Cleveland, Ohio — As the NCAA tournament ends and the college basketball season comes to an end, players are starting to jump ship, leaving their teams for greener pastures.
As players continue to announce their plans to transfer, teams in the Horizon League will continue to lose, as well as gain players to transfers as the off-season goes on.
Youngstown State University
Going into his second year as head coach, Jerrod Calhoun will have lost at least six players to transfer. He is also losing Cameron Morse, Francisco Santiago, Ryan Strollo and Ryan Strollo who are all graduating.
Jacob Brown (6’9”, F) Brown only appeared in 10 games this season and averaged 1.4 points and one rebound per game. A freshman, he spent a single season at YSU before deciding to transfer.
Jeremiah Ferguson (6’2″, G) — Ferguson started in four games and appeared in 29 this past season. Averaging 4.2 points per game, the highlight of the season for him was a 21-point game against Oakland (1/10). A sophomore, he played two years at YSU before deciding to transfer.
Braun Hartfield (6’6”, G) — Hartfield started 29 games this pasts season and appeared in 32. He average 13.6 points a game and led the Horizon League with 54 steals last season. He scored in double figures 22 times, and eight of those games he scored 20 or more, with a season high of 33. A Cleveland native who played at Garfield Heights, he spent two season at YSU before deciding to transfer.
Devin Haygood (6’7”, F)– Haygood started 23 games and appeared in 31. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. He also led the team in blocks with 37. He played three years at YSU before deciding to transfer this year.
Tyree Robinson (6’6”, F) — Robinson appeared in 30 games this season and started six. He averaged 7.5 points per game, posted double figures in scoring 11 times and led the team in field goal percentage at .622 (97-156). He transferred to YSU after two years at Odessa (Texas) Junior College.
Alex Wilbourn (6’11”, C) — Wilbourn’s departure was announced back on Dec. 19, 2017. He played at San Diego City College for two years before his brief stint with YSU.
Dan Ritter (6’3”, G) — Dan Ritter was a walk-on for YSU who played in eight games this past season. He transferred to play at Division III Westminster College.
Cleveland State University
Another first-year head coach, Dennis Felton will be losing two of his players to transfer going into his second season. He is also losing Kenny Carpenter, Bobby Word, Anthony Wright, Jamarcus Hairston, Derek Sloan and Terrell Hales.
Evan Clayborne (6’8”, F) — Clayborne played in 24 games this season and averaged 3 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. He missed a significant period of time after an injury he suffered against Kent State. One of the few traditional big men and Felton’s team, his use was largely match up dependent. He announced his was leaving CSU’s program on his Instagram account. He played for CSU for two seasons.
Dontel Highsmith (6’2”, G) — Highsmith played in 26 games this season and started one when he made his CSU debut against ECU (11/20). He averaged 4.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, but had four games where he put up double digits in scoring. As the season went on he started to lose playing time, and didn’t make an appearance six games after Feb. 10th. Highsmith spent four seasons with Northern Illinois before tranfering to CSU as a graduate student. He played one season for the Vikings.
Northern Kentucky University
After winning the 2017 Horizon League championship in 2017, his second year as head coach, Head Coach John Branner was bounced out of the Horizon League tournament this season against CSU. Going into his fourth year as head coach, he will be losing two players to transfer, as well losing Jordan Garnett, Lavonne Holland and Nick Ayers to graduation.
Carson Williams (6’6”, F) — Faulkner started 34 games for NKU last season and averaged 24.8 minutes a game. He averaged 10.8 points this season with 5.9 rebounds per game. He scored a season high 22 points against East Tennessee State University. He spent two seasons with NKU before deciding to transfer.
Mason Faulkner (6’1”, G) — Faulkner player in 33 games during the 2017-2018 season. He averaged 7.4 points this season with 27 steals. He put up a career high 16 points and five rebounds against CSU on Jan. 15th. He spent two season with NKU before deciding to transfer.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Another first year head coach, Pat Baldwin will be going into his second year losing two players to transfer. He will also lose Alex Prahl and Brett Prahl to transfer.
August Hass (6’1”, G) — Hass played in 32 games this season and averaged 20 minutes per game. He averaged 3.8 points, 2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. His highest scoring game was against Concordia-St. Paul with 13, and his highest assist total was seven against CSU. During the 2016-2017 season he started 35 games, but he only saw six starts this past season. He played for two season at Milwaukee before transferring.
Jeremy Johnson (6’3”, G) — Johnson started ten games and played in 18 this season, averaging 19.2 minutes a game. He averaged 5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Johnson red shirted his first season, and then played two season for Milwaukee.
Wright State University
Entering his third season, head coach Scott Nagy has so far only lost one player due to transfer. The Horizon League champions will also lose Trey Stacey and Grant Bezinger to graduation.
Tye Wilburn (5’11’, G) — Wilburn played in 20 games this past season and started one. He averaged 8.9 minutes, with 2 points per game. As a red-shirt junior, he played two season for the Raiders before deciding to transfer.
University of Detroit Mercy
Former Head coach Bacari Alexander was relieved of his duties after this past season. The new head coach will lose star player Corey Allen to transfer, as well as Jaleel Hogan, Isaiah Jones and DeShawndre Black to graduation.
Corey Allen (6’3”, G) — Allen played in 29 games and started 18 this past season. He was second on his team in scoring with 14.4 points per game. He scored over 30 points three times, and had 22 double-digit scoring games. He also won Horizon League Freshman of the Year in 2017. A sophomore, he played two years for the Titans before transferring.
Josh McFolley (6’31’, G) — McFolley was one of only two Titans to play in all 32 games this past season, and he started 19 of them. He was third on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game and was tied for second in the Horizon League in steals. He was on the Horizon League All-Freshman Team in 2016. A junior, he spent three years with Detroit Mercy before transferring.
Going into next season, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis head coach Jason Gardner is losing one player to transfer, and will lose Aaron Brennan, Ahmen Ismail and Ron Patterson to graduation.
T.J. Henderson (6’0”, G) — Henderson played in 30 games and made five starts for the Jaguars. He was second on his team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. He had 18 double digit scoring games, inluding nine of the first 11 games of the season. He started the season as a starter, but came off the bench after his first five games. A junior, he played for three season at IUPUI before transferring.
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