Titans head coach Bacari Alexander announced that the team has added Long Beach State graduate transfer Roschon Prince, per a Friday afternoon release on Twitter. The bulky, 6’6” forward will be eligible to play immediately and will be with the Titans for one season. Prince was the 2012-2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in California after starring at Long Beach Poly High School, where he averaged over 20 points and 7 rebounds per games as a senior. Prince then played for one season at USC for newly-hired head coach Andy Enfield, where he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in limited action. Prince then sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring to his hometown school to play for head coach Dan Monson. Last season, Prince averaged 9.4 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game for a 49ers team that finished 15-19 overall. Prince is more of a power forward at this level, but he can play small forward in a lineup with more size. He should see a significant number of minutes next season.
In a subsequent Twitter posting yesterday, Alexander wrote in-part “Excited to roll out more recruiting developments in the coming week!” Detroit Mercy hopes a strong recruiting class can help them bounce back from an 8-23 record last season. But the immediate impact of the incoming freshman will likely not be huge, as the Titans will return a veteran team, led by one of the Horizon League’s best backcourts in Josh McFolley and Corey Allen. Transfer swingman Kameron Chatman is also expected to be a major contributor. The big question mark remains whether Second Team All-Horizon League player Jaleel Hogan will return to Detroit Mercy. He announced a few weeks ago in a social media post that he was leaving the school, even though he has one year of eligibility left. The Titans have not yet publicly released any information on his status for next season.