PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — What an off-season its been for sophomores on the transfer market.
Some of the top transfers from across the country since the 2016-17 season have been second-year players, and still provide a ton of upside to their new programs in the future.
The likes of Carlton Bragg (Arizona State Sun Devils), C.J. Bryce (NC State Wolfpack), Marcus Evans (VCU Rams), and the Lawson brothers have all found their new homes, along with a slew of other talented players.
As the off-season moves along, players are still making decisions on their future, and while some may view it as ‘late’, players are still transferring from their current program.
On Thursday afternoon, the sophomore talent pool got a bit deeper, as guard Dontae Caldwell announced on Twitter that he has requested his release from the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and will transfer from the program.
Caldwell released the following note on Twitter to announce his decision.
In 31 games last year as a sophomore, Caldwell finished fourth on the Hawks in scoring, averaging 8.3 points per contest. He chipped in with 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
From his freshman to sophomore seasons, Caldwell improved in several key statistical categories. He saw his minutes almost double, going from 13.3 minutes per game as a freshman to 25.4 a year ago.
With the increase in floor time, he raised his scoring average by over three points per game, and raised his rebounding average by close to four boards. Caldwell improved his shooting percentage to 42.4%, up from his mark of 40.8% in 2015-16.
Caldwell, who stands at 6’5”, will add length to a back court rotation. The Santa Ana, CA native showed that he is capable of playing big minutes at the Division I level last season, and is also a serviceable option off the bench.
With the departure of Caldwell, the back court next season for the Hawks has taken a big hit this off-season. Fellow guards Michael Chambers and Randell Pickett have also transferred from the program. Add in the departure of star forward Bakari Copeland, and the Hawks will look considerably different in 2017-18.
Maryland-Eastern Shore finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-20 record overall, and 9-7 in conference play. They fell in the MEAC tournament semi-finals to the North Carolina Central Eagles to end their season.
– T. Bennett