October 29, 2012 in Division I
As we mentioned in our Division I college basketball preview last week, Eastern Michigan is working a lot of transfers into its lineup this season. Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated reports that the commonality of having nine players on the roster who started out at different colleges could actually be a strength for the Eagles:
Daylen Harrison is a chemistry major. The subject grabbed hold of him in Mr. Graham’s middle school science class and it has been a periodic fixation ever since. He may go into engineering, or maybe enter pharmacy work. Regardless, one idea has always intrigued him: How fundamental forces can bring things together.
Which leads him to the current experiment in Ypsilanti, Mich. An unexpected coaching change led the 6-foot-6 swingman to leave Wyoming and make the move to Eastern Michigan. In the process, he wound up in his element on every possible level.
Harrison joined two other transfers: Arkansas’ Glenn Bryant and Syracuse’s Da’Shonte Riley. In fact, of 15 names on the Eagles’ roster, nine began their careers elsewhere. And so Eastern Michigan has become yet another program attempting to build by dipping into an ever-growing list of talent bouncing from one program to the next, trying to win sooner, rather than later.
“We’ve been places and didn’t have the type of success we wanted,” Harrison said, “but we think we can get it here.”