Gaels load stable for next season

Gaels load stable for next season
May 1, 2014, 11:30 am
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Point guard Aaron Bright, formerly of Stanford, may be a key component for Saint Mary's this coming season. (USATI)

Saint Mary’s has reportedly added three basketball transfers from power conferences in the past week, two of whom are immediately eligible to play for Randy Bennett’s program.

The Gaels added former Stanford point guard Aaron Bright, the school announced last week. Bright is scheduled to earn his undergraduate degree in science, technology and society from Stanford in June. He has one year of eligibility remaining after earning a medical redshirt for the recently concluded season. He will pursue a master’s degree in leadership from Saint Mary’s.

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Saint Mary's on Thursday announced former Boston College point guard Joe Rahon has transferred to Saint Mary’s. Rahon started 31 games for Boston College and averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 assists per game. He must sit out the 2014-15 season and will have two years of college eligibility remaining.

"Joe is like some of the great point guards we have had in our program," Bennett said in a statement. "He has a high basketball IQ, is a great leader and has a tremendous desire to win. His role will be significant in our program because we put the ball in our point guard's hands so much and we like to play with multiple point guards.

"His numbers and stats have been very good for his first two years of college basketball. He has played at a high level in the ACC and has been successful. His goals of winning, competing for championships and playing in the postseason align perfectly with those of our program."

Also, former Washington forward Desmond Simmons has decided to transfer to play his senior season for the Gaels, CBS Sports reported Thursday. Simmons, a Vallejo native, played his prep ball at Richmond’s Salesian High. Simmons (6 foot 7) averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds for Washington last season. He reportedly chose Saint Mary's over New Mexico and UC Santa Barbara.

The Gaels finished 23-12 last season and lost to Minnesota in the second round of the NIT after defeating Utah in the postseason opener.

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