Feb 13, 2016; St. Bonaventure, NY, USA; St. Bonaventure Bonnies forward Jordan Tyson (45) and George Washington Colonials forward Kevin Larsen (21) battle for control of the ball during the second half at the Reilly Center.  St. Bonaventure defeated George Washington 64-57.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Sources: Jordan Tyson to Transfer

As we previously reported last week, St. Bonaventure red-shirt sophomore forward Jordan Tyson is transferring from the school, per multiple sources. Tyson played 364 minutes this season for the Bonnies after missing the first eight games of the year with a hand injury. He scored a career high eight points twice (Fordham, Duquesne) and posted a career high seven rebounds twice against Duquesne and George Washington. He finished the year averaging 2.3 points points and 3.2 rebounds, shooting 42% from the field and 48% from the foul line. Tyson only played three minutes against Wagner and was apparently extremely upset about his lack of playing time and voiced that to the coaching staff following the game. Tyson did play 13 minutes against Davidson and 19 minutes against Saint Louis in the two final regular season games. Without Tyson the Bonnies return big men in Derrick Woods, David Andoh, Denzel Gregg and incoming freshman Amadi Ikpeze who is reported to need quite a bit of work before becoming a contributor down low.


So what does this mean for the Bonnies next year? Really it just takes away some depth in the front-court. I have to say overall I was disappointed with Tyson’s lack of development in the last two years and felt that his offensive game was really lacking. 

Schmidt was able to go offense-defense if you will with Woods and Tyson which worked at times, but overall it seemed that Tyson was a purely defensive player and Woods more of an offensive player. His inability to set a screen without moving was really annoying to watch as a fan and I’m sure Schmidt also couldn’t stand it. Tyson was a big body who provided a shot-blocking presence (25 blocks, 1.1 per game) but wasn’t much of a rebounder and showed almost no back to the basket or face up game. He was raw when he came in and still appears to be a very raw player. That’s not to say SBU wouldn’t have been deeper with him next year, we would have, but he’s replaceable. I would have liked to have seen him develop for three more years under Schmidt and Dave Moore but he’s out the door now.

SBU really lacks a true center going into next year as Gregg is more of a wing/four and Andoh is more of an athletic four man, and certainly not a five. So, Schmidt will head into next year (as of now) without any type of five man.  We’ve been down this road before (this year) so we’ll see what happens. The coaching staff is hitting the trails hard for a center (JUCO, 4 year transfer or HS) to plug into next year. We’ll see what they come up with. I think next year’s team is going to be extremely athletic and hard to guard. I can’t wait to see them play with Mobley/Stockard/Griffin (improving)/Coburn/Andoh in the fold. 

We’ll keep you posted with further recruiting updates. 

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  1. So after being a red-shirt he is going to sit out another season somewhere else? Sounds like a coach decision to me.

  2. Josh

    Ikpeze is more advanced offensively than Ndoye was as a freshman (Ikpeze can catch the ball). If he’s got enough defensive tenacity, I would bet on 10+mpg for the big guy. People are assuming he’s a long term project, but with his size, ability to run the floor, and high intelligence, he’s got a chance to contribute as a frosh.

    FWIW, ESPN lists Ikpeze as the #16 prospect in New York State (Coburn is #14). If you are that big and can walk/chew gum at the same time, you’ll probably get playing time. I think he can do much more than walk/chew gum, plus he’s very smart.

    I am also betting Woods is the most improved player on the team next year. He is another guy who started playing basketball late. He shot 57% on fg, and 71% ft in 30 games. That kind of offensive touch for a freshman big man is rare. Further, he was an accomplished high school sprinter and high jumper. In other words, once his basketball knowledge catches up with his athletic ability, which it will, he will be excellent. A summer in the weight-room is much needed for Woods.

    Compare Woods’s season to Dion Wright’s first year.

    Of course, I would still like to see Schmidt sign another big guy. At the very least, we need fouls to give.

  3. Blue

    Woods needs bulk to play in the middle and the videos of Ikpeze make him out to be not very mobile. We need an experienced big man and get Woods to the 4.