SMITHFIELD, RI. — The Northeast Conference tends to see its fair share of talent transfer to bigger programs across the NCAA, and while players do transfer into the conference, they aren’t necessarily the biggest names out there.
On Sunday, the Bryant Bulldogs added a graduate transfer who has NCAA Tournament experience, and brings with him a wealth of experience that can help the Bulldogs right away in 2018-19.
Towards the end of April, junior guard Byron Hawkins was granted his release from the Murray State Racers, where he spent the last two seasons. Prior to his time with the Racers, Hawkins played two seasons with the Towson Tigers, where he emerged as a star in 2015-16 as a sophomore.
That’s the number of Division I offers that guard Andre Wolford had out of high school.
That’s how many people truly believed in Wolford’s abilities on the hardwood and knew he was wood enough to play at the top level in college.
That person was Andre himself.
“I want people to hear my story not for my own benefit, but to be a ray of hope in their careers,” said Wolford. “I want players to learn from my story to have faith in themselves, because there is always going to be people rooting against them.”
While the Terriers are not the flashiest opponent, the game brought plenty of excitement, as Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey and Bonzie Colson were tossed from the game with six minutes left in the second half.
Sunday afternoon’s game marked the first time in 23 years that Mike Brey has ever been thrown out from a game.
The ejections did not concern the Irish one bit, as they handled the Terriers with ease towards the end. But, what should concern the Irish is the fact that the bench continued to under perform, even against an opponent like St. Francis.