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Former Pallotti standout D'Andre Stockman transferred from Division III Marymount University to Division II Fairmont State, where he averaged 11 points per game last season. Fairmont State lost to Northwest Missouri State in the national championship game.
Former Pallotti standout D'Andre Stockman transferred from Division III Marymount University to Division II Fairmont State, where he averaged 11 points per game last season. Fairmont State lost to Northwest Missouri State in the national championship game. (Courtesy photo/Jon Klemme)

The changing landscape in college basketball includes a plethora of transfers every year, especially at the Division I level.

There are about 350 schools at the Division I level in men’s basketball and about 40 percent of student-athletes who enter that level right out of high school depart by the end of their sophomore season, according to the NCAA.

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That makes the transfer of D’Ondre Stockman all the more unique.

Stockman graduated from St. Vincent Pallotti High in 2014 Laurel and began his college career at Marymount, a Division III program in Arlington, Va. Virginia.

Wanting to face better competition, the 6-foot-1 senior guard transferred to Division II Fairmont State University in West Virginia.

Not as many students transfer up from Division III but the move could not have worked out better, as the Falcons advanced to the Division II national title game last season, before losing to Northwest Missouri State in March.

“I didn’t expect to be competing in the national championship, honestly,” he said. “But it was definitely a blessing to find a school like Fairmont and fit in with this group of guys. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”

Stockman averaged 11.0 points in just 19.1 minutes per game and he played in all 37 contests, with one start, and had a team-high 23 points against Bellarmine in the national semifinals.

“I met some great people [at Marymount] and got better. I just wanted to move up a level since I thought I could play at a higher level,” said Stockman, who averaged about 12.5 points in his last season at Marymount.

Stockman scored 20 points per game as a Pallotti senior and was a first-team All-Conference player and a member of the Gilman tournament all-tourney squad.

Stockman, who spent part of his youth in Upper Marlboro, is one of just two seniors with the Falcons this season.

“He knows he is the heart and soul of our team,” Fairmont State coach Joe Mazzulla said.

Stockman is studying political science and cyber security and is on track to graduate next year. Stockman hopes to play pro ball after college with an eye on Europe, as his family lived in Italy before he came to Pallotti.

“That is the goal. I definitely want to go back overseas,” he said. “I know some people back in Italy. That is definitely a place I would like.”

“I think that is a goal for all of our guys,” Mazzulla said. “We talk about that; I don’t think [overseas] is out of the [realm of] possibility at all.”

FSU lost 86-63 at Division I George Washington University on Nov. 4 in an exhibition game.

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“We're still figuring each other out,” George Washington head coach Maurice Joseph said. “Overall, I'm happy with some of the things we got to see.”

Stockman didn’t feel the same as he played a team-high 32 minutes and had seven points and one assist, although he made just three of 11 shots from the field, including one of nine three-pointers.

Among those in the stands were his parents, who now live in Tennessee, and his girlfriend.

“I didn’t play, obviously, to my potential,” he said. “You are going to have good games and bad games, it happens.”

At times Stockman guarded GW freshman Terry Nolan, Jr., a Baltimore resident and Mount Carmel product, who had six points in his first college game. The GW roster also includes sophomore guard Justin Williams, who is from Ellicott City and played at Glenelg Country School.

Stockman will be counted on for significant minutes this season for Mazulla, a former Falcons assistant who coached in the NBA Developmental League last season with Maine.

FSU (2-1) opened regular-season play Nov. 10 and Stockman scored five points in an 86-63 victory over St. Augustine’s.

He had seven points last night in an 84-82 loss to the University of Fendlay.

FSU, 34-3 last season, began this year ranked No. 18 in the nation in Basketball Times at the Division II level and the Falcons will rely on Stockman.

“He has really taken on being the voice of our team,” Mazzulla said.

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