Basketball off-season news


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Osbourne Shema is currently the only player from Rick Pitino’s 2022-2023 roster who has not transferred or is not in the transfer portal. 

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor

Kate Mager, of the Iona women’s basketball team, won the college three-point championship at the NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas. 


Mager won both the Celsius Women’s 3-Point Championship and the 34th State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday, March 30 at the Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston the day before the NCAA Final Four matches.

Mager was one of the most prolific shooters in the NCAA this season and was voted to the All-MAAC Second Team and the MAAC All-Tournament team. She finished the regular season second in the nation for three-point field goal percentage (49.7%), fifth for three-point field goals per game (3.17) and seventh in three-point field goals made (92).

The senior from New City, New York also set a single-season program record for three-point field goal percentage; her 104 three-pointers is second most in a single season for the Gaels and her field goal percentage (52.0%) is fifth highest in Iona history.

The winners of the men’s and women’s 3-Point competitions faced off in the Rocket Mortgage Battle of the Champions, where Mager defeated the men’s winner Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy.

Players Ketsia Athias and Juana Camilion both entered their applications as candidates for the draft which was held on April 10 at Spring Studios New York in Manhattan (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

Camilion, a Mallorca, Spain native, was the only Spaniard on the top list. Camilion, who just turned 24, will make a decision on her future based on selection in the draft, according to SmallCapNews.

Camilion averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and two steals per game for the Gaels this season, shooting 45% from the field and 35.8% on three-pointers.

Athias, a Brooklyn, New York native, averaged 12.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.5 blocks per game and shot 53.1% from the field. She was also named to the MAAC All-Tournament team and was voted to the All-MAAC second team in the forward position.

Billi Chambers, who led the Iona women’s basketball team to the MAAC championship this season and their first ever championship back in 2016, has accepted the head coaching role at Xavier University.  


Chambers became the ninth coach of Xavier after leading the Gaels from 2013-2014 for ten seasons. She is the most decorated coach in Iona women’s basketball history winning two MAAC championship regular season titles, two Coach of the Year awards, with three 20-win seasons in addition to the program’s only two MAAC Championships. Under her tenure, the Gaels went 141-153 overall and 102-85 in MAAC play.  

Angelika Szumilo was named as Chambers replacement as the head coach of the women’s basketball team. Szumilo in coming to Iona from Fairleigh Dickinson University after serving as head coach there for four seasons. Men’s new head coach Tobin Anderson joined from the same school.

News on the men’s side comes as Tobin Anderson, who was named Head Coach after Rick Pitino resigned back in March, completed his coaching staff for the 2023-2024 season.

Anderson tabbed four new coaches, three assistant coaches and a director of basketball operations. Tom Bonacum, Kam Murrell and Ray Savage join Anderson from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Patrick Wallace joins the Gaels from University of Loyola Chicago.  


Bonacum, Murrell and Wallace join Iona men’s basketball as assistant coaches while Savage will serve as the team’s Director of Operations.

“We have put together a staff that is hungry and passionate and with guys I know and am comfortable with that will help lead us to MAAC Championships, NCAA bids and hopefully NCAA wins,” Anderson said, according to the ionagaels website.