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More on EMU’s big men’s basketball transfers

June 16, 2011

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bobby Wicks permalink
    June 16, 2011 8:54 am

    As an EMU fan, I am ELATED! Glenn Bryant seems like a stud and DaShonte Riley reminds me of Oakland U center Keith Benson. The coaching staff of Rob Murphy, Kevin Mondro, Benny White, and Mike Brown looks impressive. What scares me is that Coach Murphy is going to get EMU turned around so quickly that …well, we know what happens in the MAC to successful coaches. I hope he sticks around long enough to win a couple MAC titles. Go Green!

    • June 16, 2011 12:27 pm

      Yes, and the way the budget situation looks right now, and the level of complaints in the community about the current coaching contracts, I think there’s almost no hope of Murphy getting a bigger contract at EMU if he succeeds.

      • Bobby Wicks permalink
        June 16, 2011 1:28 pm

        This is waaaaay premature, but I hope Dr. Gragg realizes this. If all goes as planned, I would hope we could eventually plug Kevin Mondro in to keep the ball rolling. Maybe selling out the Convo a few times or at least having big crowds (5,000 a game) could change the way the community thinks about what we can afford pay our coach.

  2. Kenneth Barna permalink
    June 16, 2011 9:15 am

    Dear Bobby,
    I agree with your enthusiasm, and these two players certainly have very good credentials. One, will have to sit out a year, and the other may get a hardship, and be immediately ready to play this coming season.
    However, if they both have to sit for a year, it’s still going to be a while for them to see some playing time. Never the less, like you Bobby, this is very encouraging news.

  3. Bobby Wicks permalink
    June 16, 2011 12:20 pm

    Kenneth, I was wondering what your take was going to be. I think Riley has a good shot at playing this year. We shall see. Nevertheless, with coaches Benny White and Kevin Mondro on board along with Rob Murphy, I think we can be a real juggernaut in terms of recruiting and developing some serious SE Michigan basketball talent. Look at their credentials, they are top drawer all the way.

    Remember Uof D in the late 70’s? I think we can build something similar to that.

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