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More UAlbany men’s basketball players head into NCAA transfer portal; still no school confirmation that Killings will take over program

Dwayne Killings appears likely to be the next UAlbany men's basketball coach. (Photo courtesy Marquette Athletics)
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Dwayne Killings appears likely to be the next UAlbany men's basketball coach. (Photo courtesy Marquette Athletics)

ALBANY — All indications remain that Dwayne Killings will be the next head coach of the UAlbany men’s basketball program.

But, through Tuesday evening, the Great Danes still have not officially named their successor to Will Brown. UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday after a variety of reports Monday evening linked Killings, the 39-year-old associate head coach at Marquette, with the open job at UAlbany and the school’s athletic department did not issue any statement Tuesday related to its vacant coaching position.

Meanwhile, members of the men’s basketball program continued Tuesday to enter into the NCAA transfer portal. Jarvis Doles, Jamel Horton and Kellon Taylor each confirmed Tuesday that they had headed into the portal, and joined scholarship teammates Cameron Healy, Trey Hutcheson and Antonio Rizzuto in making that decision.

Only Healy, though, seems 100% set on leaving UAlbany. While Rizzuto has not responded to requests for comment from The Daily Gazette, Doles, Hutcheson, Horton and Taylor each confirmed Tuesday that staying with UAlbany remains an option for them.

“Oh, yeah. Oh, for sure,” Doles said during a phone interview. “For me, it’s just about making sure I cover all my bases. . . . Regardless of what happens, another coach could have a different opinion of this team and want to go into a different direction . . . so I have to make sure I protect myself first.”

“Honestly, I just want to see what’s out there,” Taylor said. “I haven’t made a decision yet what I want to do, but I wanted to put my name out there and see what different schools might be interested in me.”

Doles said it was an “automatic” decision to want to enter into the transfer portal after Brown’s dismissal. At the same time, he didn’t want to rule out playing for a different coach at the school he transferred to last year from Drexel.

“I’m happy here. I’ve enjoyed my time here and my teammates,” Doles said. “If everything works out, I definitely could see myself being back.”

Doles, Horton, Taylor and Rizzuto all closed the season as starters for UAlbany, which finished 7-9 during the 2020-21 season. Those players combined to represent 58.5% of the team’s scoring last season, and were the team’s top scorers behind leading scorer CJ Kelly who averaged 14.3 points per game.

Prior to Marquette, the 39-year-old Killings was on coaching staffs at Boston University, Temple and UConn. A 2003 graduate of Hampton, Killings has also worked for the NBA’s then-Charlotte Bobcats and then-D-League.

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