While Drexel did not fair well in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Tournament, there are some names in this year’s NCAA Tournament that might be familiar to Dragon Fans. Since Drexel parted ways with Bruiser Flint, four Dragons have transferred from the program. Three of those four have been given the chance to extend their seasons on college basketball’s biggest stage.
Terrell Allen, UCF – Allen was the first Dragon to declare himself a transfer following Bruiser Flint’s firing, choosing instead to head to the warmer weather at the University of Central Florida. While he was pushed into a starting role that saw him needing to contribute in the scoring column, the redshirt junior has become an effective pass first point guard for the Knights. UCF, under the tutelage of head coach Johnny Dawkins (whose son, Aubrey is also on the team) finished the season with a 23-8 record, good enough for third in the AAC. They lost in the first round of the AAC tournament but their overall season performance was good enough to land them a #9 seed in the East Region against a former CAA team, VCU.
Rashann London, North Carolina Central – London followed Terrell Allen and Sammy Mojica (who later recinded his transfer) after the hiring of Zach Spiker, choosing to play for North Carolina Central of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. NCC finished third with a conference record of 10-6 and beat top seed Norfolk State in the conference tournament finals to earn their automatic bid. London appeared in 22 games this season, starting 11. NCC has the play-in game for the #16 seed in the East against North Dakota State. The winner takes on Duke.
Tramaine Isabell, Saint Louis – After leading the Dragons and finishing second overall in the CAA in scoring last season, Isabell shocked many Dragon fans by leaving for the Billikins. After getting off to a slow start this season, Isabell averaged 20.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 4.6 apg in his last 11 (credit: Water Boy from the Drexel Slack channel for this one). Saint Louis won an exciting 55-53 A10 Championship game against St. Bonaventure to win their conference’s automatic bid. They finished their season 23-12 and enter the tournament with a #13 seed against Virginia Tech in the, you guessed it, East Region.
Jeremy Peck, UNC Asheville – Peck, a Flint recruit, transferred after playing his freshman year under Zach Spiker. He started 12 of the 30 games he appeared in. Unfortunately, UNC Asheville’s 4-27 record overall and 2-14 in conference was not good enough to get them out of the first round of the conference tournament. In fact, they were blown out by Presbyterian 106-59.
The NCAA Tournament kicks of Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio where North Carolina Central will be featured in the play-in game. If you’re looking for teams to root for, these might be four good options for Drexel fans. March Madness is upon us, and let’s not forget: anything is possible!