Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Possible suitors for Texas transfer Bond
By Joe Kaiser
Sophomore power forward Jaylen Bond announced Monday night that he plans to transfer from Texas, and the thinking is that the Philadelphia native will seek out a school that can offer greater playing time. Bond played only 11.1 minutes per game as a sophomore this season.
“While this was a difficult decision to make, I feel it is the right one for me at this time,” Bond said. “I want to thank everyone who played a part in allowing me the privilege to attend The University of Texas. This starts with the coaching staff, my fellow teammates and the educational staff who have helped me during the past two years. They have taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this program.”
The 6-foot-7, 224-pounder originally committed to Pitt before changing to Texas, and the Panthers are one possibility. But perhaps that bridge has already been burned.
One would have to think Temple and St. Joseph's might be destinations to consider as well, considering the frontcourt depth issues both teams will face by the time Bond is eligible. Another likely suitor? Niagara. Purple Eagles coach Joe Mihalich has spent his entire career recruiting players from Philly, as is evidenced by the five on his roster this season.