Iona lands Toledo transfer Curtis Dennis


Iona has made a habit in recent years of capitalizing on transfers.

Mike Glover ended up with the Gaels after things didn’t work out at Seton Hall. They added Momo Jones, who will be a senior next season, when he decided to leave Arizona. And back in April, the Gaels added Tavon Sledge, a Long Island native that spent last season at Iowa State.

On Monday afternoon, Tim Cluess once again tipped his toes in that pool.

Curtis Dennis, a native of the Bronx that averaged 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds at Toledo last season, will be joining the Gaels. The 6-foot-5 wing will be eligible to play immediately since the Rockets are banned from postseason play due to APR issues.

“I chose Iona because of the coaching staff they have and the success they have brought not only to Iona College but to New York basketball,” Dennis, who averaged 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds last season, told Adam Zagoria. “I have one more year left and the opportunity to transfer right away and play in front of my family who mean the world to me and have an opportunity to win  a championship and play in the NCAA Tournament or any other tournament I could not pass up.”

Once again, Iona looks like they will be a favorite in the MAAC next season. With Dennis, who began his collegiate career at New Mexico, joining Jones and Sean Armand on the perimeter, the Gaels will have plenty of pop next season.

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Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.