With guards Derek Jackson and Kris Brewer graduating after next season, Rob Senderoff needed to inject some scoring punch to his 2015-2016 team. On Thursday he did just that, adding Maine transfer Xavier Pollard.
Former Maine guard Xavier Pollard has committed to Kent State, per his coach.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) May 15, 2014
The 6'3" guard struggled to find playing time during his first year in Orono, only totaling about 300 minutes of play and averaging less than four points per game. He started to find his place during his sophomore year, upping his scoring average to just a shade under ten.
Pollard's junior year was his best, as he jumped to fifteen points per game and was second on the team in rebounds. The most impressive game last year may have been his twenty point performance against the National Champion Connecticut Huskies in December. Pollard's great season was recognized by the coaches in his conference as he was named Third Team All-America East.
Pollard was the best player on a woefully bad team. Maine went 6-23 last year and just won 29 games over Pollard's three years at the school. The Black Bears parted ways with coach Ted Woodward in April but that didn't effect Pollard's decision, as he made the choice to transfer a week before the coaching change.
Pollard will have just one year of eligibility remaining and will sit out next year per NCAA rules. He'll immediately be the go-to guy ahead of Kellon Thomas, Khaliq Spicer and Jimmy Hall and should start at the off-guard the whole season. Although the 2015-2016 season is far away, the Flashes fans can feel a little more comfortable with the team with the addition of a known scorer like Pollard.