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Transfer addition Matt Mobley gives Bonnies more long-term backcourt security

St. Bonaventure gained some security in the backcourt for the 2016-17 season Tuesday with the addition of guard Matt Mobley, a transfer from Central Connecticut.

Mobley announced his decision to transfer three weeks ago and revealed his choice of the Bonnies on his Twitter account. He will have to sit out a season before taking the court.

Mobley, 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, was the leading scorer for Central Connecticut this season, averaging 17.2 points and 37 minutes a game. He ranked third in scoring in the Northeast Conference and was voted the league’s most improved player.

Bona’s starting guards for the coming season are sophomore Jay Adams and senior Marcus Posley. Sophomore Idris Taqqee, who saw minimal action, last season, also returns. The Bonnies signed a 6-5 junior college wingman, Courtney Stokcard, who should be a significant contributor right away this season.

The loss of Mobley is big for Central Connecticut, which went 5-26 last season. Central already lost returning senior Malcolm McMillan, who transferred to Canisius. McMillan, who sat out last season with a back injury, can play right away because he enters Canisius as a graduate student.

Matt has decided to transfer to a higher level of basketball," coach Howie Dickenman said. “He had a terrific two-year career here and I wish him nothing but the best,” Central coach Howie Dickenman told the Hartford Courant on April 30. “He has aspirations to try himself at an Atlantic 10 or what have you, and I can understand that. He's a good kid, a good student, never had any problems with Matt."

“After the season, I talked with my parents about the possibility of leaving,” Mobley told the Courant. “It was a hard decision because Coach D took a chance on me. I didn't have any other [Division I] offers and I was very thankful that he gave me a scholarship and an opportunity. But I'm just looking for a bigger school, basketball-wise, and I want to challenge myself at a higher level.”

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