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Dom Cristiano transfers to New York University

Photo courtesy of Don Cristiano’s Twitter.

Dom Cristiano is heading to “The Big Apple.”

Cristiano, who spent his freshman season with Lafayette of the Patriot League, has transferred to NCAA Division III New York University, he announced via Twitter on Thursday night. The 6’8″, 195-pound forward has three years of eligibility remaining and will suit up for the Violets next season.

“[I] didn’t get the opportunity I was looking for there,” Cristiano said in an exclusive interview. “[The] slow half-court style of play there, also, doesn’t use me in a way which utilizes my skills effectively.”

Cristiano says academics played a significant role in his decision; New York University has a business school, the Stern School of Business, while Lafayette College does not.
His pursuit of a degree aside, the former Greens Farms Academy star envisions something special at NYU.

“I will have a great opportunity there, including two other big transfers that will make us very competitive.”

Last year the Violets were 7-18 overall and 2-12 in the University Athletic Association.
However, Cristiano, who scored 1,472 points in his high school career, has the skills to be an immediate contributor.

“I am a 6’8 inside-out player with a great motor. I get out and down the floor, play above the rim and have range out to the three-point line,” Cristiano said. “I am a mismatch because I can post smaller defenders and drive by bigger defenders. [I am my] best in transition.”

New York University, formerly a Division I school, last made the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2016. Head coach Joe Nesci is entering his 30th season at the helm.

– P. Wesner

Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

Former Sacred Heart guard Cane Broome is ready to show the rest of the AAC what he’s got this season with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The transfer market has dominated the 2017 College Basketball offseason thus far. Big name talents like Marcus Evans and the Lawson brothers have headlined a strong class of players changing teams.

But while the likes of Evans and the Lawson’s are the center of attention right now, their transfers will soon be forgotten until they step foot on the basketball court. ¬†They‚Äôll have a quiet year to acclimate to school, while familiarizing themselves with the new coach, teammates, court, and any of its warps or tricky dead spots.

The NCAA requires non-graduate transfers to sit out a season before they play for their new team. So we will have to wait until November 2018 before we see KJ, Marcus, and all the other transfers play for their new schools.

While the current offseason buzz has been focused on players deciding to transfer, and rightfully so, there should be even more excitement about the holding-tank of student athletes who plan to make a huge impact for their new team this coming fall after toiling exclusively in practice jerseys for a year. Continue reading Looking ahead at two redshirts who transferred following the 2015-16 season

Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

On Thursday, Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. committed to LeVelle Moton and the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Larry Mcknigght Jr. (@L_Knight_LOE))

DURHAM, N.C. — Year after year, the¬†North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves near the top of the MEAC standings, if not in first place.

This past season was more of the same, as the Eagles finished with a 13-3 record in conference play, and took home the regular season crown by a game over the Norfolk State Spartans. North Carolina Central then went on to win the MEAC Tournament, and represented the conference in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, the Eagles were poised to take a step backwards with the loss of key personnel across the roster. Senior guards¬†Pat Cole,¬†Dajuan Graf, and¬†Ron Trapps all graduated at season’s end, leaving big holes across the back court for the Eagles.

However, there’s an old saying that applies perfectly to the Eagles and head coach LeVelle Moton.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Across the country, Moton is considered one of the premier coaches in the NCAA, regardless of conference. He continually gets the best out of his players, and players want to play for a man of his caliber.

On Thursday, Moton and the Eagles added another piece to the puzzle for the 2017-18 season, filling a big hole in the back court in the process.

Former Wofford Terriers and¬†Palm Beach State Panthers’¬†transfer guard Larry Mcknight Jr. ¬†committed to play for the Eagles in 2017-18. Continue reading Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson commits to Lamar

Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson (left) committed to Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals on Friday afternoon.

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Coming off a big year in 2016-17, the¬†Lamar Cardinals have even higher hopes for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

The Cardinals finished the year with a 19-15 record overall, and participated in the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament following a fifth-place finish in the Southland standings.

Following the season, it was announced that sophomore forwards Dorian Chatman and Terrance Hubby were transferring from the program. Hubby has since committed to York College, while Chatman is still exploring his options.

With a strong nucleus returning next season, with James Harrison becoming eligible and joining the likes of Colton Weisbrod, Nick Garth and Joey Frenchwood on the roster, the future is still bright down in Beaumont.

On Friday afternoon, the Cardinals added some more depth to their roster by way of the transfer market. Graduate transfer¬†Da’Shawn Robinson has committed to play for the Cardinals during his final year of collegiate eligibility after spending two years in the Conference USA with the¬†Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Continue reading Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson commits to Lamar

South Florida bolsters roster for 2017-18 with addition of three graduate transfers

Penn State transfer Payton Banks is one of three graduate transfers to commit to South Florida this off-season, bolstering the roster for the Bulls in 2017-18.

TAMPA, Fla. — When one thinks of basketball power programs, one name that doesn’t jump out is the¬†South Florida Bulls.

Over the past few years, the Bulls have finished in the bottom half of the American Athletic Conference standings, and have been riddled by transfers. During the 2016-17 season, leading scorer Jahmal McMurray transferred despite playing in just three games.

He was averaging over 20 points per contest over those three games.

Then, this off-season, Mike Bibby Jr. announced he was transferring from the program. Add that to the list of things going against the Bulls next season.

However, there have been plenty of things to be excited about as next season slowly approaches. The addition of three transfers, all of whom are immediately eligible in 2017-18 as graduate transfers, have the Bulls trending in the right direction.

All three players will play significant roles next season with the Bulls, and provide significant depth at all three spots. Continue reading South Florida bolsters roster for 2017-18 with addition of three graduate transfers

Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU

After averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with Longwood last season, graduate transfer Khris Lane has committed to play his final year of college basketball at VCU.

RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the¬†VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.

After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.

Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.

Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.

On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.

Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from the Longwood Lancers, announced on Saturday that he would be transferring to VCU for his final year of collegiate basketball. Continue reading Graduate transfer Khris Lane commits to VCU