ALBANY — Early in the team’s spring workouts, Jarvis Doles said he made up his mind to stay with the UAlbany men’s basketball program.
He’d entered into the NCAA transfer portal, but the 6-foot-9 forward said it didn’t take long to decide he wanted to remain with the Great Danes and play for new head coach Dwayne Killings.
“To get the chance to really see him in action, working with him, seeing what he’s all about, learning from him and the staff — that really helped me make the decision to stay because I liked what happened in those workouts,” Doles said Tuesday. “I saw myself getting better.”
Doles and Trey Hutcheson each confirmed this week to The Daily Gazette that they have exited the NCAA transfer portal, and plan to remain with the UAlbany men’s basketball program. Both players had originally entered the transfer portal after the dismissal of former head coach Will Brown.
Doles emerged as one of UAlbany’s top players last season, and averaged 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on 56% shooting from the field. With the transfers of CJ Kelly (UMass) and Antonio Rizzuto (Towson), Doles — a graduate student — is UAlbany’s top returning scorer.
Hutcheson, a rising junior, appeared in 14 games as a reserve last season, averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. As a freshman, Hutcheson made 25 starts, and averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 32 appearances.
Previously, guard Jamel Horton confirmed he had exited from the NCAA transfer portal to return to the Great Danes. After transferring to UAlbany last offseason from Pratt Community College in Kansas, Horton was one of UAlbany’s top performers in 2020-21. After starting the season as a reserve, Horton took over from Jojo Anderson — now in the transfer portal — as the team’s starting lead guard, and averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
“I see where he’s headed with the program,” Horton said of Killings last month. “The energy and the love [the coaching staff has] shown, that’s been unmatched. They’re in it with us.”
He added: “For me, that was enough. It feels super-genuine.”
From UAlbany’s 13 scholarship players from last season, Anderson and Kellon Taylor remain in the NCAA transfer portal, while Cameron Healy (Central Michigan), like Kelly and Rizzuto, committed to a new school.
Incoming Great Danes include four transfers in Matt Cerruti, Gerald Drumgoole, Paul Newman and De’Vondre Perry, plus high school commits Ny’Mire Little and Justin Neely. Doles said he’d spoken with Little and Neely to welcome them to the UAlbany program, and that he already knew Perry since both are from Baltimore.
“It’s exciting to see where things are going,” Doles said.