Shannon picks Quinnipiac

Fifth-year senior Umar Shannon is heading to Quinnipiac University for his final season. The former St. Francis, Pa. guard tweeted Saturday afternoon the message “QU” and a source confirmed Saturday night that Shannon is indeed headed to the Bobcats.

QU coach Tom Moore also confirmed Shannon’s transfer in a text Sunday morning.

“(We) needed some backcourt experience and talent,” texted Moore, who is also high on incoming freshman point guard Kasim Chandler, from Imani Christian Acamdey in Newark, N.J.

Shannon reportedly was also considering Fairfield, Canisius, Hofstra and Albany. Earlier in the week someone tweeted that Shannon had chosen the Stags, which prompted Shannon to tweet “I guess people know something that I don’t know?!”

Hearst Connecticut Newspapers learned from a source that Shannon’s decision to attend Quinnipiac over Fairfield came down to the guard being able to complete his master’s degree in one year in Hamden. Fairfield does not offer any one-year master’s programs.

Shannon averaged 11.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season for the Red Flash in 735 minutes. The Bobcats needed to add some veteran backcourt help heading into their first season in the MAAC and after losing senior  Dave Johnson. Moore is certainly familiar with Shannon’s game since the Bobcats have played against him three of the past four seasons.

William Paxton