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Monday / January 30.
  • Slew of high-major schools reach out to Manhattan transfer Jose Perez, the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    In the wake of the news that Manhattan has parted ways with head coach Steve Masiello with two weeks to go before the start of the season, the school’s top player, Jose Perez, has entered the Transfer Portal, he told ZAGSBLOG.

    The 6-foot-5 fifth-year senior and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year has already seen a slew of high-major programs reach out, including:

    Oregon
    Alabama
    Memphis
    Wake Forest
    Kansas State
    Mississippi State
    West Virginia
    Clemson
    Nebraska
    Rhode Island
    UMass
    San Diego
    Western Kentucky
    Nc state
    Texas
    Georgia tech
    DePaul
    Missouri
    Louisville

    Manhattan is Perez’s third school after previous stints at Gardner-Webb and Marquette. He started 29 games last season and played in all 30, averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.2 rpg. The Bronx native turned 24 this month.

    It remains unclear when Perez would be eligible if he transfers, but he said he’s been led to believe he will be immediately eligible because the school just fired his coach.

    One source familiar with the process said for any player it depends on a number of factors, including the player’s clock, the number of times they transferred, and their graduation status.

    The NCAA in 2021 allowed players to become immediately eligible upon transferring without sitting out a year.

    Perez, who has a very tight relationship with Masiello, told ZAGSBLOG he expects many other players to transfer out as well.

    “I think all of them,” he said.

    Via Tweet he said: “I wish this was just nightmare unbelievable decision by the school. Team is suffering more then anyone would ever know.”

    RaShawn Stores, 30, was named interim head coach in the wake of Masiello’s departure. The Jaspers were picked second in the MAAC poll behind Iona.

    This post was updated on Oct. 26.

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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.