University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Nate Oats announced another addition Tuesday to an already impressive recruiting class for next season.
Tra’Von Fagan a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Florida Southwestern State College, a two-year school, has signed with the Bulls. Fagan, who averaged 9.5 points and 7.7 rebounds as a freshman last season at Florida Southwestern, will have three years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
Fagan is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. He helped Florida Southwestern reach the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Tournament with 18 points on 8 for 9 shooting and eight rebounds in a win over host and defending national champion Hutchinson (Kan.). The Buccaneers were eliminated by Vincennes (Ind.) and finished with a 30-3 record.
Fagan was a first-team All-State selection in Iowa two years ago for Cedar Falls High and was the Cedar Valley Athlete of the Year. He averaged 19.0 points and 8.8 rebounds a game in his senior season at Cedar Falls.
Oats describes Fagan as “a versatile forward who can play multiple positions and he fits our up-tempo style of play perfectly. Tray’von is a high-character individual who was a qualifier out of high school, but had to fight through some adversity due to injury. We value the toughness, perseverance, and maturity that he gained through that experience and he will be a great addition to the group we have here on campus.”
Fagan joins a recruiting class that includes junior college transfer Javion Hamlet and incoming freshmen Jeenathan Williams of Rochester and Ronaldo Segu.
Today is a day of reckoning for five teams tied for first place with 5-2 records in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Two of them, Canisius and Niagara, will meet at 7 p.m. in Lewiston. Four games will decide the seeding for the MAAC tournament. Nos. 3 and 4 will host first-round games on Saturday. No. 1 will host the semifinal round May 3. Marist (5-2) plays at Siena; Monmouth (5-2) is home to Iona and Fairfield (5-2) plays at Manhattan in other conference games today.
Niagara 3-4, Canisius 0-0: The Purple Eagles (6-6 MAAC) inflicted a damaging blow to the Golden Griffins’ Metro Atlantic Athletic Confereence hopes by shutting them out twice in Lewiston. Sierra Bertrand pitched a four-hitter in the first game and Jennifer Szilagyi a two-hitter in the second. Kelsey Harrigan homered in the opener and doubled in the night cap.