Since the beginning of the week, four Marist men’s basketball players, Raheim Sullivan, Ricardo Wright, Braden Bell, and Matt Herasme, have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Sullivan was the first player from the program to announce his entry into the transfer portal. The 6-foot-1 guard played in 23 games during this past season, averaging 7.7 points per game. Sullivan joined the program before the 2020-21 season following one-year stints at Moberly Area Community College and McCook Community College in Nebraska.
On Monday morning, Wright, a sophomore, announced that he would also be entering the transfer portal via his Twitter and Instagram. The 6-foot-4 guard was an All-MAAC Third Team selection for the 2021-22 season. Wright averaged 13.6 points per game in his second season with the Red Foxes.
Just a day later, two more players announced they would be entering the portal. Bell, a senior forward who has played at Marist since the 2019-20 season, announced his entry via social media.
Herasme was the fourth and final player to enter the transfer portal. The senior guard has been with the program since the 2018-19 season, as he joined the Red Foxes as head coach John Dunne’s first recruit.
The news of Herasme’s and Bell’s entry to the transfer portal came hours before Marist announced a multi-year contract extension for Dunne.
Sullivan, Bell, and Herasme were all honored on Marist’s senior night on February 25. All three have an extra year of eligibility thanks to the NCAA allowing athletes to compete for one more season because of COVID-19.
Dunne and his staff will have to hope that other underclassmen, like standout freshman Jao Ituka, decide to stay in Poughkeepsie for another year. Either way, Marist will have to rebuild through recruiting and the transfer portal.
Edited by Jonathan Kinane
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