One team in Horizon League Basketball this off season lost the MVP of the Inter-League in the NBA draft, but it did a very good job of persuading the key players to move into their program for this next season.
There’s no arguing that Golden Grizzlies will miss productions from all over Jamal Cain Which was Auckland’s top scorer last season. Another player he will also miss is Mika Parrish, who was a full-time starter and moved to San Diego State this off season.
However, the Golden Grizzlies are returning Galen Mor Who led the team in assists and steals last season in addition to being Auckland’s second leading scorer, and Trey Townsend who was the team leader for the shots and fourth goal. However, it is what the Golden Grizzlies have done in the transfer portal that has garnered the most attention from those in the Horizon League this summer.
The first big addition to coach Greg Campy’s program this season was the move from Big Ten Country.
Lauren Bowman Jr top 200 The nationally ranked recruit from Michigan State out of high school who played last season in Wisconsin and was the Badgers Sixth scorer And Wisconsin helped acquire the Maui Jim Maui Invitational last season. He will be expected to score for the Golden Grizzlies as he will have every opportunity to shine in the Kampe attack this coming season.
The second player to move to Oakland this season is a player from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Keaton Hervey will be looking to replace the production Parrish produced last season. During the 2020-21 season, he stared at all 24 Missouri State games and had an 18-point performance against Drake in the semifinals of the Conference semifinals. Hervey is 6’6 and, having played at Missouri State the past two seasons, he will have more playing time unlike last season when his playing time decreased and he will have opportunities to start playing and play important minutes for the Golden Grizzlies this coming season.
Oakland picked a third transfer player this off season and this player did not come from a Division I school.
Chuol Deng II has the largest volume of incoming transfers as he is listed at 6ft 8 and will most likely play in the Power Forward position. He previously played for Colorado Northwestern College and Hill College which are located in Hillsboro, Texas. It is not known how much playing time is expected of him but the Oaklanders need volume on their front court and will be looked at to contribute to next season.
The biggest name to fly to Oakland this off-season comes across Michigan and Mississippi.
Watts Rocket started at Michigan State, scoring 18 or more points during his freshman season in four of his last seven games before the Covid-19 pandemic canceled play after the season. In his second season, he scored 20 or more points three times, but only scored three points or less six times. He moved to Mississippi State for his third season but injuries were limited to him in just 19 games and Bulldog coach Ben Howland, who recruited Watts to Starkville, was fired after seven seasons as head coach at Mississippi State.
Watts has moved to Oakland for next season and needs someone rippled to come qualifying right away because he’s already moved once. If he is awarded eligibility to play this next season, he would make Oakland the favorites to win the Horizon League in the opinions of many.
guard point: Galen Moore (starter), Brody Parker, Peyton Millie
Shoot the guard: Lorne Bowman Jr. (Writer) Blake Lampman, Darius Sherman
small frontal: Keaton Hervey (writer), Ossie Price
forward force: Trey Townsend (writer), Chul Deng II
center: Chris Conway (writer), Will Shepherd
*Watts (Starter) if granted immediate eligibility for the 2022-23 season
Winning the Horizon League title won’t be an easy one, but with Cleveland State head coach Dennis Gates going to Missouri and several teams missing key players in the transfer gate, Oakland should be the favorite to enter the season to win the Horizon League title next season. .