Oakland adds EMU's Nobles; Palombizio will transfer
’Tis the season for college-basketball transfers.
Jordan Nobles, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward from Canton, will join Oakland from Eastern Michigan for his final collegiate season and be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.
Nobles played 99 games with the Eagles, averaging 4.7 points this past season, as a redshirt junior. He averaged 4.6 points the season before, and 2.1 points as a freshman. He also averaged 2.4, 3.3 and 2.3 rebounds.
With Oakland, he will be another big man who can star on defense, along with Isaiah Brock, and he shoots the 3-pointer well, at 37 percent for his career at Eastern Michigan. Nobles, the first Canton men's basketball player to go Division I in more than 25 years, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday.
With Nobles coming in, Oakland is bracing for the loss of 6-6, 212-pound swingman Chris Palombizio, who will transfer rather than be relegated to backup duty with the Golden Grizzlies.
It's not been decided where Palombizio, a Chesterton, Ind., native who just completed his redshirt sophomore season, will continue his playing career. He averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds this past season, and provided energy off the bench.
In more transfer news, sophomore swingman Reggie Jones, who is leaving Western Michigan, will play for Tulsa, he announced Saturday.