While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish only signed one recruit to their class of 2017, the Irish got the ball rolling early as they secured a commitment from class of 2018 four-star point guard, Prentiss Hubb.
The on-court success of the Irish seems to be transpiring on the recruiting trail, as Notre Dame has been starting to secure some blue chip recruits. Demetrius Jackson led the way, followed by soon-to-be sophomore T.J. Gibbs, incoming freshman D.J. Harvey and now Hubb.
Hubb’s commitment marks the second straight recruit Head Coach Mike Brey has landed from the state of D.C in two years. Both Hubb and Harvey come from D.C. where they squared off against each other in high school.
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 IIINCAA Tournament in 2016. Head coach Joe Nesci is entering his 30th season at the helm.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — College basketball is an ever-changing game.
Each season, it seems as though more and more players are looking to transfer to a new program. This year’s list is approaching the 600-mark, and names are still being added to the list with each passing day. Players transfer for varying reasons, most of which we will never truly know why.
With that being said, there are always big name transfers who hit the open market. This season, the likes of Marcus Evans, Dedric Lawson, Khris Lane, and Chase Jeter have all been looking for new homes, among others.
While the big name transfers get the bulk of the attention, many impact transfers fly under the radar. One of those names on this year’s transfer list is guard Marcus DeBerry. After two seasons with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, the 6’5” guard opted to transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility.
The transfer market has dominated the 2017 College Basketball offseason thus far. Big name talents like Marcus Evans and theLawson 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’ll 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.
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.
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.