Saint Mary’s received some fabulous news last night when Jeff Goodman of ESPN sent out this tweet.
Saint Mary's adding Stanford transfer Aaron Bright — eligible next season, sources told ESPN: http://t.co/KAoFDE3vLg
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) February 18, 2014
It appears that former Stanford Cardinal Aaron Bright will remain in the Bay Area, as the 5’11” point guard for Bellevue, Wash. will transfer to Saint Mary’s for his senior season.
Bright announced that he planned to transfer in December, making it possible for him to now become a Gael. He dislocated his shoulder in November, and planned on applying for a medical redshirt as he only played in 7 games up to thas point. Stanford had already committed all of their open scholarships in the 2014-2015 season, so Bright would need to look elsewhere to take advantage of his fifth year of eligibility.
Bright is not a huge stat sheet stuffer, but is productive nonetheless. Before he was injured this season, Bright was averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 assists. His best season was his sophomore year, where he averaged 11.7 points, 3.7 assists, and shot 43.6 percent from 3. The Saint Mary’s coaching staff will hope that Bright can replicate those numbers in his lone season as a Gael.
The Gaels project to have a fairly solid backcourt for next season. Although Stephen Holt and James Walker III will graduate after this year, Saint Mary’s returns guards Jordan Giusti and Kerry Carter, as well as adding former Minnesota guard Joe Coleman and Bright. A lot speculation can be done about the Gaels starting lineup for next year, but whichever way you look at it the Gaels backcourt should be extremely well off.