2.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg shooting 29.6% from the field (27.3% 3PT - 3 of 11). As a sophomore though, Zeigler only played in 6 games with 0 starts.

Jacob Washington - Undecided on Transfer - RS Junior - 6’8” - PF - 2* recruit from George Washington Prep HS (Los Angeles) - Washington started his collegiate playing career at Los Angeles Harbor College and then transferred to Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA) (both community colleges) before transferring to Bowling Green for a season and it looks like he off to the university to discuss yet another transfer….(The ‘Burbs fans might catch that movie quote). As a junior at BGSU, Washington played in 25 games (2 starts) averaging 10.1 minutes and 3 ppg/2.4 rpg shooting 47.6% from the field and 71.4% FT (15 of 21). I assume he’s leaving because of playing time. I didn’t watch many (if any at all) of Bowling Green’s games so I’m not sure why they didn’t have much use for a dude his size who seemed to contribute when he was in the game. But I’m sure it’s something that can’t be gleaned from his stat line. Anyway, coming out of HS or JUCO (either one), Washington received no other offers inquiring about his services so it doesn’t appear this guy is all that in demand. I’d suspect a move to the lower levels of college basketball where he can use his 6’8” physique to its fullest extent.

Buffalo:

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Maceo Jack - Transferring to Buffalo from George Washington - Grad Transfer - 6’5” - SG - Jack was a 2* recruit from St. Thomas More School in Connecticut (prep school). He was born in Buffalo and attended Williamsville North HS. He received additional offers out of HS from LIU, Central Connecticut, Canisius, Manhattan, and Wagner. Jack played 4 seasons at GW and was a starter during his sophomore and junior seasons. This year, as a senior, he only played in 7 games (1 start), however GW had as many COVID-19 issues as our own Huskies had so they only played 17 games (8 in conference). Both as a soph and a junior, Jack averaged more than 11 ppg while starting 28 games in both seasons. His seasons are almost identical so I will highlight his junior season where he averaged 35.8 minutes scoring 11.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg while shooting 38.6% from the field (34.2% 3PT - 83 of 243) and 83.6% from the line (46 of 55). Seems like a pretty good grab to bring the Buffalo native back home for the Bulls.

Out:

Chanse Robinson - Undecided on transfer location - Freshman - 6’1” - PG - 3.5* recruit from Lincoln Prep School in Grambling, LA - Chanse’s transfer was reported back in early January and reports stated it was due to “personal reasons'' and at the time the article was published, they could not confirm if he was still enrolled in school at the time. In his one and only season at Buffalo, Robinson played in 1 game, played 10 minutes and didn’t score. Coming out of HS, Robinson received additional offers from TCU, Tulane, Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana, Seton Hall, Houston, Wichita State, VCU, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Missouri. Depending on how things played out, I’m kind of surprised he didn’t end up at one of the Louisiana schools who were interested and maybe he regretted his decision and...honestly..who wouldn’t grow real tired of a Buffalo winter when you’re from Louisiana?

Savion Gallion - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’5” - SG - 2* recruit from Mt. Zion Prep School (Lanham, MD - born in Washington, D.C. - previously attended Thurgood Marshall HS in D.C.) - Gallion played 2 seasons a Buffalo. As a sophomore, Gallion played in 12 games (0 starts) averaging 0.6 minutes and 1.5 ppg/0.6 rpg/0.4 apg shooting 29.2% from the field (13.3% 3PT - 2 of 15) and 50% FT (2 of 4). Coming out of HS, Gallion received offers from Delaware State and James Madison and coming out of prep school, he received additional offers from Youngstown State and Illinois State.

Central Michigan:

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Out:

[b]Deschon Winston[/b] - Undecided on transfer destination - Grad Transfer - 6’4” - PG - 3* recruit from Birmingham Community Charter School (Los Angeles) - Winston started his collegiate career at the City College of San Francisco before transferring to California for a season where he played in 25 games with 2 starts. He then transferred to Central Michigan and had to sit his junior season. As a RS Junior (2019-20), Winston played in 32 games (7 starts) averaging 21.6 minutes and 5.9 ppg and 2.2 rpg/2.3 apg shooting 34.9% from the field (29.1% 3PT - 16 of 55) and 67.9% from the line (38 of 56). He did not play this current season and is now attempting to transfer, presumably, as a grad transfer. Coming out of HS/JUCO, Winston received additional offers from Arizona State and IUPUI.

PJ Mitchell - Undecided on transfer destination -RS Sophomore - 6’0” - PG - 2* recruit from Loyola HS (Detroit) - Mitchell has played two seasons at Central Michigan. As a sophomore, Mitchell played 23 games (1 start) averaging 14 minutes and 2.6 ppg/0.7 rpg/1.2 apg shooting 31.1% from the field (32.1% 3PT - 9 of 28) and 65% FT (13 of 20). Coming out of HS, Mitchell received no other offers other than from Central Michigan. I’m figuring he’s going to transfer down a level. He’s not impressed at this level and not really grasped a starting role on a team that provided plenty of opportunity to outshine the incumbents.

Ra’Shad Weekly-McDaniels - Undecided on transfer destination - Freshman - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Trinity Catholic HS (St. Louis) - As a freshman at CMU, Weekly-McDaniels played 15 games (0 starts) averaging 3.3 minutes and 1.1 ppg (I mean...that’s like a point a minute…)/0.5 rpg shooting 40% from the field (40% 3PT - 2 of 5) and 50% FT (2 of 4). I’m gonna be honest, I grew up in the St. Louis area and I’ve never heard of Trinity Catholic (and I’m Catholic). Now, I’m from far enough away that I’m more familiar with the schools that compete for titles and/or produce the area’s top talent. I’m not saying anything….just saying….St. Louis isn’t that big of an area. Anyway, I suppose this kid is going to go JUCO and try to spin that off into another D-I opportunity. Don’t be surprised if he ends up at Tallahassee CC (I need to see who they’ve inked so far this year). Coming out of HS, Weekly-McDaniels received additional offers from Milwaukee, SIU-e, and Western Illinois.

Ralph Bissainthe - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Junior - 6’7” - SF - 2* recruit from McArthur HS (North Miami/Hollywood, FL) - Bissainthe played a year at UIC and then transferred to Florida Southwestern State (Ft. Myers - JUCO) for a year before transferring to Central Michigan where he’s been the past two seasons. Last year, as a RS Junior, Bissainthe played in 23 games (5 starts) averaging 22.6 minutes and 7.7 ppg/5 rpg shooting 37.9% from the floor (32.4% 3PT - 24 of 74) and 61.1% FT (44 of 72). There’s a good change Bissainthe has graduated as he’s spent 4 years in college already and could be moving on as a grad transfer with 2 years of eligibility remaining. He seemed to be a decent contributor for the Chips but with the change in the HC position, he probably figured now was as good a time as any to move on himself. Coming out HS, Bissainthe received his only offer from UIC and coming out of JUCO, it was the same situation with CMU.

Eastern Michigan:

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Out:

Bryce McBride - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’2” - PG - 2* recruit from South Side HS (Jackson, TN) - McBride started his collegiate career at Motlow CC (Smyrna, TN) and then transferred to Dyersburg State CC (TN) before transferring to Eastern Michigan. In his one season at EMU, McBride played in 18 games (15 starts) averaging 31.9 minutes and 13.7 ppg/2.4 rpg/2.6 apg shooting 39.1% from the field (34.3% 3PT - 34 of 99) and 83.7% FT (72 of 86). The Eagles are going to miss McBride as he was an instant contributor to an otherwise lackluster team this year. It’ll be interesting if he’ll parlay his good season into a higher level program or if he just wanted to get away from Rob Murphy who STILL has a job (at the time of this writing...he did still have a job...he does have a job...it's just not with EMU any more). Coming out of HS, McBride received no offers.

Chris James - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’2” - PG - 2* recruit from St. John Bosco HS (Hammond, IN) born in Long Beach, CA - James played 2 seasons at EMU. As a sophomore, he played in 16 games (7 starts) averaging 16.6 minutes and 3.7 ppg/2.1 rpg shooting 30.5% from the field (27.6% 3PT - 17 of 51) and 62.5% FT (15 of 24). Losing James probably isn’t a big deal but coupled with the loss of McBride, leaves the Eagles much thinner on experience at the guard position. Coming out of HS, James received no other offers.

Miles Gibson - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Junior - 6’6” - SF - 2* recruit from Millwood School (Midlothian, VA - born in Richmond, VA) - Gibson started his collegiate career at Northwest Tech (JUCO - Goodland, KS) where he played two seasons before transferring to EMU. At Eastern Michigan, Gibson spent 2 seasons but only played this past season. This year, he played in 16 games (6 starts) averaging 20.8 minutes and 6.7 ppg/4.4 rpg shooting 37.3% from the field (26.7% 3PT - 4 of 15) and 91.3% FT (21 of 23). Coming out of HS, Gibson received an offer from Howard, but coming out of JUCO, he was much more suited as he received additional offers from Hampton, Albany, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Southern, Detroit Mercy, Hartford, Longwood, Sam Houston State, Brown, New Hampshire.

Yeikson Montero - Senior - Forgoing his final year of eligibility to play professionally - 6’5” - SG - 2* recruit from Redemption Christian Academy (I think...Troy, NY - born in Santo Domingo, DR) - Montero started his collegiate career at Pensacola State College before transferring to Eastern Michigan where he played 2 seasons. As a senior, Montero played and started all 18 games, averaging 29.8 minutes and 12.9 ppg/5.4 rpg/2.2 spg/1.3 apg shooting 43.1% from the field (33% 3PT - 33 of 100) and 65.2% FT (30 of 46). Coming out of JUCO, Montero received additional offers from Troy, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Robert Morris, St. Peter’s, San José State, McNeese, FIU, and Hofstra.

Other than him leaving EMU to play professionally, I can’t find any other information about him or this decision. Obviously, his head coach is no longer the head coach so that may have something to do with it.

Ty Groce - Undecided on transfer destination - RS SR - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Lincoln HS (Ypsilanti, MI) - Groce played 4 seasons for the Eagles and became a full time starter as a junior. In his senior season, Groce played and started all 18 games averaging 33 minutes and 15.2 ppg/6.9rpg/2 apg/1.3 spg shooting 53% from the field (34% 3PT - 16 of 47) and 72.3% FT (47 of 65). Even though he’s a graduated senior and is moving on from Eastern Michigan, the simple fact that he’ll be playing elsewhere has to sting the fan(s) of the Eagles. Obviously, with a new coach, EMU will be going through a rebuilding phase and I don’t blame Groce one bit for wanting to play his final season some other place. Coming out of HS, Groce received additional offers from Northeastern (where he initially signed to play but transferred to EMU before he ever stepped on the court), Illinois State, Kent State, Oakland, Cornell, Toledo, Rice, Detroit Mercy, Akron, Duquesne, and Central Michigan.

Chris Barnes - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Senior - 6’4” - SG - 2* recruit from Compton HS (Compton, CA) - Barnes has moved around A LOT in his collegiate career and it appears he is choosing to do so yet again. Barnes started his basketball career at Angelina College (Lufkin, TX). He then transferred to UTEP where he played 16 games. He then transferred to Tulsa and had to sit a year before playing 31 games. He then transferred to Eastern Michigan where he played in 23 games (3 starts) averaging 15.3 minutes and 5.1 ppg/0.9 rpg shooting 46% from the field (23.1% 3PT - 3 of 13) and 78.6% FT (22 of 28). And now he’s on the move again. Good luck wanderer. Coming out of HS, Barnes received an offer from Portland State.


Kent State:

In:

Sincere Carry - Transferring from Duquesne to Kent State - Junior - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Solon HS (Solon, OH) - Carry has played 3 seasons at Duquesne and has been a full time starter all 3 seasons although he only played (and started) in 5 games this past season. As a sophomore (his last full season), Carry averaged 35.6 minutes and 12.2 ppg/3.9 rpg/5.3 apg which shooting 41.1% from the field (33.6% 3PT - 45 of 134) and 75% FT (84 of 112). Seems like a workhorse and will contribute to the Flashes roster right away and will have 2 seasons of eligibility remaining. The only reason being reported for his departure from Duquesne is that he was unhappy with the program and had been for some time. Coming out of HS, Carry received additional offers from West Liberty, Malone University, and Youngstown State.

Out:

Kalin Bennett - Transferring to Morehouse - Sophomore - 6’11” - C - 2* recruit from Link Year Prep (Branson, MO - born in Little Rock, AR) - Before I get into his time on the court, I have to first note that Kalin Bennett is autistic and is the first known player diagnosed with autism to sign a LOI and play a game in D-I basketball. His mother, upon the announcement of his transfer, stated on social media that Kalin had been both mistreated as a student and an athlete in his time at Kent State. She accused both a professor at the university of violating his rights “in front of witnesses” and Coach Senderoff of violating health privacy laws. I will say, I think she is a bit misguided because she has publicly complained about him not being invited to the Autism Awareness game which was initially created in his honor but, being that he had already entered the transfer portal and was no longer on the team or attending classes, she felt he should have been invited to be at the game anyway. She went on to state the professor heard a cell phone go off and wrongly accused Bennett of having the phone. Apparently, the professor approached Bennett and patted him down “like a criminal”.

Anyway, on to basketball...Bennett spend 2 seasons at Kent State (only playing in 1 game as a sophomore). As a freshman, Bennett played 17 games (1 start) averaging 2.8 minutes and 0.6 ppg. Coming out of HS, Bennett received additional offers from Cleveland State and Little Rock.

Tekorian Smith - Transferring from Kent State to Troy - RS Junior - 6’4” - SG - 2* recruit from Richard King HS in Corpus Cristi, TX (born in Memphis, TN) - Started his collegiate career at Polk State College (JUCO in Winter Haven, FL) where he played for 2 season before transferring to Kent State. As a RS Junior, Smith played in 3 games (0 starts) in an obviously shortened season, averaging 5.3 minutes and 0.0 ppg. As a matter of fact, in those 5 games, Smith took 5 total shots, missing all of them. However, at Polk State, he averaged 18 ppg/3rpg/3apg. Coming out of HS/JUCO, Smith received additional offers from St. Bonaventure, Towson, North Florida, Missouri State, Lamar, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, FAU, East Tennessee State, Coastal Carolina, Cleveland State, CSU Bakersfield, Arkansas State, Akron, and Lincoln Memorial.

Michael Nuga - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Senior - 6’2” - PG - 2* recruit from Brebeuf College School (North York, ON) - Nuga started his collegiate playing career at Eastern Florida JC (Cocoa, FL) where he played for 2 seasons before transferring to Portland State. He spent 1 season as a Viking, having a pretty good season as a part-time starter, before transferring again to Kent State where he played 2 seasons. He sat out his first season as a transfer redshirt and then played this past season where he played and started in 13 games averaging 32.5 minutes and 17.8 ppg/5.5 rpg/1.6 apg and 1.5 spg shooting 50% from the field (38.5% 3PT - 37 of 96) and 80.6% FT (25 of 31). While I’ll never fault a guy for transferring as a grad student, this has to sting for Kent State. Nuga was a pretty good find coming out of Portland State and was a major contributor. Oh well...such is life in the MAC, amirite??? Coming out of HS/JUCO, Nuga received additional offers from Jacksonville, Utah State and Sam Houston State.

James Jordan - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’6” - PG - 2* recruit from Experience Academy (Bristol, TN - born in Detroit, MI) - Jordan started his collegiate career at Triton College (River Grove, IL) where he played for 2 seasons before transferring to Kent State. At KSU, he played 1 season playing in 21 games (1 start) averaging 11.2 minutes and 2.9 ppg/2 rpg shooting 26.8% from the field (22.6% 3PT - 12 of 53) and 100% FT (10 of 10). Coming out of JUCO, Jordan received additional offers from CSU-Bakersfield, Mississippi Valley State, Montevallo, Kentucky State, Southeast Missouri State, and East Tennessee State.

Evan Bainbridge - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’9” - PF - 2* recruit from Stow-Monroe Falls HS (Stow, OH) - Bainbridge has played, and been a spot starter and regular, at Kent State for 2 seasons. As a sophomore, Bainbridge played in 13 games (3 starts) averaging 8 minutes per game and 2ppg/1.2 rpg shooting 23.5% from the field (12.5% 3PT - 3 of 24) and 87.5% FT (7 of 8). I’m sure Kent State was hoping for more development from the 6’9” PF but I don’t think he’s put on all that much bulk since joining the team and his shooting hasn’t developed to the point where he’s much of a threat to defenses. I’m guessing he’s going to transfer down a level where he might be much more impactful. Coming out of HS, Bainbridge received one other offer from Furman.


Miami:

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Josh Brewer - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’5” - SF - 2* recruit from Ben Davis HS (Indianapolis) - Brewer played two seasons at Miami. As a sophomore, Brewer played in 16 games (3 starts) averaging 1.6 ppg/1.5 rpg shooting 34.4% from the field (19% 3PT - 4 of 21) and he didn’t shoot any FTs. In HS, Brewer received an additional offer from Central State (D-II, Wilberforce, OH).

NIU:

In:

Keshawn Williams - Transferring to NIU from Tulsa - Freshman - 6’3” - PG - 3/2* recruit from Bloom Township HS (Chicago Heights, IL) - Williams played one season at Tulsa where he played in 19 games (1 start) averaging 10.5 minutes and 3.1 ppg/0.9 rpg/1.3 apg/0.5 spg shooting 28.1% from the field (23.1% 3PT - 3 of 13) and 92.3% FT (24 of 26). Coming out of HS, Williams received additional offers from Colorado State, Colorado, Loyola, West Virginia, Kansas State, Murray State, UIC, Hampton, SIU, Saint Louis, Milwaukee, Cleveland State, Missouri State, FAU, DePaul, George Mason, and UAB. Interesting get here. Tulsa was a pretty good program and Williams played a decent amount as a true freshman. He was also recruited pretty strongly from more than a few really good programs. Right off the bat, Coach Burno lands one of the highest regarded Chicago area recruits in years (decades even) and while NIU is the only program to make an offer to Williams this year, since entering the transfer portal it's being reported Williams was approached and targeted by several mid-major programs. While he didn’t score much at Tulsa, Williams was an explosive scorer at Bloom and is able to go to the rim to score. Very interesting acquisition and between Williams and Kon, these are two really exciting players and...I’m really curious here...but I wonder if either Hankerson or Beane are going to be sticking around. It seems like Burno just replaced them. Granted, Kon is an incoming freshman and Williams is a sophomore, but if he’s punting on this upcoming year, we could see both of the incumbents' playing time cut a lot.

Chris Osten - Transferring to NIU from Arizona State - RS Junior - 6’9” - C - 2* recruit from Crowley HS (Crowley, LA) - Well...here’s that big man! Osten started out at Louisiana State-Alexandria (NAIA) and then transferred to Lee College (Baytown, TX - JUCO). From there, he transferred to Arizona State were he played in 24 games (6 starts) averaging 16 minutes and 2.7 ppg/2.3 rpg shooting 59.6% from the field and 39.1% FT (9 of 23). Coming out of HS/JUCO, Osten received no additional offers.

Okay...so yeah...I kind of predicted this. I knew Coach Burno would be on the hunt for a big man. I’m just not excited about this one. Now...I will say he’s big and strong. He’s actually quite athletic and runs well for his size. He runs like a shorter guy. Jumps well too. At Lee College, Osten put up just over 11 ppg and grabbed about 5 boards a game. But he’s a terrible free throw shooter which can be death for a big man who is going to get fouled plenty. His numbers at ASU are not good...yet he played in almost every game and even started 6 times. I believe I’ve heard Burno is good at working with post players (I don’t recall where I heard that and I very well could be making it up…) so there’s something he clearly likes about this guy and we desperately needed another post player on the team. His video is kind of intriguing as his athleticism kind of stands out. But then you look at his stat line at ASU and I’m not nearly as optimistic. Maybe the Pac-12 was just too much of a jump and he can come to the MAC and actually be impactful in some way? I do like that he has a year of experience in a major program and has played against high level competition. Anyway...welcome to DeKalb!


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Daniel Filippone - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Antioch HS - Dan is a walk-on and will not have to sit a year (if that’s even a thing this next season) if he transfers to a D-I program. Filippone received no other offers out of HS. Do I really have to talk about his 4 games this year?

Zaire Mateen - Undecided on transfer destination - Grad Transfer - 6’0” - PG - 2* recruit from Dunwoody HS (Georgia) born in Queens, NY - Mateen started his collegiate career at Laramie County CC (Cheyane, WY) before transferring as a sophomore to NIU where he played 3 season. His only notable season was his junior season when he played in 27 games (1 start) averaging 11.3 minutes and 4.4 ppg/1.4 rpg shooting 39.5% from the field (35.6% 3PT - 7 of 19….about 6 of those came in one game…) and 75% from the line (3 of 4). Coming out of HS/JUCO, Mateen received no other offers.

Nathan Scott - Undecided on transfer destination - Senior - 6’8” - PF - 2* recruit from Neuqua Valley HS (Naperville, IL) - Scott started his collegiate career at Olney Central College (JUCO - Olney, IL) and then transferred to NIU for two seasons. Scott has his best season this past year playing in 14 games (10 starts) averaging 17.6 minutes and 5.4 ppg/3.9 rpg shooting 38.4% from the field (31% 3PT - 9 of 29) and 55.6% FT (10 of 18). Coming out of JUCO, Scott received additional offers from Kentucky State, Lewis University, and Canisius (it’s probably obvious why he chose NIU). I think Scott may have had an uphill climb at NIU as many saw him and his player profile and were reminded of a right-handed version of Levi Bradley and that was simply an unfair expectation to have for Scott. Scott was….okay but not the kind of guy you would want as a starter. He was an outside shooter who didn’t make enough shots and, much like the rest of the team, he rarely got to the free throw line but, when he did, would also rarely make them.

Unfortunately, with Scott’s departure, NIU will not be picking up an additional scholarship as he was a senior and, even if he had decided to stay, NIU would have had his scholarship position available to him anyway.

Justin Lee - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Sophomore - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, GA - born in Lawrenceville, GA) - Lee spent 3 seasons at NIU while only really seeing action in this past season due to a number of injuries. As a RS Sophomore, Lee played in 7 games (0 starts) averaging 11.9 minutes and 3.3 ppg/3 rpg shooting 53.8% from the field (20% 3PT - 1 of 5) and 60% FT (6 of 10). Coming out of HS, Lee received additional offers from Kennesaw State, LaSalle, Southeast Missouri State, Appalachian State, Memphis, Georgia Southern, North Florida, and James Madison.

Many fans had high hopes and expectations for Lee when he was recruited but it simply never materialized due to a whole host of injuries that would keep him out of action for large chunks of seasons. I’m guessing this year, they just decided to manage it as best they could. In one post-game press conference, Coach Chapman mentioned that with Lee, it was always “if”. “If” he could practice and play that week, then he’d play. But there was never a guarantee and, outside of one pretty good game, he was a non-factor. I mentioned it in another thread but I do wonder if Lee had been healthy for the past 3 seasons, if we’d still have Mark Montgomery as our head coach. Maybe...

Keenon Cole - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’7” - PF - 2* recruit from Streamwood HS (Streamwood, IL) - Cole has been at NIU for 2 seasons and has played sporadically due to injuries. As a sophomore, Cole played in 9 games averaging 7.6 minutes and 0.6 ppg/1 rpg shooting 9.5% from the field and 33.3% FT (1 of 3). Cole had potential but he’s really never been healthy and it kind of appears he digressed a bit (or just didn’t improve at all since HS). Coming out of HS, Cole received no other offers. NIU picks up another scholarship with Cole's departure.

Tavon Jones - Undecided on transfer - Junior - 6’3” - SG - 3* recruit from Linden HS (Linden, NJ) - Jones started his collegiate career at Odessa College (Odessa, TX) before transferring to NIU. At NIU he………..didn’t play. Not once. So…anyway...coming out of HS, Jones received offers from Saint Joseph’s, St. Peter’s, Seton Hall, Stony Brook, Buffalo, Hofstra, Niagra, Quinnipiac, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure, and Eastern Kentucky.

Anyway, yesterday I made a comment about 2 players I’d like to see grab the portal window and he is one of them (maybe I’m magic). Nonetheless, this is a scholarship that was being consumed by someone not giving value to the team. Honestly, I don’t mean to be mean, I’m sure he’s a fine young man and means well and has had injuries that have kept him out of the lineup (I honestly have no clue why he never dressed...it was never mentioned in any press conference so I wonder if it wasn’t something else but that would just be speculation and that doesn’t do anyone any good but...that long list of offers and then going JUCO leads me down a path that may or may not be fair). Needless to say, Coach Burno just opened up another scholarship so now we’re back up to 5 slots still needing to be filled. Btw, I bet that 2nd player sticks around...

Tyler Cochran - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’2” - SG - 2* recruit from Bolingbrook HS (Bolingbrook, IL) - Well, this one stings. More power to ya Tyler. But I’m sad to see you leave. I was really looking forward to seeing how he’d develop under Coach Burno. Anyway...Cochran played 2 seasons at NIU and as a sophomore, Cochran had a breakout season playing in 12 games (11 starts) averaging 32.3 minutes and 15.5 ppg/7.3 rpg/2 apg/1.7 apg shooting 45.3% from the field (22.2% 3PT - 4 of 18) and 62.2% FT (28 of 45). Coming out of HS, Cochran received additional offers from UIC, Tennessee State, Western Michigan and Toledo. Honestly, this is probably going to be one of those “the grass is always greener/grab the opportunity when you get it/never criticize a guy for making a decision that he feels is best for him” type of situation. I hope he doesn’t regret this because he could have been a big part of the turnaround at NIU and still had 2 years of eligibility left. Oh well...c'est la vie Tyler.

Darius Beane - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’3” - PG/SG - 3* recruit from Carbondale HS (Carbondale, IL) - Darius started his career as a walk-on at SIU and then transferred to NIU where he played for 2 seasons. As a junior, Beane played in 17 games (12 starts) averaging 29.8 minutes and 9.7 ppg/4.5 rpg/2.2 apg/1.3 spg while shooting 34.8% from the field (22.6% 3PT - 7 of 31) and 65.3% FT (32 of 49). Darius is an interesting case. I don’t think we’ll ever know if he was on scholarship or not. He wasn’t as SIU which is why his transfer to NIU was so seamless and the fact that his dad was the assistant coach at both locations just muddies the understanding of the situation and makes what has happened today, almost a forgone conclusion. Darius saw his starting time decrease from what I think he and most people expected it to be but his minutes did continue to rise. He was a leader on a team that just never found an identity. I will say this, Darius was always willing to speak in the post-game press conferences and I always felt he was honest and I appreciated his maturity to do so. Darius also wore his heart on his sleeve which is tough to do in a season like this where he was also probably wondering if his dad would have a job come season’s end. I think this greatly affected his shooting as all of his shooting percentages dropped a lot compared to his first two years. Darius is a good kid and I wish him the best. I do wish he was sticking around but I kind of knew he wasn’t. I believe this also indicates the coaching staff is being finalized and that Anthony is not part of that group.

Ohio:

In:

Jason Carter - Transferring to Ohio from Xavier - RS Senior - 6’8” - PF - 2* recruit from Johnstown-Monroe HS (Johnstown, OH) - Jason Carter is doing something rare. He’s making a return to his first school. Carter played 3 seasons at Ohio before transferring to Xavier where he played 2 seasons (this guy has to be like 30 years old, right???). He’s now returning to Ohio as a grad student. Last season at Xavier, Carter played in 21 games (20 starts) averaging 26.6 minutes and 5.5 ppg/6 rpg shooting 37.7% from the field (18.2% 3PT - 8 of 44) and 55% FT (22 of 40). Coming out of HS, Carter received additional offers from Miami (OH) and Kent State.


Out:

Mason McMurray - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Sophomore - 6’7” - PF - 2* recruit from Stow-Monroe Falls HS (Stow, OH) - McMurray played 3 seasons at Ohio. As a redshirt sophomore, McMurray played in 19 games (0 starts) averaging 4.6 minutes and 0.9 ppg/1.1 rpg shooting 41.7% from the field (42.9% 3PT - 3 of 7) and 55.6% FT (5 of 9). McMurry has become an afterthought on the Ohio bench. In his 2nd year, it looked like there might be something to build on but regressed much this past season. Coming out of HS, McMurray received additional offers from Tiffin University (D-II), Notre Dame College (D-II), Fairmont State (D-II), and High Point.

Rifen Miguel - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’9” - PF - 2* recruit from West Oaks Academy (Orlando - born in Luanda, Angola) - Miguel started his collegiate playing career at the College of Central Florida (Ocala, FL). Miguel then transferred to Tallahassee CC before transferring to Ohio where he will once again transfer. This year, Miguel played in 13 games (0 starts) averaging 7.3 minutes and 2.9 ppg/1.6 rpg shooting 34.3% from the field (25% 3PT - 3 of 12) and 73.3% FT (11 of 15). Coming out of HS, Miguel received offers from James Madison and Chattanooga and coming out of JUCO, he received additional offers from Western Kentucky, Troy, Grambling, Jacksonville State, Hampton, Southern, Milwaukee, Radford, Eastern Illinois, SIUe, Missouri State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Massachusetts.

Nolan Foster - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’10” - C - 2* recruit from Mattawan HS (Mattawan, MI) - Foster has played 2 seasons at Ohio. As a sophomore, Foster played in 6 games averaging 4.5 minutes and 0.3 ppg/0.5 rpg shooting 50% from the field (1 of 2) and 0% FT (0 for 1). After playing in 29 games last season, Foster saw his playing time disappear. I honestly have no understanding of why, nor do I have a desire to find out. Coming out of HS, Foster received additional offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, and James Madison.

John Tenerowicz - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’1” - SG - 2* recruit from St. Ignatius HS (Cleveland, OH) - I believe John was a walk-on. He spent 3 seasons at Ohio and never really played much. Interestingly, this past year, being a short and weird year as it was, he played in more games (5) than he had in any previous season (4). With that said...John averaged 2.2 minutes and 0.4 ppg/0.2 rpg/0.2 apg/0.0 bpg/0.0 spg/0.2 TOpg/0.2 PFpg shooting 0% from the field (0 for 2) and 100% from the line (2 of 2). Coming out of HS, John didn’t receive any offers. He kind of sounds like the Ohio version of Brandon Danowski or Dan Filippone. I suppose every team needs a guy like that...which makes me realize. NIU doesn’t have one anymore because Danny Boy is shopping his wares on the transfer portal and, I hate to say it but, competition just got serious for him with Tenerowicz declaring himself available for the role of guy who grabs rebounds during warm-ups, is tasked with coming up with a silly dance move to show off during pre-game intros if the team makes it to the NCAA tournament, and providing a spark of excitement on the bench if he gets in a makes a shot. We all know that guy and apparently every program needs that guy. Coaches will always gush over them with praises citing their dedication to the program (whoops...kinda hard to sell that when you’re in the transfer portal) and their hard work in practice and in study tables.

Hey, if you read this far, thank you. What the hell was I supposed to write? I’m kinda committed at this point to including EVERYONE and that means I can’t ignore the Brandon Danowkis, the Dan Filippones and definitely not the John Tenerowiczezezesssss of the world.


Toledo:

In:

Out:

Charles Jones - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’5” - SG - 2* recruit from DME Sports Academy - Originally from Detroit, Jones started his career at Southwestern Illinois in Belleville, IL where he played 2 seasons. I’m from that area and, back when I was in high school, that school was named Belleville Area College and we used to call it “BAC - Bring Alota Crayons”. Anyway, I don’t think Jones ever played any games for Toledo this year so I’m not going to waste much more time looking things up on him.

Jonathan Komagum - Transferring to Sacramento State from Toledo - Junior - 6’9” - C - 2* recruit from TaylorMade Academy of Crescent City Christian School (Metairie, LA - born in London) - Komagum started his collegiate career at Williston State College (JUCO - Williston, ND) where he played for 2 seasons before transferring to Toledo this past year. In his one season at Toledo, Komagum played in 26 games (8 starts) averaging 9.1 minutes and 0.8 ppg/2.4 rpg shooting 35.3% from the field (0 for 1 from behind the arc) and 58.8% FT (10 of 17). In essence, Komagum was a tall dude and that’s about it. Coming out of HS, Komagum received an offer from Maine and coming out of JUCO, he received additional offers from Detroit Mercy and St. Bonaventure.

Mattia Acunzo - Transferring to Robert Morris from Toledo - RS Freshman - 6’8” - PF - 2* recruit from Kennedy Catholic HS (Kennedy, PA - born in Sardinia, Italy) - Acunzo spent two seasons at Toledo (he red-shirted his first season). As a RS F, Acunzo played in 30 games (0 starts) averaging 15 minutes and 5.9 ppg/3.5 rpg/0.9 apg shooting 52.9% from the field (40.5% 3PT - 15 of 37) and 75.5% FT (37 of 49). Something is up at Toledo. As pointed out by NorthCoast, Toledo is hemorrhaging post players right now. And losing a guy like Acunzo has to hurt as he still has 3 years of eligibility and played in 30 games and logged meaningful minutes this year. It’ll be interesting how this will all play out or if this is a huge sign that players are really taking advantage of the lax transfer rules this year. Only time will tell. Coming out of HS, Acunzo received additional offers from Bucknell, Old Dominion, South Florida, Richmond, USC Upstate, Appalachian State, Wright State, American, Lipscomb, UC Riverside, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina, Elon, James Madison, Canisius, Stony Brook, and Youngstown State.

Luke Maranka - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’10” - C - 2* recruit from Grand Rapids Angels Homeschool (born in Ada, MI) - Maranka has played 2 seasons at Toledo. As a sophomore, Maranka played in 13 games (0 starts) averaging 4.2 minutes and 0.6 ppg/0.8 rpg shooting 27.3% from the field and 100% FT (2 of 2). This really isn’t a big loss for Toledo but put together with the rest of their recent losses and it creates a lack of any kind of depth in the post. Coming out of HS, Maranka received additional offers from Ball State, Jacksonville, Kent State, American, and Ferris State.

Marreon Jackson - Transferring from Toledo to Arizona State - Senior - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Garfield Heights HS (Cleveland) - Jackson has played 4 seasons at Toledo. As a senior, Jackson played and started 30 games averaging 34.2 minutes and 18.1 ppg/6.1 rpg/5.9 apg/1.8 spg shooting 40.3% from the field (34.8% 3PT - 86 of 247) and 90.4% FT (103 of 114). Gran transfer, extra year of eligibility or whatever it is, this is still a huge loss for Toledo and it's looking very much like next year’s Toledo team will be dramatically different from the past couple of seasons. Coming out of HS, Jackson received additional offers from Buffalo, Robert Morris, and Cleveland State.


Western Michigan (whoa boy….):

In:

Markeese Hastings - Transferring to Western Michigan from Butler - RS Sophomore - 6’7” - SF - 2* recruit from Godwin Heights HS (Grand Rapids, MI - Born in Wyoming, MI) - Played 2 seasons at Butler before transferring to WMU. As a sophomore at Butler, Hastings played in 8 games (0 starts) averaging 9.4 minutes and 0.5 ppg/2 rpg. Coming out of HS, Hastings received Loyola, Buffalo, Elon, Green Bay, UIC, Cleveland State, Oakland, Eastern Michigan, Detroit Mercy, Coppin State, Wyoming, Indianapolis University, Grand Valley State, Northwood University, Miami (OH), and Ferris State.

Lamar Norman, Jr. - Transferring to Western Michigan from Duquesne - Junior - 6’3” - PG - 2* recruit from Godwin Heights HS (Grand Rapids, MI….sound familiar????) - Norman played 3 seasons at Duquesne with as a starter the better part of the past two seasons although he only played in 4 games this year before deciding to transfer. As a sophomore at Duquesne, Norman played in 30 games (18 starts) averaging 22.7 minutes and 6.1 ppg/1.8 rpg shooting 36.8% from the field (33.9% 3PT - 43 of 127) and 84.6% FT (11 of 13). Coming out of HS, Norman received offers from UTEP, Loyola, Purdue Fort Wayne, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Southern Miss, Detroit Mercy, Oakland, Ferris State, Kent State, and Central Michigan.
Between Norman and Hastings, two guys who played HS ball together down the road from WMU, the Broncos have probably added as much as they are subtracting as the ones leaving, probably aren’t going to be missed. Still, anytime you lose that many players, it’s hard to supplement with transfers and incoming freshmen. That’s just a lot of new guys to bring together. I think we all kind of know how that can work out. But, tbh, Norman seems (on paper) better than what the Huskies got out of Crump, but that’s not saying much.


Out:

Chase Barrs - Transferring from Western Michigan to Florida A&M - Sophomore - 6’10” - PF - 2* recruit from Berkeley Prep School (Tampa). Barrs played 2 seasons at WMU and as a sophomore, he played 15 games (0 starts) after playing in 32 games as a freshman, averaging 7.4 minutes and 0.7 ppg/1.1 rpg shooting 40% FG (33.3% 3PT - 2 of 6) and 33.3% FT (2 of 6). In HS, Barrs received additional offers from Columbia, Canisius, Brown, Jacksonville, Western Carolina, Stetson and Wofford. I’m guessing he’s a smarty with those Ivy League offers.

William Boyer-Richard - Undecided on transfer destination - Junior - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (Montreal, QC) - Boyer-Richard played 3 seasons at WMU. As a junior, Boyer-Richard played 19 games (9 starts) averaging 13.9 minutes and 2 ppg/1.2 rpg/1.1 apg shooting 25% from the field (21.2% 3PT - 5 of 15) and 70% FT (7 of 10). Coming out of HS, Boyer-Richard received an additional offer from Binghampton.

Rafael Cruz, Jr. - Undecided on transfer destination - Senior - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Von Steuben HS (Chicago) - Cruz, Jr. started his carrer at Triton CC where he played 2 seasons before transferring to WMU for 2 more seasons. As a senior, Cruz played in 16 games (4 starts) averaging 6 ppg/3.4 rpg/1.6 apg shooting 36.7% from the field (26.3% 3PT - 10 of 38) and 63.6% FT (14 of 22). Coming out of HS, Cruz received an offer from Chicago State and coming out of JUCO, he received an additional offer from New Hampshire.

Patrick Emilien - Transferring from Western Michigan to St. Francis Brooklyn - Junior - 6’6” - SF - 2* recruit from Toronto Basketball Academy - Emilien played 3 seasons at WMU. As a junior, Emilien played in 15 games (4 starts) averaging 19.6 minutes and 5.2 ppg/3.5 rpg/1.3 apg shooting 41.4% from the field (32.6% 3PT - 14 of 43) and 60% FT (6 of 10). In HS, Emilien received additional offers from Canisius, Kent State, Siena, and Central Michigan.

Kawanise Wilkins - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Junior - 6’5” - SF - 2* recruit from Farragut HS (Chicago) - Wilkins started his collegiate career at Barton CC (Great Bend, KS) where he played 1 season before transferring to WMU. He played a lot his sophomore season (1st at WMU) but red shirt his 3rd season and then only played in 10 games (0 starts) this past season. He had a pretty good sophomore season but injuries and just a decline has hampered his stats for the past two seasons. Coming out of HS, Wilkins received additional offers from Kent State, Albany, Bradley, Indiana State, Winthrop, Milwaukee, UIC, Hofstra, Loyola, and Northern Arizona.

Titus Wright - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’8” - C - 2* recruit from Thomasville HS (Thomasville, GA) - Wright has been a 2 year starter at WMU and is the biggest loss of the exodus this year. As a sophomore, Wright played in 18 games (16 starts) averaging 22.4 minutes and 8.7 ppg/5.4 rpg shooting 56.5% from the field (only shot 1 3PTr) and 51.5% FT (35 of 68...yikes!). He was a big body who could bang it in the paint but opposing teams clearly wanted him on the line at the end of games. Coming out of HS, Wright received additional offers from UT-Martin, Sam Houston State, Illinois State, Canisius, and Alabama State. I thought I might be able to find something on Wright transferring but struck out. I did, however, find an article from this past January with Coach Bates really talking up both Wright and B. Artis White as players he was focusing on to be leaders on the team and commended Wright for his offseason work and getting in better shape. Well….sorry coach, but your guy is bolting for other pastures.

Jaylon Holmes - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Sophomore - 6’6” - PG - 2* recruit from Merrillville HS (born in Gary, IN) - Holmes started his career at Lincoln Trail CC (Robinson, IL) and played one season there before transferring to Western Michigan where, in one season, he played in 7 games (0 starts) averaging 9.7 minutes and 1.6 ppg shooting 33.3% from the field (4 of 12 shots) and 42.9% FT (3 of 7). Coming out of JUCO, Holmes received additional offers from Portland, Towson, Albany, Wright State, Detroit Mercy, Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, and North Florida.
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RE: 2021-22 Hoops Transfers and Recruiting
NIU Recruiting

Here, I'll try to keep track of all NIU recruiting efforts. Under Coach Montgomery, it was easy...maybe it's about to get harder to keep up. Let's hope!

High School Recruits

Keon Thompson - UNCOMMITTED - 6’2” - PG - 2* from Merrillville HS (Merrillville, IN) - ***Thompson is a Montgomery recruit so this may or may not be an actual offer that will come to fruition*** I believe Thompson has transferred to National Top Sports Institute (prep school) in Florida (to get his name out there more). I've seen Keon listed as 6'1", 6'2", AND 6'3". Just judging from video I've seen of him, he's bigger than 6'1". So...6'2" or 3"... He's strongly built and is a heck of an athlete. His highlight videos focus almost entirely on him dunking. Everything from fastbreak dunks to beat the guy off the dribble and drive the lane dunks to alley-oop dunks. Once, and this one was most impressive to me, a teammate offered up an alley-oop that was interrupted in some way. Thompson collected the ball and was standing flat footed under the basket. He proceeded to jump straight up and dunk the ball. He can jump. He's also built a bit like a running back. He's not as thick as Tyler Cochran but he's bigger than German and Beane. He also appears to be short limbed which is what gives me the running back vibe. But don't get me wrong, the dude is athletic. Is he a point guard at the college level? I don't think so. He appears to be a scorer. I've dug around and can't come up with a stat line for his junior year so he'll be one to keep an eye on if they ever play basketball in 2020-21 (although, he's probably got a better shot at it being in Indiana). His outside shot is featured a bit but not enough for me to make any speculation. It doesn't look funky or anything.

Thompson currently has additional offers from Mount St. Mary’s, FGCU, Akron, Robert Morris, Indiana State, Drake, Cleveland State, Ball State, New Orleans, Miami (OH), and Valparaiso.

Zion Russell - COMMITTED- 6’0” - PG - 2* recruit from National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, MD) - I believe he previously attended Hargrave Military Academy and I’ve seen him listed anywhere from 6’0” to 6’2” (he’s probably 5’11”...). I think before Hargrave, he played at Georgetown Prep. I take it he’s had his sights set on D-I basketball and he’s been jumping to the better opportunity to market himself each year. According to Prep Hoops, Russell is “an explosive scorer who can get going at any point within a game” and has the athletic ability to finish at the rim. I’m struggle a bit to find video of him from any season other than his sophomore year at Georgetown but from what I’ve watched, he’s super quick and can jump...like really jump. His videos obviously highlight him going to the rim, but there’s also a lot of really crafty passes, some outside shooting (he’s got almost a squared up and wide stance when he shoots) and a lot of defense with him both making steals (like straight up robbing opposing point guards somewhere between the top of the key and half court) and also blocking a bunch of shots (like jump shots...3 pointers and he’s blocking them). Kid is really athletic and quick and is creative going to the basket. He looks like he knows how to score and I hate to link a certain name to him but there are similarities with his height, athleticism and muscular build. He's not Kaleb Thornton. Thornton is skinny. This kid is probably the same height but muscular and more jumping ability. Honestly, the thought of Russell, Thornton, Cochran, and Hankerson harassing opposing guards is a very pleasing thought.

Russell has additional offers from Columbia, Boston University, and Bryant.

Saint Thomas - UNCOMMITTED - 6’6” - SF - 2* recruit from Millard North HS (Omaha, NE) - I’ve watched a little video on him and he has decent size but, to me, it looks like he’s got the potential to fill out a bit. Ideally, he’d gain another inch or two and then bulk up. I think if that happens, he could be real good. He’s got a nice touch from the outside yet isn’t afraid to bang it in the paint. He initiates contact well and shows the ability to both go to the basket or fade away. He’s got nice touch on his shots. As far as him defensively or passing the ball, it’s a mystery to me at this point. Typical video highlight package that focuses on the flashy stuff but glosses over the other stuff. He’s not super athletic. Average jumper, which is why I think he’d really benefit from a couple more inches. At 6’6”, it’s like he’s almost there or too much. He’s definitely something a little different than what we’ve got, well….after the departure of Justin Lee, we don’t even have a guy on the roster listed as a SF (although, Tyler Cochran could easily slide into that role as he plays taller than he is) although, I don’t see Thomas as a SF going forward unless he doesn’t grow anymore. Currently, Thomas has additional offers from Albany, Illinois State, Indiana State, FAU, Murray State, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, SMU, Pepperdine, Richmond, TCU, Mississippi State, and VCU.

Montavious Myrick - COMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from North Atlanta HS (Atlanta, GA) - This is an interesting kid. He’s tall. Really tall and long. He’s listed at 6’8” but I’d bet his wingspan is closer to 7’0”. Ridiculously long arms. Much more of a post player than indicated by the “SF” tag. He can shoot a bit from the outside, enough to make him interesting but this kid is a post player. If he puts on more muscle, he’ll be a handful. He’s not a great jumper, to be honest, but his long arms make dunking easy. Something odd that stood out to me is he almost always...to a fault...goes up two handed on everything. I saw a lot of dunks and I don’t recall one that wasn’t a two handed dunk. Even tip backs were almost always two handed. It makes me wonder about his hand size. I wonder if he’s got small hands and can’t palm a basketball and he’s compensating for that by always having two hands on the ball. It could mean this kid isn’t done growing. Or...he’s just got small hands. Anyway, Myrick currently has no additional offers.

I found another video of Myrick which led me to a few tidbits of information I thought I'd pass along. The video was almost like a bad documentary about him coming back from some injury. It was in black and white but there wasn't much information about what was wrong with him. In a Google search, I believe he suffered some kind of foot and/or leg injury that kept him out a good part of his junior(?) season. The video made it seem like it was some kind of devastating injury and he was working out like the 6 Million Dollar Man. I have no idea what it was, but I think it was enough that it knocked him down some prospect boards and he just recently getting some buzz back.

Maxime Ekono - UNCOMMITTED - 6’7” - PG - WHAT????? - 210 pounds?????? That can’t be correct. Anyway… - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (Scotland, PA...not Great Britain) born in Nanterre, France - Okay...right off the bat, there’s a lot to take in here. A 6’7”, 210 pound point guard? I gotta find some video...which...hasn’t been easy. The only video I’ve found is a 21 second clip of him dunking during a layup line with an overlay graphic that read “Maxime Ekono is going to be a problem”. But, another tweet I found did confirm the 6’7” height but just said “guard”.

I’m sorry, but I have absolutely nothing to go on here. I can’t find anything. If anyone has ANY info on this dude, please share it. I’m intrigued. Anyway, Ekono has received additional offers from LaSalle, Montana State, Bradley, Southern Utah, Gardner Webb, Chicago State, and South Florida.

Ibbe Klintman - UNCOMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (apparently coach has himself a contact…) born in Malmō, Sweden - Okay, so I was actually able to find a couple videos on this one. One had him playing for Scotland Campus Sports. I take it they’re the Cadets. The other video...um….was pretty low quality but I think he was playing for a club team that I’m about 100% sure was in Europe somewhere. They had ridiculous uniforms too, but also a very European feeling to them. Anyway, he’s 6’8” and was often running the point. He can dribble, shoot a decent amount from the outside and can go to the basket. He’s got a long, athletic frame that should carry muscle well. And he can jump. Another intriguing guy but it’s really hard to form any kind of opinion with such little video or information available. Anyway, Klintman has received one additional offer and which was from Central Arkansas.

Noah Kon - COMMITTED - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Houston Christian HS (Houston) - Okay, so the first thing I did was google this kid and look at his picture (this is usually my first step in the process). He’s 6’1” but has muscles. I’d bet almost anything he also plays football. He just has a body that screams two sport athlete. I also found an article and some quotes from his coach. Apparently, Kon took over as PG on the HS team as a sophomore when the starting senior PG got hurt. Coach said Kon was always going to be the PG but the injury sped up the process and Kon really took to it and blossomed. Now, here’s where things get interesting. I then went to YouTube and the first thing I found was a YouTube channel called “Noah Kon 2021 PG *****Northern Illinois University******” Yeah...you don’t see that everyday. His inclusion as an offer was just posted today. I have no idea who owns the channel, but my eyebrow was raised.

Anyway, the kid is a scoring PG. He can shoot a little from the outside but his strength is quickness with the ball and going to the rim. He can dunk. Easily. And forcefully. He can jump and has an extremely quick first step that leaves a lot of defenders off balance. He can take contact and hang long enough to make shots at the rim and attract fouls. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly this develops. Kon currently has no other offers from schools.

Chase McKey - 6’9” - PF - 2* recruit from The-Skill-Factory Prep (Woodstock, GA - previously attended Johns Creek HS in Johns Creek, GA) - McKey is tall and long but he’s quite athletic. He’s not overly explosive although he shows better ball handling skills than I initially thought. I’d like to see some more bulk (he basically built like Levi Bradley...maybe a tad thicker/more muscular, but not much) but I’m not sure he will. With that said, he is a post player. He plays around the rim and can do so either as a post player or by driving the lane. He can also finish with either hand. He uses his length well and couples that with good jumping ability. I didn’t see much of his jump shot but what I did see was a real high...like super high release at the top of his shot. This kid is 6’9” and holds the ball well above his head when he shoots from the outside. Maybe a bit too high and he’ll have to bring it down a bit, but I’d probably rather teach a kid to bring the ball down a bit as opposed to raising it.

Overall, I like this kids makeup, how he moves with the ball and how he finishes at the rim. I didn’t see any defense from him but he’s athletic enough and showed enough savvy I think he can play defense at the D-I level in the post. While it’d be nice for him to weigh a bit more, he’s stronger than he looks and could be a disruptive body inside.

Coming out of HS, McKey received additional offers from Old Dominion and Winthrop and coming out of prep school, he has received one other offer from Hampton. He’s obviously been noticed by a certain level of program in the southeast. NIU marks the first school to offer him a scholarship outside of that region. It could be quite the savvy move.


JUCO Transfer Recruits

D.J. Sinkler - UNCOMMITTED - JUCO Transfer - 6’3” - SG - 2* recruit from A.C. Flora High (Columbia, SC) - Sinkler started his career at Francis Marion University and then transferred after one season to USC Salkahatchie (JUCO - Allendale, SC) - At FMU, Sinkler only played in 2 games. At USC-S, Sinkler played and started in all 12 games averaging 29.3 minutes and 15.6 ppg/3.3 rpg shooting 41.5% from the field (35.8% 3PT - 29 of 81) and 70.6% FT (36 of 51). Sinkler was the leading scorer at USC-S who finished the season 5-7 while averaging 83.3 points per game. From the video I was able to find, I took away 2 impressions. First of all, he’s fine. That’s it. He’s a bench player. Second, I don’t like his jumpshot. He shoots from his chest. He’s gonna have to get the ball up to be successful at the next level, imo. Anyway, the only two college offers Sinkler has ever gotten is FMU and NIU.

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Emery Young - HS SOPHOMORE (2023) - 6’3” - PG - 2* recruit from Centennial HS (Phoenix) - Young is just a sophomore so we’ll have to wait a couple years to see what he does. I did a quick search for him on YouTube, not expecting to find much, and I think I found some videos of him when he was like 10 years old. I’ll check them out later for entertainment purposes. Needless to say, it appears in the past 5 years, Young has grown about a foot. Anyway, not much to report here, but NIU is Young’s first official offer.

Takei Emerson-Hardy - HS JUNIOR (2022) - 6’7” - PF - 2* recruit from Vanden HS (Fairfield, CA) - Emerson-Hardy is a junior this year and is a physically impressive one. He’s long and tall but athletically built with broad shoulders. I ran across a few pics of him in a football uniform and I’d almost bet he’s a receiver...and a good one at that. With that said, there were a few videos I could find but some or most of them were from his sophomore season (at least I think it was based on the upload date). I did find one (maybe two) from his junior season. Let’s just say the kid can dunk. He does it a lot. One of the videos was titled “A Walking Highlight” and he can definitely impress. I’ve seen him listed as a PF but also a SF and as a F/G. I think guard is a stretch for him. Although, there’s little video I could find of him doing anything other than 1) dunking or a distant 2) blocking a shot. I did see a few outside shots which looked fine with nothing standing out to me as a concern from a mechanics angle. At 6’7”, I’d like to see him bulk up to play the 4, and I think he can as he has the frame to do it. I think he’s done growing because every video is basically the same body. But I could almost see him working pretty well as a 3 because he runs the floor well and might be able to develop enough of an outside game to be a minor concern for defenses. He looks pretty good on defense. Seems like a calm kid on the floor. Quite confident but not showy. Just confident.

Currently, Emerson-Hardy has received additional offers from Washington State (which came in tonight along with NIU), Montana State, Montana, Cal Poly, Cleveland State, Sacramento State, and Northern Arizona.

Derrick Claxton - HS JUNIOR (2022) - 6’6” - SG - 2* recruit from Inderkum HS (Sacramento, CA) - I’m not as excited about this guy as some of the others. He’s got decent length and decent jumping ability but nothing that really stood out to me as special. There’s a number of short videos of him on his YouTube channel and the thing that stood out to me was...he’s pretty good against guys his size and smaller. That’s not the greatest compliment for a guy who’s 6’6”. In other words, I wasn’t overly impressed with the guys I saw him playing against (most of which were AAU games). There’s something about him, though, that reminds me of Jason Preston. He actually looks a decent amount like him and is built almost exactly the same as him. Now, I do know that when Preston left HS, he was like 6’1 or 2” and then sprouted once he got to Ohio. This kid is already 6’6” as a junior and I don’t see much growth left on him. I also don’t see a ton of strength being added as he has a slight frame although he does play into contact and uses the strength he has...which appears to be more than he looks like. I only saw one or two jump shots and they were both fine. I’d like him to quicken it up but he’s got time for that as he’s just a junior. Anyway, with 5 (or 6...did we ever...do we ever???...figure out the Darius Beane situation???) they aren’t all going to be exciting like Noah Kon so a guy like Claxton could be quite useful. And being a couple years away, there’s another year to develop. Currently, Claxton has one additional offer from UC-Riverside.

Pierce Bazil - HS Junior (2022) - 6’3” - PG - 2* recruit from PHHoenix Prep (Phoenix - Lincoln Northeast HS - Lincoln, NE) - What I like about Bazil is he’s 100% not like the guys Burno has been recruiting so far. This guy is a bit of a lanky, if not slightly skinny 6’3” (maybe 6’2”) and is clearly pretty athletic but not in the explosive way. Like, and I have no idea, but I’d almost bet this kid is the QB on the football team and a pitcher on the baseball team. He just comes off as a kid who is a really good athlete at multiple things. As for his basketball skill, I guess he’s a PG. I think his skillset plays more into it. He can go to the rim but he seems more at home anywhere between a mid-range jumper to behind the arc. But almost everything he does is clever. And he is one of the slickest passers I’ve seen. Burno seems to be targeting guys who can pass and Bazil is no different and might be the best. He doesn’t shine with electric and athletic passes. His passes are smart and clever. He’s also got some really quick first moves which catches defenders off guard. He’s not overly fast and he’s an okay jumper (he can dunk pretty easily but it’s just your regular, run of the mill dunk), but he sees the floor and weaknesses in the defense and has the wherewithal to take advantage of those gaps.

I like this kid. He brings a different component than the guys we already have. Plus, I think he’ll develop as a legitimate outside threat and that will help the others who are more designed to go to the rim.

Bazil is only a junior so he hasn’t gotten a ton of attention yet. In addition to NIU, Bazil has received offers from Wayne State (Wayne, NE - D-II) and Colorado Christian (Lakewood, CO - D-II). I don’t think this kid is a D-II player. I’m pretty sure he can play D-I and I’m thinking Coach Burno may be the first of a few D-I offers this kid will get over the next year. I’m pretty hopefully being first may have a lasting impact on Bazil and it gives Burno a year to court this kid into the program.
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Thanks, I always enjoy this thread. Lots of info, thoroughly researched.
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Coach Burno added two more offers last night. I'll look more into them later today and get them added to the recruiting portion of this thread.

Saint Thomas - 6'6" - SF
Montavious Malik - 6'6" - SF
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(03-19-2021 05:48 AM)Big Red Wrote:  Coach Burno added two more offers last night. I'll look more into them later today and get them added to the recruiting portion of this thread.

Saint Thomas - 6'6" - SF
Montavious Malik - 6'6" - SF

Saint Thomas out of Millard North has a good amount of offers.

https://twitter.com/_Saintthomas23/statu...33377?s=20

https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...-interests

https://omaha.com/sports/high-school/rec...29e2d.html

Quote:Thomas led Millard North, the Class A runner-up, in rebounding (6.6) and was second in scoring (15.8), assists (4.2) and steals (1.8) as a junior.
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NIU Recruiting Update:

Saint Thomas - UNCOMMITTED - 6’6” - SF - 2* recruit from Millard North HS (Omaha, NE) - I’ve watched a little video on him and he has decent size but, to me, it looks like he’s got the potential to fill out a bit. Ideally, he’d gain another inch or two and then bulk up. I think if that happens, he could be real good. He’s got a nice touch from the outside yet isn’t afraid to bang it in the paint. He initiates contact well and shows the ability to both go to the basket or fade away. He’s got nice touch on his shots. As far as him defensively or passing the ball, it’s a mystery to me at this point. Typical video highlight package that focuses on the flashy stuff but glosses over the other stuff. He’s not super athletic. Average jumper, which is why I think he’d really benefit from a couple more inches. At 6’6”, it’s like he’s almost there or too much. He’s definitely something a little different than what we’ve got, well….after the departure of Justin Lee, we don’t even have a guy on the roster listed as a SF (although, Tyler Cochran could easily slide into that role as he plays taller than he is) although, I don’t see Thomas as a SF going forward unless he doesn’t grow anymore. Currently, Thomas has additional offers from Albany, Illinois State, Indiana State, FAU, Murray State, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, SMU, Pepperdine, Richmond, TCU, Mississippi State, and VCU.

Montavious Myrick (or Myrik...every YouTube video has the “c” but other places omit the “c”) - UNCOMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from North Atlanta HS (Atlanta, GA) - This is an interesting kid. He’s tall. Really tall and long. He’s listed at 6’8” but I’d bet his wingspan is closer to 7’0”. Ridiculously long arms. Much more of a post player than indicated by the “SF” tag. He can shoot a bit from the outside, enough to make him interesting but this kid is a post player. If he puts on more muscle, he’ll be a handful. He’s not a great jumper, to be honest, but his long arms make dunking easy. Something odd that stood out to me is he almost always...to a fault...goes up two handed on everything. I saw a lot of dunks and I don’t recall one that wasn’t a two handed dunk. Even tip backs were almost always two handed. It makes me wonder about his hand size. I wonder if he’s got small hands and can’t palm a basketball and he’s compensating for that by always having two hands on the ball. It could mean this kid isn’t done growing. Or...he’s just got small hands. Anyway, Myrick currently has no additional offers.
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MAC Transfer Update:

Jonathan Komagum - Transferring from Toledo - Destination undecided - Junior - 6’9” - C - 2* recruit from TaylorMade Academy of Crescent City Christian School (Metairie, LA - born in London) - Komagum started his collegiate career at Williston State College (JUCO - Williston, ND) where he played for 2 seasons before transferring to Toledo this past year. In his one season at Toledo, Komagum played in 26 games (8 starts) averaging 9.1 minutes and 0.8 ppg/2.4 rpg shooting 35.3% from the field (0 for 1 from behind the arc) and 58.8% FT (10 of 17). In essence, Komagum was a tall dude and that’s about it. Coming out of HS, Komagum received an offer from Maine and coming out of JUCO, he received additional offers from Detroit Mercy and St. Bonaventure.
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Myrick seems like an interesting developmental guy with that body. Long term a post guy and more of a defender/rebounder emphasis
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(03-19-2021 10:11 AM)DogTracks Wrote:  Myrick seems like an interesting developmental guy with that body. Long term a post guy and more of a defender/rebounder emphasis

This is exactly what I was thinking. Plus, it'd be nice to get a guy with that size into the program as a freshman and develop him. The last big they recruited (Monty, obviously) was Owen Hamilton and he was soft and slow then transferred to Wisconsin after his freshman year where I don't think he even lasted the entire season before he quit.

Otherwise, you have to go back to Maric. I suppose both Key and Bradley had size but neither of them were great post threats from a traditional, dominate the paint kind of players. Key more so than Bradley, who spent a lot of time behind the arc.

But, yeah, I'm all in favor of nabbing a guy like this (doesn't have to be him necessarily, but a guy like him) who they can bring in as an 18/19 year old and develop.

Btw, I haven't really heard anything about Burno's assistants and staff other than the one mention in the press conference but who knows what that actually meant. The NIU website still lists Chapman as the interim HC.
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(03-19-2021 01:15 PM)Basketball Jones Wrote:  C. Luke Maranka (6-10, 210) and PF Mattia Acunzo (6-8, 235) will also be transferring from Toledo leaving the Rockets with only 3 interior players on the roster (Edu, Milner Jr. and Shiumate Can you say Transfer Portal!
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(03-19-2021 02:10 PM)NorthCoast Wrote:  From the MAC Board:

(03-19-2021 01:15 PM)Basketball Jones Wrote:  C. Luke Maranka (6-10, 210) and PF Mattia Acunzo (6-8, 235) will also be transferring from Toledo leaving the Rockets with only 3 interior players on the roster (Edu, Milner Jr. and Shiumate Can you say Transfer Portal!

Thanks for the heads up. I went and checked and they just hit the portal. Good find.
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MAC Transfer Update:

Mattia Acunzo - Transferring from Toledo - Undecided on transfer destination - RS Freshman - 6’8” - PF - 2* recruit from Kennedy Catholic HS (Kennedy, PA - born in Sardinia, Italy) - Acunzo spent two seasons at Toledo (he red-shirted his first season). As a RS F, Acunzo played in 30 games (0 starts) averaging 15 minutes and 5.9 ppg/3.5 rpg/0.9 apg shooting 52.9% from the field (40.5% 3PT - 15 of 37) and 75.5% FT (37 of 49). Something is up at Toledo. As pointed out by NorthCoast, Toledo is hemorrhaging post players right now. And losing a guy like Acunzo has to hurt as he still has 3 years of eligibility and played in 30 games and logged meaningful minutes this year. It’ll be interesting how this will all play out or if this is a huge sign that players are really taking advantage of the lax transfer rules this year. Only time will tell. Coming out of HS, Acunzo received additional offers from Bucknell, Old Dominion, South Florida, Richmond, USC Upstate, Appalachian State, Wright State, American, Lipscomb, UC Riverside, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina, Elon, James Madison, Canisius, Stony Brook, and Youngstown State.

Luke Maranka - Transferring from Toledo - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’10” - C - 2* recruit from Grand Rapids Angels Homeschool (born in Ada, MI) - Maranka has played 2 seasons at Toledo. As a sophomore, Maranka played in 13 games (0 starts) averaging 4.2 minutes and 0.6 ppg/0.8 rpg shooting 27.3% from the field and 100% FT (2 of 2). This really isn’t a big loss for Toledo but put together with the rest of their recent losses and it creates a lack of any kind of depth in the post. Coming out of HS, Maranka received additional offers from Ball State, Jacksonville, Kent State, American, and Ferris State.
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NIU Roster Update:

Keenon Cole - Undecided on transfer destination - Sophomore - 6’7” - PF - 2* recruit from Streamwood HS (Streamwood, IL) - Cole has been at NIU for 2 seasons and has played sporadically due to injuries. As a sophomore, Cole played in 9 games averaging 7.6 minutes and 0.6 ppg/1 rpg shooting 9.5% from the field and 33.3% FT (1 of 3). Cole had potential but he’s really never been healthy and it kind of appears he digressed a bit (or just didn’t improve at all since HS). Coming out of HS, Cole received no other offers. NIU picks up another scholarship with Cole's departure.
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MAC "Transfer" Update:

I put the word "transfer" in quotations for a reason.

Yeikson Montero - Senior - Forgoing his final year of eligibility at Eastern Michigan to play professionally - 6’5” - SG - 2* recruit from Redemption Christian Academy (I think...Troy, NY - born in Santo Domingo, DR) - Montero started his collegiate career at Pensacola State College before transferring to Eastern Michigan where he played 2 seasons. As a senior, Montero played and started all 18 games, averaging 29.8 minutes and 12.9 ppg/5.4 rpg/2.2 spg/1.3 apg shooting 43.1% from the field (33% 3PT - 33 of 100) and 65.2% FT (30 of 46). Coming out of JUCO, Montero received additional offers from Troy, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Robert Morris, St. Peter’s, San José State, McNeese, FIU, and Hofstra.

Other than him leaving EMU to play professionally, I can’t find any other information about him or this decision. Obviously, his head coach is no longer the head coach so that may have something to do with it.
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NIU needs to look at getting some experienced players from the transfer portal. Our players always transfer but we rarely get any D1 transfers.
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Maxime Ekono - UNCOMMITTED - 6’7” - PG - WHAT????? - 210 pounds?????? That can’t be correct. Anyway… - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (Scotland, PA...not Great Britain) born in Nanterre, France - Okay...right off the bat, there’s a lot to take in here. A 6’7”, 210 pound point guard? I gotta find some video...which...hasn’t been easy. The only video I’ve found is a 21 second clip of him dunking during a layup line with an overlay graphic that read “Maxime Ekono is going to be a problem”. But, another tweet I found did confirm the 6’7” height but just said “guard”.

I’m sorry, but I have absolutely nothing to go on here. I can’t find anything. If anyone has ANY info on this dude, please share it. I’m intrigued. Anyway, Ekono has received additional offers from LaSalle, Montana State, Bradley, Southern Utah, Gardner Webb, Chicago State, and South Florida.

Ibbe Klintman - UNCOMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (apparently coach has himself a contact…) born in Malmō, Sweden - Okay, so I was actually able to find a couple videos on this one. One had him playing for Scotland Campus Sports. I take it they’re the Cadets. The other video...um….was pretty low quality but I think he was playing for a club team that I’m about 100% sure was in Europe somewhere. They had ridiculous uniforms too, but also a very European feeling to them. Anyway, he’s 6’8” and was often running the point. He can dribble, shoot a decent amount from the outside and can go to the basket. He’s got a long, athletic frame that should carry muscle well. And he can jump. Another intriguing guy but it’s really hard to form any kind of opinion with such little video or information available. Anyway, Klintman has received one additional offer and which was from Central Arkansas.
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(03-21-2021 04:27 PM)epasnoopy Wrote:  NIU needs to look at getting some experienced players from the transfer portal. Our players always transfer but we rarely get any D1 transfers.

Maybe. I'm not sure if D-1 transfers are going to get a waiver this year regarding sitting out a year (probably will but they didn't this year until a last minute decision...but then again...they very well could have already announced it and I didn't see it).

But we still have a pretty heavy team with seniors and juniors next year so adding to that at the expense of adding youth, might not be what Burno wants to do.

We've got 1 sophomore on the roster next year and he's a walk-on who hasn't played competitive basketball in almost 2 years (Battle).

He's not turning this thing around next year. so personally, I don't see the point in bringing in D-1 transfers as long as Hankerson and Cochran are on the team (along with the rest of the guys...although every day I expect to see Beane hit the transfer portal).

There's a possibility, with Burno and his new staff at the helm, guys like Hankerson, Cochran, Kueth, Thornton et al are improved (along with just getting better by playing together for a year) and then you add in some talent from high school and a JUCO transfer to fill in that sophomore gap (or I suppose another junior) and it'd be real hard for them not to improve.
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PJ Mitchell - Transferring from Central Michigan - Undecided on transfer destination -RS Sophomore - 6’0” - PG - 2* recruit from Loyola HS (Detroit) - Mitchell has played two seasons at Central Michigan. As a sophomore, Mitchell played 23 games (1 start) averaging 14 minutes and 2.6 ppg/0.7 rpg/1.2 apg shooting 31.1% from the field (32.1% 3PT - 9 of 28) and 65% FT (13 of 20). Coming out of HS, Mitchell received no other offers other than from Central Michigan. I’m figuring he’s going to transfer down a level. He’s not impressed at this level and not really grasped a starting role on a team that provided plenty of opportunity to outshine the incumbents.

Ra’Shad Weekly-McDaniels - Transferring from Central Michigan - Undecided on transfer destination - Freshman - 6’1” - PG - 2* recruit from Trinity Catholic HS (St. Louis) - As a freshman at CMU, Weekly-McDaniels played 15 games (0 starts) averaging 3.3 minutes and 1.1 ppg (I mean...that’s like a point a minute…)/0.5 rpg shooting 40% from the field (40% 3PT - 2 of 5) and 50% FT (2 of 4). I’m gonna be honest, I grew up in the St. Louis area and I’ve never heard of Trinity Catholic (and I’m Catholic). Now, I’m from far enough away that I’m more familiar with the schools that compete for titles and/or produce the area’s top talent. I’m not saying anything….just saying….St. Louis isn’t that big of an area. Anyway, I suppose this kid is going to go JUCO and try to spin that off into another D-I opportunity. Don’t be surprised if he ends up at Tallahassee CC (I need to see who they’ve inked so far this year). Coming out of HS, Weekly-McDaniels received additional offers from Milwaukee, SIU-e, and Western Illinois.
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RE: 2021-22 Hoops Transfers and Recruiting
(03-21-2021 04:37 PM)Big Red Wrote:  NIU Recruiting Update:

Maxime Ekono - UNCOMMITTED - 6’7” - PG - WHAT????? - 210 pounds?????? That can’t be correct. Anyway… - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (Scotland, PA...not Great Britain) born in Nanterre, France - Okay...right off the bat, there’s a lot to take in here. A 6’7”, 210 pound point guard? I gotta find some video...which...hasn’t been easy. The only video I’ve found is a 21 second clip of him dunking during a layup line with an overlay graphic that read “Maxime Ekono is going to be a problem”. But, another tweet I found did confirm the 6’7” height but just said “guard”.

I’m sorry, but I have absolutely nothing to go on here. I can’t find anything. If anyone has ANY info on this dude, please share it. I’m intrigued. Anyway, Ekono has received additional offers from LaSalle, Montana State, Bradley, Southern Utah, Gardner Webb, Chicago State, and South Florida.

Ibbe Klintman - UNCOMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (apparently coach has himself a contact…) born in Malmō, Sweden - Okay, so I was actually able to find a couple videos on this one. One had him playing for Scotland Campus Sports. I take it they’re the Cadets. The other video...um….was pretty low quality but I think he was playing for a club team that I’m about 100% sure was in Europe somewhere. They had ridiculous uniforms too, but also a very European feeling to them. Anyway, he’s 6’8” and was often running the point. He can dribble, shoot a decent amount from the outside and can go to the basket. He’s got a long, athletic frame that should carry muscle well. And he can jump. Another intriguing guy but it’s really hard to form any kind of opinion with such little video or information available. Anyway, Klintman has received one additional offer and which was from Central Arkansas.

Big Red I found this video with some highlights not sure if you saw this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umV9eia2OUQ
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(03-22-2021 07:19 PM)nbcards Wrote:  
(03-21-2021 04:37 PM)Big Red Wrote:  NIU Recruiting Update:

Maxime Ekono - UNCOMMITTED - 6’7” - PG - WHAT????? - 210 pounds?????? That can’t be correct. Anyway… - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (Scotland, PA...not Great Britain) born in Nanterre, France - Okay...right off the bat, there’s a lot to take in here. A 6’7”, 210 pound point guard? I gotta find some video...which...hasn’t been easy. The only video I’ve found is a 21 second clip of him dunking during a layup line with an overlay graphic that read “Maxime Ekono is going to be a problem”. But, another tweet I found did confirm the 6’7” height but just said “guard”.

I’m sorry, but I have absolutely nothing to go on here. I can’t find anything. If anyone has ANY info on this dude, please share it. I’m intrigued. Anyway, Ekono has received additional offers from LaSalle, Montana State, Bradley, Southern Utah, Gardner Webb, Chicago State, and South Florida.

Ibbe Klintman - UNCOMMITTED - 6’8” - SF - 2* recruit from Scotland Campus Sports (apparently coach has himself a contact…) born in Malmō, Sweden - Okay, so I was actually able to find a couple videos on this one. One had him playing for Scotland Campus Sports. I take it they’re the Cadets. The other video...um….was pretty low quality but I think he was playing for a club team that I’m about 100% sure was in Europe somewhere. They had ridiculous uniforms too, but also a very European feeling to them. Anyway, he’s 6’8” and was often running the point. He can dribble, shoot a decent amount from the outside and can go to the basket. He’s got a long, athletic frame that should carry muscle well. And he can jump. Another intriguing guy but it’s really hard to form any kind of opinion with such little video or information available. Anyway, Klintman has received one additional offer and which was from Central Arkansas.

Big Red I found this video with some highlights not sure if you saw this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umV9eia2OUQ

Great find.

And color me really intrigued. So intrigued, in fact....I don't think there's a snowballs chance in hell he comes to NIU.

Maybe that's me just being conditioned to the calibre of player to expect under Montgomery, but that kid has some special skill to go along with his height. I get it's a 2 minute video and its a highlight video of him specifically, but still. He looks like a guy I'd love to have on the team.
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