GRAMBLING, La. — In recent years, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has seen its fair share of talent leave the conference via the transfer market.
This offseason alone, the likes of Zach Lofton and Edric Dennis, two of the biggest stars in the SWAC, have transferred to new homes. Smaller programs have had a harder time holding onto their talent in recent years, and the SWAC is no exception.
However, on Monday, one team in particular got some news on the transfer market, as they added some depth to their front court in a big way.
Forward Zavier Peart committed to the Grambling State Tigers, adding some size and depth to the front court rotation for the Tigers.
While Peart may not be the biggest name on the transfer market, or the most productive over his collegiate career, he is a nice pickup for the Tigers and new head coach Donte Stillman.
Last season at Manhattan, Peart appeared in 26 games for the Jaspers, and averaged 9.6 minutes per contest. In his limited action, the native of Miami, FL averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per night out.
For the year, Peart went a strong 36-of-68 (52.9%) from the floor, but just 7-of-16 (43.8%) from the free throw line. They are both relatively small sample sizes, but his effectiveness from the floor is a good sign moving forwards.
Peart put together a trio of impressive performances last season. He scored in double figures on a pair of occasions, including a career-best 16 points against the Hofstra Pride on November 18th, a game that saw the big man go 8-of-9 from the floor. He followed that up with an 11-point performance against the West Virginia Mountaineers ten days later.
He pulled down a season high 10 rebounds against the Canisius Golden Griffins in conference play to open up the month of December.
After sitting out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, Peart will have one year of eligibility with the Tigers in 2018-19.
– T. Bennett