VCU took a tough blow to its future on Wednesday night as the school announced in a release that freshman Samir Doughty intends to transfer.
The 6-foot-4 Doughty had a very productive freshman year for the Rams as he put up 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
The Rams are going to look quite different next year in new head coach Mike Rhoades’ first season. The only returning starters at the moment are senior guard Johnathan Williams and forward Justin Tillman and Doughty was one of the young pieces expected to step up into double-figures as a scorer next season.
Rhoades is the third VCU head coach in four years so he is going to have to deal with a roster and a program that craves stability the next few seasons. Things should end up being okay as long as Rhoades can bring in talent, but that’s going to be something to watch as he tries to overhaul this roster to make it his own.
St. Bonaventure pulled in a potentially solid transfer on Thursday as UNLV guard Jalen Poyser pledged to the Bonnies.
The 6-foot-4 Poyser just finished his sophomore season in which he averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game game for the Runnin’ Rebels.
Poyser will have to sit out one season and will have two seasons of eligibility after.
Poyser will have to improve his low shooting percentages during his time at UNLV, but he is capable of putting up points and scoring from multiple levels of the floor.
Former VCU power forward Mo Alie-Cox will try his hand at football as ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported on Thursday that he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Alie-Cox spent four years playing college hoops at VCU as he averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Alie-Cox was undersized to be a bruising forward like he was in the Atlantic 10 but he has great size to play tight end in the NFL as he’ll try to stick behind Colts starting tight end Jack Doyle.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen college basketball players transition to tight end as others like Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates have done it before.
It’ll be interesting to see if Alie-Cox can make the switch to football because it is a pattern we should continue to see with undersized college forwards in the future.
UMass took a major hit to its rebuilding efforts on Wednesday as the rising sophomore duo of Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham announced they were transferring.
Jarreau and Gresham were a pair of highly-touted recruits from Louisiana when former head coach Derek Kellogg landed them to play for the Minutemen.
Thriving from the start, the 6-foot-5 Jarreau put up 9.8 points and a team-leading 4.5 assists per game last season while shooting 44 percent from the field while the 6-foot-9 Gresham averaged 3.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Both players will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations before getting three more years of eligibility. Since the duo from New Orleans committed together as a package deal the first time around, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the duo also stay together when they transfer to a new program.
VCU landed one of the best transfers available on Monday as Rice guard Marcus Evans pledged to the Rams. The 6-foot-2 Evans is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia as he’ll be returning closer to home to finish out his college career. Evans will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations before getting two more seasons of eligibility with VCU.
Evans scored 1,350 points at Rice over the last two seasons as he was one of the best players in Conference USA. As a sophomore last season, Evans averaged 19.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game as he shot 42 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range.
With more help around him, Evans should be counted on to be an immediate impact scorer in the Atlantic 10 as he’s an important recruiting win for new head coach Mike Rhoades.
Rhoades previously recruited Evans to Rice and coached him the past two seasons, so there should be an immediate comfort level between the two.
Rhode Island junior guard E.C. Matthews will return to school for his redshirt senior season, the school announced on Friday.
The 6-foot-5 Matthews led the Rams in scoring at 14.9 points per game this past season as he returned from a torn ACL and helped Rhode Island reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.
Besides for being a talented scorer, Matthews is a good overall playmaker for the Rams as he also put up 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
With Matthews returning, it gives head coach Dan Hurley a huge weapon for next season as Rhode Island returns everyone besides the senior front court of Hassan Martin and Kuran Iverson.