Senior guard Jordan Gathers announced that he is leaving St. Bonaventure University and will not return to the basketball program, the school announced Friday.
Gathers had not played this season while continuing to recuperate from hip surgery performed in June. He recently completed the requirements for his undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications.
“We are sorry to see Jordan leave but understand his desire to pursue other opportunities,” said St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt. “Jordan has been a good teammate and student over his time with us and I am proud that he earned his degree in three and a half years. We wish him all the best and know he will be successful.”
Gathers, a native of Los Angeles, averaged 26 minutes and 8.2 points a game as a junior last season. He figured to be a significant contributor this season, as either the third or fourth guard in a three-guard lineup. Bona has freshman Jay Adams entrenched at the point guard spot, and junior college transfer Marcus Posley has taken a firm hold of the shooting guard position. Andell Cumberbatch, a 6-foot-5 senior, has started on the wing all season. Posley is averaging a team-high 15.9 ppg, Adams 12.1 ppg and Cumberbatch 12.0.
The 6-3 Gathers played in 91 games over his three seasons with the Bonnies, starting 25 times. He started as a freshman on the team that went to the NCAA Tournament. He made a last-second shot against Saint Louis last season to put Bona into the Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals. Gathers is the nephew of the late Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers. The Olean Times Herald reported that Gathers had been practicing with the team this month as he continued to prepare for a return to action. Under NCAA rules as a graduated player, Gathers can transfer to another school and play as long as he enrolls in a graduate-student program.
Bona returns to action Saturday with a nonconference clash at Binghamton (2 p.m.). The Bonnies (6-2) have been idle since last Saturday’s 58-54 loss at Pitt of the Atlantic Coast Conference – a defeat that ended their five-game winning streak.
In other Big 4 action Saturday, St. Bonaventure’s women’s team hopes to extend its winning streak against Niagara to eight games when it visits the Gallagher Center on Monteagle Ridge for a 1 p.m. game. Bona (8-3) comes into the game off Wednesday’s win over UNC-Greensboro in which Mariah Huff led the Bonnies with 17 points and six rebounds in her first career start. Niagara is 5-3, winners of five in a row.
Katie Healy comes into the game needing 20 points to become the 20th member of Bona’s 1,000 point club. She recently surpassed 500 rebounds, which means she’s on the verge of becoming the ninth Bonnie to post career totals of 1,000 points and 500 boards.
UB women triumph
The University at Buffalo women took the early lead and never gave it up as the Bulls took down Manhattan, 68-58, for their fourth win in a row.
Joanna Smith’s free throw early in the first quarter gave UB an 8-7 lead at Draddy Gym.
The visiting Bulls pulled away late in the half, extending a three-point game to 27-17 at halftime as Mackenzie Loesing had three of her 13 points during the final minute of the half and also had an assist.
Smith led UB (6-3) with 18 points. Manhattan fell to 1-9.
Meanwhile, at least Canisius players can say they played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., when recalling their careers down the road, but that’s it.
Katelynn Flaherty was one of three Wolverines in double figures, scoring a game-high 18 points for the Big Ten outfit, as Michigan routed Canisius, 79-43. Kayla Hoohuli, who on Tuesday became just the 11th Griff to appear in her first 100 career games, was the only player in double figures (10 points) for Canisius.