Saturday, May 08, 2021

Football Grabs Big 10 Transfer


BG football has a transfer.  This storyline has been evolving.  Coach Loeffler's overall philosophy is that he wants to build a winning culture and that is hard to do when you have constant turnover from transfers, especially short-eligibility transfers. The players who have left his program only exacerbated our numbers problems, and the new culture of college athletes forced him to adjust his thinking.  At some point over the winter he said he was going to adapt and get transfers who were the right fit and with multiple years of eligibility left.

I have no idea what's going to happen here.  I know a lot of fans would prefer to see BG go for the quicker fix they might find in the portal.  I would prefer to see BG develop a program along the Clawson model, which Loeffler cites.  Other teams (Akron) in the MAC have tried the transfer route (under Bowden) and it didn't work.  I also don't know if you're going to be able to execute the Clawson model if players can leave at will.  

This young man is Tommy Guajardo.  He's from the Dearborn area and had a BG offer from HS.  He was a 3-star recruit there.  He was the #30 TE recruit in that class and the #24 player in Michigan, according to 247.  He played both ways in HS and was Free Press All-West.

He was in Dantonio's last class at MSU and wrote this column for the Free Press about sticking with the Spartans after the coaching transition.

He did not play in a game for MSU as a r-FR and entered the portal following spring practice.  He is 6'3" and 230 pounds.

There's an immediate need.  Two-ways TEs are critical for how Coach Loeffler wants the offense to play. For all the recruiting at TE, BG's outlook for the position group was pretty barren in the short term.  You have Christian Sims as the only player with significant playing time.  You even have a player moved from another position to TE.  There are people coming up, to be sure, but you can see Guajardo playing right away.

BG adds Additional MBB Transfer, this one from in-conference


So, BG MBB has a new transfer for the program.  This one is Gabe O'Neal and is the first player we have gotten since the MAC removed the sit-out rule for in-conference transfers.

At one point, Coach Huger predicted this rule would have coaches fighting on the sideline, so you can tee up a Senderhoff v. Huger battle.  FWIW, if that scenario does emerge, I like having a New York City native on the sidelines.  (Senderhoff is from "Spring Valley"  NY.

OK then.  O'Neal entered the portal late in April, the 6th player to do so from Kent.  It was only a week or so before he was transferring to BG.

He's from Cincinnati originally, when to Mineral Area College.  He played one season there and then moved to Kent, where he played two years.  Last year, he averaged 11 minutes a game and had 4.7 PPG and 3.0 RPG.  He is efficient, making 62% of his 2FGs and 84% of his FTs and keep in mind those low minute totals do impact the overall numbers.

He's 6'7" and 240, so you can see him filling in the middle effectively, something BG can definitely use.

Here is where we stand right now.  There are 15 players listed below.  BG has not updated their roster since the end of the season, so this is what we have to go on.  Coach Huger has certainly adapted to changing times, with 6 players coming into BG, 5 of them as transfers. Will be interesting if nothing else.

These times, they are a-changin'.

2 Josiah Fulcher G  

3 Caleb Fields G

5 Kaden Metheny G

10 Cam Young G/F

11 Trey Diggs G/F

13 Chandler Turner G/F

21 Matiss Kulackovskis F

25 Daeqwon Plowden G/F

35 Dylan Swingle C


Samari Curtis (needs waiver)

Brenton Mills (eligible, So)

Myron Gordon (Grad Transfer Eligible)

Ubong Etim, F (early signee)

Joe Reece, F (eligible, two years left)

Gabe O'Neal, F (eligible, two years left)

Friday, April 30, 2021

Falcons pick up transfer from ODU

BG added another transfer to its MBB program.  This one is Joe Reece who is transferring from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

He is 6'8" and 200 pounds, and I would expect him to play the Jacob Washington role on the team.  He played two years at ODU and will have two seasons at BG.  

He played sparingly in his first year, but played and started 22 games last year.  He scored 7.8 PPG and had 5.1 RPG in 25 minutes.  He made 53% of his 2FG attempts and only 26% from 3FG, while attempting about 2 a game.  That 2FG shooting is pretty good.

So, to review, here is how the roster looks now.  This totals 14 players.  As will become the norm, there will be a lot of question marks, especially as BG has chosen to go for transfers from players "moving up" from smaller programs as opposed to "moving down" from P5 programs.

 2 Josiah Fulcher G  

3 Caleb Fields G

5 Kaden Metheny G

10 Cam Young G/F

11 Trey Diggs G/F

13 Chandler Turner G/F

21 Matiss Kulackovskis F

25 Daeqwon Plowden G/F

35 Dylan Swingle C


Samari Curtis (needs waiver)

Brenton Mills (eligible, So)

Myron Gordon (Grad Transfer Eligible)

Ubong Etim, F (early signee)

Joe Reece, F (eligible, two years left)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Diggs returning to BG


So here's good news for the men's basketball team.  Trey Diggs will use his bonus COVID here at BG.  The 6th Man of the Year in the MAC will return to the Falcons, meaning that only ("only") Justin Turner from last year's team is returning.

It's a new era of basketball, but I'm proud to see us hanging onto our best players when they have the option to go.

So here's how things look now...this is 13, counting Matiss. 

Scholarship Players

2 Josiah Fulcher G

3 Caleb Fields G

5 Kaden Metheny G

10 Cam Young G/F

11 Trey Diggs G/F

13 Chandler Turner G/F

21 Matiss Kulackovskis F

25 Daeqwon Plowden G/F

35 Dylan Swingle C


Samari Curtis (needs waiver)

Brenton Mills (eligible, So)

Myron Gordon (Grad Transfer Eligible)

Ubong Etim, F (early signee) 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Falcons Add P5 Transfer at WR


More football transfer news... this one at a big-time position of need.

The name is Austin Osborne, a WR transfer from Washington.  In HS, he was a four-star recruit.  For whatever they are worth, recruiting rankings would have him higher than any other player who came to BG out of HS.  We have had one or two very highly ranked transfers...WRs, too...and didn't see much, so hopefully this is the one who breaks the mold.

He had a large number of P5 offers.

He went to Mission Viejo HS in California, where he would have been a teammate of Matt McDonald's.  

Osborne did not produce much at UW.  He redshirted and then played in four games as a R-FR and one as a sophomore.  He has one career catch for a loss of 2 yards.  Here's a story about the program looking for him the highly anticipated recruit to break through.

He was all-Academic in the Pac 12 and here says he is a grad transfer with 3 years of eligibility remaining.

So here's a classic opportunity to see if a change of scenery can reignite a young man's career.  We certainly need WR help and he will get a shot.

Welcome to the Falcons, Ausin.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Falcon MBB nets additional transfer


BG has picked up its third transfer here in the off-season.  This young man is named Brenton Mills, which prior to now I would have thought to be

a)  An artisanal grain millaniery

b) A post-war convention under which the world's economy is managed.

Apparently not.

He's a transfer from Binghampton.  He's a 6'3" from Texas who played two seasons at Binghampton.  (Binghampton is the alma mater of Tony Kornheiser).

He was twice all-district in HS and his team won the state title.  At Binghampton, he made the all-rookie team in America East.

He started every game but one for the Bearcats and scored 9.7 PPG as a FR he scored 13.5 PPG as a SO, leading the team.  More than half his FGAs were from 3FG and he made 40% and 41% from 3FG. He was #6 from 3FG in the conference.  That scoring total is a little better than it looks because Binghampton played at a glacial pace and didn't generate a lot of possessions.

Welcome to the Falcons, Brenton.

So here's how things look now...this is 13, if Diggs and Matiss come back.  (Note this is updated to include Etim, who I neglected to list)

Scholarship Players

2 Josiah Fulcher G

3 Caleb Fields G

5 Kaden Metheny G

10 Cam Young G/F

11 Trey Diggs G/F  (Has option to return)

13 Chandler Turner G/F

21 Matiss Kulackovskis F

25 Daeqwon Plowden G/F

35 Dylan Swingle C


Samari Curtis (needs waiver)

Brenton Mills (eligible, So)

Myron Gordon (Grad Transfer Eligible)

Ubong Etim, F (early signee)

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Falcon MBB picks up new D1 Transfer


BG MBB picked up its second D1 transfer, this one a D1 transfer who will be eligible next year.  His name is Myron Gordon.  Gordon is a 6'3" G from New Jersey who played at Samford.  

Prior to coming to Samford he was a JUCO player who scored 23 a game.  Last year at Samford he led the team with 15PPG scoring coming mostly off the bench and playing 25 minutes a game.  He shot 47% overall and 32% from 3FG.

He only played in 10 games and did not play after January 14.  He did score 29 against Georgia when Samford nearly upset UGA in Bulldog-on-Bulldog action.

He is among six Samford players in the portal.  Jermaine Marshall, breaker of Falcon hears in the MAC tourney, is actually heading TO Samford.

Also, I saw that Nelly Cummings is in the portal, leaving Colgate.

There are just shy of 1,300 players in the portal right now.