Thursday, July 26, 2012

Falcon's Men's Basketball Gets Transfer

6'10" Josh Gomez of Iona will be bringing his talents to the Black Swamp starting the season after next, as he has announced his transfer to BGSU.

He was a FR on the Iona team that made the NCAA Tourney last year.  As such, when he steps on the floor in 2013, he could be the Falcon with the most NCAA Tournament experience in at least two generations.   (Technically, he didn't appear in the NCAA tournament game, but, sad to say, he would still hold the distinction, unless, of course, the Falcons break the hex and win the MAC next year).

He is from New York City and played at Rice High School, which is considered a very strong program.

When he does hit the floor, he will be a sophomore.

Here's the  main part of the release from

Gomez, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound post player from Bronx, N.Y., was the lone freshman on last year’s Iona team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Iona, Gomez attended prestigious Rice High School in New York City’s Catholic High School Athletic Association. A program that is perennially among the conference’s best teams and a nationally ranked program, Gomez helped lead Rice to a sixth straight Archdiocesan AA varsity boys basketball championship as a senior with a 14-point performance against St. Raymond’s. In a regionally televised game in the SNY Invitational, Gomez had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over eventual New York State Federation Class AA champion Mount Vernon High School. 

“Josh comes from a great high school program at the former Rice High School and he added experience playing on a veteran Iona team last year,” Bowling Green head coach Louis Orr said. “He has a strong work ethic and having him for three years is a big plus. I know the pedigree and passion of young men who come from New York City and he is also a good student and a quality person. On the floor, he will give us length and size in the front court. He can stretch the defense with his outside shooting as well as being able to score in the post. He is a mobile post player who blocks shots and runs the court well. ”
When he was recruited to Iona, he was listed at 6'9"/190, which means he had gotten somewhat bigger in the meantime.  He was the #131 PF in the country and was a 2-star recruit (an 80)--all figures from ESPN.  For perspective, this is the same ranking they gave Desmond Rorie.

For Iona, he played in 16 games, played 3 minutes a game and had 10 points and 9 rebounds.  He was a FR.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how he develops as a Falcon.  We are clearly investing heavily in the frontcourt, between the players coming in this year and then Gomez.  Welcome to the Falcons, Josh.

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