The Loyola men’s basketball team received a commitment from a transfer out of the Big Ten Conference Thursday night.
Damezi Anderson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indiana University, took to Instagram to announce his transfer to Loyola. The South Bend, Indiana native played two years for the Hoosiers after being ranked as a four-star prospect in high school, according to 247sports.com — a well-known college basketball recruiting website.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Anderson has to sit out the 2020-21 season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Anderson struggled during his time in Indiana despite being such a strong recruit. As a sophomore last season, he averaged 2.8 points per game in 18 appearances and shot just 31.5 percent from the field. He didn’t respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.
Loyola had one scholarship spot available at the time of Anderson’s announcement. Incoming first-year guard Baylor Hebb signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) in November, and rising first-year Jacob Hutson committed to Loyola in September, but hasn’t signed an NLI. If Anderson signs one, he’d fill that spot, which opened up when Jalon Pipkins announced his transfer from Loyola earlier this month.
Until Anderson officially signs with the Ramblers, head coach Porter Moser can’t comment on his commitment, according to NCAA rules.