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Men’s Basketball Lands Transfer Guard, Rounds Out Roster

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixLoyola head coach Porter Moser thanks fans after sealing another MVC title March 2.

The Loyola men’s basketball team filled its final scholarship spot when rising sophomore guard Braden Norris committed via Twitter Sunday afternoon.

A spot on Loyola opened up after sophomore forward Christian Negron announced he would be leaving the program May 3.

Norris is transferring to Loyola after spending his first collegiate season at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He averaged 8.4 points per game and 5.2 assists per game in his lone season with the Golden Grizzlies. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.75 was the best in the Horizon League and ranked 23rd overall in the nation, according to the NCAA. Norris was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.

Norris wasn’t heavily recruited coming out of high school and was rated as a two-star prospect, according to ESPN. Yet the 6-foot guard started 30 games for an Oakland squad that finished third in the Horizon League last season.

After announcing his intent to transfer from Oakland, Norris visited University of Notre Dame, University of Richmond and University of Toledo in addition to Loyola.

Norris is the sixth player Loyola head coach Porter Moser has added to the roster this offseason, but he will be forced to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. After next season, Norris will have three years of eligibility for the Ramblers.

Loyola is adding three incoming first-year players: Marquise Kennedy, Tom Welch and Paxson Wojcik. Norris is the third transfer joining the program, with Jalon Pipkins and Keith Clemons committing in recent weeks. However, Pipkins and Clemons are both eligible to play next season since they played at the junior-college level.

Norris didn’t respond to a request for comment at the time of publication, and Moser isn’t allowed to comment until Norris officially signs, according to NCAA rules.

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