Ameen Tanksley was one of the most underrated players in the MAAC this season (photo masslive.com)
When Joe Mihalich decided to bolt to Hofstra and leave Niagara a few weeks ago, everyone knew that the landscape of Niagara basketball would be altered. Now it’s taken an even bigger hit, one that it may not be able to recover from in the near future.
Buffalo News reporter Bob DiCesare reported today that Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley were granted waivers to explore transfer options.
This is a big blow as arguably one of the top players in all of the MAAC in Green has been the cornerstone of the Purple Eagle program ever since winning the freshman of the year award two seasons ago.
He was named to the All-MAC first team this season as he averaged 16.8 points per game which ranked fourth in the conference and 5.0 assists per game which was tied for first.
He and fellow backcourt member Antoine Mason led Niagara to a regular season MAAC title this season and a trip to the NIT where they lost to Maryland in the first round.
Green has been a work-horse for the program logging an average of over 37 minutes per game in each of his two seasons.
Tanksley, who will also be a junior next season along with Green, averaged 11.3 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. The 6’6″ forward has brought the physical nature to the program to battle with anyone he goes up against.
DiCesare notes that there is not indication that anyone else from the program is looking to transfer as of now, but with these two stars leaving, the door may just stay open.
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