It appears as if Tavon Sledge’s foray into the Midwest is over.
The Half Hollow Hills West graduate asked for his release from Iowa State earlier this week and is seeking a transfer. Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Sledge’s request and announced the move along with the transfer of sophomore center Jordan Railey on Friday.
"We certainly appreciate the work and effort Jordan and Tavon have given our program," Hoiberg said. "It basically boiled down to playing time for both of them. I had great conversations with Jordan and Tavon after the season ended and we mutually agreed that their chances for increased playing time would be at another school. Jordan and Tavon are great kids and we will do everything we can to assist them finding the right fit."
Although it’s not clear where Sledge will land, there are several possibilities for the 5-7 freshman, who will have three years of eligibility after he sits out the 2012-2013 season. Sledge played in just eight games and averaged 1 point per game.
Sledge’s decision to transfer is likely to have every school in the New York metro-area on his heels.
St. John’s, which was in the recruiting mix during Sledge’s high school days, could be at the top of the list. Sledge cited his desire to get away from the tri-state area as the main reason for committing to Iowa State.
Could Hofstra be in the mix? Possibly. Pride point guard Stevie Mejia will be a senior next season and Hofstra will certainly be looking for a point guard for the 2013-2014 season and beyond. There’s no doubt Sledge could step in and immediately start for Hofstra. Although the CAA only got one team in the tournament, it is a well-respected league.
Iona, thanks to its run to the NCAA Tournament, shouldn’t be counted out. Sledge would be thrust right into the starting lineup when he is eligible and could be a star in the MAAC. Iona’s selection to the tournament notwithstanding, the MAAC is usually a one-bid league. Could that be a sticking point in Sledge’s decision process?
Rutgers, Seton Hall and Providence are schools that could be on Sledge’s short list. Fordham could be too low on totem poll in the Atlantic-10 for Sledge to consider it.
Four years ago, Stony Brook would have been the longest of long shots, but the Seawolves recent success could make them a legitimate player. The same goes for LIU.