Former Duquesne player Spencer Littleson, right, has decided to transfer to Toledo. After sitting out this coming season, Littleson will have three years of eligibility remaining. ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Duquesne basketball coach Jim Ferry was fired in March, freshman guard Spencer Littleson decided he would continue his college career elsewhere.
With former Akron coach Keith Dambrot hired at Duquesne, Littleson saw a program that was going in a new direction.
When everything finally settled, Littleson chose to transfer and play for the University of Toledo, committing to the Rockets last week.
“With the coaching change and everything, there was a lot of change going on,” Littleson said. “I just thought it would be best for me to transfer. When I visited Toledo and started talking to the coaches and everything, I really liked the family atmosphere. I really like how organized it is and how they are all just focused on winning, and I just can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Littleson, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Rochester Hills, Mich., averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game as a freshman with the Dukes. He appeared in 25 games off the bench and scored a season-high eight points against Penn State and Saint Francis University.
Littleson will sit out the 2017-18 season, then will have three years of eligibility left starting in the 2018-19 season. He hopes to build off of his freshman season at Duquesne and develop more as a player in his redshirt season.
“I just learned what it takes to play at this level,” Littleson said of his brief time at Duquesne. “With this redshirt year coming up, I have a lot to work on. I can pinpoint those things better from being able to play for a year. I’ll definitely be able improve a lot over this redshirt year.”
Toledo has had recent success with transfers, the last of which was Steve Taylor, Jr., who was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference performer last season after transferring from Marquette.
Other transfers during Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk’s tenure have included Rian Pearson, Justin Drummond, and JD Weatherspoon.
This year, the Rockets will welcome Colorado transfer Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Missouri transfer Willie Jackson into the fold. Jackson will be eligible to play in the second semester.
The proven track record of success with transfers was a key to Littleson choosing Toledo.
“They have proven that they treat transfers really well and that transfers end up being successful at the school,” Littleson said. “Obviously it was very reassuring, knowing that they develop transfers well. Player development is a big thing for me, so that was really encouraging.”
At Rochester Adams High School, Littleson averaged 25.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game his senior season, finishing third in the voting for 2016 Mr. Basketball in Michigan.
With good size for a guard, Littleson said he views himself as a solid playmaker and a good passer and shooter. He hopes a redshirt season full of weight training will add some muscle to his frame and make him a stronger and more versatile player.
At the same time, Littleson hopes he can contribute to a winning culture at Toledo.
“I’m a hard-working guy for the team and I’m all about winning,” Littleson said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
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