Following the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season, four transfers from Division I and II schools have announced their commitment to play for the Loyola men’s basketball team as the Ramblers gear up to join the Atlantic 10 (A-10) Conference for the 2022-2023 season.
Alston comes to Loyola after spending two seasons playing at California University of Pennsylvania, a Division II school located in California, Pennsylvania. Alston was the first transfer to announce his commitment to Loyola April 9.
During his junior season at Cal, the forward averaged 21 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. His scoring improved by an average of 17.1 points per game from his first year to his junior year, but he wasn’t able to compete during his sophomore year after the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the 2021-2022 season, Alston contributed 62 blocks and started in all 33 games he competed in. The Columbus, Ohio native also recorded a career high 38 points against Mercyhurst University Feb. 23.
Loyola will welcome former Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) competitor Sheldon Edwards as a junior transfer from Valparaiso University. Edwards was the last of the four transfers to announce his commitment to Loyola, revealing his decision April 18.
Edwards was named the captain of the MVC All-Bench team and was listed on the Most-Improved team after averaging 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his sophomore season at Valparaiso.
The guard also dropped 20 points on the road at Loyola Jan. 11 and matched his career-high 23 points against the Ramblers Feb. 16. During his first year at Valparaiso, Edwards was named to the MVC All-Freshman team after making 27 appearances and 12 starts.
Golden announced his commitment to transfer to Loyola from Butler University on his Instagram page April 10. The announcement came just 16 days after Golden entered the transfer portal March 25 according to Verbal Commits.
Golden will play at Loyola for the 2022-2023 season after spending the first four years of his collegiate career playing for the Bulldogs. After sitting out the beginning of his first year due to an injury, he became a mainstay on the Bulldogs roster.
Over his last three years in Indianapolis, Golden started in 88 of the team’s 89 games. During his senior season, he led the team in both field goal and three-point percentage, shooting 50.9% from the field and 34.3% from beyond the arc.
Wilson will return back to the Chicagoland area for the 2022-2023 season as a graduate transfer from Lehigh University. The Chicago native announced his commitment to Loyola April 16 on his Instagram page.
During his senior season at Lehigh, Wilson started in all but two games and averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The forward also led the team in field goal percentage, shooting 52.8% from the field for the Mountain Hawks.
Wilson is no stranger to the Chicago area after playing at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, where he became the winningest player in team history with 101 wins. He went on to play a year at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut before playing at Lehigh.