Loyola’s backcourt got richer Saturday as former Iowa State guard Clayton Custer announced that he has committed to the Ramblers. Custer, a 6-foot-1 guard, will have three years of eligibility at Loyola, starting in the 2016-17 season.
“Good weekend in Chicago,” Custer tweeted. “Excited to say I will continue my journey at Loyola of Chicago next year.”
Custer was a borderline top-100 recruit out of high school, where he was teammates with Loyola guard Ben Richardson at Blue Valley Northwestern in Kansas. In his freshman season at Iowa State, Custer played just 5.8 minutes per game and cited lack of playing time as a reason for transferring.
Custer, who visited Loyola this weekend, had also visited Creighton last week. Prior to committing he had visits to Missouri and Wichita State lined up.
The mandatory redshirt season for transfers is actually a positive thing for Loyola in this case. The Ramblers already have plenty of depth in the backcourt, but point guard Jeff White and combo guard Earl Peterson will be seniors next year.
As a redshirt sophomore, Custer will be able to step in and replace some of their playing time and production in 2016-17.
Custer joins junior college transfer Maurice Kirby and Fishburne Military Academy product Pernell Adgei in Loyola’s 2015 recruiting class.
The Ramblers have one scholarship remaining for the 2015-16 season, and they have been pursuing junior college guard Marcus Johnson Jr.