Happy Memorial Day, a day of celebration and remembrance. Evidently, it is also a great day to host a potential basketball transfer!
Less than two months after losing its long-time basketball coach, the UNC Asheville basketball program has lost its top returning player.
Rising junior Keith Hornsby was given his release by head coach Nick McDevitt, the Bulldogsâ€™ long-time assistant who replaced Eddie Biedenbach in April.
The 6-4 guard averaged 15 points and 4.2 rebounds last season and shot 37.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Hornsbyâ€™s father, musician Bruce Hornsby, said Keith had received feelers about transferring from other schools and that he was visiting N.C. State on Sunday and Monday.
â€œKeith is very happy at Asheville, and Nick has been great about this, but he wants to explore his options with a couple of other schools,â€ said Bruce Hornsby.
The elder Hornsby said he wanted to keep the option open of his son returning to Asheville, but McDevitt said that isnâ€™t possible.
â€œThat wouldnâ€™t be in the best interest of Keith and it wouldnâ€™t be in the best interest of UNC Asheville,â€ said McDevitt.
â€œHeâ€™s a great kid and we wish him the best. We have a great relationship, so I donâ€™t think this has anything to do with the coaching change.â€
Hornsby had some of his best games against better competition, including 26 points (six 3-pointers) at Ohio State last season. He also scored 23 points and made 4-of-6 3-pointers in an 81-80 loss at N.C. State.
I guess ‘some things will never change’ as this staff continues to show that they are tireless workers!
Not only would Hornsby’s talents be well received in Raleigh, but so would his impact on the Wolfpack’s scholarship spacing.
A quick perusal of UNC-A’s boxscores last season show that Hornsby performed very well against top flight competition.
- 9 of 12 shooting for 26 points vs. Ohio State
- 6 of 14 shooting for 14 points vs. St. John’s
- 8 of 14 shooting for 23 points vs. NC State
- 4 of 12 shooting for 23 points vs. Charlotte
NC State continues to be a player in the Trevor Lacey transfer sweepstakes. Lacey,Â a 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard, was a Top 25 player coming out of S.R. Butler High School (Huntsville, Ala.) where he was also a Parade All-American and only the second ever two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball. Â Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and UConn. While most public speculation regarding Lacey has him choosing between NC State, UNC-CH, Pitt and Miami, recent speculation seems to have de-prioritized UNC-CH and Miami and elevated Pitt and State to the top of the list.
Because of the Wolfpack’s lack of depth and projected lack of experience on the wing in the next few years, I personally think that there is room in Raleigh for both Lacey and Hornsby. Â But, that doesn’t mean that the kids share the same opinion. Â We shall see.
And, ‘that’s just the way it is’.