Report: Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden considering Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

According to a report by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden is considering Michigan along with Wichita State, Oreogn, Miami, Virginia Tech and VCU.

Bearden, a Wisconsin native, played two seasons at Buffalo and helped the Bulls to the NCAA tournament in both seasons. He averaged 13.7 points and 4.2 assists per game last season in 30 minutes per game for Buffalo.

Bearden, listed at 6-foot-3, 160 pounds, is a career 45% shooter on two-point attempts and 24% shooter on three-point attempts. He led the MAC in steal rate and was one of the conference’s best at drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line.

Bearden played for former Romulus head coach Nate Oats at Buffalo which presents an intriguing connection to the current Michigan staff as new assistant coach Saddi Washington began his coaching career as an assistant on Oats’ staff at Romulus.

Michigan has one scholarship available for the upcoming season. Bearden, like Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews, would have to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He would have two years remaining after his transfer year.

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  • Brett Podwoiski

    is the window closed on getting a grad transfer to come help and play immediately?

    • Window is never closed, just depends on the right situation coming along.

  • gobluemd16

    24% 3P shooter to go along with Matthews who is also known for being a minus shooter.. Weird we would go after Bearden, in my opinion.

    • Posted some thoughts on this here…

      Seems like Michigan wants another PG on the roster in 17-18 (which makes sense) and adding Bearden and Matthews would almost certainly mean that Michigan improves defensively. Question is how much shooting can you risk? The other top PG option in ’17 is Nojel Eastern — who also isn’t really a shooter.

      • Chillax

        that makes sense. I was wondering the same thing.

    • Mark Worthley

      Bearden and Matthews don’t have to be on the court at the same time. Having five shooters is good, but they still need someone who can take advantage of the spread out floor by going to the basket.

  • bobohle

    So evidently Andrew White III the Fifth Year transfer from Nebraska who visited Sparty this past weekend would not be an option. I don’t see having 2 players having to sit out next year at the same time. If the old injury bug crops up again it would hurt for depth purposes.