Monday, April 15, 2013

Transfers eyeing Charlotte 49ers

The Charlotte 49ers, who have yet to sign any high school players for next basketball season, might be on the verge of landing at least one transfer.

Ben Cherry, a 6-2 shooting guard who averaged 4.4 points last season at Tulane, told the Observer on Monday that he's interested in transferring to Charlotte. A source close to the 49ers program acknowledged that the interest is mutual.

Cherry, who will graduate from Tulane in May, would be eligible to play next season, with one year of eligibility remaining as a graduate student at Charlotte.

Cherry could bring the 49ers a much-needed outside shooting threat. He made 50 percent (34-of-68) of his 3-pointers last season for the Green Wave.

Cherry is from Charlotte and played his high school ball at Myers Park. He originally went to The Citadel, where he played 20 games as a freshmen in 2009-10. He followed coach Ed Conroy to Tulane the following season, but tore his ACL 10 games into his sophomore year, getting a medical redshirt. He played 20 games as a junior, averaging 2.1 points and making 34.5 percent of his 3-pointers.

Charlotte isn't Cherry's only possibility: he's visiting Gardner-Webb this weekend.

Another player from the Charlotte area might also be interested in the 49ers.

Forward Bernard Sullivan, a former Davidson Day star, is also considering Charlotte after announcing he would transfer from Clemson in March, a source close to Sullivan told the Observer.

The 6-7, 215-pound Sullivan played in 56 games in two seasons at Clemson, averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds last season. He probably would have to sit out next season due to NCAA rules.

Landing transfers is nothing new to 49ers coach Alan Major, but he hasn't had a whole lot of luck with them. Guard DeMario Mayfield came from Georgia in 2010-11, but was kicked off the team last season for breaking athletic department rules after leading the team in scoring. Forward J.T. Thompson transferred from Virginia Tech, but was lost for the season with a knee injury in January.

The only other new incoming player the 49ers have now for next season is 6-3 guard Shawn Lester, who signed last year but was ruled academically ineligible. Lester, from Mooresville High, is attending Charlotte this year. He is expected to provide extra offensive punch next season to a team that loses leading scorer Chris Braswell.


Anonymous said...

So unimpressed.

Anonymous said...

Me, too. Not even a good trolling effort.

Anonymous said...

Majors cant recruit without a contract extention!! When his he going to get his contract extention?!?

Phil Keering said...

Yr 3 of Major, he doesn't make NIT unless the freakiest ref call in NCAA history doesn't go down. 2 leading scorers are gone. Just so sad to see what the standard has become.

Anonymous said...

I remain uninspired by Coach Mid-Major.

Anonymous said...

I am impressed and I know that things will go well next year in Conference USA. Go Niners!!!!!!

dmv said...

Major is an assistant coach. He has no character no personality. He needs to lead. His is not a leader. Young men look to head coaches as leaders not to head coaches who look to assistant coaches to lead them in direction to lead the team. His players he recruited doesn't want to play for him so of course its gonna b hard to recruit other players. All offensive minded players aren't gonna want to come to mild defensive minded setting or program. Defense and buckets win games not defense and attempting to score in a panic late in games

Anonymous said...

Major and his assistants consistently lose and mismanage their best players (Spears, Briscoe,Braz,Clark,ect) and then proceed to recruit other teams worst players (Sullivan,Cherry). The Charlotte coaching staff is proving to be more and more incompetent by the decision.Easy to see why no one has signed thus far. Why would anyone want to play for them?