Eric Paschall

Report: Villanova expected to land talented Fordham transfer

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Eric Paschall is expected to commit to Villanova on Friday, according to a report from SNY.

Paschall will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, but he will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Paschall was one of the most talented freshmen in the Atlantic 10 this past season. The 6-foot-6 wing from Dobbs Ferry, New York, averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 boards this past season, although he shot just 31.5 percent from three and posted a 1-to-2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Villanova was one of five schools on Paschall’s final list, as he picked the Wildcats over Providence, Florida, Kansas and returning to Fordham.

He’ll effectively join five-star big man Omari Spellman in Jay Wright’s 2016 recruiting class.

Andy Toole will remain the head coach at Robert Morris

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Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole, one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel, has decided to remain with the Colonials, the school announced on Friday night.

“We’re thrilled that Andy has decided to remain at RMU,” Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said in a statement. “He has accomplished a great deal with our program, and we have full confidence that he can take our program to even greater heights.”

Toole is 110-66 since taking over the program in 2010. He helped Robert Morris reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament after back-to-back appearances in the NIT the two previous seasons. The Colonials defeated North Florida in the First Four before being eliminated by No. 1 Duke in the Round of 64.

Toole had been in contention for the Fordham vacancy. The Rams parted ways with Tom Pecora after five seasons. Fordham, which hasn’t had a winning record since 2007, actually has some young talent on the roster. However, the Rams’ future took a hit when their top player, Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, was granted his release, as he will explore other options.

Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year will look at options besides Fordham

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Fordham received some discouraging news on Monday as freshman guard Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Year, has received permission to speak to other schools.

The 6-foot-6 Paschall averaged a team-leading 15.9 points per game and also grabbed 5.5 rebounds a contest. He announced the latest in his recruitment on Twitter and also said that the Rams were still in the mix.

According to a report from Josh Thomson of Iohud.com, Paschall will explore a few other options. Paschall’s dad, Juan, spoke about the recruitment of his son in the report.

“There are two or three that he’s really interested in — schools he knows,” Juan Paschall said to Thomson. “I know some of those coaches. I know what they’re about. Now it’s just a matter of us visiting those schools.”

With head coach Tom Pecora getting fired, Paschall would be wise to look at all of his options to continue his career. With three years of eligibility left, Paschall could be a hot commodity in recruiting this spring.