The Canisius College basketball team’s leading scorer, Kassius Robertson, has been given permission to investigate transfer opportunities.
Robertson has not decided if he will leave Canisius for his final season of eligibility or not. But he will graduate this spring, meaning he could go to another school and play next season, without sitting out a year.
In other transfer news, University at Buffalo rival Akron has been hit with three key transfers in recent weeks. Quinnipiac, which looked like it could be a rising team next season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, suffered two big losses to transfer. Robertson's transfer possibility was reported Monday by VerbalCommits.com.
Robertson averaged 16.1 points a game for the Griffs, ranking eighth in the MAAC in scoring. He took the most three-point shots of any player in the MAAC (7.0 a game) and the ninth most shots overall in the conference. The season ended in a disappointing way for both Robertson and the Griffs, with a quarterfinal loss to St. Peter’s in which Robertson was benched for 13 minutes in the second half.
Nevertheless, it was the best season overall for the Toronto native, who earned second-team all-conference honors.
As is common, coaching changes have precipitated roster moves for some rivals of the Big 4 teams.
Akron, which won the Mid-American Conference regular-season title but lost in the tournament final, lost coach Keith Dambrot to Duquesne. The Zips graduate their top two scorers. No. 3 scorer, point guard Antino Jackson, announced he will transfer. Promising freshman backup point guard Tavian Dunn-Martin will follow Dambrot to Duquesne. Another guard, No. 6 scorer Josh Williams, also is leaving.
Miami Ohio fired its coach and subsequently lost MAC freshman of the year Michael Weathers, along with his brother, Marcus.
Quinnipiac fired its coach, Tom Moore, after finishing eighth in the MAAC. But the Bobcats’ top two scorers, all-freshman honorees Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss, are leaving, along with No. 4 scorer Reggie Oliver. Dixon, the MAAC freshman of the year, averaged 16.5 ppg. The Bobcats now face a bigger rebuild under new coach Baker Dunleavy, a former aide at Villanova.