Mount St. Mary's standout freshman guard Miles Wilson (Mount Saint Joseph) announced his intention to transfer Monday night, becoming the third Baltimore-area guard to leave the Mountaineers program this offseason.
Sophomore guard Elijah Long (John Carroll), the first Mount player to be named first-team All-Northeast Conference in seven years, was granted his release last month and has attracted high-major attention, visiting Texas this past weekend.
Guard Randy Miller Jr. (Mount Saint Joseph), who played sparingly for the Mountaineers in his freshman season, also is headed out of Emmitsburg, reportedly transferring to Moberly Area Community College (Mo.).
The exodus follows a season in which the Mount swept the NEC regular-season and tournament titles, won a First Four NCAA tournament game and hung with No. 1 seed Villanova for a half. Even more impressively, the team did so without a senior in its starting lineup, raising hopes for an even stronger 2017-18.
Then the "up-transfer" phenomenon struck at Mount St. Mary's. The Mount returns jet-quick guard Junior Robinson but must now replace Long (15 points per game), the team's top scorer and passer, and
Wilson (11.8 ppg), its most promising freshman.
"The past year at Mount Saint Mary's has been special," Wilson wrote in a tweet announcing his transfer. "I want to thank Coach [Jamion] Christian and the Men's Basketball staff for their support and guidance this year, I truly appreciate it. I have made lifelong friendships and I wish my teammates the bst, it was an honor to play along side you and make history this season."