Looking at the college hoops transfers from Baltimore, DI schools in Maryland

April 10, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman posted his amazingly comprehensive Division I basketball transfer list this morning. With 300-plus names and counting, there were sure to be tons of local guys mentioned.

Sure enough, eight players from the Baltimore area and 11 from Maryland DI schools were listed.

Perhaps the most surprising name among former high school stars here is Jamar Briscoe, a 5-foot-10 guard from Charlotte. The Cardinal Gibbons grad was No. 15 on The Sun’s inaugural Sweet 16 ranking after averaging 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals and starting 28 games as a sophomore. His statistics declined during his junior season, with averages of 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game. Briscoe, who transferred to Charlotte from North Carolina Central after his freshman year, is expected to focus his search on a school closer to his family. He’ll likely look for a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at a DI program.

Dante Holmes, a former St. Frances star, is leaving Florida Gulf Coast after one season. The 6-foot-3 guard put up 8.4 points per game (47 percent from the field) in 21 minutes per game. He made 11 starts and appeared in 28 games. Holmes could look to transfer up to a mid-major-plus school.

Naji Hibbert, a DeMatha grad and Baltimore native, is leaving Texas A&M after three seasons. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who averaged a career-best 5.2 points as a sophomore, might look to resurface at a mid-major-plus program closer to Maryland.

The other local transfers listed by Goodman are:

* Allan Chaney, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Virginia Tech. Chaney, a Baltimore native who went to high school in Connecticut, never suited up for the Hokies after the school’s medical staff wouldn’t clear him because of an infection in his heart. Chaney spent his freshman year at Florida.

* Alex Jackson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore forward from Quinnipiac. Jackson, a former Randallstown standout, starred for Frederick Community College before landing with the Bobcats and playing less than nine minutes per game. Jackson, who redshirted one year at FCC, should have two years of eligibility remaining.

* Kareem Storey, a 5-foot-10 freshman point guard from Utah. Storey, a Baltimore native who played for two high schools that closed (Towson Catholic and KIMA in D.C.) was offered by the Utes after an impressive prep year at Princeton Day Academy. He started 15 of the Utes’ 31 games, averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 assists.

* Terence Jones, a 6-foot-2 junior guard from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Goodman reports that Jones -- the Islanders’ leading scorer at 13.7 points per game -- will graduate from TAMCC and have one year of eligibility to use immediately. The Lake Clifton grad, according to Goodman, is considering Penn State, Tennessee Tech, DePaul and San Francisco.

* Jordan Lee, a 6-foot-4 junior guard from Coppin State. The Loch Raven grad had an up-and-down career with the Eagles. He appeared in just three games this past season after scoring 10.4 points per game as a sophomore.

Lee is joined by 10 players from Division I schools in Maryland on Goodman’s list. Those players are:

* Mychal Parker, a 6-foot-5 sophomore wing from Maryland. In an interview with The Recruit Scoop, Parker said that “after many sleepless and prayerful nights, I came to the realization that it may be in my best interest to continue my education and career at another institution. In the end, it's best to be where you are wanted and needed the most.” The former four-star prospect is hearing from East Carolina, Loyola and UAB – where former Terps assistant Rob Ehsan is on staff.

* Justin Drummond, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, and Pierson Williams, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, both of whom played for Loyola. Drummond averaged more than 10 points for the MAAC-champion Greyhounds, while Williams was a little-used reserve.

* Will Adams, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard, Alex Giergen, a 6-foot-7 freshman forward, and Deon Jones, a 6-foot-5 freshman small forward, all from Towson. Adams was a Pat Kennedy recruit who beat cancer and joined the Tigers two years after he initially signed. He averaged 1.9 points in 27 games. Giergen averaged 1.2 points in 27 games. Jones, meanwhile, was the Tigers third-leading scorer at seven points per game. He started all 32 games for Towson (1-31), which has a highly regarded 2012 recruiting class coming in.

* Chandler Thomas, a 6-foot-6 forward from UMBC. The Indianapolis native was an occasional bright spot for the Retrievers (4-26) in an otherwise dismal year. Thomas averaged 6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

* Osman Olol, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Coppin State. Olol didn’t play during the 2011-12 season and saw action in just seven games the year before.

* Jeremy Canty, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Morgan State. Canty averaged 1.3 points in 4.7 minutes for the Bears (9-19).

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