JMU roundup: Dukes add transfer Snowden to men’s hoops

HARRISONBURG – Junior Ramone Snowden has transferred into the James Madison men’s basketball program from Niagara, as announced by head coach Matt Brady on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are very excited to be adding a student-athlete with all of the qualities and experience that Ramone has proven to exhibit,” Brady said. “Not only has he been highly productive for two years, but he has been a valued teammate, an excellent leader and a model student. He will certainly be invaluable in helping JMU continue to build on the exciting foundation we already have in place.”

Snowden was the Purple Eagles’ second-leading scorer in 2014-15, starting all 30 contests and averaging 10.7 points per game and pulling down a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. In all, Snowden started 60 of a possible 63 games for Niagara across his two seasons.

The Virginia Beach native will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules – though he will still practice with the Dukes – before earning his first playing time in 2016-17 as a redshirt junior.

Snowden joins a JMU team that returns nine letterwinners and all five starters from the 2014-15 squad that captured a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship for the first time in 15 years.

The 2015-16 Dukes also return 89.9 percent of last year’s scoring and 92.3 percent of the rebounding, while adding redshirt-junior guard Devontae Morgan, who will suit up for JMU after transferring from Butler and sitting out last season.