Robert Morris had plenty of roster movement, as they lost two players via transfer, but got two commitments for the upcoming season.
Let’s start with the transfers.
Jordan Lester, a junior to be, backup PG is on his way out. Lester never really fit at RMU and struggled when he did get on the court. He also travels quite some way from his home state of Washington, so I don’t think this move is all too surprising. This season Lester played in three of the first five games including a couple of starts, but did not see the court once after November 22nd.
RMU also lost sophomore to be in Braden Burke. This news was a little more shocking, as Burke was the first big man off the bench to replace Aaron Tate, and was slated to replace the aforementioned Tate as a starter next season. With that said, Burke is also a long way from home and it’s rumored he wants to play closer to home (Stevensville, Michigan). As a freshman this season, Burke averaged 4.3 points-per-game and 2.7 rebounds-per-game.
I wish both Burke and Lester nothing but the best and hope each find a nice home.
Head coach Andy Toole also got two commitments from Chris Coalmon and (love the name) Charles Bane. Each will have four years of eligibility when they get to RMU. With the two transfers, and two commitments, RMU has two open scholarships remaining.
Coalman is 6-6 wing from Manhasset, NY and could be a home run get for Toole. Like so many other Toole wings, he is very versatile on both ends of the court. Coalman at good size, can stretch the floor and hit three’s and can guard multiple positions. Check out a nice feature on his commitment over at PSN. Coalman had offers from Stony Brook, Wagner, LIU Brooklyn and Bryant per Verbal Commits.
Bane is a 6-8 forward, giving RMU some good size on the interior. He is listed at only 187lbs so he’ll need to fill out a bit.
St. John’s NW Military Academy 6’8 forward Charles Bain has committed to Robert Morris. Originally from the Bahamas. Very skilled. Good get!
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) March 23, 2017
Breakdown: Obviously, losing Burke is a bit of a surprise from the outside, though it appears he really wanted to get closer to home. RMU is a little thin at the forward position as Tate and Billy Giles have both graduated and now Burke has left. He was likely the penciled in starter next season. That leaves redshirt freshman David Cole and senior Roberto Mantovani as the lone returning big guys. This probably isn’t too big of an issue yet.
Bane at 6-8 will bring some nice size, and Toole still has two spots to grab a JUCO to transfer big man should he find a fit. As many of you know, Andy has always done well picking JUCO players. One other thing to remember. Toole played four guards/wings around one big at the end of the season and RMU had a ton of success. Based off the incoming class (already has two wings), and the returning players (Isaiah Still, Lorenzen Wright Jr, Dachon Burke, Matty McConnell, and Clive Allen), I would assume they will look to that lineup again in 2017/2018.
Now, we wait. Everyone cross their fingers that the Colonials do not lose anymore players to transfer, or a young budding roster could turn into another rebuild.