Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Roland Griffin to Iona; Traci Carter to Visit Iona
Roland Griffin, a highly athletic 6-foot-7 combo forward from Midland (TX) College, committed to Iona, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman at Illinois State, Griffin scored 14 points at Kentucky on Nov. 30, 2015. He then departed that school that winter for undisclosed medical reasons before landing at junior college power Midland.
“Roland chose Iona for a few good reasons,” Midland coach Jordan Dreiling said by email. “One, they win. Two, his relationships with their staff. And three, the past success they have had with JUCO transfers.
“Roland Griffin is a big, versatile player who can guard multiple positions. Ro can really attack the basket and finishes very well. He’s a good athlete and a very underrated passer. He may be our best rebounder as well. He didn’t play the first semester due to leaving Illinois State in the middle of the spring semester last year. He’s eligible for us from here on out and we expect big things for him.”
In other Iona news, former Marquette guard Traci Carter will take an official visit to campus Jan. 3.
The 6-foot point guard from Philadelphia appeared in eight games this season, including four starts, averaging 4.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes. He missed Marquette’s final two games before their break for final exams due to left knee soreness, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel..
He said he wanted to transfer to be closer to home.
“A big factor that played into me transferring is my family,” Carter told the Journal-Sentinel earlier this month. “I wanted to be closer to my family. There’s an old saying, ‘Nothing lasts forever.’ So I think it was just my time to go. …
“It’s been tough being away from my family, so far (away). I miss them a lot, so that’s been tough. There’s been some problems back home.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.