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UNC Asheville sophomore guard Keith Hornsby to transfer


In the aftermath of UNC Asheville promoting associate head coach Nick McDevitt to replace Eddie Biedenbach as head coach, a major question was the status of guard Keith Hornsby.

As a sophomore Hornsby, the son of singer Bruce Hornsby, averaged 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Bulldogs and with Jeremy Atkinson out of eligibility he would be even more important in 2013-14.

But Hornsby wasn’t sure that UNC Asheville was where he wanted to finish his college career with Biedenbach stepping down to join Buzz Peterson’s staff at UNC Wilmington. With that in mind McDevitt did something you rarely see: he afforded Hornsby the opportunity to do some looking around at other schools while leaving the door open for a return next season.

But according to a story by Norm Wood of the Daily Press (Hampton, Va.), McDevitt had a change of heart as more schools began to show interest and news leaked regarding Hornsby’s visit to N.C. State.

As a result Hornsby will officially transfer, and with that he becomes one of the better perimeter options on the transfer market.

Hornsby said Tuesday he plans to transfer from UNC Asheville. He said St. Mary’s (Calif.), Miami (Ohio) and Louisiana State have expressed interest in him. He said he’s verbally been granted a release from his scholarship at UNC Asheville, but as of Tuesday afternoon, hadn’t received a written release.

After averaging four points per game as a freshman Hornsby proved to be one of the Big South’s most improved players, and he was also a Big South All-Academic Team selection.

With Hornsby no longer in the Bulldogs’ plans for next season more will be asked of Trent Meyer (9.7 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Marcus Neely (13.2 mpg in 2012-13), with front court players Will Weeks and D.J. Cunningham also returning.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

California's Jabari Bird celebrates a score against Oregon in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.