By Johnny Dimes
According to a tweet by Ryan Silver, Drew Buggs’ former AAU coach, the 6’3’ grad transfer from the University of Hawaii, has narrowed down his final three schools to Iowa State, Missouri and LMU.
The 195-pound guard, who is originally from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while leading the Big West in assists for the second year in a row. As a redshirt junior, Buggs is scheduled to graduate in May with a major in communications. He will be eligible to play immediately and would have a huge impact on the Lions next season. Buggs has mentioned a desire to be closer to his family in Long Beach, so let’s hope he comes and joins the LMU family as well!
Buggs, who was a team co-captain this last year, was also being recruited by Wichita State,Oregon, Washington State, California, Utah State, San Diego State, UTEP, Iona and Colorado State in addition to his final three schools.
An All-Big West Honorable Mention player for the second year in a row, Buggs started 88 of his 91 games during his three-year career at the University of Hawaii.
Buggs has been described as an excellent floor general and leader and he fits the type of high-character, highly-athletic player that Coach Johnson has said he wants to bring to LMU.
We ran an article on Buggs a little while ago when Buggs was first mentioned in connection with LMU. To see an interview with him, click here.
Josh Gershon of 247 sports spoke with Ryan Silver, and discussed what stands out about each program. Silver said of LMU, “Stan Johnson is building something special at LMU and is a future star in coaching.”
Buggs is expected to make his decision by this weekend.
Here’s a video where you can see why Lions fans are excited about him: