THIBODAUX, La. — More boats will be burned in 2018-19 and beyond.
This off-season, the Nicholls Colonels have continued to build on their success from the past two seasons, and are quickly turning into a powerhouse team in the Southland Conference. After finishing second in the conference last season, new head coach Austin Claunch and the Colonels have their sights set on a conference title.
So far this off-season, the Colonels have added six transfers that will help the team immediately, and into the future. Three players are graduate transfers and will suit up in 2018-19, while three more will sit out this year and become eligible in 2019-20.
The trio of Gavin Peppers, Jaylan Robertson, and Jeremiah Jefferson will suit up for the Colonels in 2018-19. The likes of Nico Clareth, Dexter McClanahan, and D’Angelo Hunter will be eligible in 2019-20.
On Sunday, the Colonels added yet another talented player to the mix, bringing their transfer total to seven players since the 2017-18 season came to a close. Sophomore guard Isaiah Ross committed to Austin Claunch and the Colonels, adding another talented player to the mix for the 2019-20 season.
Ross comes to the Colonels after playing two seasons in the Western Athletic Conference with the UMKC Kangaroos. The native of Davenport, Iowa had a strong two seasons at UMKC, and will look to continue that success in Thibodaux, LA with the Colonels.
In 2017-18, Ross saw action in all 32 games for the ‘Roos, while making 17 starts as a sophomore. The 6’4” guard averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game over the course of the year. Ross finished second on the team in scoring behind Xavier Bishop, who averaged 11.6 points per contest.
On the year, Ross shot an even 40.0% (120-of-300) from the floor. He shot 35.9% from three point range, and 77.9% from the free throw line. Both his three point and free throw percentages were down slightly from his freshman season, where he shot 37.6% from distance and 83.3% from the line.
In Ross, the Colonels get a guard that will bring size to the back court rotation in 2019-20. Ross is also a player who has the ability to fill up the basket and carry the offense when called upon. He scored in double figures on 19 occasions last season, and he posted 20+ points in five of those games.
Ross posted a career-high 27 points on November 26th against the UT-Martin Skyhawks. He was 10-of-15 from the floor in the 65-55 win for the ‘Roos.
Due to the NCAA transfer regulations, Ross will sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining with the Colonels, starting in 2019-20. He joins a transfer contingent that features fellow guards in Clareth and McClanahan, giving the Colonels several weapons on the back end for the future.
– T. Bennett