Vermont lands transfers Hector Harold and Ryan PiersonApril 18th, 2012 by Sam Perkins
(Burlington, VT) – The University of Vermont moved quickly in replacing departing players Brendan Bald (leaving the team, remaining in school), Chris Santo and Ryan McKeaney, landing potential impact transfers Hector Harold and Ryan Pierson, as confirmed by multiple team sources.
Both Harold (6’7” wing/forward) and Pierson (6’10” center) give the Catamounts length and size, and both are transferring into the program from a higher level; Harold from Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) and Pierson from Northeastern (CAA).
Harold, a 6’7” 205 pounder who can play the three and four is billed as an athletic shooter who can run the floor and finish above the rim, and who could be a potential match-up problem in the America East. As a sophomore, he played in 27 games, averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.
Listed at 6’10” 260, Pierson came to Northeastern with tremendous promise and hype, and was billed as being the first dominant rebounder to lace them up on Huntington Ave since America East alumn Sylbrin Robinson (2004). A legit 6’9”, he has the size and talent to make a significant impact at the America East level.
In his freshman season, Pierson earned CAA All-Rookie honors, averaging 7.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in just under 26 minutes per game. However, during his sophomore campaign, the St. Louis native appeared to fall out of favor with the Huskies staff, and saw his minutes and production drop dramatically; averaging just 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.7 points per game.
Both players must sit out the 2012-2013 season as transfers, but will have two years remaining of eligibility. Both have the potential to make a significant impact in the AE, but both have yet to tap their potential at the collegiate level.