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Towson Lands San Diego Transfer Juwan Gray

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Pat Skerry will be without a ton of talent from last year’s team in 2018-19, but the Tigers did add a talented guard in Juwan Gray for the 2019-20 season. (Source: Towson Athletics) (Header: San Diego Union Tribune)

TOWSON, Md. –The Towson Tigers will look considerably different in 2018-19 in comparison to their 2017-18 roster.

After an 18-win season, the Tigers will be without their top five scorers heading into the 2018-19 season. Towson lost three players to graduation, and another two players decided to transfer out of the program.

Leading scorer Zane Martin (19.8 ppg) opted to transfer from the team after his sophomore season, as did fellow sophomore Justin Gorham (9.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg). While both players have yet to commit to new programs, it’s unlikely that they’ll be back in a Towson jersey.

Add in the graduation of Brian Starr, Mike Morsell, and Eddie Keith II, and the Tigers lose over 60 points per game of production from their 2017-18 roster (60.6) ppg.

On Monday, the Tigers got some good news on the transfer market. While the addition won’t help them right away in 2018-19, it does add an intriguing piece to the puzzle for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Towson landed a commitment from guard Juwan Gray, who will join the Tigers after two years on the West Coast with the San Diego Toreros. Continue reading Towson Lands San Diego Transfer Juwan Gray

Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.

First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

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On the heels of a career year in 2017-18, Massachusetts graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Albany Great Danes on Tuesday. (Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette) (Header: Massachusetts Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — What an off-season it’s been for the Albany Great Danes.

The Great Danes have lost a ton of talent and production from their 2017-18 team this off-season, whether it be to graduation of players transferring out of the program. Their top four scorers are all gone, a group that includes three players that averaged at least 14.6 points per game.

Guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols both transferred from the program at the end of the year. Cremo joined the reigning champion Villanova Wildcats, while Nichols is taking his talents to the ACC after committing to the Florida State Seminoles. Add in the graduation of both Travis Charles and Greig Stire, and the roster is thin for the Great Danes.

Coach Will Brown and his staff have added transfers this off-season to help shoulder the load on both ends of the court. Freshman Phillip Flory transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates, and will be immediately eligible this season. On Tuesday, they added another player that brings a wealth of experience with him to the program.

Graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Great Danes after three seasons in the Atlantic 10 with the Massachusetts Minutemen. Continue reading Massachusetts Transfer Rayshawn Miller Commits to Albany

Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

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Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Denver Pioneers on Tuesday, becoming the second graduate transfer to join the Pioneers this off-season. (Source: Buffzone) (Header: Colorado Athletics)

DENVER, Colo. — Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Denver Pioneers had some holes to fill on their roster from the season prior.

Due to graduation, the Pioneers lost big man Daniel Amigo and guard Jake Pemberton, both of whom were key contributors in 2017-18. Pemberton was third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Amigo led the Pioneers in rebounding (6.7 rpg) while finishing second in scoring (15.3 ppg).

This off-season, Denver has looked to the transfer market to add some experience and talent to their roster for the upcoming season. The addition of 6’7” forward Ronnie Harrell, Jr., a graduate transfer from the Creighton Bluejays, will undoubtedly boost the talent up front and on the wing for head coach Rodney Billups and company.

Even with the addition of Harrell Jr. to the mix, the Pioneers still had some holes to fill.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers added another big piece to the puzzle for the 2018-19 season by way of another graduate transfer with power conference experience. Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Pioneers, staying in the state of Denver after transferring from the Colorado Buffaloes. Continue reading Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

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Canadian guard Nevell Provo will return to his home province for the 2018-19 season, committing to Saint Mary’s University after three years at Loyola (MD). (Source: Loyola (MD) Athletics)

HALIFAX, N.S. — Home is where the heart is.

Like most young basketball players in North America, Canadian guard Nevell Provo had the dream of playing collegiate basketball in the NCAA. In order to play at the top collegiate level, education is a priority. Thanks to his grades, Provo was able to realize his dream and play in the NCAA.

The native of North Preston, Nova Scotia received several offers from schools all over the NCAA, but opted to play for the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in Baltimore. The business school at Loyola (MD) made the decision easier for Provo, as he wants to enter the field of finance upon the completion of his degree and open his own financial firm down the road.

After three years in the NCAA, Provo will complete his degree at another institution. This one is much, much closer to home for the Canadian.

Provo committed to the Saint Mary’s University Huskies for his senior season, returning to his home province of Nova Scotia in the process. Continue reading Nova Scotia Native Nevell Provo Commits to Saint Mary’s University

San Diego Bolsters 2019-20 Roster With Addition of Youngstown State Transfer

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Sophomore guard Braun Hartfield comes to San Diego after averaging 13.6 points per game at Youngstown State in 2017-18. (Source: (Header: San Diego Tribune)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Fresh off a 20-win season, the San Diego Toreros are looking to build off their success in the 2018-19 season.

Despite some off-court issues surrounding former head coach Lamont Smith, San Diego finished in a tie for fourth place in the West Coast Conference with a record of 9-9 in WCC play. Their strong regular season earned them a spot in the field for the 2018 Tournament.

Wins over the Hartford Hawks and Portland State Vikings advanced the Toreros into the quarter-finals, where they fell to the Northern Colorado Bears at home to end their season.

In 2018-19, San Diego should be a top-half team in the WCC once more. They have a plethora of talent returning, a core group that includes the likes of Olin Carter III, Isaiah Pineiro, and Isaiah Wright, among others. With all three players being seniors next season, the coaching staff for the Toreros are looking to add pieces for the 2019-20 season on the transfer market. Continue reading San Diego Bolsters 2019-20 Roster With Addition of Youngstown State Transfer