Spring has sprung and college basketball recruiting has never let a little thing like weather get in it’s way. Recruiting is in full swing.
The Jays are still beating the bushes in the transfer market – as expected being Transfer U – looking at several graduate and regular transfers to augment the roster. We lost 4 seniors to graduation, Ronnie Harrell transferred out, and Khyri is a 1st rounder in the NBA Draft (mid teens to high 20’s). The NBA Draft is 2 weeks away.
The Jays are looking at several graduate transfers: Matt Mooney (SDSU), Brock Stull, (UWM), among others. Mooney committed to Tx Tech. Stull to Minnesota. Isabell dropped off the radar. LE: 01June18 – Isabell to St Louis U.
New guy – Grad Trans: PF Reid Travis (Stanford), averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.
Travis is a gtmo all-time favorite. Creighton recruited him hard as a Minnesota HSer, but Stanford snagged him. He is a bruiser PF and would be a sterling addition. UK is the perceived favorite according to the national pundits.
New guy – Some fans on Bluejay Banter board are promoting Ctr Christian Mekowulu (below) but no indication of any CU interest.
Photos: Courtesy of Stanford and Tennessee State Athletics
LE 04Jun18: Mekowulu to TAMU – https://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2018/06/02/texas-am-adds-grad-transfer-big-man/
Among the regular transfers (sit1/play 2) CU had major interest in is SG Denzel Mahoney (SEMO), 6-4/213. 2016-17 OVC FoY. 2017-18 1st team All-OVC. Denzel’s numbers: Averaged 19.3 points and 5.3 boards this past season and shot 41 percent from 3. 200 FTs also.
A native of Oviedo, Florida, Mahoney ranked second in the OVC in scoring with 19.3 points per gamein 31 starts this season. He led the Redhawks in scoring, rebounding (5.1) and free throw percentage (.835), and ranked second in 3-pointers made (64) and minutes played (31.3). Mahoney also dished out 39 assists and had 28 steals. Former FL HS 8A PoY.
Mahoney committed to the Jays last week.
New transfer target: (sit1/play 1) Wing Deon Lyle (UTSA), 6-5, 190. Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year – averaged 10.4 points and 3.4 rebounds off the bench … came off the bench in first 29 contests before starting final six, totaled 687 minutes (19.6 per game) … finished the season averaging 11.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game … UTSA’s third-leading scorer … shot 41.6 percent (136 of 327) from the field, including 40.3 percent (96 of 238) from three, and 62.8 percent (27 of 43) at the free-throw line. Cloud County CC (Juco) and originally from Hastings, NE.
Former UTSA guard Deon Lyle intends to transfer, dismissing a report that he was turning pro following his departure. Lyle, C-USA Sixth Player of the Year, tied a single-season record with 96 3s last year. Creighton, South Dakota State, and Nebraska are expressing interest.
The Jays are still looking to land at least 2 transfers.
2018 Recruits –
2018 SG Sam Griesel to No Dakota State. 2018 PF Kaosi Ezeagu to UTEP.
Jays are hard in on 2018 Canadian Wing A. J. Lawson (Toronto), 6-7, 175. A J has reclassified from 2019, where is was a top 40 recruit. Lawson is the top Canadian player according to North Pole Hoops. Lawson was a PG until a recent 4″ growth spurt. Jays in final 5 with South Carolina, SMU, Oregon, and Tulane. SC is the presumed leader as he has extended family in the area. NPH states he will probably visit CU and SMU after Canadian National U-18 hoops ends on 17 June. A J is a game changer.