College notes: Delaware State basketball team loses another standout but adds three transfers

By Andy Walter
Posted 4/18/24

DOVER — The NCAA Transfer Portal continues to be a revolving door for the state’s men’s basketball programs.

On Monday, Delaware State’s Deywilk Tavarez was reported to …

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College notes: Delaware State basketball team loses another standout but adds three transfers


DOVER — The NCAA Transfer Portal continues to be a revolving door for the state’s men’s basketball programs.

On Monday, Delaware State’s Deywilk Tavarez was reported to have entered the portal.

The 6-foot-2 freshman guard was one of the Hornets’ rising stars after being named the MEAC Rookie of the Year this winter.

According to social-media reports, Tavarez has already heard from over a dozen schools, including Virginia and Temple. He averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 assists, .3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals as he helped the Hornets reach the MEAC finals,

One of Tavarez’ former DSU teammates, Jevin Muniz, has landed at Florida Gulf Coast. Muniz, who was a second-team All-MEAC pick, has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

On the other hand, Delaware State has gotten commitments from three incoming players.

Kareem and Kaseem Watson, a set of 6-foot-8 twin guards from Philadelphia, both say they’re coming to Dover. The two saw limited action at Cal State-Bakersfield with Kaseem playing in 24 games two seasons ago.

The Hornets are also bringing in Robert Smith, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from Division II West Chester. Smith averaged 17.2 points last season and sank 71-of-195 three-point attempts.

At Delaware, all-conference forward Jyare Davis announced this week that he’s transferring to Syracuse for his final season.

“I think it’s the perfect blend of things that I wanted when I entered the portal,” Davis quoted in a story on “There are a lot of guys that enter the portal to chase money and all of that but I wanted to chase a bigger stage, an opportunity to continue (to) prove myself as a basketball player and all of those things were provided by coach Red at Syracuse.”

A 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, Davis made second-team All-CAA this past season and was a third-team pick the year before. Davis spent his first college season at Providence before transferring to Delaware.

In his last year with the Hens, Davis averaged 17.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He finished with 1,323 points in his Delaware career.

Red-hot Hornets

The DelState baseball squad has gotten hot the last few weeks.

The Hornets have won five in a row and eight of their last nine contests — which was also the same time that veteran coach J.P. Blandin announced that he’ll be retiring after the season.

At 11-7 in the Northeast Conference, DSU has now jumped up to fourth place in the league standings.

On April 12, the Hornets won a wild 22-21 decision at Merrimack by scoring 10 runs in their last two at-bats. Appoquinimink High grad Krew Bouldin hit a ninth-inning grand slam to put DSU ahead for good.

Bouldin was named the NEC co-Player of the Week after going 8-for-13 with three homers, nine runs scored and added eight RBI in three games.

The Hornets host first-place Sacred Heart in a three-game series at Bob Reed Field this weekend. Friday’s game starts at 3 p.m. with Saturday’s and Sunday’s beginning at 1 p.m.

Power surge for Hens

Delaware broke the school record by smacking 10 home runs in a 14-11 home win over Northeastern on Sunday.

The previous mark of nine homers was set in 2010.

Eric Ludman hit three of the home runs while Joey Loynd and Aaron Gaeber had two apiece. The Blue Hens have hit 61 homers in 35 games this season, led by Loynd with nine.

Earlier this year, Loynd tied the school record with 10 RBI in a win over Lafayette.

Ready for some football?

Both Delaware and Delaware State will wrap up spring football with their intrasquad scrimmages this weekend.

The Hens are slated to square off against each other on Friday at 7 p.m. in Delaware Stadium. Delaware is preparing for its final season as an NCAA Division I FCS program before moving up to the FBS level.

The Hornets will scrimmage at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Alumni Stadium. They’re preparing for their second season under head coach Lee Hull.

The contest is proceeded by an alumni flag football game at noon.

Extra points

•Former Delaware basketball standout Andrew Carr, who spent the last two seasons at Wake Forest, is in the transfer portal for his final year.

•The Delaware women’s golf team won the CAA Tournament for the third time, taking the title by four shots. The championship earns the Hens a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which begins on May 6.

•The UD men’s lacrosse team is back in the national rankings, led by the No. 17 spot in USA Lacrosse. The Hens (7-3) play a CAA matchup at Drexel on Saturday at 1 p.m.

* Former Delmarva Christian softball standout Kaylan Yoder, now a freshman pitcher at Liberty, was named  Conference USA's Freshman of the Week for the second time.  She is 5-1 with a 0.17 ERA in Conference USA openers this season and has posted a 1.24 conference-only ERA.

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