Jan 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; An external view of the atrium outside of Gersten Pavilion prior to a game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Loyola Marymount Lions. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

LMU Lands UCF Transfer Steven Haney

LMU has finally filled its final scholarship for the 2014-2015 season.

Steven Haney, a Central Florida transfer, will be taking his talents to Westchester to play for the Lions. Haney, who was a freshman last season at UCF, will sit out the upcoming season and have three seasons of eligibility left afterwards.

Haney appeared in 26 games last season for the Knights, playing 4.8 minutes per game. During his freshman year, the departed UCF guard averaged 1.5 points and 0.3 rebounds in limited minutes. Considered a competent long-range shooter, Haney connected on 10 of the 27 3-pointers he attempted, which totals to 37 percent.

It appears playing time was one of the primary reasons for Haney’s transfer, just by looking at the numbers.

The transfer to Loyola Marymount makes a lot of sense based on Haney’s family history. His father, Steven Haney Sr., played for LMU his freshman season and part of his sophomore season before transferring.

Also, according to the LMU press release, Haney is a cousin to famous Lakers star Magic Johnson, making the transfer to the Los Angeles school even more feasible.

This is a nice pickup or the Lions, even though he is not eligible immediately. Coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a well-respected program in the Fort Lauderdale area, Haney was a consensus three-star prospect and was considered the 144th ranked player in the nation by Rivals.com.

Barring transfers, LMU will return most of its players in the 2015-2016 season. Haney will come right in and compete with David Humphries and Joshua Spiers for time out on the wing.

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