The offseason leading up to the 2015-16 NCAA Division I basketball campaign has been decorated with player transfers right from the outset.
More often than not, you see players going from Division I institutions to other Division I institutions, or players going from Junior College to Division I. While it happens each year, it’s rare to see a large number of players going the opposite direction, moving from Division I to the likes of Division II or JUCO.
This off-season has seen its fair share of player “moving down” to lower-level programs to continue their basketball careers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, as these players making the move find their new homes a better fit for them in the long run, and can provide them with more that they need to shape their future.
One transfer target we have kept a close eye on has been Fresno State guard Emmanuel Owootoah. The native of Toronto, ON opted to transfer after the 2014-15 season, but it was unclear where he was considering as his next stop.
On June 12th, it was announced that Owootoah would be transferring to Lynn University, an NCAA Division II institution.
Owootoah, a 5’11” guard out of Toronto, enjoyed limited success in limited playing time with the Bulldogs over the course of two seasons. As a sophomore in 2014-15, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.6 assists per game while appearing in 22.8 minutes per contest.
Owootoah appeared in all but one game for Fresno State a season ago, making 12 starts over the course of the year. He scored a season-best 11 points in Fresno State’s 93 – 55 win over Bristol back on November 17th.
The addition of Owootoah will bolster an already talented lineup for the Lynn Fighting Knights. In 2013-14, Lynn made it to the Sweet 16 of the Division II basketball championships. Owootoah will give the team an experienced guard who knows what it takes to win at a high level.
The Fighting Knights have a handful of talented guards, so the fight for playing time will be a fierce, competitive battle between the guards. The hope is that this will push the guards to excel and develop into great floor generals.
Look for Owootoah to step in right away and have an immediate impact, as the Fighting Knights are looking to improve on last year’s Sweet 16 finish.