University of New Hampshire (UNH) men’s basketball announced last week that they have added sophomore sharpshooter Sloan Seymour by way of the NCAA transfer portal. Seymour spent this past season with The George Washington University (GW) and his freshman season at Siena College. With the addition of Seymour, however, comes the departure of All-Conference guard Sean Sutherlin.
Seymour played in 12 games at GW in 2020-21 while averaging 4.3 points and shooting 36.8% from three-point range. At Siena he scored 9.1 points per game shooting 37.3% from deep. Seymour started in 32 of his 33 games played there. The 6-foot-9 forward set a record for first-year players at Siena with 94 total threes made.
The forward explained that he was looking for an opportunity where he could make more of a contribution on the court. Seymour noted that his role at George Washington wasn’t quite what he thought it would be.
The Wildcats struggled shooting the three-pointer last season ranking seventh in the America East converting at a 31.8% clip. The transfer will join the team with the second best three-point percentage among players with over 20 attempts behind only junior Jayden Martinez. Head coach Bill Herrion is excited about what Seymour can bring to the current group of veterans.
“He will give us a player with good length and elite three-point shooting ability who will help us space the floor,” said Herrion.
Seymour agrees that shooting is his greatest asset right now, but he believes he’s still developing and can help in other ways.
“I’m working to play more off the dribble,” said Seymour. “I can definitely go down low and shoot over smaller defenders. I think I can still continue to add to my game.”
UNH also struggled at points matching up with the size of certain teams like UMBC who swept the Wildcats in the season series. Seymour’s 6-foot-9 frame will certainly help in that department as well. The program also added 6-foot-11 junior transfer Tayler Mattos prior to this past season in an attempt to gain more size under the hoop.
UNH got bounced in their opening game of the America East Tournament this season after such high expectations to start the year. Injuries throughout the year plagued them at points, but Seymour believes the Wildcats are knocking on the door of March.
“I think we can do something special at UNH,” Seymour told The New Hampshire. “The opportunity to win a conference championship and go dancing in March; I think we’re right on the doorstep.”
As the Wildcats welcome Seymour, they also say goodbye to Sean Sutherlin. Sutherlin’s long, winding road since graduating high school has finally led him back home and to a “Power Five” Conference (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12). Sutherlin graduated from Irondale High School before heading to Sheridan Junior College for two seasons. He then transferred to UNH for his junior season where he was one of the leaders for the Wildcats averaging 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while notching 12 double-doubles. The 6-foot-5 guard missed all of this past season due to injury.
Sutherlin entered the transfer portal back in February and garnered interest from schools like Oregon State, Missouri and Minnesota. The Minnesota native said the decision was pretty easy for him when the Golden Gophers came calling.
“When Minnesota reached out, I was really excited,” Sutherlin told the Star Tribune. “This is definitely a dream come true. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. When coach offered, I really had no other choice but to accept.”
Sutherlin announced his commitment to the Big Ten university via his Twitter on Sunday with the simple message, “I’m coming home!!!”
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