New Jersey college basketball’s loss is Chicago hoops’ gain, as Ray Salnave announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’s leaving Monmouth University Men’s Basketball for the Windy City’s DePaul University as a graduate transfer for his final season of collegiate eligibility. Salnave graduated from Monmouth Wednesday.
“I would like to thank everybody that was involved throughout the process,’’ Salnave said in his tweet. “After careful thoughts, I’ve decided that DePaul would be best for me and my future athletic career.’’
The 6-foot-3 former Benjamin Cardozo High School (Queens) hoopster was an integral part of the Hawks’ success this season, as they posted an 18-13 overall record and went 12-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Salnave was a second-team All-MAAC selection last season after he averaged career highs of 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.
He averaged 12.1 points, four boards, 2.5 helpers, and amassed 1,135 points and collected 377 rebounds in 94 tilts over three campaigns at Monmouth.
Back on April 21st, when Salnave entered the transfer portal, he Tweeted: “To everyone at Monmouth, thank you for the great 4 years. It’s been one hell of a ride. But after consideration and numerous talks, I’ve decided to enter my name in the transfer portal and leave everything open. Forever a Hawk.’’
According to sources, the Elmont, Long Island, native chose DePaul over Loyola Marymount and St. John’s.
DePaul went 16-16 overall and 3-15 in Big East Conference play last season after a 12-1 start.
— Jerry Del Priore