Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Bruiser Flint has found his last piece to overhaul the Drexel backcourt. The Dragons got a commitment from Utah transfer Ahmad Fields, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, on Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Washington, D.C., Fields originally chose the Utes over offers from Colorado, Southern Cal, Saint Joseph’s, Drexel, Mississippi and Miami coming out of Massanutten Military Academy. As a freshman at Utah, he saw action in 19 games, averaging 3.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 7.5 mpg.
“It was kind of what I expected,” he said. “I think it was more of a learning experience–I played, but at the same time I didn’t play as much as I wanted to. But I still felt like I got a lot of experience.”
But Utah is a far way from the East Coast, both in distance and in attitude, and Fields needed to be somewhere that felt more like home. Now he’ll be playing at a place he admits he maybe should have been playing at all along.
“Coach [Matt] Collier was the first one to call me when I got my release,” he said. “I felt that this was where I wanted to be; I kind of feel like I should have been here the first time anyway.
“It’s a city close to home, it’s a good team, it’s a great coach. I was supposed to go out there before I committed last year and I committed like a week before my visit. I think when I went out there, I was looking forward to going to Philly last weekend when I went and I just felt comfortable out there, it’s where I wanted to be.”
Drexel was one of just three schools that Fields sent release forms to when he decided to transfer back on April 7. George Mason and George Washington, two D.C.-area schools, were the others.
Flint already has to replace two of the best guards in school history in Frantz Massenat and Chris Fouch, both of whom exhausted their final seasons of eligibility this year. He’ll still have Damion Lee and Tavon Allen as juniors next year–Lee a redshirt after missing the majority of 2013-14 with a torn ACL–along with senior Freddie Wilson, who played sparingly in his first season at DU after transferring from Seton Hall.
By the time Fields, an athletic, 6-foot-5 lefthander, is eligible as a redshirt sophomore in the 2015-16 season, he’ll be alongside then-sophomore guards Rashann London and Sammy Mojica, both of whom are slated to begin their Drexel careers this summer. Lee and Allen, a pair of 6-6 wings, will both be seniors.
Playing with Lee, another Baltimore native and former DC Assault alum–Lee was on the 17U squad back in 2010 when Allen played with the 15U team–is definitely something he’s excited about.
“I’m looking forward to just getting my first year in with Damion and the rest of the guys,” he said. “We talked a lot during the visits, I kinda knew already what I was stepping into.”
Along with London and Mojica and now Fields, Drexel also adds 6-8 freshman forward Tyshawn Myles, a New York native, to the roster for 2014-15. That means the Dragons still have two scholarships open, which they could roll over to next year when only one more (Wilson’s) will open up.