Niagara University’s men’s basketball roster is in major transition once again.
Starting forward Ramone Snowden, Niagara’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, has informed the school he intends to transfer, and he received his release, the university confirmed. The Niagara Gazette first reported Snowden's decision on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Niagara also is losing starting point guard Wes Myers, who announced via Twitter his intention to transfer.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Snowden is a big loss because he was a formidable inside presence for a Purple Eagles team that lacked height, and he offered versatility on the perimeter. Snowden, a sophomore, averaged 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. He ranked first on the team in three-point field goals made and attempted, first in free-throw attempts, first in steals and second in assists.
Snowden is a Virginia Beach, Va., native who originally planned to stay home and play for Old Dominion. But a late admissions problem at ODU prompted him to switch to Niagara just a month before his freshman year began. Snowden started 60 of 63 games over the past two seasons. He leaves a hole on the front line.
Myers averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in starting 16 of 30 games for Niagara. He’s a 6-2 sophomore from Brooklyn.
Tweeted Myers: “I’ve decided to leave Niagara University after this semester. I’m thankful for everything the university has given me.
Niagara is deeper in the backcourt than the frontcourt, so it has more options in filling Myers’ shoes. Niagara previously this spring lost guards Rayvon Harris and Anders Skou Hansen, and forward DayJar Dickson to transfer. Harris averaged 17 minutes a game, while the other two saw very limited duty. Counting Snowden, five recruits of head coach Chris Casey now have left the team the past two years.
Meanwhile, Niagara has added a 6-7 forward Dominic Robb from the Hun School of Princeton, N.J. Robb graduated from Pittsburgh’s North Catholic High School a year ago and opted to play at the New Jersey prep school this season. Given Snowden's departure, he may be pushed into the lineup very quickly.