The front court is currently a pretty big issue for the Eastern Michigan men's basketball team, but they were able to plug a hole today with the addition of Binghamton transfer Nick Madray. Madray annouced that he would be joining the Eagles on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:
I am excited to announce that I will be attending Eastern Michigan University next year! #GoEagles— Nick Madray (@nickmadray) April 29, 2015
Madray is a 6-foot-9, 225 pound sophomore power forward originally from Mississauga, Ontario. He averaged eight points and 3.5 rebounds per game last year for the Bearcats. This was a slight decrease from his freshman season, where he averaged eleven points and four rebounds per game.
Eastern Michigan's current roster only lists three players over 6-foot-8 - Jordan Nobles, Brandon Nazione and Mike Samuels. Although Madray will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, he'll help out these three in practice and will be able to contribute fully during the 2016-2017 season. Madray will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next year.
Madray's career has been marred by injuries. He last played December 20th, injuring his ankle against St. Bonaventure after putting up 20 points in that game. His freshman season was cut short by a hip injury in January of 2014. With a full season to focus on getting better, Madray should be at 100% in 2016. With five career 20+ point games over his career, he could be an impact player for the Eagles.