This season every MAAC roster except for Marist will have at least one transfer. Here are five who are set to have an impact on their teams this coming season.
Transfers have become a key team-building strategy in the MAAC. Besides the players list below, Siena will have three seasons of Coppin State transfer Patrick Cole, who averaged 10.1 points per game as a freshman. St. Peter’s will hope that transfers Desi Washington and Marvin Dominique can lead them to another MAAC championship. Plus, Rider welcomes in a few transfers, who sat out last season, as they hope to bounce back from their first under .500 season since 2006.
Jermaine Lawrence, Manhattan: Jaspers head coach Steve Masiello knew that if they could get the Cincinnati transfer eligible this season, his team would have a chance to compete in every game. The former five-star recruit received a waiver to play right away. Lawrence averaged 2.8 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game in just around 15 minutes per game last season, but he also battled injuries and played in 26 games. He will have three seasons of eligibility, and will help Manhattan defend its MAAC tournament title in his first year with the Jaspers.
Kelvin Amayo, Iona: The Marshall transfer who had to sit out this past season could be the unknown factor that helps the Gaels defend their regular season MAAC championship. Iona head coach Tim Cluess said in June he wasn’t sure what he might get out of the junior after he had to deal with complications from multiple knee surgeries. As long as Amayo starts the season healthy, his ability should help ease the pressure off last season’s first team all-MAAC selections A.J. English and David Laury and help keep the Gaels at the top of the league in scoring offense.
Brice Kofane, Monmouth: King Rice will rely on the graduate transfer from Providence to provide an instant impact for the Hawks. Most importantly will be Kofane’s leadership and work on the boards. “Brice is going to be a leader on this team,” Rice said. “I think he’ll be able to guard tremendously in our league. I think he’ll be an impact guy for us and then he’ll be a great locker room guy.” Rice will hope that Kofane can combine with seniors Deon Jones and Andrew “Red” Nicholas to produce a team that can crack the top of the standings.
Giovanni McLean, Quinnipiac: Originally McLean was destined for the University of Oklahoma until a Big 12 rule prevented his transfer to the Sooners. The Bobcats had kept track of the Westchester CC point guard and once he became available, locked him up. McLean averaged just over 16 ppg and just over 7 apg last season in junior college. He will have two seasons of eligibility and should help fill in the guard spot minutes that were lost with the departure of Umar Shannon and Shaq Shannon. Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said as much, that the 6’1″ McLean combined with sophomore Kasim Chandler should keep the Bobcats in contention in the MAAC this season.
Demarcus Threatt, Fairfield: The Snead State CC transfer was a priority for the Stags and he and fellow transfer Mike Kirkland Jr. will hopefully help Fairfield rebound from a seven win 2014. Threatt played in a similar system to head coach Sydney Johnson’s Princeton offense and averaged over 20 ppg and made 38% of his three-pointers. “I think he’s going to be like a calming influence on the team in terms of getting us into our sets,” Johnson said. If Threatt and Kirkland can make a difference in the Stags rotation, Fairfield could be bound for a surprise finish in conference play.
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