Having already lost four seniors to graduation, Wagner will have two more spots to fill according to multiple reports. Thursday it was reported that both forward Mario Moody and guard Langston Burnett have been released from their scholarships and will transfer.
Moody averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for head coach Bashir Mason, with the latter number ranking second on the team behind Orlando Parker. Parker’s one of the four seniors out of eligibility, with guards Kenneth Ortiz and Latif Rivers and center Naofall Folahan being the others. With those departures, Moody was expected to figure prominently in Wagner’s plans for next season.
However, as noted by Ryan Peters of Big Apple Buckets, the consistency wasn’t always there and that seemed to impact his minutes as the season progressed:
Despite the highlight reel dunks and nationally ranked rebound and block rates, the forward was, once again, somewhat inconsistent in his first season as an upperclassman. Even though he set a career low with 4.9 fouls committed per 40 minutes, Moody barely played more than half of Wagner’s available minutes. Why exactly was that the case? Well, Mason didn’t seem to trust him. In Wagner’s two NEC postseason games, Moody made all six of his field goal attempts and blocked five shots, and yet, the New Jersey native averaged a meager 13 minutes per game when the season was on the line. His lack of playing time didn’t seem to make sense from the outsider’s perspective.
As for Burnett, he played in 20 of Wagner’s 31 games, averaging 5.8 minutes per contest. With guard Dwaun Anderson being Wagner’s most productive returnee and all three signees being perimeter players, Wagner will have some work to do when it comes to grabbing some late front court recruits.