VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso men’s basketball program has been a successful landing spot for eight Division I transfers over the last three years.
That number grew to nine on Wednesday when coach Bryce Drew announced the addition of Charlotte transfer E. Victor Nickerson.
The 6-foot-8 guard started 15 games for the 49ers last season, averaging 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Valparaiso’s positive experience with transfers was one of the main reasons the Atlanta native picked the Crusaders over Toledo.
“I like that the coaches have some experience with transfers,” Nickerson said. “They’ve been through this process before and it won’t be new to them.”
The Crusaders had five transfers in the rotation of last season’s NCAA tournament team as well as Cal transfer Alex Rossi.
Drew announced Wednesday that Rossi will not return to the program for the 2013-14 season. Health issues kept Rossi sidelined for the majority of last season and during the offseason workout program.
Nickerson will sit out the 2013-14 season while he hopes to work on ball-handling and shooting that will help transition from a post player at Charlotte to a perimeter-orientated player at Valparaiso.
“E. Victor is very unique at 6’8 while having the skill set of a guard,” Drew said. “We plan on playing him on the perimeter. He’s an inch taller than Ryan (Broekhoff) and he should fit in nicely with our team.”
Nickerson’s arrival means the Crusaders are at their scholarship limit entering the season for the first time under Bryce Drew. Valparaiso has used mid-season scholarships to pick up players like Ben Boggs (Virginia Tech) and Keith Carter (St. Louis) in the past.
“We really felt that E. Victor was such a great addition that we wanted to get him here,” Drew said. “We’re excited to have our roster set.”