According to a report, Stanford guard Aaron Bright is transferring to Saint Mary’s for his final year of eligibility and will be able to play in 2014-15 for the Gaels.
ESPN.com, citing multiple sources, reported late Monday that Bright will avail himself of the graduate transfer rule, which allows student-athletes who graduate within four years and have a year of eligibility remaining to have the normal rules requiring transfers to sit out a season to be waived.
Bright has been out since early December after dislocating his shoulder, an injury that required season-ending surgery.
Bright only played in seven games, averaging 5.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game, while shooting 35.7 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range.
Those numbers were the lowest since his freshman year in 2010-11, when he only played 18.9 minutes a night. In 2011-12, as a sophomore, Bright averaged 11.7 points and 3.6 assists in 28.4 minutes a game, shooting 43.2 percent overall and 42.8 percent from 3-point range, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the NIT after Stanford took home the championship in the nation’s most prestigious consolation tournament.
Bright’s playing time went up last year, but his productivity went down, as he shot just 34.7 percent overall and 37.8 percent from deep while averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 assists in 30.2 minutes.
Saint Mary’s, meanwhile, will be losing starting guards Stephen Holt and James Walker III to graduation this spring. The Gaels already have Minnesota transfer Joe Coleman sitting out this season, which means coach Randy Bennett could have a ready-made starting backcourt with major conference experience.