It took Tulane men’s basketball coach Ed Conroy nearly five months to get it finalized, but the Green Wave’s 2014-15 roster finally was completed Friday.
Tulane officially announced five additions to the program, including former LSU guard and John Curtis standout Malik Morgan, who transferred from the Tigers in May after signing as a Rivals.com top-100 prospect in 2012.
“Malik is a talented scorer who will continue to improve all his skills during the upcoming year,” Conroy said. “And he will be able to make a major impact on our team when he becomes eligible in 2015-16.”
Morgan is one of two signees who are unable to play this season as Tulane enters the American Athletic Conference fresh off a 17-17 record and loss in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. Walk-on center Aaron Liberman from Northwestern is also ineligible until the 2015-16 season.
After being bullied in the post for most of last season, averaging just 12 points per game from its power forwards and centers, Tulane concentrated its spring and summer recruiting on the interior. It signed three players who are least 6-foot-9, led by power forward Dylan Osetkowski.
He and Stanley Roberts Jr., the son for former LSU star Stanley Roberts, are expected to help immediately fill gaps under the basket on a team that lost two of its three most productive post players. Each were touted for their physicality under the basket and will be relied to help stem the lopsided rebounding numbers Tulane faced in its eight Conference USA losses last year.
“Dylan has a combination of skill, size and confidence that will be fun to work with and develop over the coming years,” Conroy said. “Dylan has a solid build that will allow him to physically compete as a freshman as well as continue to improve and blossom as he works with our strength and conditioning staff, as well as our skill development program.”
Riley Conroy, the coach’s oldest son, is rounds out the class as a walk-on. The 5-foot-11 guard was an honorable mention all-district standout at Jesuit High last year and could provide shooting off of the bench.
“We are very excited about our additions to our basketball program,” Conroy said. “They are excellent fits for our program on and off the floor.”