Several weeks ago is was reported that sophomore swingman Chauncey Gilliam was declared academically ineligible for failing to meet a credit requirement after his freshman year. It was an incomplete that had him tagged as ineligible to play until the second semester, but yesterday the NCAA restored his eligibility as he completed the required course.
Needless to say this is very big for UMBC basketball. Gilliam is expected to be the go-to-guy this season after averaging 10.6 ppg as a freshman and with the losses of Darryl Proctor (20.0 ppg) and Jay Greene (12.7 ppg) he should see the ball on every possession and could potentially see his scoring total raise into the high teen’s.
With his loss UMBC was not expected to do very well in the first half of the season as they were going to start four new players, but instantly his addition back to the team gives UMBC a big upgrade. With returning starter Matt Spadafora, and transfers Robbie Jackson (7’0″ 265 lbs) and point guard Chris De La Rosa, UMBC looks to have a solid four-man nucleus to go along with a highly regarded five man freshman class.