Former Ranney Star Bryan Antoine Enters Transfer Portal, Will Leave Villanova
When Bryan Antoine committed to play basketball at Villanova University, many expected for it to be for one year before he left for the NBA.
Antoine, meanwhile, said he would be there for as long as it took for him to be ready for the next step.
The next step came Friday, although it will not be a move to the NBA but rather to a different college program, as the the 6-foot-5 former Ranney School star entered the NCAA transfer portal, per multiple reports.
Since he finished his high-school career at Ranney as the Shore Conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,499 career points and one of the leaders of the Shore's first and only Tournament of Champions-winning team, Antoine has been significantly held back by injuries.
He played through a torn labrum in his right shoulder during his senior year at Ranney and the surgery to repair it in May of 2019 prevented him from starting his freshman season at Villanova on time. In subsequent years, Antoine has battled knee and ankle injuries that have taken him off the floor as well.
With limited time to develop, add strength and find his role on the team, Antoine found himself playing sparingly for a Wildcats program that had the talent to compensate for the absence of a five-star recruit. He averaged 1.5 points per game this past season, 2.3 as a sophomore and 1.1 as a freshman. Antoine scored nine points in his college debut against Middle Tennessee State and that total wound up being his single-game career-high at Villanova.
Jay Wright retired as Villanova head coach on April 20 and the school immediately named Kyle Neptune -- an assistant under Wright for eight seasons and head coach at Fordham University for the 2021-22 season -- as his replacement. Neptune was an assistant during Antoine's first two seasons with the program.