2015 TRANSFER AND RECRUIT UPDATES

As the 2014-15 college basketball season ends and the calendar turns to April, recruiting will start to heat up once again. The Friars lose LaDontae Henton, Carson Desrosiers, and Ted Bancroft to graduation, as well as Tyler Harris to a graduate transfer.

With forward forwards Alex Owens and Ryan Fazekas, and guards Drew Edwards and Ricky Council expected to join the program as freshmen, there is currently 1 open scholarship for the 2015-16 season.

Kris Dunn’s decision to stay for another year at PC or declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft could open up another scholarship, as could any other potential departures that are unknown at this point. We’ll take a look at some recruit and transfer possibilities that PC has at least been mentioned with, that could help the team next year and beyond.

2015 Recruit and Transfer Updates:

Eric Paschall : 6’6” SG, Freshman, Fordham. 15.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg in 2014-15. Paschall, who is transferring from Fordham after his Freshman year, earned Atlantic 10 rookie of the year honors this year. It was reported he has permission to contact, not a full release yet, and could still return to Fordham. Paschall has visited Villanova, and visited Florida last weekend (4/10-12). He was expected to visit PC this weekend (4/17-19), but that visit was cancelled. It’s unclear at this time if it is being re-scheduled. Kansas and Fordham also were listed in his top 5 schools. Unless he stays at Fordham, he will have to sit out the 2015-16 season.

Anton Gill: 6’3” G, Sophomore, Louisville. 2.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.5 apg in 9.4 mpg in 2014-15. Gill, who is transferring from Louisville after his Sophomore year, is a former top 50 recruit out of Hargrave Military Academy (VA) who committed to Louisville his junior year. He averaged 28.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists for Hargrave. Gill didn’t play major minutes in his 2 years at Louisville, but in the Cardinals' regional semifinal game against NC State in March he scored 7 points with 2 steals in the last 6 minutes of the game, helping Louisville to the regional finals. It was reported that he would be visiting PC on April 17, then likely Nebraska early May, but the visit to PC apparently did not happen and it is believed he visited Georgetown instead. Gill has also heard from UAB and E. Carolina. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season.

Nigel Williams-Goss: 6’3” G, Sophomore, Washington. 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.9 apg in 2014-15. The 2013 McDonald’s All American is transferring from Washington after his Sophomore year. Williams-Goss will reportedly have in-home visits with Ed Cooley, Shaka Smart, and John Thompson, and is expected to visit UNLV this weekend, PC on April 25, and Texas and Georgetown after that. Michigan State is also in the mix for a visit. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season.

Shonn Miller : 6’7” F, Senior, Cornell. 16.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg in 2014-15. Miller is a graduate transfer since he cannot use his remaining year of eligibility at the Ivy League school. He was named All Ivy League First team this year. PC was been mentioned with him, but Miller was visited UConn on April 17 and committed.

Manu Lecomte: 5’11” PG, Sophomore, University of Miami. 7.9 ppg, 1.8 apg in 2014-15. Lecomte is transferring from Miami after his Sophomore year. PC has reportedly reached out to him. He is visiting Baylor this weekend, while St. John’s, Dayton, Illinois, and Purdue are also in the mix. Lecomte will have to sit out the 2015-16 season.

Lorne Currie: 6’3” G, 2015, Fairfax (CA). Currie, who recently qualified academically, was expected to visit PC April 8-9, but that has been postponed until after the 1st live period. He is now expected to visit PC in the near future. Currie played well at the Pangos Spring Spectacular for his champion Belmont Shore (CA) team, with 18 points in the semifinals and 28 in the title game. Memphis, Kansas St, and Minnesota are in the mix. A source from California said there is high interest on both sides from PC and Currie. He described him as a flashy point guard who is a CalHiSports.com All-State Selection after leading Fairfax to the L.A. City Section Open Division title. The source also indicated that Currie is one of the most explosive guards in California and a streaky jump shooter, describing him as bigger, stronger and potentially as quick as Kyron Cartwright. He just has to continue to work on being consistent and cutting down on the high-risk plays. It is thought that USC may be the favorite, followed by PC.

Federico Mussini: 6’0” PG, 2015, Italy. Mussini, who is from Italy, is expected to decide whether to come to the US to play in college or sign a pro contract in Italy by the end of April. He played in the Hoops Summit game for World Team on April 11. PC, St. John’s, Virginia, Gonzaga, and Davidson have been listed as being interested, but it’s unclear how involved PC is in his recruitment. Mussini visited St. John’s Sunday April 12 after the Hoops Summit game. He is described as having impressive speed, good ball handling skills, and is a talented passer. He’s also a good shooter from mid range and 3 point land.

Kenny Williams: 6’3” SG, 2015, L.C. Bird (VA) – Williams decommitted from VCU and re-opened his recruitment following Shaka Smart’s departure for the head coaching job at Texas. A top 100 recruit, he is known as an excellent shooter. PC was in his original top 7 before committing to VCU, but the list of schools this time doesn’t appear to include PC. VCU, North Carolina, Michigan, Georgetown, Louisville, Virginia., Florida, and Texas are in the running, with some buzz that Michigan may be the school to beat.

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