E. Victor Nickerson transfers to Valpo; Alex Rossi won’t return
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org July 17, 2013 9:00PM
Head coach Bryce Drew
Updated: August 19, 2013 4:04PM
E. Victor Nickerson is unique, according to Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew, in that he has size, but handles and shoots the ball like a guard.
Wednesday, Drew announced that Nickerson, a transfer from Charlotte, would be joining the Crusaders.
“We’re really excited because he’s 6-foot-8 and he has very good skills, which allows him to play on the perimeter and shoot the ball and be able to drive from perimeter to the basket,” Drew said in a phone interview.
The swingman played two years at Charlotte. He will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2014-15.
Nickerson played in 30 games and made 15 starts as a sophomore for the 49ers. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Nickerson averaged 16.9 minutes, 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. ESPN.com ranked Nickerson, who is from Atlanta, No. 17 among all small forward in the nation in the Class of 2011.
“He played 22 minutes a game as a sophomore,” Drew said. “Sitting out a year should allow him to get used to our system and improve his game and hopefully being an upperclassman that first year he’s eligible, hopefully he’ll be able to give us a lot of contributions.
“It will be a big year for him to get used to how we play so he’s ready to go that next year.”
Drew also announced that guard Alex Rossi would not be returning to the program. Rossi transferred from California before last season, largely for family reasons. He averaged 2.1 points in nine games and did not play after Dec. 22 against Purdue Calumet as he underwent cardiac ablation in late January.
Rossi sat out his freshman year at California with a hernia injury. He played a total of 16 minutes in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12 for the Golden Bears. Rossi, who is from Winnetka, Ill., transferred to Valparaiso in May of 2012 and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA through a family hardship waiver in July of 2012.
“We loved having Alex in our program for the last year,” Drew said. “We wish him all the best in the future. He’ll always be part of the Valpo family.”