FORT WAYNE, Ind. — College basketball is an ever-changing game.
Each season, it seems as though more and more players are looking to transfer to a new program. This year’s list is approaching the 600-mark, and names are still being added to the list with each passing day. Players transfer for varying reasons, most of which we will never truly know why.
With that being said, there are always big name transfers who hit the open market. This season, the likes of Marcus Evans, Dedric Lawson, Khris Lane, and Chase Jeter have all been looking for new homes, among others.
While the big name transfers get the bulk of the attention, many impact transfers fly under the radar. One of those names on this year’s transfer list is guard Marcus DeBerry. After two seasons with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, the 6’5” guard opted to transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility.
On Wednesday afternoon, he found his new home, and is off to the Summit League to help bolster a back court that will look vastly different following the upcoming season.
DeBerry will be a key piece of the puzzle for the Fort Wayne Mastodons for the remainder of his collegiate career, as he committed to head coach Jon Coffman and his staff on Wednesday.
It was a relatively short recruiting process for DeBerry, who received his release from the Lumberjacks back on April 22nd, per Verbal Commits.
In DeBerry, the Mastodons get a 6’5”, 165-pound guard who does a bit of everything on both ends of the floor. In 32.6 minutes per contest this past season, he averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per contest. DeBerry improved his points per game average by over two points from his freshman season (7.6).
While he can put the ball in the basket, he was a streaky shooter in 2016-17. He finished the season shooting 32.5% from the field, down from 36.0% as a freshman. DeBerry attemped 113 more field goals as a sophomore, making 29 of those extras.
There were 13 occasions where he shot 30% or below from the field on the year, but he also showed that when he gets hot from the field, he can carry a team on offense. There were seven occasions where DeBerry shot better than 40% from the field, and he shot 50% or above three times.
DeBerry put up a season-best 19 points in a five-point loss in Big Sky play to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks back on January 5th. That started a streak of five-straight double digit scoring performances for the native of Union City, Tennessee.
The addition of DeBerry will help to ease the pain of losing senior guard Bryson Scott following the 2017-18 campaign.
Heading into the 2017-18 year, the Mastodons will be without Mo Evans, who graduated after this season. Fort Wayne will say goodbye to a pair of talented guards before DeBerry will suit up for the program.
He will join John Konchar in the back court in 2017-18, giving Fort Wayne one of the top back court tandems in the Summit League, for the time being.
DeBerry will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
– T. Bennett