May 19, 2014, 7:29 PM EST
Bethune-Cookman has reportedly adding a big man with one year of eligibility remaining for the 2015-2016 season.
Wagner junior forward Mario Moody, along with another teammate, received their releases from the program five weeks ago. According to a report from Cormac Gordon of SILive.com, Moody will play the last year of his collegiate career at Bethune-Cookman.
“At the end of the day, the decision became mutual,” Wagner head coach Bashir Mason told Gordon. “Mario is a great kid, and there aren’t any hard feelings. This is just something he wanted to do, and maybe he’ll benefit from sitting out a year in terms of gaining maturity and working on his game.”
The 6-foot-7 Moody averaged 8.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Seahawks, who finished second in the Northeast Conference before being upset in the conference tournament semifinals.
Wagner graduates four seniors in addition to Moody and Langston Burnett transferring. The Wildcats finished second from the bottom of the MEAC last season, but the program could see a resurgence in the coming years. Leading scorer Clemmye Owens and top assist man Tony Kynard just completed their freshmen seasons. If Moody can bring consistency to his game, the Wildcats will have an inside piece to go along with the back court.
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