Le Moyne Trio of Transfers Look to Make Impact



Le Moyne Trio of Transfers Look To Make Impact

By Pat Coultry ‘18



Junior transfer Tyquan Rolon is a six-foot-three guard from Syracuse, New York. Rolon attended Nottingham High School and was recruited by nearly every division three school in the area to play basketball. Rolon desired to play at a higher level and considered attending prep school. He eventually decided to choose Mohawk Valley Community College as his basketball home for the next two seasons. During what was a highly successful two-year stint at Mohawk Valley Community College, Rolon was named Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year as well as the New York Region Player of the Year. His goals for college are like anyone else’s, to graduate and earn a degree. He has even bigger goals for his basketball career at Le Moyne. Rolon’s basketball goals are to compete for and win a National Championship for the Dolphins. The Syracuse native also noted that he wants to be named Player of the Year and desires to join the 1,000 point club here at Le Moyne. He gives credit to his father and brother who motivate him to be the best he can be, both academically as well as athletically. Rolon appreciates the new atmosphere Le Moyne has to offer him and also enjoys being able to be close to home and to his family, who are almost always in attendance. Being offered a scholarship to play basketball was like a dream to him and was a major factor in deciding where to use his final two years of basketball eligibility. With big expectations for his senior season, he looks forward to stepping back on the court and suiting up for Coach Beilein and the ‘Phins.

Sophomore transfer Daniel Kaigler is a six-foot-six forward from Syracuse, New York. Kaigler who attended Bishop Ludden High School and considered continuing both his education as well as basketball at Gannon University, Pfeiffer University, and SUNY Oswego. After considering his options, the Syracuse Native chose Gannon University in Pennsylvania to play basketball. Kaigler played his freshman year at Gannon and realized he had lost his enjoyment for the game and decided he needed a fresh start. The forward got in contact with former Le Moyne head coach Steve Evans and eventually decided that he would transfer back home to Syracuse to play for the Dolphins after just one season at Gannon. His goal while playing basketball at Le Moyne is to win at least one championship. Kaigler is motivated by his hate for losing. It can be assured that after a loss Kaigler does not hold his head down, but he constantly thinks about what he could have done differently and what needs to be improved. This hate for losing is what drives him to get better at basketball every day. Kaigler loves the relationships he has developed with his teammates at Le Moyne and also enjoys being able to hold on to relationships he developed in Syracuse growing up. He is currently averaging eight points, five rebounds, and one block per game. Kaigler’s season high in points came against New Haven when he scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds. Dan Kaigler is a name that will soon be known across the NE-10 Conference as he continues to grow and hone his basketball skills.

The third and final transfer student suiting up for Le Moyne College this season is sophomore Anthony Richards from New Castle, Pennsylvania. Richards, a five-foot-nine point guard, graduated from New Castle High School and considered West Liberty University, Seton Hill University and West Virginia Wesleyan College. When Anthony was deciding on a college choice, Coach Beilein was the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan and recruited him to come play there. Richards was never able to suit up for Coach Beilein because he left to become a player development coach for the Utah Jazz. After he played his freshman season at West Virginia Wesleyan, Coach Beilein accepted the head coaching position at Le Moyne and was initiated once again between Anthony and Beilein. He eventually decided to join Coach Beilein once again as he was attracted to his system. The guard’s goals are to win the NE-10 Conference and take a trip to the NCAA tournament. Richards, described as a hard worker and competitor says that he is motivated by the love to compete and better himself every day. Anthony likes his teammates and his coaches here at Le Moyne. Towards the beginning of the season, Anthony was only playing in limited minutes. As the season went on Richards began to log more and more minutes, even cracking the starting lineup. The sophomore transfer’s season high in points came against Caldwell University when he scored 15 points on five three pointers.

Expect these transfers to play big roles in Le Moyne Basketball this season. With games still to be played in conference and possibly in post-season tournaments, the transfers look to continue to make impacts.