Malachi de Sousa, a 6-foot-6 forward who started 26 of 58 career games with the University at Albany men's basketball program, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, several recruiting websites reported late Wednesday afternoon.
"Hopeful that a fresh start will be good for Malachi," coach Will Brown wrote in a text to the Times Union. "He is a good kid. We wish him the best and will assist him in any way that we can."
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De Sousa started 21 of 30 games for the 14-18 Great Danes, missing two games because of injury, and averaged 5.9 points (fifth on the team), 4.3 rebounds (third) and 1.8 assists (third) per game. He ranked third on the team with 13 blocked shots and averaged 25 minutes per game.
He missed a Dec. 4 game against Yale (knee) and Jan. 25 vs. Hartford (ankle). De Sousa scored a career-high 22 points Dec. 18 in a loss at St. John's, but his most impressive performance may have been in a Feb. 5 meeting against Binghamton.
Fighting flu-like symptoms, he played a team-high 37 minutes and shut down Binghamton star guard Sam Sessoms to 2-for-11 shooting in a 62-49 UAlbany victory.
De Sousa was in the starting lineup until the final week of the regular season. He came off the bench and averaged just 12 minutes in the Danes' final two regular-season games and an America East Tournament loss at Stony Brook.
Brown often described de Sousa as the team's most athletic player, although his shooting accuracy fell off late in the season. He missed his final 12 3-point attempts, over a nine-game span, and finished the season 13-for-54 (.241) from long range. De Sousa did not attempt a field goal in nine minutes of the tournament game against Stony Brook.
As a freshman, de Sousa played 28 games, working his way into a starting role late in the season when Brown adopted an all-freshman lineup. He finished his first year averaging 3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 12.7 minutes per game. He led the 2018-19 Danes with 19 blocked shots.
De Sousa is a native of Beacon (Dutchess County) and played four seasons at South Kent High School. His mother, Lisa, played softball at UAlbany.
He has two years of athletic eligibility remaining but likely will have to sit out the 体彩app官方网站-21 season if he transfers to another Division I 体彩app官方网站.
The departures of de Sousa and freshman Mitch Doherty, who entered the transfer portal last week, leave UAlbany with four available scholarships for next season.
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