Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sam Cassell Jr. transfers to Iona, immediately eligible

Sam Cassell Jr. brings NBA lineage to Iona, where he is immediately eligible after transferring from UConn. (Photo courtesy of the Hartford Courant)

Less than two weeks after making their first splash in this offseason's transfer market, Iona was active again on Sunday.

The Gaels have landed a commitment from Sam Cassell Jr., who will use his final year of eligibility in New Rochelle after spending the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein was the first to break the news, and stated that Cassell would also be immediately eligible for head coach Tim Cluess as Iona enters the 2016-17 season on the heels of capturing the program's ninth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship last month.

Cassell played in only 18 games for the Huskies this past season, averaging just 2.2 points per game and competing for just 118 minutes on the year as UConn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He played in 18 games during the 2014-15 season as well, averaging 3.9 points per game over an average of just over 15 minutes per contest. Initially a commitment to the University of Maryland after a postgraduate year at Notre Dame Prep, the son of former NBA champion Sam Cassell was declared ineligible, deemed a non-qualifier after an NCAA investigation into Notre Dame's core classes. Cassell Jr. then spent his freshman season at Chipola College in Florida.

The 6-foot-4 Baltimore native is the second transfer Iona has landed this offseason, joining Jon Severe, who is also immediately eligible after announcing his intent to depart Fordham on March 30.

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