By Chuckie Maggio
On Wednesday afternoon, the St. Bonaventure coaching staff filled one of the final open slots on the Bonnies roster when junior college transfer Marcus Posley officially committed to come to Olean this fall.
Posley joins Jacksonville transfer Jaylen Adams, incoming freshman Jordan Tyson and Sheridan Junior College transfer Iakeem Alston to make up the 2014 Bonaventure recruiting class. It’s a talented group, arguably the most anticipated class of Mark Schmidt’s tenure.
Posley is definitely prepared to make an impact right away next season. The six-foot-one combo guard was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshmen team at Ball State before deciding to transfer to Indian Hills Community College after a coaching change. He was a standout for the IHCC team, averaging 13.5 points per game on 44 percent shooting.
“I’ve learned to be a better ball player,” Posley said. “The experience taught me a lot about the game and the importance of team chemistry.”
While Bonaventure wasn’t the only school under consideration, the Rockford, Illinois native is confident that he made the right choice.
“I chose the Bonnies because of the great potential of the team and the great opportunity it holds for me,” Posley explained. “I love the area and the support, and it’s a great academic school!”
As far as what he can bring to the team, Posley feels he can take on a big offensive role.
“I think I bring good shooting to the team,” he said. “Stretching the defense is something I feel I can help with. I anticipate my role to be as a shooter and to handle the ball if needed.”
On Posley’s official visit to campus, he said he enjoyed meeting his future teammates.
“I like all of the players I met on my visit. They’re good ballplayers I feel I can mesh with,” he said.
The winners of recruiting season aren’t always the winners of the Atlantic 10, but one thing’s for sure: Marcus Posley is going to be a force to be reckoned with in Brown and White next season.