St. Bonaventure landed a high-scoring guard as former Central Connecticut State guard Matt Mobley announced on Twitter that he committed to the Bonnies.
A 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, Mobley averaged 17.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season while shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. He’ll have to sit out the 2015-16 season before getting two more seasons of eligibility.
Mobley will be moving up a league into the Atlantic 10, but with multiple 30-point games under his belt at the college level, he should help as a scoring guard in the St. Bonaventure rotation. After shooting 31 percent from 3-point range as a team last season, Mobley could certainly improve their spacing and perimeter shooting.
Butler received a commitment from St. Bonaventure transfer guard Jordan Gathers on Sunday. Gathers is the nephew of the late Hank Gathers, who was the star of the high-powered Loyola Marymount offense.
Gathers decided to transfer out of the St. Bonaventure program back in mid-December. When the school released that news, it stated that Gathers had recently completed his Bachelor’s degree, meaning he’s a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible to play next season at Butler.
The 6-foot-3 guard underwent hip surgery in June and did not appear in any games for the Bonnies this past season. As a junior, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He also led St. Bonaventure to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals, hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to upset top-seeded Saint Louis in the quarterfinals.
Butler, a surprise team this season that won 23 games for first-year head coach Chris Holtmann, will certainly be hurt by the loss of Alex Barlow, but the Butler perimeter brings back top scorer Kellen Dunham as well as Roosevelt Jones. Tyler Lewis, the NC State transfer, will fill Barlow’s spot at point.
Gathers joins three-star center Nate Fowler and shooting guard Sean McDermott in Butler’s incoming class.
After No. 24 Davidson and VCU managed to earn spots in Saturday’s Atlantic 10 semifinals, four teams will look to grab the final two spots in the night session at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and both games can be seen on NBCSN and NBC Sports LiveExtra. At 6:30 p.m. Eastern two-seed Dayton takes on seven-seed St. Bonaventure, with Archie Miller’s Flyers looking to build on what’s been a good season to this point.
Despite playing a seven-man rotation led by senior guard Jordan Sibert and junior forward Dyshawn Pierre, the Flyers remained in the Atlantic 10 title race until the final weekend of the regular season. As for St. Bonaventure, Mark Schmidt’s team has won four straight with their most recent victory being a 60-49 win over Saint Joseph’s Thursday night.
WATCH LIVE: Stream St. Bonaventure vs. Dayton here.
In the nightcap three-seed Rhode Island, which has taken the next step in its rebuilding process under head coach Dan Hurley slightly quicker than some anticipated, takes on George Washington. The Rams don’t lack for young contributors who are already major factors in the Atlantic 10, including sophomores Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews and freshman Jared Terrell.
As for the Colonials, Mike Lonergan’s team is looking to make a run in Brooklyn after beginning conference play as a team expected to not only return to the NCAA tournament but possibly win once there as well. With four double-digit scorers led by Patricio Garino, the Colonials have won three straight including their 18-point victory over Duquesne Thursday night.
WATCH LIVE: Stream George Washington vs. Rhode Island here.