The 5th-year transfer has become the “in” thing to do in college basketball, and there is reportedly another high-profile example coming in 2014-2015.
Stanford PG Aaron Bright is transferring to Saint Mary’s for his final season. He’ll be eligible to play for the Gaels next season. #Gaels
— Tony Patelis (@CollegeHoopNews) February 18, 2014
Multiple outlets including ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (who had it first) are reporting that injured Stanford point guard Aaron Bright is set to transfer to St. Mary’s for his 5th and final season in 2014-2015. When we last heard from Bright, he was ruled out for the season after an injury to his shoulder in early December, but because he’s on track to graduate, it works out for him to be eligible immediately with the Gaels.
In 2012-2013, Bright averaged more than 9 points and 3 assists per game, and he likely becomes the front-runner to replace the departing Stephen Holt as the starting point guard for St. Mary’s next season. He isn’t a “superstar” player by any stretch, but it isn’t often that established, major-conference point guards are available before their senior seasons, and this is a major coup for Randy Bennett and St. Mary’s in their attempt to match Gonzaga in the almighty WCC.