UMass basketball adds Penn State, Montana transfers from portal

  • Michael Steadman played last season at Montana and averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. He announced Tuesday that he'll transfer to UMass for his final season. TOMMY MARTINO / MONTANA ATHLETICS

  • Michael Steadman played last season at Montana and averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. He announced Tuesday that he'll transfer to UMass for his final season. TOMMY MARTINO/MONTANA ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 4/7/2021 1:27:17 PM

UMass filled some big holes in its men’s basketball roster with two bigs from the transfer portal.

Montana graduate transfer Michael Steadman and Penn State graduate transfer Tret Buttrick announced on Twitter they’d be joining the Minutemen for next season.

Steadman, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 19 contests for the Grizzlies last season. He spent the 2018-19 season at San Jose State, leading the Spartans in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 per game) before transferring to Montana. The Union City, Calif., native played two years at the City College of San Francisco to start his career.

Steadman entered the transfer portal Feb. 15. He will provide needed size to the Minutemen after senior center Mark Gasperini graduated and sophomore all-conference center Tre Mitchell entered the transfer portal.

Buttrick played in 25 games last season for the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a little over three points per game, adding a career-high 13 against Minnesota on March 3. A Bloomsburg, Pa. native, Buttrick shot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc last season.

“First of all, I would like to thank Penn State University for the opportunity to become a student-athlete. These past four years have been nothing short of unforgettable. Nittany Nation has welcomed me since the day I stepped foot on campus, and for that I am grateful. I will always be a Nittany Lion at heart,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to thank all of the coaches who have reached out to me while in the portal. After much thought and consideration, I have decided that I will be playing my last year at the University of Massachusetts! I am excited to be joining the family and look forward to this next step in my journey!”

UMass’ lone commit from the Class of 2021, Brian Mathews, is a 6-foot-9 big from the Chicago area.

DONNELLY EXITS WOMEN’S PROGRAM – Sophomore center Maeve Donnelly officially entered the transfer portal Tuesday. The Binghamton, N.Y., native tweeted “I would like to thank UMass for all of the amazing opportunities and experiences I had during my time there. However, I have decided that it is in my best interest to finish my career elsewhere, so I will be entering the transfer portal with 3 years of remaining eligibility.”

Donnelly did not travel with the Minutewomen to the Atlantic 10 Tournament or WNIT. She was limited to six games this season due to the concussion protocol. She only played double-digit minutes three times and started one game.

As a freshman, she became the first Minutewomen to start every game in her first year since 2014-15. Donnelly set a program single-season record with 76 blocks and blocked 10 shots against Holy Cross to set the UMass single-game record.

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