Brandon Stone’s basketball journey started at Southmoreland High School before transferring to Christ School in North Carolina. From there, Stone signed with LaSalle in Philadelphia but now he’s returning to Western Pennsylvania.
Less than 2 days after announcing his intentions of leaving LaSalle, Stone (6’11”, 215) announced Tuesday evening that he was transferring to play for Andy Toole and the Robert Morris Colonials.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Stone following his announcement of joining the Robert Morris program.
“I decided to leave LaSalle because it just didn’t feel like it was a good fit for me anymore,” Stone told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I wasn’t happy. Robert Morris then reached out and I had already had a relationship with their coaching staff and it gives me the opportunity to play closer to home so my family could come see me. It just felt like the right thing to do. I’m going to be comfortable going in there after already knowing Coach Toole and some of the other coaches on the staff, which made it a pretty easy decision for me.”
One of the other things that impressed Stone was how quick Toole contacted him and the things he had to say during their conversation on Monday.
“Coach Toole reached out as soon as I was officially in the transfer portal and explained to me how much they wanted me,” said Stone. “He told me they’ve had an eye on me and wanted me since I was a sophomore in high school. He gave me a walk through of how they see me fitting in their program and different ways they can use me in their offensive and defensive schemes, which was very attractive to me.”
“Coach explained to me how I could play out on the perimeter but also play in the post. He plans on using me as a mismatch depending on who’s trying to guard me. If I have someone smaller on me, he’s going to put me in the post, if I have bigger, slower guys on me, he plans on spacing me out and let me play on the perimeter. That was attractive to me because that was how I played all throughout high school and at LaSalle, I didn’t really get to play that way.”
Stone will have to sit out this season and will have 3 seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.