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June 20, 2012

Robert Morris lands transfer Pressley

Robert Morris failed to land 6-foot-8 forward Jervon Pressley last year as he looked for a college destination out of high school in North Carolina.

But due to space opening up on the roster and Pressley's decision to transfer from Towson, the two became a match Wednesday.

Multiple reports emerged Wednesday afternoon that Pressley settled on Robert Morris. He decided to transfer earlier this month. Towson went 1-31 last year in the Colonial Athletic Association in Pat Skerry's first year, and that led to a lot of turnover.

ColonialsCorner speculated back in the spring that Robert Morris could be a good home for a potential transfer, as it would help balance out the recruiting classes and provide Robert Morris with needed experience after Velton Jones, Russell Johnson and Lijah Thompson graduate after next season. But Pressley wasn't on the map then, though he might fill a very important role.

A traditional power forward, Pressley has the ability to play a face-up game as well as battle inside with a physical game. He played in 31 games, with 12 starts, as a true freshman for Towson last year, averaging 3.6 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Pressley has had some bad luck with finding a home at the college level. He committed to Charlotte, only to have coach Bobby Lutz fired. He committed and signed a letter of intent to Georgia State, only to see that staff get canned. Finally he settled on Towson, only to watch as the team struggled and became a national curiousity as fans waited for Towson to finally win a game last season.

Pressley originally chose Towson over Missouri and Robert Morris, though he never had an official offer from Mizzou.

Rivals.com basketball analyst Eric Bossi had this to say about Pressley at the time of his Georgia State commitment: "A physically imposing, athletic and tough 6-foot-8 235 pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Waddell, Pressley is downright mean around the basket. He encourages physical play in the paint and works the glass."

Pressley will sit out the 2012-2013 season and have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. He fills the 13th and final scholarship on Robert Morris' roster for now. The Colonials have three available for the Class of 2013, though two are set with verbal commitments PG Britton Lee and PF Emmanuel Omogbo.

Here's how the 2013 depth chart looks right now, barring transfers or redshirts:
PG - Anthony Myers (Sr.), Britton Lee (Fr.)
SG - Karvel Anderson (Sr.), Coron Williams (Sr.)
SF - Lucky Jones (Jr.), David Appolon (Jr.)
F - Vaughn Morgan (Sr.), Jervon Pressley (RSo.), Emmanuel Omogbo (Fr.)
F - Mike McFadden (Sr.), Keith Armstrong (Jr.), Stephan Hawkins (So.)

Expect Robert Morris' final 2013 target to be a shooting guard.

ColonialsCorner publisher Andrew Chiappazzi can be reached at achiappazzi@yahoo.com.

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