Both UNC Asheville and Liberty took big hits in the transfer market yesterday as Andrew Rowsey and Tomasz Gielo both said they would be transferring.
Rowsey just finished his sophomore year for the Bulldogs and looks to make a similar jump, in terms of level, as Kyle Hornsby who left UNCA for LSU three years ago. The 5'10 volume shooter's numbers declined this past year as he went from 20.2 points per game to 19.2 points per outing. Rowsey was always a threat to score but was not very efficient on the offensive end for the Bulldogs this past year. It'll be interesting to see how his game can translate to higher level conference.
Gielo is expected to graduate this year and be eligible immediately. There is a chance that he returns for the Flames though. He only played seven games this year due to injury but averaged nearly 11 points and 6 rebounds a year ago. He could be a versatile weapon off the bench for a higher level team with his rebounding ability and his outside shot.
This probably effects Asheville the most as they were always a contender with Rowsey but now they drop a bit in terms of expectations. The Bulldogs still should put a quality product on the floor but right now the immediate future for the Big South looks to be a fight between Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, High Point, and Longwood.
2015 Big South Transfers
Luke Moyer, Campbell
Kris Brown, Charleston Southern
Uros Ljeskovic, Coastal Carolina
Tomasz Gielo, Liberty
Ryan Badowski, Longwood
Alex Biggerstaff, UNC Asheville
Andrew Rowsey, UNC Asheville
Marcus Neely, UNC Asheville
Austin Anderson, Presbyterian
Jake Campbell, Presbyterian
James Bourne, Winthrop
Derrick Harvey, Winthrop