BEAUMONT, Tex. — While the NCAA Tournament is still in full swing, the off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season is shaping up to be an exciting one. It appears as though no team is safe from the transfer epidemic that is going around the country once again.
According to Verbal Commits, the transfer list has already eclipsed 200 players, and it will only grow as each day passes.
On Friday, several talented sophomores announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Two of those players suited up for the Lamar Cardinals this past season, and while they saw limited action, they were key pieces to the Cardinals’ run to the post-season in 2016-17.
Sophomore forwards Dorian Chatman and Terrance Hubby have announced that they will be transferring out of Lamar.
The news on both players was released by Verbal Commits on their Twitter page on Friday night.
Chatman appeared in 32 of the Cardinals’ 34 games this past season, averaging just over 14 minutes of floor time per night. After a freshman year in which he averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, Chatman struggled to find his mark in 2016-17.
As a sophomore, he averaged just 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest. While he did improve his shooting percentage from the floor to 48.0%, he was unable to build off his strong freshman year.
Consider it a sophomore slump, if you will, as the tools are there for Chatman to succeed at the top level of collegiate basketball. He has good shooting range for a player of his size (6’7”), and he can stretch the opposing defense out on occasion with long range jumpers.
Hubby was rarely used this season. He appeared in 16 games, and averaged a team-low 5.8 minutes per contest. Hubby averaged 2.1 points per game, also a team-low mark, but made 11-of-16 (68.8%) from the floor over the year.
Both players will sit out the 2017-18 season, assuming they stay in Division I, and have two years of eligibility remaining.
The 2016-17 season was a big year for the Cardinals, who posted their first winning season since the 2011-12 campaign. They appeared in the 2017 CIT, but fell to the Texas State Bobcats in the opening round.
With the bulk of the core back next season, the Cardinals will be a top team in the Southland Conference.
– T. Bennett