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 CollegeInsider.com 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→
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Joe Pasternack has struck yet again on the recruiting trail.
He’s entering just his second season at the helm for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, but Pasternack continues to change the culture of the program with each passing day. He has helped turn the Gauchos into a major player on the recruiting trail, and that has been evident this off-season.
Prior to Thursday, the Gauchos added a pair of power conference transfers to their roster, one each for this season and next. Graduate transfer Ar’Mond Davis committed to UC Santa Barbara following his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide, and will be immediately eligible in 2018-19.
The Gauchos also added guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who joins the program after transferring from the Oregon State Beavers. He will sit out the 2018-19 season, and have two years of eligibility left starting in 2019-20.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s been an eventful off-season for the Florida Atlantic Owls thus far.
Following the 2017-18 season, administration relieved head coach Michael Curry of his duties after four seasons at the helm. Over that time, the Owls amassed a record of just 39-84.
Two weeks after relieving Curry of his duties, the Owls named Dusty May the program’s next head coach, giving him the task of turning around the program and helping to make them a contender in the Conference USA. May spent the last three seasons in the SEC as an assistant coach with the Florida Gators, who made two NCAA Tournament appearances over May’s three years.
It won’t be an easy task to turn around a program, and it’s not going to happen in one year. However, on Thursday, the Owls landed an impact transfer who will add some talent and intrigue to the roster come the 2019-20 season.
MUNICE, In. — If all goes according to plan, the Ball State Cardinals could very well have the best front court rotation in the Mid American Conference come the 2019-20 season.
The Cardinals already boast a pair of the top forwards in the conference in Tahjai Teague and Kyle Mallers. Both will be juniors in 2018-19, and are coming off of breakout seasons. Teague was second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with an average of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Mallers posted 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds of his own.
Add in Zach Gunn, who posted 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 25 games, and the front court rotation looks strong heading into the 2018-19 season.
MOBILE, Al. — Richie Riley strikes again for the South Alabama Jaguars.
To begin the off-season, the Jaguars hired Riley after he led the Nicholls Colonels to a record of 21-11 overall, and 15-3 in Southland Conference play. The Colonels earned a share of the regular season conference title with the Southeastern Louisiana Golden Lions.
Now, as the head coach of the Jaguars, Riley is making his mark on the transfer market as he looks to turn South Alabama into a top contender in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars have already landed graduate transfer Kory Holden, who will give the team a big offensive boost.
On Monday, they landed another talented guard who will help the team in 2019-20.
ORONO, Me. — The Maine Black Bears continued to add talent to their roster on Wednesday, as they landed a pair of commitments from players with Division I experience.
Just last week, the Black Bears signed guard Terion Moss after a standout career at Portland High School. He was named Maine’s 2018 Mr. Basketball, and he is a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. Keeping a player of his caliber in the state of Maine was a huge pickup for the Black Bears.
Now, Maine has added a pair of transfers with experience at the Division I level. One is eligible right away after spending half of last season at the JUCO level, while the other has to sit out the 2018-19 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.