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.
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Dayton retained possession of a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 Saturday afternoon, beating St. Bonaventure 75-61 at UD Arena. Leading the way for the Flyers were senior guard Jordan Sibert and junior forward Dyshawn Pierre, with Sibert accounting for 24 points and seven steals and Pierre adding 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Sibert and Pierre were two of the four Dayton starters who finished the game in double figures, and as a team Dayton shot 52.1% from the field. However Dayton received just nine minutes from forward Kendall Pollard, who left the game in the first half after colliding with a St. Bonaventure player. With Pollard sidelined, even more was needed from Pierre and he stepped forward.
At 9-3 in conference play, Dayton is tied with No. 20 VCU and Rhode Island for first place in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers still have games remaining against both, as they visit VCU February 28 and host Rhode Island March 3.
St. Bonaventure, which played without injured freshman point guard Jaylen Adams, received 16 points and 12 rebounds from center Youssou Ndoye but the Bonnies shot 0-for-11 from three and committed 17 turnovers on the afternoon.
Freshman point guard Jaylen Adams has been a valuable player for St. Bonaventure this season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.7 assists per game for a team that is now 6-5 in the Atlantic 10 after dropping a 55-53 decision to UMass on Wednesday. Unfortunately for head coach Mark Schmidt, that game may have been Adams’ last of this season.
Friday morning it was reported by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com that Adams underwent season-ending surgery to repair a broken finger. News of Adams’ injury was first reported Thursday by The Bona Blog.
Without Adams late in the UMass game (he fouled out with just over a minute remaining and the Bonnies ahead by four), St. Bonaventure used Marcus Posley at the point. St. Bonaventure failed to score a point in the final 2:45 of Wednesday’s game, and after Adams fouled out the Bonnies committed two turnovers. Posley had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but his three-pointer missed the mark.
With Adams out of the lineup, junior Iakeem Alston should see more minutes alongside starters Posley and Andell Cumberbatch. However it should be noted that Alston’s played an average of just 7.8 minutes per game this season.
Adams was both a solid complimentary scorer and a good distributor of the basketball, as he not only compiled assists but took care of the ball as well. This is a big loss for the Bonnies as they look to improve their standing ahead of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
St. Bonaventure junior guard Marcus Posley is having himself quite a week. After a buzzer-beating win over Davidson in which he made a thrilling runner for the win on Wednesday, Posley was at it again in a win over No. 18 VCU on Saturday.
Posley drove and hit a tough shot off glass to give the Bonnies a 73-71 upset win over the Rams. The 6-foot-1 Posley struggled to find his offense for much of the afternoon, as he only shot 5-for-18 from the field in the game, but he picked a great time to step up and deliver a big shot.
Playing without Treveon Graham, VCU was led by 15 points from freshman forward Terry Larrier while JeQuan Lewis chipped in 14 points.
While Posley hit the big shot, and is the leading scorer on the season for St. Bonaventure, forward Dion Wright had 19 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes played to pace the Bonnies.