The Hurley Effect: UB reels in Marshall transfer Hanner
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • May 26, 2013 @ 8:02am
UB basketball head coach Bobby Hurley has yet to coach a single basketball game at Alumni Arena, but he’s already inking transfers because of his reputation.
According to Zagsblog.com, a post by primary site author Adam Zagoria reveals Marshall power forward Jamir Tanner has chosen to leave the Thundering Herd for the greener pastures of Amherst, N.Y.
Hanner will be forced to sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he’ll step in the following season to fill the shoes of Buffalo’s graduating “Fab Five,” which includes star Javon McCrea, top point guard Jarod Oldham, swing-man Auraum Nuiriankh, center Cameron Downing and reserve Corey Raley-Ross.
An initial commit of former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez in 2010, Hanner reneged on his commitment for another year of prep school—swayed by Gonzalez’s departure from the Pirates. Playing sparingly behind Marshall’s experienced forward corps, Hanner’s averages of 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game weren’t mind-boggling, but he was a four-star Yahoo! recruit and a three-star evaluation by Scout.com.
It’s Hanner’s rationale for transferring, however, that should excite UB basketball fans. The 6’8, 220-pound forward hasn’t even visited Buffalo’s campus, but he committed nonetheless.
“I’m thankful and grateful that coach Bobby Hurley was interested,” Hanner told SNY.tv. “I am very familiar with what Coach Hurley did as a player and his background speaks for itself. It should be a good experience as I continue to learn and grow as a player. Also, my best friend (brother) DeShon Minnis, who is at Rhode Island, spoke good things about Hurley.”
Kudos to Hurley for snatching a possible gem to have waiting in the wings while the five soon-to-be senior Bulls conclude their UB careers.
(Photo courtesy of WV Metro News—see the original photo here).