|Iona post player transfers to Falcon men's program (7-26-12)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 19:31|
Josh Gomez, a post player on Iona College’s men’s basketball team last season, has transferred to Bowling Green, Falcon coach Louis Orr said Thursday.
Gomez will sit out the 2012-13 season under NCAA rules and then have three years of eligibility remaining with the Falcons.
He was the lone freshman on Iona’s team last season when the Gaels advanced to the NCAA Tournament. They finished 25-8 overall with a senior-dominated lineup.
Gomez is 6-foot-10, but how much he weighs is in question. BG’s media release listed him at 235 pounds, while Iona’s web site listed him at 200. He is from the Bronx, N.Y.
“Josh comes from a great high school program at the former Rice High School and he added experience playing on a veteran Iona team last year,” Orr said.
“He has a strong work ethic and having him for three years is a big plus,” Orr added. “I know the pedigree and passion of young men who come from New York City and he is also a good student and a quality person.”
Gomez played 16 games at Iona last season, all off the bench for a total of 48 minutes. He had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while making 5-of-11 shots from the field. He attempted no free throws or 3-point field goals.
“On the floor, he will give us length and size in the front court,” Orr said. “He can stretch the defense with his outside shooting as well as being able to score in the post. He is a mobile post player who blocks shots and runs the court well. ”
Prior to Iona, Gomez attended the prestigious Rice High School in New York City’s Catholic High School Athletic Association.
A program that is perennially among the conference’s best teams and a nationally-ranked program, Gomez helped lead Rice to a sixth straight Archdiocesan AA varsity championship as a senior with a 14-point performance against St. Raymond’s.
In a regionally-televised game in the SNY Invitational, Gomez had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over eventual New York State Federation Class AA champion Mount Vernon High School.
The Falcons enter the 2012-13 season with three starters returning from a team that went 16-16 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-American Conference last season.
BG advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament during the postseason.
The Falcons posted two wins over eventual NCAA Tournament teams, defeating Temple and Ohio.
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