A former WPIAL star has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Former Lincoln Prep star and Colgate point guard Nelly Cummings has entered the portal as a graduate transfer and has two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.
This past season, Cummings helped Colgate win the Patriot League Championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed, where they lost to No. 3 Arkansas, 85-68.
Cummings averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 38.4% from 3-point range.
“This was a very difficult decision to make because not only did we have success as a team but these people up here at Colgate are family to me,” Cummings tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It’s hard to make a decision that affects your family members and that’s how I feel about everyone up here. It was a tough thing to do but Colgate isn’t totally out of my decision. I’m just looking things over and returning to Colgate is still a possibility.”
“I’m a graduate and being that I’ve been in college for four years, I think I’ve earned the right to look around and see what other possibilities are there if I’d decide to make a decision like this. I just want to make the decision for me and my family wherever that may be.”
Cummings says that the part of his game that’s improved the most is his efficiency level being that he’s only a six-foot guard. Cummings also believes his knowledge of the game has improved and wherever he ends up will be getting a smart, talented, all-around playmaker.
“The number one thing that they’ll be getting is a winner,” said Cummings. “Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve won. I’m also a really good scorer as my high school and college career shows. They’ll also be getting a complete player because I’m not just a scorer, I can pass, I can defend and have heart. I leave everything on the court.”
Cummings reached the state finals twice with Lincoln Park, which won 103 games during his four high school seasons. He finished his high school career with 2,411 points, the fifth most in WPIAL history.
Speaking of the WPIAL and Western Pennsylvania, I asked Cummings if returning home has crossed his mind if offered the opportunity by one of the three D-I programs.
”Definitely has, I have obvious ties plus my little brother is playing now at Lincoln Park. It definitely would be an option that I’d think about but it has to be the best situation for me and my family.”