A-Sun freshman of the year leaving NKU


Kody Kahle

NKU guard Tayler Persons dribbles the ball while holding off a West Virginia University defender during NKU’s loss to WVU.

Coming off its first year of postseason action and the subsequent firing of its head coach, the NKU men’s basketball lost three players from next year’s team to transfer, according to the NKU athletics department.

Freshman guard Tayler Persons, who was named Atlantic Sun freshman of the year, announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from the team to another school.

“I want to thank NKU for everything this past year,” Persons said in the tweet. “I have decided to move on and transfer. I wish NKU nothing but the best in the future!”

Persons was the leading scorer on the team this year, averaging 13.1 points per game. He also led the team in free throw percentage and free throws made.

In addition to Persons, sophomore Daniel Camps was also granted a transfer release from the university at the conclusion of basketball season, according to the university.

Finally, class of 2015 signee Hagen Tyler, considered one of the team’s top recruits for next season, has also been released from his National Letter of Intent.

All three players were recruits of former head coach Dave Bezold, who was fired last month due to poor performance at the Division I level. Former Alabama interim head coach John Brannen was recently announced as the next head coach of the Norse.

“We wish Tayler, Hagen and Daniel the best of luck as they pursue other options,” Brannen said in a press release from the university.

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