SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard announced today that Brian Oliver (Glassboro, N.J.) has transferred to the University and will play basketball for the Pirates starting the 2012-13 season.
Oliver comes to Seton Hall following two seasons at Georgia Tech where he averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 58 contests. The 6-foot-6, 226-pound swingman will not be permitted to play in games for the Pirates this season per NCAA transfer regulations, but will be allowed to practice with the team. Oliver joins new teammate Gene Teague as the second Pirate acquisition via transfer in the last two weeks.
"Brian is a tremendous long-distance shooter and he'll immediately provide us with another scoring threat for next season," Willard said. "He has significant experience playing in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation and his versatility and athleticism will certainly benefit Seton Hall."
Last season, Oliver averaged a team third-best 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets. A three-point specialist, he connected on 6-of-11 shots from behind the arc and scored a game-high 32 points in a four-point loss to Syracuse on Nov. 27. Two months later, Oliver poured in a game-high 28 points in a 15-point win over Virginia Tech.
As a freshman, Oliver appeared in every game for Georgia Tech and averaged nearly 20 minutes per game in ACC action. He scored a season-high 20 points at Florida State on Jan. 24.
Despite playing only two seasons, Oliver leaves Georgia Tech with 99 made three-pointers, which places him 16th on the Yellow Jackets' career list.
Prior to his stint at Georgia Tech, Oliver played four years at William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware. An honor roll student, he scored over 1,100 career points and was named to the All-State Team while leading William Penn to the 2009 state championship.
Seton Hall will open the 2011-12 campaign with Saint Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Prudential Center. Season tickets are available by calling 973-275-HALL.