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Former Mount St. Mary’s Guard Jonah Antonio Transfers to South Plains College

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As a freshman in 2017-18, guard Jonah Antonio averaged 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game at Mount St. Mary’s. (Source: Jonah Antonio on Twitter) (Header: South Plains College)

LEVELLAND, Tex. — Chalk up another Division I transfer for the South Plains College Texans.

Since the 2017-18 season came to a close, close to 750 players have either transferred from a Division I school, or have moved up a level and have committed to a Division I program. With the large number, players are bound to transfer anywhere and everywhere. The majority stay at the top level, while plenty still transfer elsewhere as they look for the best fit for their game and their development.

One program that has done rather well this off-season is South Plains College.

Last season, the Texans had four Division I transfers on their roster, including the ever-talented Jordan Brangers. Year after year, South Plains College is present on the transfer market, and this year has been no different.

Earlier this off-season, they added Jamar Ergas (Washington State Huskies) and Trey Wade (UTEP Miners) to the mix for the 2018-19 season. On Monday, they added another talented player for the upcoming campaign, as guard Jonah Antonio committed to the Texans over other Division I programs. Continue reading Former Mount St. Mary’s Guard Jonah Antonio Transfers to South Plains College

Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

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Brampton, Ontario native Gabriel Gyamfi (20) has committed to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Colby C.C. Athletics) (Header: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks have added some Canadian flare to their roster for the 2018-19 season.

Coming off a dismal 2017-18 season, one that saw the Hawks deal with injuries to their top three returning scorers from the season before, interim head coach Clifford Reed and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a big bounce back year in 2018-19. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor are back healthy, and will look to lead the Hawks to a MEAC crown.

With key names leaving from last year’s team, the Hawks had some holes to fill. The Hawks have already added graduate transfer Kevin Larkin to the mix, but were still looking for others to come in and fill out their roster. On Wednesday, they added another piece to the puzzle from north of the border.

Canadian wing Gabriel Gyamfi has committed to the program for the 2018-19 season, bringing a Canadian contingent to the Hawks for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Canadian Forward Gabriel Gyamfi Commits to Maryland Eastern Shore

Point Guard Darrell Riley Jr. Commits to Chicago State

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After a year each at Mississippi Valley State and Williston State College, point guard Darrell Riley Jr. (#3) has committed to play for the Chicago State Cougars in 2018-19. (Header: Chicago Crusader)

CHICAGO, Ill. — They may not have a head coach as of yet for the 2018-19 season, but the Chicago State Cougars have themselves a talented point guard moving forwards.

Following the 2017-18 season, the Cougars fired head coach Tracy Dildy after eight seasons at the helm of the program. Dildy, who also served as the Athletic Director, was relieved of his duties after guiding the Cougars to a 3-29 record.

Now, with the 2018-19 season getting closer with each passing day, the Cougars are still without a head coach to guide the team into the future. With that said, they are still active on the recruiting trail and landed themselves a point guard with Division I experience on Sunday afternoon.

Guard Darrell Riley, Jr. announced on his Twitter page that he was committing to Chicago State, putting an end to his recruitment after transferring from Williston State College. Continue reading Point Guard Darrell Riley Jr. Commits to Chicago State

Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

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After two seasons at Texas State, 6’7” forward Nedeljko Prijovic (above) has committed to the University of Maine, where he will reunite with a former teammate and coach from Lee Academy. (Source: Texas State Athletics) (Header: Texas State Athletics)

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.

Nedeljko Prijovic and Sergio El Darwich have committed to the Black Bears, adding size and depth to the rotation for the Black Bears. Continue reading Nedeljko Prijovic, Sergio El Darwich Commit to Maine

On the Brink: Houston Cougars’ 2016 Commit Valentine Sangoyomi

After a strong career at Northern Oklahoma College, forward Valentine Sangoyomi continues to follow in the footsteps of Hakeem Olajuwon, and will play for the Houston Cougars starting in the 2016-17 season. (Source: Houston Cougars Athletics)
After a strong career at Northern Oklahoma College, forward Valentine Sangoyomi continues to follow in the footsteps of Hakeem Olajuwon, and will play for the Houston Cougars starting in the 2016-17 season. (Source: Houston Cougars Athletics)

Former NBA player Hakeem Olajuwon once said, “I’ve now been in this country for thirteen years, since I was seventeen. So this is my second home.”

Houston Cougars‘ commit Valentine Sangoyomi shares a similar path to that of Olajuwon, and one special connection.

The game of basketball means a lot to Sangoyomi. “It’s like what is giving me joy whenever I am sad about something. I can always find joy on the basketball court.”

After committing to the Cougars after a stellar JUCO career, Saangoyomi is “On the Brink” of stardom in the NCAA.

Continue reading On the Brink: Houston Cougars’ 2016 Commit Valentine Sangoyomi

Prey Harder: The Devin Martin Story

Devin Martin put together two stellar years with the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and recently signed with a sports agency, marking the start of a professional career that has been years in the making.
Devin Martin put together two stellar years with the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, and recently signed with a sports agency, marking the start of a professional career that has been years in the making.

“The harder you prey, the harder you work, and the more you’ll succeed.”

If you ask Devin Martin what the phrase “prey harder” means to him, that’s what he will tell you.

The guard played the last two years for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, who regularly use #PreyHarder on social media to describe the men’s basketball program.

Last week, Martin signed a contract with his agency, taking the next step towards his ultimate dream of making it to the NBA. But, in the early years, some wondered if his dream would ever be realized.

Martin has had to overcome various challenges that would have knocked most people down and kept them away from realizing their dreams. Instead of letting the obstacles keep him down, Martin overcame them all, seemingly coming out stronger and more mature each time.

It must have been fate that led Martin to the Hawks before the 2014-15 season, as he has been living the “Prey Harder” life since his high school days. Continue reading Prey Harder: The Devin Martin Story