Kinda going down a rabbit hole here for this thread, but we're having the convo, so here I go. I'm not shocked with the decision either, especially if he's looking for an opportunity to get to the Big Dance (no offense to any UA fans). To follow the "hometown kid" narrative, I'll offer up three schools in NY that could have interest.Don't disagree except for one minor point-- I don't think the CAA is going to be an "up" league for a looooong while. What Kelsey did at Charleston has been derided by many coaching staffs in the league. They basically brought in kids that many of the other schools could not. It's been a not so open / open dialogue, which includes a whole lot of "let's look at what we want to be / do among many league members.
Interestingly, I think the Campbell entry will facilitate a split of the league much more quickly than it may have naturally occurred without their arrival. Campbell is already following the Charleston mode with their football program and I don't doubt for a minute that they will do everything possible to follow suit in basketball. I think the league is going to change sooner, rather than later and they are closer to the AE right now than they are to the MAC / A-10. Ultimately, I think the southern wing of the league will end up being a really good league.
1) Colgate - proven winner at the mid-major level that's losing some top scorers after this season (I think). I don't believe that Colgate has grad programs (apart from a Small Masters in Teaching Program), so this would depend on where Drumgoole is academically if this were to work.
2) St. Bonaventure - practically in Drumgoole's backyard, and are coming off an 8th place finish in the A10, so they could be looking for a proven scorer. Also, they offered Drumgoole out of high school, so they're familiar with him.
3) Syracuse - this might be a level above what is realistic for him, but hey, Syracuse is coming off a down year too, and with the coaching change it may come down to how much talent they're able to draw in from the portal. They already pulled in former 5 star JJ Starling, so this move does seem a tad unrealistic, but hey, who knows.
I'll add in a fourth option of Buffalo, since they're also in Drumgoole's backyard, and also recruited him out of high school.