Oakland University men’s basketball team is no stranger to dramatic comings and goings. As the 2017-18 season came to an end so did some of the Golden Grizzlies careers.
As it happens every year, the seniors must graduate and take their place in the real world. Leaving the Blacktop behind. This year Oakland lost four seniors: Kendrick Nunn, Jaylen Hayes, Martez Walker and Nick Daniels.
Each of these seniors held an important role on the team. Nunn made 28 starts in the 17-18 season, was named Horizon League Player of the Year and was ranked second nationally in points per game. Hayes was one of four Oakland players to surpass 1,000 career points and 900 career rebounds. Walker, even though his season was cut short due to a broken foot, appeared and started in 26 games and was selected for the Horizon League All-Defensive Team. Daniels was one of two players to play in all 33 games and achieved his first career double-double before ending his time as a Golden Grizzly.
Aside from the seniors, two other Golden Grizzlies left the team.
Isaiah Brock (sophomore) left once again, this time signing with Grand Valley State University where he will hopefully finish out his career. This leave comes after a long up and down ride with the team. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Brock left the team only to then come back at the start of the 2017-18 season. In an article written by The Oakland Post, it says that Head Coach Greg Kampe did not know of Brocks’ decision until after it had been made.
Chris Palombizio (sophomore) also left the Golden Grizzlies at the end of the 2017-18 season. Palombizio took to Instagram saying, “I will be transferring from Oakland and exploring other options to further my academic and athletic career.” A little more than a month later Palombizio again on his Instagram posted to his story saying that he had been signed to the Bellarmine University Knights.
On the flip side, Oakland has signed one incoming player Kenny Pittman. He comes from Chicago Ill.
While the men’s team has some major rebuilding to do, it is only a matter of time before they are back on the Blacktop taking on the competition and battling for the Horizon League title.