Like previous commits for head coach Dwayne Killings, Gerald Drumgoole said he expects the UAlbany men’s basketball program to produce a winning record next season.
Drumgoole, who last week became the fifth new incoming player for Killings, said in a Sunday interview with The Daily Gazette that the Great Danes are assembling a roster ready to win in the new head coach’s first season.
“We have a good group of guys that are eager and hungry to win the America East Conference,” Drumgoole said.
A transfer from Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Drumgoole is a Rochester native who finished up his high school career at La Lumiere School in Indiana. A 6-foot-5, 200-pound perimeter player, Drumgoole heads to UAlbany as a rising junior with three seasons of playing eligibility remaining after playing sparingly during two seasons with the Panthers.
Drumgoole scored 42 points in 235 minutes at Pittsburgh. He headed to Pittsburgh, though, as the No. 116 recruit in the country and the fourth-best recruit from New York, according to 247Sports’ rankings.
Drumgoole said he was seeking a “fresh start” in his college career, and liked the opportunity joining a program with a new coaching staff offered. A former member of the Albany City Rocks, Drumgoole said he had prior familiarity with UAlbany assistant coach Hamlet Tibbs, who once coached with the AAU program. Drumgoole described his game as “very calm,” and said his focus is on contributing to team success rather than seeking individual accolades.
“I’m a person that likes to make the right plays and win,” Drumgoole said. “I want to come in and be an impact player, though, on both ends of the floor.”
He added: “They [the UAlbany coaching staff] just want me to come in and be myself.”
Prior to Drumgoole, UAlbany received commitments from fellow transfers Matt Cerruti (Lock Haven), Paul Newman (Bucknell) and De’Vondre Perry (Temple), plus high school recruit Ny’Mire Little. A number of UAlbany players entered into the NCAA transfer portal after former head coach Will Brown’s dismissal; several of them appear to remain undecided on staying with the Great Danes, while guard Jamel Horton said he will return to UAlbany, and CJ Kelly (UMass) and Antonio Rizzuto (Towson) have announced they will transfer.
UAlbany finished 7-9 last season, its third-consecutive campaign with a record below .500. Prior to that, the Great Danes produced seven winning seasons in a row — and Drumgoole said UAlbany plans to end next season with another such streak started up.
“We just have to work hard, put our minds to it and get going in the offseason,” Drumgoole said.