Saturday, January 16, 2010

Big Man Gives Marist a Big Nothing

The problem with transfers is that the transfers are too often a problem.

Not always ... that's a very general assumption, of course. There have been some who have been nice additions. Luis Flores at Manhattan comes to mind as does Josh Duell at Siena and Ryan Schneider at Marist.

And, then, there's Casiem Drummond, the highly touted 6-foot-10, 270-pound post player who started his college career at Villanova and was expected to bring a big boost to the Marist men's team.

Instead, Drummond has left the school, reportedly to transfer to an NAIA program.

Marist invested three semesters in Drummond, who had to sit out two semesters because of NCAA transfer rules and, then, when his eligibility would have kicked in (late December) his academic work hadn't met the school's standards and he was placed on academic suspension.

Cost to Marist: tying up a scholarship for three semesters, hundreds of hours of on-court basketball instruction and off-court academic support.

Return: Zippety Doo Dah.

Here's a link to a blog item done by Marist's hometown Poughkeepsie Journal with more details on Drummond's departure:

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