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Bona signs junior college standout

St. Bonaventure has signed a 6-foot-5 junior college wingman Wednesday who has the credentials to step right in and complement the scoring of shooting guard Marcus Posley.

St. Louis native Courtney Stockard signed with the Bonnies, the men’s basketball team announced Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Niagara’s men’s basketball team lost another player, its sixth of this year, to transfer.

Stockard played the last two seasons at Allen (Kan.) Community College. He was the second-leading scorer in his conference last season, averaging 23.2 points a game. He also was the fifth-leading rebounder in his conference, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. He averaged 9.0 rebounds a game. He made 48.5 percent of his field goals and shot 32 percent from three-point range.

“Courtney is a really good fit for our program,” said St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt. “He’s a very good student and he’s a really good player. His strength is his overall skill level. He has perimeter player skills in a forward’s body. He can take the ball off the rim and lead the break the other way. He can score, rebound and defend, he has a nose for the ball, and he can play a number of positions from the two to the four.”

Bona graduated starting No. 3 man Andell Cumberbatch. “Losing Andell,” Schmidt said, “Courtney can step in and make a huge impact for us next season.”

His first season at Allen, Stockard averaged 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Niagara’s list of men’s basketball defections has reached six and counting with the news from little-used guard Julian Richardson he is leaving the Purple Eagles’ program.

Richardson made his announcement on Twitter Tuesday night. He is the sixth of 12 scholarship players to leave coach Chris Casey’s team.

“I have been granted a release from Niagara University … and intend to transfer for the upcoming season,” Richardson said.

Niagara suffered its biggest loss on Monday when Ramone Snowden, its second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, informed Casey of his decision to leave the program.

Richardson, a 6-foot-3 freshman from the Los Angeles area and the son of former UCLA and NBA guard Jerome “Pooh” Richardson, played in only 11 games and averaged 2.2 points last season. He committed to Niagara late in the recruiting process last summer after drawing some interest from Villanova before his senior season. So Richardson had the look of a recruit who “settled” for Niagara.

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