More on EMU’s big men’s basketball transfers
More information is gradually trickling out about EMU’s two big men’s basketball transfers.
Although EMU has yet to confirm the transfer of Glenn Bryant, an Associated Press report confirms that he has asked for, and been granted, a release from Arkansas. The article also confirms that Bryant is transferring to move closer to his family. Bryant was a three-star recruit ranked as the #37 power forward and the #146 player nationally (all by Rivals) when John Pelphrey recruited him to play for the Razorbacks. As a freshman, Glenn got in trouble off the court. A freshman student named Bryant as one of three men’s basketball players who raped her in August 2009, though no charges were filed. Bryant was suspended during the off-season, and for the first two games of 2009-10. Apparently Bryant stayed in the gym for the next off-season, because not only did he not get in any trouble (as far as I can find), but his offseason work drew this comment in November 2010:
Glenn Bryant was drawing rave reviews for his summer work in the weight room and open gym. He’s got unnatural athletic ability and when he figures out how to use it in the context of Pelphrey’s system, I think he can be really impactful.
Later comments note his ability as a defender. However, Arkansas struggled in SEC play last year, leading to Pelphrey’s firing in March, which probably played a role in Bryant’s decision to transfer.
As for DaShonte Riley, his transfer has been confirmed by EMU. He was also a three-star recruit, ranked as the #17 center and the #123 player nationally (by Rivals) in 2009. It was Rob Murphy who recruited him to Syracuse, and since he’s from Detroit, it’s not too surprising that he chose to follow Murphy to Ypsilanti. Syracuse fan response seems to mostly be disappointment at losing him and concern for their team’s frontcourt, but apparently they’ve been hearing rumors that he would transfer for several months, so this didn’t come as a big surprise.
It’s also probably worth adding that there’s been no news about Charles Ramsey’s other recruit, 6’2″ guard Austin Harper, who averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 assists per game last season at Glen Oaks Community College, in Centreville, Michigan.